Archive for December, 2014

Omniscience: The Voice of God

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Wow. Put this in your speakers and grok it. I didn’t make it, but I like it.

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Early Present

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

my booksAnd here they are. Years of my life compressed into about 1630 pages of printed and soft-bound words.

This is one of those selfish moments for any struggling author, the not-so-private joy of seeing one’s effort take on a tangible and hefty form.

A moving moment that passes but will be remembered…

And then the work continues.

There is so much more to do.


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Wonder and Music

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

galaxySo many times I’ve felt like life was over. ┬áThat there was nothing to live for.

Don’t get me wrong — I’ve never seriously considered logging out of this cosmic videogame any earlier than I have to. ┬áBut often I’ve thought that the rest was going to be a slide into senility, nothing more than that.

Wonder always rescues me.

Life is infinitely precious, but it is Wonder that reminds me just how incredible it can be.

Have you stopped recently to consider what a miracle it is that atoms came together to make the living masterpiece of you? Have you paused to reflect on the incredible truth that something we call love exists? Maybe abstractions like truth, honor, justice, and love are human inventions. Maybe insects and worms know nothing of them. Perhaps ants and bees fight to protect their homes out of mere instinct. Maybe.

But unless you are truly soulless, truly dead inside, you have to be moved by the unbelievable beauty around you. Both the beauty that arises “naturally” in plants, animals, and geography…and the beauty that we as a species learn to create.

Do bird enjoy the sounds they make? Music has always been a powerful inspiration for me. I am mystified to find beauty in all kinds of music: so many infinite kinds of celebration - the “joyful noise” we humans make from sound and time, frequency and rhythm.

If you’ve read this far and you feel the need to escape from mere words back into the world of wonder, try this:

EPIC music with full cinematic eye candy.

I didn’t make it that beauty. But I enjoy it…and you might too.


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The Word is Spreading

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Steve Kims buildFor a long time I was afraid that the Hypercube speaker was doomed to vanish into obscurity, ignored by experts who believed they “knew” it couldn’t possibly be any better than conventional designs.
Now, I have hopes that the technology will be used — the word is finally beginning to spread.

First, Greg Madama in NY built himself a pair of transparent hypercube speakers and was “floored” by how much better they sounded. Greg has also also begun to do comparison testing on the speakers, and has verified some of my own experiences with regard to their sonic accuracy and how pleasing they sound.

Then when he started a discussion thread at another member called xrk971 decided to investigate the design and built and tested some. Once again, testing verified that the shape does an excellent job of reducing resonances and coloration that other speakers used thick padding and stuffing to try to reduce.

And the word continues to spread. For the first time that I know of, a pair of Hypercubes has been built outside the United States by Steve Kim in South Korea. Once again I am humbly grateful for the way the Internet has made it possible to share this idea with the rest of the world.

hypercube with Karlson tubeYou can see Steve’s work at a diyaudio discussion thread here. (scroll down a little — it is not at the top of the page.)

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