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The earliest known complete copy of the Greek New Testament has been made available here. The book is housed in the British Library and it has always blown me away whenever I’ve been to see it – whatever my personal views on the religion it codifies.  In fact, if you are in London and haven’t gone to the John Ritblat Gallery, then go.  If you have any affection for books, history or human knowledge then do yourself a favour and go bask in the glow of those pages.  And if not, then you can always go and sneer at them (quietly).

Anyhow, this development will give scholars the ability to examine the manuscript from anywhere in the world and is definitley a ‘good thing.’


Berklee Music is probably the best regarded online music training school. I registered there a while back but simply haven’t been able to afford to do any of their amazing-looking courses (yet – I’m working on it). However the site is still extremely useful with lots of free resources.

For example, they have several excellent blogs with advice on music production, theory etc. I have embedded an example from Erik Hawkins’ blog, which focuses on using Reason and Pro-Tools (click this post’s title for the link).

Last FM have decided to start charging users outside the civilized (i.e. ad-funded) world.

I won’t delete my account just yet, but the thought of a ’30-song countdown and then you have to pay’ makes me feel a little ill. It stops me wanting to play anything on the site.

So Last FM is to join the Kindle, BBC iPlayer and countless other tasty treats in the out-of-reach section for those of us living in the ‘developing’ world.

The irony is I was considering getting a paid account but not if I’m forced to.

Diego Stocco – Luminosonic from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

The brilliant sound-designer Diego Stocco has a page on Vimeo where he has uploaded various clips of himself making music with a range of unlikely everyday objects and substances. For example, the sounds on the video shown here were all sampled from lightbulbs and their filaments. The results remind me somewhat of the quality of sound that Cliff Martinez achieves on his score for the re-make of Solaris.

I was pointed to this page before by a comment on another blog (thanks Erika), but it has taken me a while to follow it up.

Inspiring stuff.

PS – Make sure you check out the burning piano video.

I am doing some research into online mind-mapping, as I am tired of having all my notes on different machines and memory drives.

So far I have found an application called MindMeister, that lets you have a basic account for free. You can create, share, collaborate on and embed your mind maps with this site.I put together  an example map (won’t load in WordPress), summarising Keith Johnson‘s book Communicative Syllabus Design and Methodology.

Then there is Freemind Share, a site (currently in Beta) for uploading and sharing the mind maps you create using Freemind. I have become a fan of Freemind, despite having paid for and used NovaMind a lot. As much as I love NovaMind I just don’t want to keep paying for upgrades. Freemind does most of what I need it to do, but I haven’t got my head around its text export options yet – particularly for Open Office.

It would be great if Google could integrate a Mind-Map program into Google Docs with text export capability. I also would love to see an outliner faeture in Goolge Docs, a la Omni Outliner (which, along with Scrivener is one of my all-time favourite programs). In the meantime there is Text 2 Mind Map a rather nifty free site that converts outlined text into a mind-map style diagram.

Finally, there are several blogs on the subject. This is a site that seems to cover different products rather than being affiliated with just one:

Blip is a Twitter-like music radio application that lets you share music, link up with people etc. As soon as I joined it I was discovering new sounds.

At first I didn’t realise that all your ‘Blips’ are turned into ‘Tweets’, so when I was writing somewhat inane comments to the songs I was choosing, they were all being posted on Twitter.

Splice is an application that allows you to load and mix sounds into songs using its online sequencer.

I’ve registered on the site and I’m planning to get started on some online projects asap.

Note: (29/05/09) Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get onto this site at all and haven’t been able to pretty much since I first blogged about it- link is broken, page doesn’t load or something.  Good luck.


Been messing around with Picasa 3 (Beta on the Mac – at long last!)  You can put a collage like this together in minutes.  Lovely.

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Google seem to still be working on the Knol concept.  Meanwhile here is a site that represents interested parties, independent of Google.

Hmm. I’ve been thinking along these lines for ages – something that has content by ‘experts’. The problem with Wikipedia, although I do LOVE it, is that so many articles are a mess. I know that I can’t complain as I should get in there and improve them but…

  • Time is an issue – I haven’t even been on this blog for nearly a month and am thinking of packing it in.
  • I don’t necessarily know enough to do it better, just enough to know it’s not right.
  • People go in and re-edit everything, and not always for the better.

The Google ‘Knol’ idea sounds good, though there are of course caveats. The conflict of interest is an obvious one. I won’t stop using Wikipedia, but I don’t see anything wrong with a more controlled source of information to use alongside it.

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