- z2003-05-03- Ward On Wiki Naming
Ward Cunningham on WikiName/Sister Sites philosophy. I see wiki as a place where people work out the names of things that they will say. Since our spoken vocabulary is small, we must struggle to find words that carry value commensurate with the space they consume in our brains (Naming Things). Where works collide in wiki they will also collide in our thoughts. Usually that is a happy circumstance. Still, we often establish the ConText of a conversation so as to avoid or at least disambiguate many of these collisions. And we have to note the context switches we make in conversation. The analogy of context switching I've chosen for wiki is Sister Sites. Two sites are candidates to be sisters if the collisions in their vocabulary are likely to be useful.
- z2014-12-16- Another Omnibus
Time for another OmniBus deal.
On December 13, the Senate passed by a vote of 56 to 40 the FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 83. The House approved the same bill on December 11, 219 to 206. The President (Barack Obama) is expected to sign the bill soon. The omnibus is a package of 11 FY 2015 spending bills, providing funding through the end of FY 2015 (September 30, 2015) for federal agencies.
A shocking provision in the bill undoes a piece of Dodd Frank Finance Reform that prevented an FDIC BailOut of WallSt firms who lose money on risky bets.
Dec11: The very idea was abhorrent to many Democrats on Capitol Hill. And some were stunned that the White House would support the bill with that provision intact, given that it would erase a key provision of the 2010 Dodd Frank financial reform legislation, one of Obama’s signature achievements. But perhaps even more outrageous to Democrats was that the language in the bill appeared to come directly from the pens of lobbyists at the nation’s biggest banks, aides said. The provision was so important to the profits at those companies that JPMorgan's chief executive Jamie Dimon himself telephoned individual lawmakers to urge them to vote for it, according to a person familiar with the effort. The White House, in pleading with Democrats to support the bill, explained that it got something in return: It said that it averted other amendments that would have undercut Dodd-Frank, protected the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from Republican attacks, and won double digit increases in funds for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "The president is pleased," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Dec12: Elizabeth Warren made an angry speech in hopes of stopping Senate approval. Here we are -- five years after Dodd-Frank – with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for middle class, do nothing for community banks – do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again.
Dec13: The net effect of the changes in the Omnibus spending bill would be to expand permissible swaps activities within a bank and to only exclude swaps based on asset-backed securities that are unregulated and not of a credit quality. All very technical, but the net result is to allow Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and others to use the Fed’s discount window to borrow money in case of a crisis that roiled the derivative market for credit swaps again as took place in September 2008. (Credit Crisis2008)
Dec14: Is Elizabeth Warren's strategy ever working?
Dec15: The language was introduced by Kevin Yoder last summer. (Why are we only hearing about it now?) Yoder has been mum about the spending package since it passed the House. His office hasn't responded to multiple requests for comment on why he slipped the Citigroup language into it. The press statements on his website say nothing about the provision or the spending bill. There are no posts about it on his Facebook page. He's said nothing in his Twitter feed.
Dec16: Elizabeth Warren is correct about the depth/breadth of Citi Group's ties with the government. In many ways, however, this isn't One Degree of Citigroup. It's One Degree of Robert Rubin. After his stint as President Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, Rubin decamped for the newly-created Citigroup, which formed after Congress passed a law ending the Depression-era prohibition on banks and securities firms from operating under the same roof (Glass Steagall). And then Rubin's long list of proteges followed.
- z2014-12-12- Music Instrument Practice Software Idea
Software idea OfTheDay: tool to help during Musical Instrument practice session.
piece chosen, music (MIDI?) is in the software
- search/links to videos of people playing piece; save favorites
- record sound of student playing: don't have to save forever, just during session or a day or two
- metronome: audio and/or visual
- track history of tempos used by student at each section of piece
can play Music Minus One, or in unison with app (or shift app by an octave or more to make it easier to distinguish sound)
- can set start/stop points to loop to keep working on 1 section
- catch note errors in realtime
- catch pitch errors in realtime
- can play back recording at varying speeds to hear pitch and other problems more clearly
- student can attach voice-note or typed-note to any point in the piece, draw symbols over top of piece
What else would you want? (Not that I am going to make this.)
Update: a friend suggests Chromatik (IOS app), which looks pretty cool except that the music library seems rather small (classical piano: 12 pcs; classical violin 6pcs).
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