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inks and People

Bezier Curves Explained Geometrically: The best visual representation I've found on the workings of these famous curves. Work through the two examples and you will never view them the same again. Also includes a link to an online animation demo.

Bezier Curve Mathematics: Luc Devroye's web site. A more mathematical and academic treatment of the curves. Also includes Bezier's obituary. Lots of links to font web sites. Some say the most extensive that exists in one place.

Pierre Bezier Biography: A short biographical sketch that contains the following Bezier quote. "Is imagination not based partly on the ability to connect notions which, at first sight, look quite unrelated, such as mechanics, electronics, optics, foundry and data processing? Is it related to the sense of humor that can detect unexpected relationships between facts that look quite unconnected?" My emphasis.

Jack Dollhausen: An blend of art, technology, and human-machine interaction from a 30-year practitioner with a very well done web page. Features tons of unique art and lots of interesting details.

Alan Turing: The Alan Turing Home Page. A wealth of information on Turning maintained by his biographer, Andrew Hodges.

Onset Computer: An extensive line of data loggers that will make you look for things to measure and monitor. New stuff all the time.

Creative Technology Lasers: A wide assortment of lasers and very helpful advice from Will.

McMaster-Carr: An amazing supply of all things hardware with live, knowledgeable sales people and fast service.

Precision H2O: Cutting everything from linoleum to steel to rock with abrasive water jet. Good, free advice.

J. Craig Sweat Photography: Top of the line photography of your artwork and more. Examples on this site include the photos of the T.V. Lamp and The Bilbao, among others.

Spokane Art School: Classes and workshops including digital photography, painting, and figure drawing. Unfortunately, this non-profit, decades old school is about to sell its building and is in danger of closing for good, due in no small part to the last director who among other conceits called himself the CEO. A big loss for all the artists, donors, employees, and volunteers who worked so hard over the years to make this a wonderful institution.

Video Cameras/Camcorders: I've had as many as five camcorders all going at once on a project (shooting dirt track Go-Kart racing with cameras on the kart and helmet). Fortunately, I found a supplier of used but very reliable Sony DV camcorders on eBay. Reasonable prices, wonderful tech advice and really great service. His user ID is kingzq. He's been selling on eBay for over 6 years and has a 100% rating with over 2,000 transactions. Go to eBay Community and search for his user ID to see what he has for sale at any particular time.

David Lindley: An amazing blend of reggae, blues, traditional, and world music with Wally Ingram's great drum riffs.  Musicianship with both humor and a message now and then. The El Rayo-X album has what is perhaps the best version of Mercury Blues ever recorded!

Art Ludwig: An incredibly thorough "all about sound" web site including the physics of sound, the ear, music, etc. Information as simple or as technical as you might want to get. An absolutely great reference. Also some moving stories about a Men's Group from both a man's and a woman's point of view that you might not expect to find in such a place. A good way to re-calibrate any engineer stereotypes you might have.

Bruce Walker: A great site for sonificaion information and software. Free software downloads that will enable you to start doing your own sonifications. One of the few places where you can get software to easily convert raw data into sounds. Sonification examples and links to other resources. 

Jonathan Middleton: Algorithmic composition software online with instructions and links to resources. You can make compositions based on chaos and Markov chains! Middleton has composed and had performed and recorded symphonic works based on redwood DNA, Fibonacci series, etc. He's had a big influence on my musical "re-education".

Steve Roden: I like Steve Roden's intriguing sound and sonification work for several reason but one is that he is not afraid to write about and explain his work in non art speak terms. And he gives good advice.

Bob Sturm: A very elaborate and well documented sonification of ocean buoy data and more.

Music Animation Machine: Stephen Malinowski's delightful machine that creates visualizations of each note of an entire musical composition. Also includes a list of the 23 ways his name has been misspelled. No other word for it but charming.

Piano Chords: A wonderful way to learn about scales, chords, etc. Select a chord or scale and hear it played. Dozens of scales most of us have never heard of. Guitar info as well. A great way to directly compare different guitar open tunings.

Pi Web Sites: Lots of stuff about pi including where to find it to 50 million decimal places, digit series frequencies, etc.

Brendan McKay and Friends: Examines the Bible Codes (also called Torah Codes) from the point of view of the mathematicians and other experts. Incredibly thorough. Even The Very Reverend Doctor Pi 357 likes this site.

Leonhard Euler: "The Magic 5" equation and more on this truely amazing mathematician.

Ken Stone: Excellent source of information on using Apple's Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro and other video applications.

Lynda.com: The best online tutorials I've found. Not free but worth the cost. The Larry Jordan videos are some of the very best--no better way to learn about Final Cut Pro as far as I'm concerned.

Design Within Reach: High quality contemporary furniture and accessories, including classics, in stock and ready to ship.

Test My Browser: While I was updating this web page in 2008 I got very frustrated trying to get everything to work and look OK on different browsers, on different computers, and on different screen sizes. Add to that the fact that I've changed monitors and computer several times since I put up the original pages--no starting benchmark. So, to provide some kind of benchmark for my own testing, I posted this page. It's simply a bunch of shapes, lines, different tags, media, etc. (originating from my system) to see how they display and load with different software and equipment. I created these with Mac OS X 10.4.11, a 20 inch Apple Cinema Display (not calibrated by spectrophotometer), and using Dreamweaver MX, Version 6.0. I tested this site with the three browsers I have: Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, 5.2.3 (the last version for Macs). I also tested Internet Explorer 6 on a Windows XP machine.

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