O Crominho do Técnico

Bruno Afonso's babbling and seldom refreshed views of the world

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Information overload

“In a way, there’s an immaturity to our relationship with technology,” she said. “It’s still evolving.”

From here.

Overengineering what?

CultureCode’s Things has been trying to implement cloud syncing for many months now, maybe a year (by now, who cares anyway). Their last post on the subject can be read here.

It seems the company is unable to hire an expert in the matters at hand instead of wasting an entire team’s months of work. While I applaud the guts to do it, I feel sorry that all of them will look back and realize they just wasted precious time. Their company will never sell cloud-syncing frameworks or anything like it.

This will be remembered as a classic example of how critical it is to have a team leader that can actually steer a team towards a set goal within the available technological constraints. Also, a team manager needs to understand when he should hire expertise instead of believing a web designer can grow into an experienced anything else in-house within 6 months.

The word “overengineering” gets mentioned which I personally find offensive. Engineering is about getting a job done in the most elegant way within the current technical constraints. If anything, it is a huge engineering failure.

iMS-20 fun: Randomness

Warning! Set your volume to low.

auto generated randomness by Bruno Afonso

Simply having fun making the iMS-20 play notes on its own. Both pitch and note length are randomly generated by iMS-20, which, judging by the outcome, it is either in pain or has a different understanding of harmony than we do :-)

TouchOSC and MainStage

If you are wondering how to use TouchOSC/OSC with Osculator to get a two-way connection between MainStage or anything else that does not want to send back midi data through the OsculatorOut port, here is the solution: You need to use the IAC Driver as an in between helper.

Setup IAC by going to Audio MIDI Setup. In the MIDI window activate IAC Driver and setup two Buses. You probably need to add a second one as it comes default with one.

Bus one is the one Osculator is going to use to output its data into MainStage or whatever program you want. In order to do that add IAC Driver Bus 1 as an output in I/O inside Osculator. Then you setup Osculator to get info from IAC Driver Bus 2 only.

Have fun!

The tea party mentality summed up

The fact is that one of our two great political parties has made it clear that it has no interest in making America governable, unless it’s doing the governing. And that party now controls one house of Congress, which means that the country will not, in fact, be governable without that party’s cooperation — cooperation that won’t be forthcoming.


Gimme some of that pizza!

But as healthy as this pizza has been for Domino’s, one slice contains as much as two-thirds of a day’s maximum recommended amount of saturated fat, which has been linked to heart disease and is high in calories.

After the corn, here comes the cheese [nyt]. This is getting a bit out of hand.

On hipsters

When we talk about the contemporary hipster, we’re talking about a subcultural figure who emerged by 1999, enjoyed a narrow but robust first phase until 2003, and then seemed about to dissipate into the primordial subcultural soup, only to undergo a reorganization and creeping spread from 2004 to the present.

There were also some practical technological withdrawals. As CDs declined, LP records gained sales for the first time in two decades—seemingly purchased by the same kids who had 3,000 songs on their laptops. The most advanced hipster youth even deprived their bikes of gears. The fixed-gear bike now ranks as the second-most-visible urban marker of hip, and not the least of its satisfactions is its simple mechanism.

You can read this tour de force article concerning this important issue in our daily lives here.

It’s raining outside


and it’s beautiful.

“You never used to use a D minus”

Hilarious and genious! Not everyone will enjoy it so pace yourself before pressing the play button :-)

Dominic Wilcox’s iBookend


Dominic Wilcox is a prolific creative and he has created an accessory for iPad haters.