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Prince Was Right (Almost)

Sometimes it snows in April“… but today, here in Belgium, it was hail that coloured our garden.

The (almost) purple flowers  in our garden are just a coincidence...

The (almost) purple flowers in our garden are just a coincidence…

Thanks for the quote, Prince Rogers Nelson. And for all those wonderful songs too, of course.

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From the Gramovox website:

We proudly introduce the Gramovox™: World’s First Bluetooth Gramophone. Our bold design and vintage sound are inspired by the 1920s Magnavox R3 Horn Speaker. Its form and function are a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics—producing a timeless piece that allows you to stream nostalgia.

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Listening to the videos from Gramovox on your computer is no substitute for the real thing, so it’s hard to say whether you will like the interbellum soundscape from such a horn. But I love looking at the Gramophone: that vintage horn certainly has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi‘ ;-)

I also like the fact that it turns the music on your very personal music device back into something to listen to with friends and/or family. Nothing beats connecting with others in the real world!

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There are two interesting sides to this experiment: Coding project aims to deepen the experience of streaming classical music (Ars Technica). I like listening to classical music, but I often wonder: is what we hear today really what the composer intended? Or: why did the composer use those instruments? Having a running commentary while listening to a piece could be quite illuminating, if and when some of my favourites were to belong to the selection.

On the other hand, this project is a nice illustration of some of the powers of HTML5. Food for techies and music fans at the same time!

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Jazz Fever

There’s a lot jazz music to be heard in Antwerp (Belgium) these days: the jazz festival ‘Jazz Middelheim‘ starts next friday, and the public radio stations play more jazz music than usual.

I also stumbled upon a 2008 concert registration on TV, where the Pierre Anckaert Trio (featuring Pierre Anckaert on piano, Hendrik Vanattenhoven on double bass and David Barker on drums) clearly showed why they won the Jazz Hoeilaart competition in 2007. I have ordered their first CD ‘Candide’ online ;-)

CD Cover of Pierre Anckaert Trio - Candide

Pierre Anckaert Trio - Candide

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-10-09

Blog Cops? No, I went to see The Police yesterday evening, so I had no time for blogs! And yes, it was a good concert, if a bit short – but we know now that Stings voice wasn’t 100%

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Tongue-in-cheek Indeed. A few weeks ago, Scott Ambler presented “a formula for calculating the cruftiness of a document”, which measures the degree in which development documentation is ‘badly designed, poorly implemented, or redundant’. Great! Now: can that same formula be applied to the applications and systems themselves?

Thirteen Indeed. Frank Zappa probably would have been amused, rather than proud, to see that a small ugly street originally called ‘Number 13’ is now being named after him: “Schön ist sie nicht, die Straße Nummer 13 im Industriegebiet. Und doch wird sie ab morgen als erste Straße in Deutschland den Namen der US-Rocklegende Frank Zappa (1940-1993) tragen” (from the Berliner Zeitung Online).

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Just A Bit More about Frank Zappa: the Zappa Wiki Jawaka.

And Just A Bit More about Hypercard: Hypercard’s History.

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