Archive for November, 2006

Reading music modifies spatial mapping in panists

November 30, 2006

While researching methods for detecting music staves with image processing, i interestingly found this paper (which actually has nothing to do with image processing).

Pitch height is represented in sheet music by a different vertical location. In the piano keyboard, it corresponds to a different horizontal location. This change requires an interpretation of the music by the pianist, and moreover, a spatial mapping (which can come with a degree of automaticity with varying experience). The paper concludes that “the acquisition of skill in music reading and playing thus involves the building of spatial representations that, once in place, extend outside a musical context”.

I recon there are multiple other mappings too, which also extend beyond the musical context. As a pianist, i can recall for instance the mapping of a visual image of a score into the idea of its sound, and the mapping of higher pitches into higher intensities, which also involves the mapping of the horizontal location of note to the vertical intensity with which the note should be played.

The “WOW” signal

November 27, 2006

Wow” remains the strongest and clearest signal ever received from an unknown source in space, as well as the most fascinating and unexplainable.

You Are Here

November 27, 2006

Sometimes it’s good to have an idea of where we are (just zoom to where it says “you are here”).

My favorite joke, in 3 languages

November 25, 2006

Here’s my favorite joke. In english:

A blind guy walks into the kitchen, grabs the cheese grater, and asks:

– Who the hell wrote this shit?!

In portuguese:

Um cego entra na cozinha, pega no ralador do queijo, e pergunta:

– Quem é que escreveu esta merda?!

And finally… in slovenian!

Slepec vstopi v kuhinjo, prime ribežen in reče:

– Kdo za vraga je napisal to sranje?!

Scrat, the Ice Age dude

November 2, 2006

Scrat is one of those characters that, no matter how long i’ve known him, there’s always a smile on my face whenever he shows up. For those that aren’t relating the name to the being, Scrat is the dude with the nut, from Ice Age. What i like most about him is his possessive obsession for nuts and the way his expression ranges from the “poor little guy” to the “flabbergasted dude”.

Last night i was watching a new mini-video with Scrat and decided to share some (no big movies, just clips).