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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Oh the sounds we make



These two sites provide a pretty good sampling of the vocalizations humans can produce. It would be neat to construct a song completely out of these sound samples.
http://hctv.humnet.ucla.edu/departments/linguistics/VowelsandConsonants/course/chapter1/chapter1.html
http://phonetics.ucla.edu/index/sounds.html

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Overview of Op-Amps



http://focus.ti.com/lit/an/slod006b/slod006b.pdf

Great general overview of op amps covering both practical and theoretical issues. Best of all, it is free.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Great tutorial on sound synthesis

http://www.modularsynth.com/SOS.html

This site compiles a list of linked articles from Sound on Sound on synthesis techniques. Some of them will be old hat for anybody with a background in electrical engineering (skip the filter article, you know it all already).

Sunday, January 15, 2006

MIDI in MATLAB

Not too long ago I ran across a great toolbox for MATLAB that could handle MIDI files. There is quiet a variety of tools in it for both visualizing and analyzing them. Another feature which really drew me to it was a group of functions for evaluating how melodious a group of notes are. It would be neat to see if one could generate pleasant sounding tunes algorithmically by using different metrics of melody.

http://www.jyu.fi/musica/miditoolbox/

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I pray these are all bad translations.

http://internationalreporter.com/news/read.php?id=615

This article is about a Dr. Raj Baldev, who apparently speculated that water was on Mars before the recent NASA findings. However, that is not why I posted this. The reason I posted this was to show some seriously funny quirks about Dr. Raj Baldev.

Firstly, he is a "Cosmo Theorist". Now, maybe it was just lost in translation but I hope they mean cosmologist.

Dr. Raj Baldev said, "There is a vast area in Mars, where the availability of water was very much there and it can still be found under certain rocks."
Under certain rocks? Do they mean that the minerals formed in water are present in the rocks? Or am I supposed to take this statement at face value?

"When water was there in Mars, there was a definite life; small insects, reptiles and fishes were the natural life, fishes used to live in small, medium and big lakes. There were no seas or oceans on Mars, only lakes were available, where the river used to end their journey by dropping water, particularly in the big lakes." Dr. Baldev said.
Wow, pretty presumputious. It is amazing that the same types of animals we see on Earth would evolve on another planet. Just where does Dr. Baldev gets his ideas, and do they come in dime bags.

You can see Dr. Baldev's bio page here: http://www.igcar.ernet.in/igc2004/balbio.htm. Funny, he is actually listed as specializing in "Materials characterization & Technology Management."

But thats not all, he also is a supportor of intelligent design.
http://india.internationalreporter.com/news/read.php?id=800

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist (there is that phrase again!) from India, is the staunch supporter of "Intelligent Design" but his views are quite unique and exclusive and do not match with other thinkers. His approach is entirely scientific (well that puts my mind at ease, at least he acknowledges that those promoting ID are not doing it scientifically). He not only contradicted the theory of Dr. Darwin in 1957 but is also bringing out another book commenting on Darwin's theory titled "Ape or Man, who descended first?"

"The scientists have no other option but either to debate on the 'Intelligent Design' or focus on some third scientific formula since everything around us clearly and strongly suggests that the entire set up is not a game of chance. Every nano-atom or nano-particle (this better be poor translation. If not, could Dr. Baldev show me some micro- or centi-atoms) has a history and it carries intelligence behind its working and moves under a fixed law and time, and it is proved beyond doubt that it is not a work of chance.

There is so much in this article, you really should read it for yourself.

What started this all was a post on Dembski's blog, http://www.uncommondescent.com/index.php/archives/661 about Dr. Baldev's ideas on ID and evolution. The funniest quote of all was actually posted on that site (and it is sad the poster did not realize how ignorant it was).

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist from India, had first compared Darwin's theory with Intelligent Being in 1957, again in 1992 and then in 2003, 2005 and now in 2006. He gave this account in his book "Man Never Descended from Species" in 1957 and through articles in 1992 and 2005 and 2006.
Man Never Descended from Species?! What does that even mean? I leave this as a challenge to any reader.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Cartoons in Tektronix Schematics

Monday, January 09, 2006

fIRST pOST!!!!!!!!!

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