Monday, May 09, 2005
- CNET's FAQ on how the REAL ID Act will affect you...and you...and me.
- On Tubas:
Does it count that I played the euphonium in 9th grade? [via MeFi]
Consider the tuba and its player. Maligned by flautists and other snigglers, ignored by second-rate composers, the tuba is a musical instrument with a deep history. From serpents to ophecleides to sousaphones, the tuba is truly God's voice box (although some would say it is closer to Satan's). Tubas represent love. Tubas bring joy. Humor. And beer. Rising above the petty stereotyping of fat men and oom-pah bands, the tuba is inarguably the most important musical instrument that exists today.
- "She's baaaack....": Our Lady of the Underpass has reappeared.
- Spotted at Atlanta Airport: an iPod vending machine [via mp3blogs]
- I've always been under the impression that Texas, though a somewhat conservative part of the country, was a state where folks didn't much appreciate having The Government poking its nose into their daily lives: tagging's for cattle, not Texans. Which is why I've read with dismay the news Scott at Grits for Breakfast reports lately - apparently the Lone Star State is on the Big Brother tip these days:
...legislation near passage in the Texas House of Representatives would gather the two password biometrics most commonly used into a database of 13.5 million Texas drivers, and allow law enforcement to access the information without a warrant in any criminal investigation. Talk about unintended consequences! Well, maybe it's intended by somebody.That's the big downside of biometric passwords: if facial dimensions and fingerprints are forever, so is identity theft. What would a "compromised" person do in that case?
Presently, two types of biometrics are commonly used for personal computer passwords: fingerprints and facial recognition. For some time now DPS has gathered both thumbprints (or fingerprints where that's not possible) on all Texas drivers, and in recent years has begun to maintain that data digitally. Now they'll add facial recognition measurements from their photo database to the mix. (You don't suppose anybody would want to steal that information, do you? Identity theft, anyone?)
Never forget that, to your computer, your fingerprint, facial image or iris scan isn't connected to you - it's just data, a bunch of ones and zeroes cycling through the computer system. If it's stolen, you can never get it back, nor can you change your fingerprints or your facial structure. [read full post]
- Hmmm...interesting. I've lived in or within the general metropolitan vicinity of four of the five cities listed here. Than again, I answered "yes" to the test question, "clean air is overrated."
Trish Wilson's Blog]
American Cities That Best Fit You:
85% Chicago 70% Philadelphia 65% New York City 60% Boston 45% Atlanta
- A downsizing euphemisim for the times, via the CTA Tattler: nearly two thousand Chicago Transit Authority employees are being "administratively separated from their jobs."
- "Just what this city needs"...another chocolate joint. [via Chicagoist]
- According to Rummaging Through the Crevices, two "VoIP geeks" have apparently cracked the problem of polyphonic MIDI transcription - using computer automation to extract note data from recordings where more than one plays simultaneously (chords).