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April 22, 2011

My favorite composers

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 2:19 PM

As inspired by this article – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/arts/music/23composers.html?_r=1

and this letter – http://www.lettersofnote.com/2011/04/tchaikovsky-was-awesome-composer.html

This kid’s list is awesome even if it is a little piano heavy. I am not a huge fan of piano music in general and my preference usually tends to full orchestral with lots of strings or symphonies featuring strings so that’s why I don’t have Wagner, Chopin, or Debussy.

My list of my favorites right this second:

1. Beethoven (for reference, google: “That of course is a value judgment and if you disagree with it you are a terrorist”)

2. Verdi (operas are damn hard to write)

3. Mozart (even if the only thing he ever wrote was the requiem, he’d still be 3)

4. Stravinsky (L’oiseau de feu)5. Rachmaninoff/Mahler (I don’t know which one wrote more impossible music)

6. Gershwin/Barber/Copland (my american contingent)

7. Liszt/Grieg (for some reason they always go together in my mind – maybe I imagine hungarians dancing in the hall of the mountain king)

8. Holst (I unapologetically worship Jupiter)

9. Bach (down to nine because sometimes it gets boring)

10. Schubert (unfinished symphony)

Yes I know that’s not really ten.

April 14, 2011

“Hackers”

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:09 PM

I hate this word. It means so much that it means nothing. To narrow it down, it means about four different things in the computing world depending on the context.

Hack -er,-s,-ing (v,n)

1.  (the one the media uses) to gain unauthorized access to a website, database, computer, or something else with the intent to do evil. Hackers broke into a local school computer and stole teachers’ phone numbers. 

2. (the one movies use) to do anything whatsoever with a computer or electronic device beyond that which my grandmother can do. Can you hack the radio to send a signal to Mars?? Sure, but it’ll take at least five minutes! We only have two!

3. (the one computer scientists use) to throw together a program using bad coding structure, etiquette, and technique. I finished the program, but I had to hack it to ignore any user input.

4.  (the one Anonymous/Black Hat uses) to gain access to a secure system to expose its flaws (either benignly to show the system’s owner the security loopholes or for personal gain). Security experts hacked IE6 to show its massive vulnerabilities. 

Anyway, don’t use this word. Instead use:

1. Criminals; jerks

2. The X-man Forge; magic

3. Cobbled; pieced together; (or just don’t do it)

4. Unauthorized access

Thank you.

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