Category Archives: News

Posts related to current events outside of the realm of music


Burning House Saved With Miso Soup

The life-saving properties of soy and miso soup are highly-touted but this might be the most clear definition of it to date. Check out this entertaining tale from Hawaii.

Big Isle Man Quells House Fire With Pot Of Miso Soup

Prensky went to the kitchen for some water and grabbed the first thing he could find — a large pot of miso vegetable soup left out overnight on the stovetop. He doused the fire with the soup, slowing it enough for him to grab the garden hose and extinguish the flames, she said.


One Year of NYC Cab Trips

Enter HubCab, a project of MIT Senseable City Lab who captured year’s worth of data from taxi pickups and dropoffs in New York City. The technical development section of HubCab‘s website provides a detailed explanation of the backend required for this level of data processing if you want to nerd out on that, but the interactive map is the clearly the most fun.

The basis of the HubCab tool is a data set of over 170 million taxi trips of all 13,500 Medallion taxis in New York City in 2011. The data set contains GPS coordinates of all pickup and drop off points and corresponding times.

View HubCab Interactive Map

All taxi pickups and drop offs at JFK airport daily between 3AM and 6AM.
All taxi pickups and drop offs at JFK airport daily between 3AM and 6AM.

Thanks For Sharing

Analytics are important, as long as you are tracking the proper metrics. Recent research is showing that the correlation between what is shared on social networks versus what people are actually reading is surprisingly low.

A few key findings noted below, click here to read the whole article, sorry I’m going so fast but statistics show you’re going to be gone in the next 5-8 seconds.

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NSA Explores Infecting You With Malware

A post this morning on The Intercept details the NSA‘s plans to infect ‘millions‘ of private citizen’s computers with malware, as well as plans to automate large portions of the process to “reduce the level of human oversight in the process.” We recently explored the NSA and GCHQ joining forces to conduct mass surveillance without due process across Yahoo Messenger, and today’s report from The Intercept shows the bond between these two agencies is strong as ever.

UPDATE: The Intercept provides more information on  QUANTUMHAND‘s functionality allowing the NSA to spoof Facebook to spy on citizens

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware [via The Intercept]

In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive. In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyberattacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.


Ableton Interviews Archie Pelago

About time. If anybody needs to be speaking to the masses about how well Ableton Live works with live instrumentation it’s these guys, not someone getting paid too much to click play over and over on other people’s songs they spent an afternoon drawing grids for. Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke would be proud.

Archie Pelago: Creative Collective [via Ableton]

This used to be more rigid than it is today: we would first identify the most important parts of tracks – the beats, bass and drums…  Since we’ve integrated Push into our setup, our [live interpretations] are neither as complex nor as static as they used to be. We now go much deeper into the arrangement and export smaller particles that Hirshi can trigger in real time with Push. We’re much freer on stage now than we used to be because we can change the flow and the structure of any song at any time.