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MIDI Association Announces MIDI 2.0 Prototyping

MIDI was introduced at the 1983 NAMM show as a means to connect various electronic instruments together. Since then, our favorite five-pin DIN has been stuffed into Radio Shack keyboards, MPCs, synths, eurorack modules, and DAWs. The standard basically hasn't changed. Now, ahead of the 2019 NAMM show, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) in conjunction with AMEI, Japan's MIDI Association, are announcing MIDI 2.0. From a report: The new features include, "auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing." It will retain backwards-compatibility with MIDI 1.0 devices. The new initiative, like the release of the first MIDI spec, is a joint venture between manufacturers of musical instruments. The company lineup on this press release is as follows: Ableton/Cycling '74, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha.

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How Orkney Leads the Way For Sustainable Energy

An anonymous reader shares a report: It seems the stuff of fantasy. Giant ships sail the seas burning fuel that has been extracted from water using energy provided by the winds, waves and tides. A dramatic but implausible notion, surely. Yet this grand green vision could soon be realised thanks to a remarkable technological transformation that is now under way in Orkney. Perched 10 miles beyond the northern edge of the British mainland, this archipelago of around 20 populated islands -- as well as a smattering of uninhabited reefs and islets -- has become the centre of a revolution in the way electricity is generated. Orkney was once utterly dependent on power that was produced by burning coal and gas on the Scottish mainland and then transmitted through an undersea cable. Today the islands are so festooned with wind turbines, they cannot find enough uses for the emission-free power they create on their own. Community-owned wind turbines generate power for local villages; islanders drive nonpolluting cars that run on electricity; devices that can turn the energy of the waves and the tides into electricity are being tested in the islands' waters and seabed; and -- in the near future -- car and passenger ferries here will be fuelled not by diesel but by hydrogen, created from water that has been electrolysed using power from Orkney's wind, wave and tide generators.

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GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

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GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

Baum Cycles posted a photo:

GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

Baum Cycles posted a photo:

GTH Solid, Chrome Orange, Teal, Brilliant White, RISTRETTO

Autumn Garden

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Autumn Garden

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2019

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2019

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The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program

The Defense Intelligence Agency released a list of 38 research titles pursued by the program in response to a FOIA request.

The DOD had not publicly acknowledged the program's existence until it was revealed by media reports. It was was "largely funded at the request of Harry Reid," then Senate majority leader, to the tune of $22 million between 2007 and 2012. [...]

According to the New York Times, much of its budget went to the Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace, a company belonging to Reid's longtime friend and UFO hunter, Robert Bigelow -- also a protagonist of the documentary Hunt for the Skinwalker about the billionaire entrepreneur's famed extraterrestrial hotbed, Skinwalker Ranch.

The first hints about the program's existence can be credited to Luis Elizondo, a military intelligence official who managed the operation for seven years. When Elizondo resigned, he requested that footage of UFO encounters with fighter jets be made public -- videos that were subsequently published by the New York Times and the Washington Post. At the time, Reid sought to tighten security around the program's discoveries.

As grifts go, though, this is small-time: it's only half of what the DOD pays the NFL annually for "military tributes".

Head of Pentagon's secret 'UFO' office sought to make evidence public:

The existence of the program, known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was confirmed officially for the first time Saturday by a Pentagon spokesman. The acknowledgment came in response to media inquiries, which were generated in part by a start-up company Elizondo has joined since retirement. The private company specializes in promoting UFO research for scientific and entertainment purposes.

So what I'm getting from the above is that the DOD is now privatizing the disinformation campaigns that it used to run in-house?

Here are the greatest hits from the list of titles.

And I can't help but notice that many of these take form of, "Kooky Mad Science Concept, Dr. X, Kooky Mad Science Ventures". This positively reeks of, "I spun up a single-use LLC to use to apply for a specific grant for my fanfic."

  1. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion, Dr. George Miley, Univ. Of Illinois
  2. Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions, Dr. F. Winterberg, Univ. of Nevada-Reno
  1. Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metric) Engineering, Dr. Hal Puthoff, EarthTech International
  1. Invisibility Cloaking, Dr. Ulf Leonhardt, Univ. of St Andrews
  2. Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International
  3. High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Communication, Dr. Robert Baker, GravWave
  1. Antigravity for Aerospace Applications, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International
  1. Positron Aerospace Propulsion, Dr. Gerald Smith, Positronics Research
  2. Concepts for Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech International
  1. Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions, Dr. R Obousy, Obousy Consultants
  2. Technological Approaches to Controlling External Devices in the Absence of Limb-Operated Interfaces, Dr. R Genik, Wayne State Univ.
  3. Materials for Advanced Aerospace Platforms, Dr. J. Williams, Ohio State Univ.
  4. Metallic Glasses, Dr. T. Hufnagel, John Hopkins Univ.
  5. Aerospace Applications of Programmable Matter, Dr. W. McCarthy, Programmable Matter Corporation
  6. Metallic Spintronics, Dr. M. Tsoi, Univ. of Texas, Austin
  1. Space-Communication Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality, Dr. J. Cramer, Univ. of Washington
  2. Aneutronic Fusion Propulsion I, Dr. V. Teofilo, Lockheed Martin
  1. Quantum Tomography of Negative Energy States In the Vacuum, Dr. Eric Davis, EarthTech
  1. Negative Mass Propulsion, Dr. F. Winterberg, Univ. of Nevada-Reno

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State Route 32...

Matthew Paul Argall has added a photo to the pool:

State Route 32...

Camera used: Kodak KB10
Film used: Kodak Ultramax 400

Location: Kilsyth, Victoria, Australia.

Netflix renews 'The Kominsky Method' after Golden Globe wins

Netflix isn't shy about its pursuit of critical glory. The streaming giant has renewed The Kominsky Method for a second season just a couple of weeks after it won two Golden Globe awards for best actor in a musical or comedy (Michael Douglas) and be...