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A Python script which takes any audio file and creates a swing version of it.

Go have a listen - it's great fun :-)
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What do you do if you've got a computer that's so old that it could load programs through the audio port, and you have a program as an MP3?

Use an iPad to load it.

As someone says in the comments, if you saw this in a movie you'd probably call shenanigans.
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I can't in any conscience apply for this, because my journey to work last week was, if anything, easier than normal, but if your journey was disrupted because of the RMT strike, London Transport are allowing you to put in a claim for what they're calling a 'Goodwill voucher' - money off your next ticket.

https://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/tickets/refunds/industrialaction/default.aspx to apply - NB: you don't get it if you're a PAYG customer, or if your ticket was valid for less than seven days.
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So, if you make a Freedom of Information Act request to the Post Office for a list of all their postboxes, and then a seperate FOI request for their last collection times ...

And then you plug that data into Google Maps ...

What do you get?


A lovely website that enables you to put in the first part of a UK postcode and get a map showing you where the post boxes are there.

And in the best Web 2.0 way, if there's an unidentified postbox on the list, you can add it to the map yourself.

(I know, I know - who uses the post any more? But it's useful for those occasions where you might need to.)
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I can think of many of you ([livejournal.com profile] hekai especially) who will probably find that self-evident, but it's worth a read. It's a lovely definition of what the Internet actually is.
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Taken from a LanguageLog post, as pointed out by the inestimable [livejournal.com profile] athena25.

In English, we say "It's all greek to me" when we don't understand something.

What do the Greeks say?

Well, apparantly, the hierarchy goes something like this:

Click on the image for a larger version.
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With many thanks to Jonny Chung Lee (who's the chap who has posted all those cool videos about using Wii Remotes in interesting ways and who's blog you can follow at [livejournal.com profile] procrastineerin) for pointing me towards this. It's an anthropological talk about Youtube and it's inspiring.

Fair warning, it's also an hour long. But I've just sat here enthralled, not only by the subject matter, but by it's presentation. Starting with Gary Brolsma, who you probably know better as the Numa Numa Boy, discussing LonelyGirl15 and the YouTube community's reaction to her, and weaving in how the way we communicate changes how we communicate - this is well worth a watch for anyone interested in how society is affected by and affects the internet.

My third post on Livejournal, back in April 2002, I posited that Livejournal (and the Web) were more about connections than anything else.

I still strongly believe that to be true.

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I've only just heard about this - quoted from a friend's blog:

The 696 Form compels licensees who wish to hold live music events in 21 London Boroughs to report to the police the names, addresses, aliases and telephone numbers of performers, and most worryingly, the likely ethnicity of their audience. Failure to comply could result in fines or imprisonment. We believe this places unnecessary and frankly Orwellian powers in the hands of the Metropolitan Police, an institution which does not have the best record of racial fairness. The 696 form can only serve to deter the staging of live musical events - a positive form of activity in London and all cities - stifle free expression and quite possible penalise certain genres of music and ethnic audiences. It is an intrusion too far.

If you think this can't be true, look at http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/how-form-696-could-pull-pull-the-plug-on-the-capitals-music-scene-1028240.html , http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3ib7a1cbce7faa46dfb966f53ed2b33507

Please sign the petition!

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just how marvellous this programme was:


That's part 1 (of 6) of the 'Faking It' episode, where Sian Evans, a 22 year old cellist, successfully faked it as a Hard House DJ. You can watch the following parts from the YouTube website.

It's just lovely.
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The ever delightful Going Underground has just posted a link to the interactive subway maps for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, published by ExploreMetro.


You can click on a station to get the first and last trains for each line that runs through that station. You can click on one station and then drag to another, and the software will calculate your average journey time, best route and cost of the ticket.

And it's worth keeping an eye out for the amusing 'loading' messages between screens; I particularly liked 'polishing station attendants badges'.

There's even a wikipedia with information about each station. TFL has something similar, but it's buried deep within the TFL website, and not at all easy to find.

Well worth a look if you're a map-geek :-) (And if you'd like to find out more, I've just syndicated the [livejournal.com profile] exploremetro blog to LJ.
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Or how a database engineer approaches the issue ...


Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] theferrett, this is a surprisingly entertaining read.
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This is just laugh out loud funny.

What happens when Hitler realises that his name has just been found on the BNP mailing list?
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Go to Google and log in using your Gmail account. Then do a web search.

Now, next to your search results, there are two new buttons; one to promote the item upwards, one to remove it from your search. And those choices are recorded, so if you log in again, they will influence the results you get in the future.

Google are now allowing you to customise your results. That's a major step forward in using a search engine, but which follows on seamlessly from some of the implications (and specific predictions) in the Long Tail.

More information here.
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Because we're all just jerks in the playpen, when it comes right down to it. And tossing insults and brickbats is all part of the fun, especially when it's done with panache. But when anyone - no matter how annoying - stumbles and shatters their skull, you'd better be prepared to either shut up or help them. Why? Because you're also a grown up, stupid. And that's what they do.

Charlie Brooker on celebrity, and specifically on our need to differentiate when someone deserves mocking, and when they actually need help.

Well worth a read.

Music Hall

Oct. 27th, 2008 09:11 pm
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I can imagine several of you being as amused as I am by this quotation from Wikipedia, taken from the article on the Abbot and Costello routine Who's On First:

In English variety halls (Britain's equivalent of vaudeville theatres), comedian Will Hay performed a routine in the early 1930s (and possibly earlier) as a schoolmaster interviewing a schoolboy named Howe who came from Ware but now lives in Wye.
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Whilst writing course materials, I had cause to visit the website of the College of Arms; that body within England, Wales and Northern Ireland responsible for registering and recording coats of arms and pedigrees. I was wryly amused to find George Martin's coat of arms; I think it requires a better knowledge of the British music industry than I have to get all the jokes and references he's managed to put in it.

But I believe I'm right in thinking that 'Amore Solum Opus Est' roughly translates as 'All you need is Love'?

The image is huge, so I won't link to it - you can see it by going to the above link.
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But please don't click on it if you're scared of spiders.

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""It is not just for a student's grade to depend on the willingness or capacity of a stranger to help him with his homework. I am ready to discuss this with your teacher, principal or school board."

Robert Heinlein's Form Letter.
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Many people don't know that there was a pilot for "24" - the series with Keifer Sutherland - made in 1994.

This web site has unearthed a snippet from it, and put it online.

Work safe, and really, really worth checking out.

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