Archive Monthly Archives: July 2008

Where is the Web Going?

Seth Godin, a popular blogger, said recently that the internet is the first mass medium that isn’t supported by ads. The Net is for us, the people, to fulfill our needs, not to satisfy the large corporations. Most corporations ask how the latest social networking trend can benefit them. They try to figure out how to put ads on YouTube videos, on websites, in social networks for example. He says that businesses should instead ask “how are people (the people I need to reach, interact with and tell stories to) going to use this new power and how can I help them achieve their goals?”.

This brings up the questions, ‘Where is the web going?’ or ‘What is the web for?’. I believe that the internet is heading towards a highly interactive and entertaining environment for learning. Right now we have each component individually for the most part:

  • interactivity via social networking, chat software, skype, etc
  • entertainment via watching videos, listening to songs
  • learning via reading websites, PDF files, watching videos, listening to audio files, ordering books

Imagine the power of truly combining all 3 components!

My Songs Submitted to Canada’s Hockey Anthem Challenge

I submitted 3 songs so far to the Canada’s Hockey Anthem Challenge. You can check them out and hopefully give me a good rating here:

The Hockey Jig

Metal Mayhem

War Game


Tools for transcribing solos

I’ve been using the Amazing Slow Downer for slowing down music and transcribing solos. It has a huge range down to 20% of the original (many just go to half speed). You can also change the pitch which I used for some sax transcriptions.

But nowadays, you might find some cool video of someone you want to transcribe. I noticed with the latest version of Real Player (which I didn’t use much) it puts a little ‘Download this video’ icon about the video. I don’t condone stealing copyrighted content, but it’s useful for transcribing. Here’s what I did:

Download the video to your local machine using the Real Player plugin in Firefox. Then use the free FLV extract program, where you drag the file onto the small window and it will create an mp3 of the video for you!