Rally ’round the #audiocubes…

We’re a fifth of the way to our goal with 4 days left.  Now’s the time to rally & get as many people as you can talking about the project.  I thank each and every one of you who has backed the project or has shared it on Twitter or Facebook or told your friends about it.  Let’s kick it into high Kickstarter gear and finish out the project funding, shall we?

Thanks for your support.  You’re awesome.

Post a Week 2011: Blogging year in review

This year, I participated in WordPress.com’s Post a Week Challenge.  Well, how’d I do?

I was using Joost de Valk‘s Blog Metrics plugin, but that only tells you how you’re doing overall and how you’ve done in the last 30 days and, while I could have logged how many posts there were on January 1 and compared it against how many there were on December 31, I, uh, didn’t.  So, instead, I forked his plugin and modified it to use a ‘year’ query instead of a ‘month’ query.  It seems to have done the trick, although the results are a bit inconsistent…

According to Blog Metrics, I’ve published 200 posts this year.  This is across all blogs/sites (not including the super-secret blog I started over the summer) and also includes 3 posts by my wife on our kidsblog.  When I went through the posts and manually added them up, I got 196, so, we’ll say that I published 193 posts over the last year and assume that maybe the Blog Metrics plugin is including posts in the trash or something like that.

77 of those posts came from this blog (which covers the 52 I would have needed to create to “pass” the Post a Week challenge), and 62 came from my Tumblr blog (which aren’t really posts, so we could, feasibly subtract those from the total, but, according to the rules of the Post a Week challenge, photo blogs/posts still count, so we’ll include that stuff).

This is still quite a bit higher than I expected.  Let’s look at what I wrote about in the last year. I:

…and that’s not including stuff that I was writing about on my WordPress theme development site, web design studio site, or netlabel site.  So, I guess that does count for quite a bit.

Next year, I plan on not being subscribed to the Post a Day updates, and doing much of the same sorts of stuff I did this year.  For anyone who stuck with this blog this year, despite it’s complete lack of focus in any one particular area, thanks for hanging around, see you next year.


Audiocubes for education

Audiocubes provide a unique and interesting way to talk about and experience music, and are already being used in education, both at Universities, but also elementary schools.  I stumbled across this video and had an interesting thought:

I have two kids at an awesome school that allows for the exploration of a vast array of different subjects. If funded, I could share a similar experience to the one above with the kids at our school.  I envision talking a little bit about how the cubes work, how MIDI and electronic music works, and let the kids play with the cubes, probably having something like Mark Mosher’s 9box method pre-programmed into the cubes (so it’s a little less chaotic than the video above).

Watching the kids experiment and interact with the cubes in that video, and watching their expressions is priceless and inspiring.

Some AudioCube videos on YouTube…

These are pretty awesome…

By the way, when I’m working on The Signal, I’ll be video blogging the process — so you’ll be able to subscribe to get updates and see how things are coming along.  And, I know it’s the holidays and people are rushing to buy each other presents or some such nonsense because the only way to tell people that you care about them is obviously through some kind of physical gift of some variety, but what better way to tell someone you care about them than to share with them this awesome project and make a pledge on their behalf and let them submit material to the album?  Pretty kickass, right?  Merry ChristKwanunkah, you can be on an album!  And you can keep a copy of the mp3s/FLACs for yourself — don’t worry, I won’t tell.