I have a keyboard (the music kind, Casio CTK-671). I like to play it sometimes. It has, for a long time now, been difficult to turn on. Many times, the light and screen will come on, but the screen will be messed up in some way and keys won’t produce sound. I can keep turning it off and on and sometimes it will eventually work, but sometimes not. It has gotten worse over time, and is now to the point where I can rarely get it going. After like a week of not being able to get it working, I was considering getting a new one. Today, I finally got it running. I’m really considering just leaving it on long term, in spite of the electricity it’ll use.
Saturday evening I went to see Akron Symphony perform Holst’s The Planets plus some other works, including a piece with Sō Percussion. I like The Planets and was glad to see it performed live, especially, as an EVN fan, Mars. The Sō / David Lang piece I found hard to follow and understand the apparent polyrhythms involved. The other pieces I liked well enough.
I went to see the art at Akron Art Prize yesterday. Today was the last day, so I wanted to get in before then. I spent some time looking through the many art pieces. I actually read the little description and gave a good look at nearly every piece. There were lots of interesting pieces, but several that especially caught my eye, in no particular order, were:
- Blue Woods by J David Norton: I’ve been intersested in multi-layered transparent pieces since I saw Haley Litzinger‘s resin work. This piece is all glass and cool with light going through it.
- White Goes First by Brian Parsons: I’ve always liked intricate chess sets. This one’s pretty good.
- Just a Random Tree by Kim Ley: The metallic background of this photo really makes it striking, almost 3D looking.
- Frog at Dundee Falls by Anthony Contini: Neat photo with a subject above and below water. I’ve tried to experiment with this in the past, but struggled to get good results.
- Photonic Mesmerizer by James Leverton: Interesting device, computer nerdy.
- Terror of One by Mac Love / ART x LOVE
- Tantrique by Scott Alan Evans
- Planet Akron by Joseph C. Levack
- Color Study in Red and Green No. 2 by Donald Woods
The event is one of Cogneato’s clients. We built both their website and the voting system. The voting system, which started as a web based SMS + website setup and migrated to a web-based phone app (PhoneGap with an API server) provided a lot of interesting experience, some of which I haven’t really had in other projects. This year’s primary challenge was figuring out how to get the PhoneGap part working and deployed, as the guy who used to do that left the company. I took some notes on the deployment part.
Almost lost some work with git. I was using
git reset --hard to rewrite some history, but I forgot that I had some unstaged changes. Luckily, I had stashed it previously and still had the call in my terminal buffer, so I was able to get the object ID and apply it after verifying it was the right one with
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I have spent much of my free time the last 12 days working on a project for the 10k Apart challenge. 10k Apart is a challenge to make a compelling progressively enhanced, accessible site with 10 KB or less of initial payload per page (more can be lazy-loaded). I decided to build an implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, which I had wanted to do since going to a Code Retreat a while back.
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I believe I saw a satellite flare for the first time tonight. I saw a light moving across the sky about the brightness of a medium bright star, a little off of north to south. It suddenly started to get brighter and brighter, until it got well brighter than any star. It actually got a little halo around it, perhaps indicating some haze in the sky. For a moment, I started to think it was a slow moving meteoroid. But it began to fade at about the same rate it had brightened, until it went back to its normal medium star brightness. It then just continued on across the sky.
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