Sunday, 27 April 2008

Brash

I guess one of my vices has been that I have been too quick to make decisions. Without having carefully thought out the consequences of my actions, I dive into the attack. Seduced by the clearly unavoidable checkmate, I forget to see what's around. I lose my queen and resign.

Note: Above statement is not intended to be metaphorical. I have just been playing an insane amount of chess lately.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Twittering

I got inspired by this and started twittering. Guess how bored I am?
Among other things I have started reading the next Desmond Morris book: "The Human Zoo". As expected, it's quite good. Doesn't twitter make blogs redundant?

Monday, 7 April 2008

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Virtual keyboard

My latest fascination these days is to play music. I own and am learning the guitar, but I'm also interested to play the keyboard (musical). Few days back I came across "Virtual Keyboard", which is a flash application which lets you play few notes. The nice thing is that the notes on the musical keyboard are mapped to the keys on the keyboard connected to your computer. So for example hitting 'e' on your keyboard produces a 'D#' note. So I wrote a small program in perl which takes in the notes and converts them to keystrokes. Being a touch typist I can play the notes decently enough.

eg: Notes for Clocks by Coldplay:

Eb Bb G Eb Bb G Eb Bb G Db Bb F Db Bb F Db Bb FDb Bb F Db Bb F Db Bb F Db Bb F Db Bb F Db Bb F C Ab F C Ab F C Ab C

Converted to keystrokes:

e u g e u g e u g w u f w u f w u u f w u f w u f w u f w u f w u f a y f a y f a y a