3D Printing of a Gun. How can you have gun control if you can download your gun like music?

January 1, 2013

– The 3-D Printed Handgun –

Here is what gets to the heart of the argument. my father brought up technology. what happens with 3d printers? Will the government be able to stop the transfer of a blue print of a gun over the internet any better then they can stop the transfer of music and video.
And then there’s Defense Distributed, a.k.a. the Wiki Weapon Project, the initiative cooked up by a University of Texas Law student and some of his buddies to 3-D print a working firearm. The group’s Indiegogo funding campaign was shut down in the early going and 3-D printer maker Stratasys revoked the lease on Wiki Weapon’s fabricator at one point, but through Bitcoin and other technology providers they’ve managed to keep the project alive and funded.

Last we saw the Defense Distributed boys out on the range, they were firing an AR-15 rifle with a 3-D printed lower receiver–not of their own design, but one that is already available out there on the Web. They managed to get six rounds off before the plastic component broke, but they learned a bit about recoil and stress as they pertain to 3-D printed plastic in the process. These guys seem pretty serious about bringing their own, freely distributed, publicly available printable firearm design into being relatively soon, which could make 2013 an interesting year in terms of ethics and legal infrastructure that are scrambling to keep up with accelerating 3-D fabrication technologies.

"Metalwashing" – Biggest #BDSFail Ever?

July 3, 2012
(Zionists) use heavy metal to corrupt Muslims. Here’s a partial list of bands whom have screamed, distorted their amps, and wore a lot of black for the stages of Tel Aviv:

Napalm Death, Metallica, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Linkin Park, and Ozzy Osbourne.
Looking ahead, Guns N’ Roses, Scorpions, Opeth and Dark Tranquility plan to play this year and Lamb of God plans to return.

World-Class Pianist Charged with ‘Insulting Islam’

June 2, 2012

(h/t vinienco)
A Turkish court on Friday formally charged an internationally known pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values, in comments he made on Twitter.
The court in Istanbul voted to approve an indictment against Fazil Say (pictured), who has played piano with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, National Orchestra of France and Tokyo Symphony.
The 42-year-old Say faces charges of inciting hatred and public enmity, and insulting “religious values.” He allegedly mocked Islamic beliefs about paradise in April.
Say’s lawyer, Meltem Akyol, told AP the pianist has denied the charges. The trial will be held on Oct. 18, she said.
“We certainly do not accept the charges,” Akyol said. “He has stated in his initial testimony during the probe that he had no intention to humiliate any religion. He was basically criticizing those who are exploiting religion for profit.”
Akyol said Say’s tweets and retweets on social media cannot be considered as public remarks because only people who follow him can see them.
In one tweet cited in the indictment, Say said, “What if there is raki (traditional anisette drink) in paradise but not in hell, while there is Chivas Regal (scotch) in hell and not in paradise? What will happen then? This is the most important question!!”
Islam forbids alcohol and many Islamists might consider such remarks unacceptable. In one of Say’s retweets, one excerpt questioned whether paradise was a “brothel?” according to the indictment.
Akyol claimed that line belonged to the wine-loving 11th century Persian poet Omar Khayyam, adding that Say “was merely expressing his ideas within free speech.”
She confirmed that Say closed his Twitter account before the court decision Friday, because he was annoyed with messages.
“He has lately incurred the wrath of some people,” Akyol told AP. “He has even been receiving death threats.”
Say could face a maximum 1 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted, according to the AP report.
Previously, the report noted, Turkey’s Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk was prosecuted for his comments about the mass killings of Armenians, under a law that made it a crime to insult the Turkish identity. The government eased that law in an amendment in 2008.
In another incident in 2007, ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who received death threats because of his comments about the killings of Armenians by Turks in 1915, was shot dead outside his office in Istanbul.

Will Obama stand up for musicians against his pal Erdogan? No… how is that for Hope and Change?

Lady Shaped Like a Vase

January 16, 2012


I’m Blowing in the Wind

Cell Phone Stops New York Symphony

January 14, 2012

At Toronto’s Globe and Mail, “Conductor shames man after cellphone goes off at philharmonic.” And at London’s Daily Mail, “Are you quite finished? New York Philharmonic conductor dramatically halts performance after cell phone interruption.” (american power) Also at New York Times, “Ringing Finally Ended, but There’s No Button to Stop Shame. Bummer!

Why is a four octave vocal range so rare?

