davepeck.org https://davepeck.org/ Dave Peck's Master Feed Thu, 16 May 2019 14:54:15 PDT en Glow https://davepeck.org/2019/05/16/glow-dot-fm/ Thu, 16 May 2019 13:50:00 PDT http://davepeck.org/2019/05/16/glow-dot-fm/ Kimberlite is now called Glow; the new glow.fm website is live!

I’m excited about this project on two fronts.

First, the people: Amira Valliani is Glow’s co-founder and CEO; Brian Elieson is co-founder and CPO. They’re both fantastic. Without Amira and Brian’s tireless efforts over the past half a year, Glow simply wouldn’t exist today.

Second, the principles: Glow is the rare business that embraces podcasting’s distributed nature. As a result, Glow can provide powerful tools to podcasters without standing between them and their listeners. Embracing podcasting as it is, not as a b-school grad might wish it would be, eliminates entire categories of problematic outcomes like walled gardens, privacy-violating advertising, and experiences that require listeners to download an unfamiliar podcasting app.

If you’re a podcaster and you’re interested in direct monetization, say hello.

https://davepeck.org/2019/05/06/dionology-search/ Mon, 06 May 2019 21:57:00 PDT https://davepeck.org/2019/05/06/dionology-search/ A while back I stayed up late listening to Autechre, contemplating their utter disinterest in humanizing the sounds of machines or in producing legible musical forms. It inspired me to make a wall of machine sound, too.

https://davepeck.org/2019/04/05/trio-dne/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 23:50:00 PDT https://davepeck.org/2019/04/05/trio-dne/ Here’s a trio that does not exist, conjured from the immense sound library that is Native Instruments’ Komplete. I programmed the drum track and performed the Rhodes and bass tracks live.

The value of today’s music software bundles is incredible: a few hundred dollars buys more sonic possibilities than one can explore in a lifetime, including — it would seem — the possibility of a jazz trio that doesn’t exist. 

Modular Pocket Operator https://davepeck.org/2019/04/02/modular-pocket-operator/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:02:00 PDT http://davepeck.org/2019/04/02/modular-pocket-operator/ Teenage Engineering builds zany music machines. Their synthesizers create all manner of sonic mayhem and they’re weirdly beautiful objects to boot.

One thing I particularly admire is TE’s anti-emphasis on usability: their devices are intentionally — almost gleefully — obscure. A good deal of brute exploration is often required just to figure out what the buttons do. It feels like music-machines-as-puzzle-box shouldn’t work, but it does: there’s a certain delight as serendipitous discovery gives way to mastery.

The upcoming modular pocket operators look ridiculous:

Teenage Engineering Modular Pocket Operator 400

If you haven’t seen them, the original pocket operators are also wacky fun. They look like a crossbreed between old-school four-function calculators and Nintendo’s handheld Game and Watch devices from the early ’80s:

Teenage Engineering K.O. Pocket Operator

What’s not to love?

https://davepeck.org/2019/03/26/snow-in-seattle/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 22:34:00 PDT https://davepeck.org/2019/03/26/snow-in-seattle/ Last month, we had an uncommonly large snow storm in Seattle. While the flakes fell, Ellie asked me to write a “snow song”; I played a short improv on the piano before she lost interest. This evening, I finally found a spare moment to record it.

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/24/vessel-nyc/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:04:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/24/vessel-nyc/ Vessel Nyc

Vessel, nestled amongst the new skyscrapers of East Hudson Yards. I'm a wayward follower of all things Heatherwick.

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/23/zaha-hadid-high-line/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:04:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/23/zaha-hadid-high-line/ Zaha Hadid High Line

Detail of 520 West 28th Street, currently Zaha Hadid's only building in NYC. (Apparently there's a posthumous 5th Ave skyscraper under consideration.)

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/22/high-line-drought-tolerant-native-plant-species/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:40:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/22/high-line-drought-tolerant-native-plant-species/ High Line Drought Tolerant Native Plant Species

Drought tolerant native plant species populate the High Line. HL23, a building I've always admired, leans above the park in the distance.

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/21/a-quiet-morning-in-the-meatpacking-district/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:07:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/21/a-quiet-morning-in-the-meatpacking-district/ A Quiet Morning In The Meatpacking District

A quiet morning in the Meatpacking District. This street is home to the Chelsea Market, Blue Bottle, and Google NYC.

