Advanced Audio Microphones DM20. Dynamic microphone based on the RE-20

Advanced Audio DM20

The DM20 is a super cardioid dynamic microphone, based on the original RE20. The DM20 produces a vocal presence peak  which can enhance the voice. It also has an internal windscreen and does not require a shock mount. It features two bass roll off switches and a high frequency filter.

via Advanced Audio Microphones DM20. Dynamic microphone based on the RE-20 | Advanced Audio Microphones.

This mic is sweet! Gorgeous sound. For my voice? all filters off, but I sort of like it with the left-switch filter active (-3dB at 120, -5dB at 50)

Mmmmmmm.DM20 in stand

Subscriptions in Safari

While fooling around with the sidebar “mentions” tab I found the subscription button. Click that, hmm, looks like I can add my favorite sites back to a reading list. I think I like this.

Make a change to see if the sidebar updates.

When Higher Is Better — And When It Isn’t

One of the most hotly – and perhaps unnecessarily – debated topics in the world of audio is the one that surrounds digital sample rates.

Namely, that there are perfectly good reasons for sticking with the current professional and consumer standards of 44.1 and 48 kHz for recording and playback – and some valid arguments for moving up to slightly higher sample rates, such as 60, 88.2 or even as high as 96 kHz. What seems to have less informed support is the push to ultra-high sample rates like 192kHz.

We’ll explore the arguments on both sides of the major questions around sample rates and try to find out where each faction has got it right – and where they may be missing some crucial information.

via The Science of Sample Rates (When Higher Is Better — And When It Isn’t).

Microsoft Word is cumbersome, inefficient, and obsolete. It’s time for it to die.

Stories would come in over the fax machine. If the printout was clear enough, and if our giant flatbed scanner was in the mood, someone would scan the pages in, a text-recognition program would decipher the letters, and we would comb the resulting electronic file for nonsense and typos. If the scanner wasnt in the mood, we would prop up the hard copy beside a computer and retype the whole thing. …Nowadays, I get the same feeling of dread when I open an email to see a Microsoft Word document attached. Time and effort are about to be wasted cleaning up someones archaic habits. A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. Its time to give up on Word.

via Microsoft Word is cumbersome, inefficient, and obsolete. It’s time for it to die. – Slate Magazine.

Send websites and docs to iBooks

With iTunes 9.2 and iOS 4, the iBooks 1.1 app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch can store and view PDF files, together with EPUB files.

If you want to quickly add a document or a web page to your ‘Books’ collection in iTunes, all you need to do is to create an alias of iTunes and drag it to ~/Library/PDF Services. Now, when you’re browsing the web or viewing documents and you decide that you want to read them later on a portable Apple device just hit Print, click the PDF button on the bottom left corner of the window and choose iTunes. iTunes will launch and receive the PDF. Next, sync your device and you’re ready to go.

via Send websites and docs to iBooks – Mac OS X Hints.

PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid

“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

via Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War – PowerPoint –


Most modern programming languages do not consider white space characters (spaces, tabs and newlines) syntax, ignoring them, as if they weren’t there. We consider this to be a gross injustice to these perfectly friendly members of the character set. Should they be ignored, just because they are invisible? Whitespace is a language that seeks to redress the balance. Any non whitespace characters are ignored; only spaces, tabs and newlines are considered syntax.

via Whitespace.