Pitch Correction

A long time ago I saw the Simpson's episode, "New Kids on the Blecch"  in which Bart joins a boy band and they use a magic "voice enhancer" to make their voices sound awesome...  I thought that was pretty funny, but it turns out to be real! 

Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies for correcting pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise inaccuracies and mistakes and, due to its increasing use in modern music, has allowed many artists to produce more precisely tuned recordings.

There's a general article about Pitch Correction on wikipedia too...  In case you're curious, there's also an article about Robotic Voice Effects...

I keep thinking I should play around with sound synthesis...  It seems like it'd be a fun application of my programming skills...  just playing around with different effects and stuff...  I even took a class on digital signal processing...  I could apply some of that.  I wonder if there's a nice framework around that I could use...  Maybe CSound...



Man...  I wish software bugs were this funny...

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Sprained Ankle

So this weekend I was in Iowa for a family reunion thing.  It was nice, but I sprained my ankle playing basketball.  Check it out:


Neat, huh?  And that's 5 days after the injury. :-)

This is my second foot injury this summer (fortunately, I'm alternating between left and right, I guess)...  It's kinda' depressing.  Am I getting old?  Or could it be related to the fact that I spend 10+ hours a day sitting in front of a computer?  Hrm...  I resolve to be more active (once I'm healed)...  Injury != cool.



So after 2 months, my foot seems to be pretty healed.  This means I finally got to use my Garmin ForeRunner!  Turns out it rocks.  Here's a map of my run.  Well, pretty close anyway...  It shows me running through some trees, when actually I was cleverly using the sidewalk, but close enough...  I'm not going to use it to land airplanes...  =]

I took it pretty easy because I really really don't want to re-injure myself, but I ran almost 2 miles and didn't have any pain, so that rocks...  I did have some weird twinges, but hopefully that's part of the healing process? =]  We'll see...  A month ago, I couldn't walk half a mile without pain, so this is definite improvement.  I'll gradually try to ramp up and see how it goes.  Probably no Marathons for me this year though.

Anyway, Garmin rocks...  If I bought stocks, I'd probably invest in them.  I have two of their devices now (GPS in my car and now the ForeRunner) and they're both awesome devices.


Funny? Or not funny?

There should be a Myers-Briggs style test for determining what type of sense of humor you have... It'd have questions like:

Poll #1017814 Funny?

This video is:

Uh... Kinda' funny?
Not very funny.
Definitely NOT funny.