Monday, August 27, 2012

Sound Experiments

I've always wanted to do Cymatics experiments. If you haven't heard of Cymatics before, it's creating patterns from sound. I think it's really cool. Imagine what we can do with it! I've always imagined documenting the various patterns created. Then maybe we could create a language. Its written form will be those patterns. Its spoken form will be wordless. Just sounds. Of course, the language itself will be a lot less complex than one with words. But it will be more emotive and melodic. Fun!

Unfortunately, I don't have an amplifier, or a subwoofer speaker that I can dismantle. But I will get there soon. For now, I tried a method that's a bit more crude. It involves PVC pipes, a balloon, and one's voice. The result, passable for a first try, and using such crude equipment. Still, it was exciting when the patterns started to form. My brother helped me with it. And we only managed to create a few. The problem was mostly because we couldn't project, much less sustain, a musical note very long. I need a singer. But here are some images we were able to produce.

Lower note.

Higher pitch.

My brother did this. I couldn't replicate this myself. 
But he made this multiple times.
Basically, we made a sort of drum with the PVC Y-connector and a balloon. Then we sprinkled it with salt. Then, through the long pipe, we made a sustaining sound, and watched as the salt vibrated into a pattern.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Marriage and my Parents

It's just amusing to note my parents' different views on marriage.

Mom: Our children have to be practical when it comes to marriage. They have to find someone with enough means to support their lifestyle.

Dad: As long as they find someone they love and who loves them, they can weather any storm.

Didn't quite expect that answer from Dad. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dream Recalibration... or rather, Path Recalibration

Was talking to a friend of mine yesterday. And he said he felt a little lost. When asked to expound on it, he said, he felt that, he had a dream, but what he was doing didn't seem to be getting him anywhere near it. Also, his walk in life showed him that he wasn't good enough to fulfill his dreams. "I'm not one of the best artists out there," he said. "I'm not even one of the best at stories."

He's better now. And just for the record, he may not be a great artist or writer, but he's a great motivator (+10 morale area of effect). I seem to have several friends like that. Nice! And as I pointed out to him, that's why we're a team. Because the combined skills of a team entity is better than an individual.

But this got me thinking, what are my dreams? Am I on the path to reaching it? Or am I allowing myself to be swayed to a different direction by what I think is necessity? By what I think it takes to keep my company afloat? I think it's good to verbalize the dream every now and then to remind us where we're trying to go. Also, I think it's good to verbalize the dream to friends because sometimes, it takes more than just the individual to reach it. And friends, if they truly are friends, would be more than happy to help you reach your dreams.

So let me start by telling you my dream.

Short answer: To change the world.

In detail: I'd like to influence the minds and hearts of people, to cause them to change for the better, to instill in them chivalry, goodness and virtue; to remember the value of God, family, and friends; and to keep them believing in the power of love, in the worth of values, and in the truth that dreams do come true. And I'd like to do that through stories.

My friend's dream isn't far from mine. He wants to focus on games, particularly, as is medium. And his focus is on the young, to instill honor, respect and love. And we'll do something. We'll collaborate, just like we did in high school.

What about you? What's your dream? Verbalize! Maybe we can help each other out. :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Goose Girl

Just finished reading "The Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale. My verdict, it's a comfortable read. Shannon Hale is one of my comfortable authors. I liked very much what she did with Princess Academy. And for Goose Girl, Hale delivered. Although, the prince conveniently falling in love with the goose girl before he knew she was the princess... That, I think could have been done better. Selia, the lady-in-waiting, was really annoying, which was good. And the reason why she couldn't just march up to the king was plausible.

I bought the next two books in the series. Let's see how these go.