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/18/ironwoodland/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:42:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/18/ironwoodland/ Ironwoodland

Iron. Wood. Land.

https://davepeck.org/2019/01/17/walking-the-high-line/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:24:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2019/01/17/walking-the-high-line/ Walking The High Line

Walking the High Line, with a view towards the Hudson Yards development.

https://davepeck.org/2018/12/18/reverse-engineering-infotron/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:44:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2018/12/18/reverse-engineering-infotron/ Someone explored Infotron deeply enough to discover a few easter eggs in the level designs, including (apparently) my own signature:

It took real work to do this! It’s not possible to see portions of levels that are “out of bounds” in the game itself. Whoever did the work had to reverse engineer the level format, write code to fully render each level, and then actually examine each image in detail. That’s quite some effort for a (long-forgotten?) 25-year-old shareware game.

https://davepeck.org/2018/12/17/gray-rainy-seattle-day/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:26:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2018/12/17/gray-rainy-seattle-day/ Yesterday was moodily wet and dark in Seattle. I hit record and this moody… cheese emerged. Sometimes you just gotta go with the cheese:

https://davepeck.org/2018/11/26/kimberlite/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:34:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2018/11/26/kimberlite/ I’ve been working on a new project with Ben Gilbert at PSL!

It’s called Kimberlite. Our mission is to give podcasters superpowers. We’re starting with a power that we’ve always wanted for ourselves: the ability to ask fans for money, and collect it, without making anybody jump through hoops. Like, zero hoops: tap the “join now” button, authenticate with Face ID, and you’re done.

If you’re a podcaster and you’re interested in direct monetization, definitely say hi.

https://davepeck.org/2018/11/14/stupid-split-decision/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:26:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2018/11/14/stupid-split-decision/ This short statement by Micah Cohen, from a recent episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, caught my ear:

We wrapped up the live blog at 2:30AM and before we wrapped it up I was looking at [newspaper] headlines.

Almost all of them had some version of “Split Decision”… which is stupid, really.

People are confusing inputs and outputs. The input was not a split decision: where the American people are at at this moment is super clear. The output? Sure, it’s split. But that’s not the same thing.

Clearly, the inputs were strongly pro-Democrat. I still think “Split Decision” is a good description in the sense that Bill Kristol used it: it wasn’t a good night for Republicans, but neither was it an obvious repudiation of Trump and Trumpism. In that sense, I remain disappointed by the midterms. Sure, I didn’t really think that America would “rise up as one” against Trump… but I certainly hoped for it.

https://davepeck.org/2018/11/12/micro-blog-and-mastodon/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:03:00 PST https://davepeck.org/2018/11/12/micro-blog-and-mastodon/ Micro.blog now supports Mastodon. It’s great.

It’s also a reminder that federated social networking can sometimes be (unavoidably) complicated:

Your custom domain on Micro.blog can now be ActivityPub-compatible, so that you can follow and reply to Mastodon users directly on Micro.blog. This also means someone can follow your blog posts by adding @you@yourdomain.com on Mastodon. (This username is configurable. Mine is @manton@manton.org.)

I wonder how many users will fully understand this and make use of it?

Split Decision https://davepeck.org/2018/11/07/split-decision/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:18:00 PST http://davepeck.org/2018/11/07/split-decision/ I think Bill Kristol has the right of it:

One can argue Republicans didn’t really do that well given the strong economy. One can argue Trump is on net a burden to the party and that in the long term he’ll do great damage. But one must also admit the public did not rise up as one yesterday to repudiate Trump and Trumpism.

Of course it didn’t take long for Trump, emboldened by Republican gains in the Senate, to start the process of dismantling the Mueller investigation by firing* Sessions and replacing him with a loyalist. (* Sorry: I meant “accepting the resignation of”.)

WebAuthn and Biometrics https://davepeck.org/2018/10/26/webauthn-and-biometrics/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:23:00 PDT http://davepeck.org/2018/10/26/webauthn-and-biometrics/ Chrome 70, just released, supports WebAuthn with biometrics. This includes Touch ID on macOS. I was playing with it this morning:

Chrome 70 on macOS with Touch ID via WebAuthn

I can’t wait for Apple to get in the game here: if Safari supports WebAuthn and biometrics in some future release of iOS and macOS, and ties it to iCloud Keychain, we might really see passwordless authentication take off on the web. Porting private keys outside of a single ecosystem might prove to be a stumbling block at first… but it’s still a step in the right direction.

https://davepeck.org/2018/10/19/the-helm/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:35:00 PDT https://davepeck.org/2018/10/19/the-helm/ Giri Sreenivas just publicly launched his new product, The Helm. It’s a personal email server with a novel approach to security and privacy. The hardware looks stunning:

The Helm Personal Email Server Hardware Design

https://davepeck.org/2018/09/21/speak-some-evil/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:15:00 PDT https://davepeck.org/2018/09/21/speak-some-evil/ Here’s a short slow improv riffing on the harmonies in Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil and Miles Davis’ Nefertiti: