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Tuesday, November 18, 2021

They say that “nothing sounds quite like an 808″, which is probably true.

But if you can’t justify buying an actual Roland TR-808 sound machine because, y’know, you’re not all that musically inclined, then the JS-909, a wholly online virtual-synthesizer-cum-JavaScript-experiment, will do for casual soundscaping fun.

I especially like the “Work It!” roboto-voice sample — can’t get enough of it.

Next step for this: Ability to save a customized mix and download it. Even better, port it over to the iPhone/iTouch as an App (although I guess that would kill its JavaScript-iness completely, but whatever).

(Via BuzzFeed)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/18/2008 04:58:01 PM
Category: Creative, Internet, Pop Culture
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Rats are a long-established New York subway species. Now, they’re joined by puddle-fish.

It had rained recently, and the area between the tracks was flooded. I had just given up my rat search when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. It wasn’t a rat, but a tiny fish swimming up and down the tracks.

I looked around excitedly for someone to share it with. Finally a subway worker came along, whom I quickly grabbed and announced, “There’s a fish!” I figured he would tell me I was imagining it, but he smiled and said: “I know. It’s been there for two weeks.”

Apparently, this is a new one: No one at the transit authority could ever remember seeing aquatic life among the tubes before, and couldn’t account for how this little fishie found its way on the 6 line at Union Square.

I had reason to take the 6 uptown yesterday, so yes, I did make a special stop at 14th Street to check this out for myself. Alas, I saw the still-standing water, but no fish. The referenced episode happened a month ago, so I’m guessing that one of the rats went fishing since then.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/18/2008 04:12:02 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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