Tuesday, 30 September 2008

cool toys and thoughts

I read about this some months ago, and it seems it is finally close to being released in Europe (though I can find no dates). It's the Korg DS-10, which turns the lovely Nintendo DS into a clone of Korg's 1978 classic MS-10 synth (with extra functions).

Apparently the sound production is good, and it comes with a sequencer too... very exciting. (if making analogue techno is exciting :)
There are also rumours Nintendo is planning to release a third generation of DS, with an added camera and music player. Hmmm, yes, well. I doubt it will have the chunky charm of the first one, but perhaps I'm just bitter!

Elsewhere, I read a nice little article about f**4ng censorship by Philip Pullman, whose "Dark Materials" trilogy I have not read because I Am An Adult. The first of those books was one of the most complained about to the "American Library Association" last year.
Having heard Republicans worrying that letting government save their crumbling economy is "the slippery slope to socialism", I am surprised they have libraries in the USA, much more so than I am that some idiots might have complained about a book.
Anyway, back to the point, Pullman says a couple of nice things that I shall reproduce below.

"My basic objection to religion is not that it isn't true; I like plenty of things that aren't true. It's that religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good."

"...this kind of thing only invites the rest of the world to consider the American public demented."

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