November 7, 2011

(BBC) Yma Sumac, the Peruvian soprano famous for her range, has died. Her voice spanned more than four octaves, but why is that so unusual? Many things were considered amazing about Yma Sumac, from her exotic costumes to her claims about being an Inca princess. But her extraordinary voice is what really made her special. Known as the Peruvian songbird, it ranged over more than four octaves. It made her a Hollywood star in the 1950s and she stunned audiences globally throughout her long career. To this day Sumac, who died at the weekend, is considered to have one of the biggest vocal ranges of any singer. Such a range is so unusual because the human voice is very limited and we use only a small part of it. This makes it very difficult to expand the vocal range and articulate such high notes. Exploiting the range we do have comes down to physical aspects, like body structure and the length of vocal cords, technique and psychological attitude. There has been a massive amount of research over the years to try and understand why our voices are so limited, says vocal coach Janet Edwards, who’s worked with Leona Lewis and Spice Girl Mel C.“What we do know is most people are capable of three octaves. The average person could sing within this range with very good guidance from an expert.” Most classical singers who have been professionally trained are still within this three octave range. A modern day comparison to Yma Sumac is Mariah Carey. She has a multi-octave vocal range which can reportedly reach five octaves. “The young Mariah Carey used to sing in a lowish voice and then these stratospheric notes would sound more and more like whistling,” says Gillyanne Kayes, vocal trainer and voice researcher. “It takes a high degree of skill to sing across a range. The colour, or timbre, of a voice is not the same all the way through.” And octave range doesn’t just come down to physical attributes and technique, it’s about the psychological as well. “People can have a fear of using their voice,” says Ms Edwards. “Teaching someone is not only about getting people to use their body properly and breath right, it is also about giving people the right attitude to free their voice. You have to look at the voice from all angles.” But having a wide range does not equal a good singing voice per se, says Ms Kayes. “In the latter years of Billie Holliday’s life it was a pretty limited range, which inevitably was due to her years of alcohol and drug use. But she had this enormous expressivity which she was able to convey in seven to 10 notes, which is actually the range of your average pop song. “Someone like Amy Winehouse, for example, mostly limits herself to about seven notes in a song. It’s very difficult at the top of the range because you just can’t articulate words up there. It’s more what I would call a whistling sound.”

I never felt particularly impressed with these vocal acrobatics. I know certain music connoisseurs are, but I don’t think it is naturally soothing or enjoyable except to those who are indoctrinated or pushed into the taste. It makes me feel on edge and it is not relaxing. People who have an acquired taste forget that it isn’t a natural enjoyment. The best test to see if music is good is to play it for a young child. There is nothing worse sounding to my ear then a singer who pushes a sound that is worked. I realize opera… and other genres of singing are dependent on doing an athletic feet.  All I can say is I never enjoyed it. I always felt like someone was forcing me to like something… and it is no wonder that when you get into these cultural circles of music and art lovers that they usually push some kind of government centralization like socialism or feminism… always with an arrogance that humiliated you for pointing out the obvious. These people are addicted to that which is not natural. I would hate to see government fund art forms that can only be appreciated by those who have been indoctrinated into appreciating it. Many people complain that the business model of music has been taken away. Perhaps not… if people really loved this music they would pay for it. now that we can all sample this pain without suffering through commercials… no one will pay for it live. good riddance.

BDS organizers get sued by Lebanese businessman!

October 19, 2011
(h/t EOZ and Dan)FromAl Akhbar:Lebanese anti-Israel activists are being sued by a concert promoter for their boycott campaign against a popular British rock group. Samah Idriss, director of Dar al-Adab publishing house, received a court summons this Thursday from Beirut’s commerce court. Idriss is implicated in a lawsuit for his involvement in a Lebanese boycott campaign against the British rock group Placebo last year. Jihad el-Murr, who heads the company that organized the event, filed the suit on 10 July 2011. El-Murr is suing Idriss, as well as three other groups involved in the campaign: the Aidoun Refugee Rights Center, the Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, and the Global BDS Campaign in Lebanon. El-Murr, a self-described famous businessman from a prominent family, is demanding US$180,000 compensation for his company’s financial losses allegedly caused by the boycott campaign.Lebanese activists called for the boycott in protest of Placebo’s performance in Tel Aviv four days before their concert in Beirut, that was scheduled for 9 June 2010 at the Forum de Beirut. Only in July 2011, a year after the event took place, did el-Murr notice the ‘financial losses’ he claims were caused by the campaign. He called the campaign against cultural normalization with Israel both “malicious and deceptive.” El-Murr argues that the 1955 Lebanese law supporting a limited boycott of Israel does not apply to the Placebo concert. “The famous rock band does not even deal with politics,” he added.El Murr described the boycotts as “ridiculous” last year.Placebo played in Israel on June 5th, and they did play in Beirut on June 9
It does not appear that the boycott effort in Lebanon had any effect because the concert hall in Beirut looks pretty full to me:
Which is a win-win – the Lebanese roundly ignored the BDSers and the only way for the BDSers to counter the lawsuit would be for them to admit that their efforts were fruitless!
it’s funny… but I really could care less about any loss of money in Lebanon because of BDS.