discchord Update & Do Any Celebrities Read This Site?

discchord got a big update today, but most of the changes are in the backend that you'll never see. These features help me in my ongoing battle against Apple and YouTube to promote their content. I'm not sure why there is a conflict between us in this goal, but it sure as shit feels like we must be at war. I think I'm winning?

What's new in discchord v3.5.4:

One feature you will see though is that the site now uses a reverse order for pages. This post is going on page 2858, instead of page 1. That page 1 won't link to the same stuff next week, but page 2858 will always include this post.

This was suggested by reader Markus Gräser, and was a pain in the ass to pull off. There are some excellent reasons most sites do not do this. There's all kinds of weird issues with pagination and figuring out, "okay... then what is the number of the first page then?" Thanks to the highly customizable nature of the code base here, I was able to pull it off without sacrificing performance!

I think this was worth the effort though, because now if you search for something on Google and it links to index page 2545 here, you will actually find the thing you expect to find. The same goes for those of you that like to open up a billion tabs. Now if you leave open a background tab for Gear News on page 180 it will give you the same content when you return.

Nien! It's mine!

I had a weird dream Wednesday night that Jonathan Silverman, star of such films as Weekend at Bernie's and Weekend at Bernie's II, visited the site regularly and wanted me to know. I suspect this was my brain trying to cope with the sudden reemergence of Rick Moranis. After over a decade of self-imposed acting exile, Rick showed up on Wednesday in a deceptive ad for a wireless phone company. (It's actually $90/mo.)

This got me thinking though!

Are there any celebrities that read the site? Even minor celebs. I'm not typically in favor of celebrity culture, but I am when it strokes my own ego! Let me know in the comments or privately. I'd love to learn that someone like Tool synthesist Danny Carey reads the site.

discchord 9th Anniversary: Let's Play with Laplace (Drunk)

This month the site turned 9 and and I turned 41, so let's celebrate with a special Let's Play! Inspired by one of my favorite YouTuber's and her My Drunk Kitchen, I present the first (and last) episode of My Drunk Synthn!

Video Description:

To celebrate the site's 9th Anniversary, and my 41st birthday, I wanted to do something special for this Let's Play! One of my favorite YouTubers is Hannah Hart, and her My Drunk Kitchen Series (https://youtu.be/vq7G-Q9ZwC0), so in an homage to her I am proud to present: My Drunk Synthn!

Webb Family Margarita Recipe
Ice Cream Maker Version - 2 servings:
• 45mL Jose Cuervo: Gold Tequila
• 15mL Triple Sec (I like DeKuyper, but most will do fine!)
• 50mL Frozen Limeaid Concentrate (Minute Maid is my favorite)
• 133mL water (RO, or Distilled is preferred, but tap will do.)

Blender Version:
Same, but swap the water with about 125mL of ice.

Ice Cream Maker on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hEADjM
Laplace on App Store: https://apps.apple.com/app/id920832974

If you've enjoyed this series please consider supporting it by becoming a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com Or you can support me on Timmeon if you don't like Patreon: https://discchord.com/supporters#timmeon (Patrons of these campaigns get the same benefits, including Ad Free viewing on the site!)

Let's Play with Phosphor 3 & BLEASS Chorus

I can't believe I haven't done a video for Phosphor 3! I have now corrected this oversight. Phosphor 3 is one of my favorite apps for creating wild Sci-Fi sounds, and the first thing I reached for when I wanted to explore the new BLEASS Chorus! The combination amazed me and stopped me in my tracks while recording this.

Video Description:

Phosphor 3 is an additive synth with FM elements, allowing for a vast variety of sounds! In this video I use it to create a richly textured patch to run into the new BLEASS Chorus!

If you've enjoyed this series please consider supporting it by becoming a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com Or you can support me on Timmeon if you don't like Patreon: https://discchord.com/supporters#timmeon (Patrons of these campaigns get the same benefits, including Ad Free viewing on the site!)

Let's Play with Mela – Synth & FX

This week YouTuber me played with Nikolozi's recently updated Mela Synth. The update upgraded the sub and noise oscillators to being fully parameterized oscillators; making this a 4 oscillator synth with a modulation matrix and some unique routing options.

Out of all the apps I've used my oscilloscope on, Mela definitely benefits the most. It's also pretty to watch!

Video Description:

Mela Synth came out a while ago, but it just got an update that greatly expands its possibilities! In this video I use the modulation matrix to drastically morph the oscillators, and damn near everything else!

If you've enjoyed this series please consider supporting it by becoming a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com Or you can support me on Timmeon if you don't like Patreon: https://discchord.com/supporters#timmeon (Patrons of these campaigns get the same benefits, including Ad Free viewing on the site!)

WWDC 2020 Round-Up

The World Wide Developer Conference is an important part of Apple's cult. The keynote serves as sermon to their most faithful followers. A little thing like the apocalypse isn't going to make Apple miss this important occasion in their annual liturgy. Not even when they have absolutely nothing to show off.

Not even a new Apple Watch

I'm amazed by the breathless coverage that has come out of this event. It really is a testament to Apple's marketing department. They showed nothing. It was an hour and a half of nothing. Not even a new Apple Watch. Yet somehow the zealots are in rapturous ecstasy today.

iOS 14: Now with more Google Features!

The only things they did show coming in iOS 14 are features you've already had on iOS devices for many many years, thanks to Google Translate and Google Maps!

macOS on ARM... but not your ARM.

The one piece of news that did come out of the one hour and thirty-seven minute presentation was that macOS can now run on ARM chips. Learned readers will note that the iPad and iPhone run ARM chips, so surely this means that macOS can run on iPad Pros now right? Right? Nope.

I've wanted macOS on an iPad since the iPad 1, but instead Apple have decided to go the other way with this. Soon you will be able to play shitty mobile games on your Mac. Now people will finally have to stop making fun of macOS for not having any games. Apple are doubling-down on this, as they further announced that they will be moving away from Intel-based Macs over the next few years.

Apple claim that there are performance improvements in their desktop ARM, over conventional Intel chips. While this is a possibility, it seems like an improbability. Designing CPUs at the modern nanoscale we're at now is non-trivial. Intel are inside of everyone's PCs and servers, because Intel are the only ones really good at it. Okay, fine, AMD does alright too. Intel and AMD are the full list of companies that have demonstrated an ability to produce top-tier chips. While a lot of progress has been made in ARM space, I'd be dubious of any claims that they are matching even AMD's performance. Claims that they are beating Intel are asinine.

There are a lot of knock-on effects from switching CPU architecture. Will you be able to get an NVIDIA GPU in your new Mac? If not, you're fucked if you want to edit video in Adobe Premiere without CUDA cores. Now buying a Mac for the family could have a lot of potential unforeseen consequences. Perhaps your daughter will fall behind in her programming classes because she can't do Machine Learning at the speed she could on an Intel/NVIDIA PC. Now she can't get a decent job, because all the other kids with Intel-based PCs automated hers away. She tries to self-medicate through the depression and degradation of her situation, but becomes a drug addict. All because you picked a Mac.

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