Saturday, January 12, 2013

Playing a Pitch in an Android App with AudioTrack

 I've been working on an android app lately that can be used to tune instruments. I've run into a road block with the pitch detection, so I'm starting over and making the code nicer. While I'm at it, I figure I may as well share some of what I've learned!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

AVL vs. Red-Black: the conclusion

    I accidentally deleted my original blog post about this, and I can't recover it despite trying all sorts of different tricks. So, here it is reposted. Sorry for any broken links.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Year of Change

December 21, 2012 came and went, and the world is still here.  I didn't look a lot into the Mayan Calendar, but I think I remember reading that every time one of their circle calendar thingeys rolls over, it's a new era that brings change.

Every year, on December 31, people decide to make new years resolutions.  This year, why not assume the Mayans had something going right and make a resolution to see change?

People have been chanting about "change" a lot lately, but what has really changed?  And why are we still living relatively ordinary lives?  Myself, I am terrified of change!  I like my comfort zone, and I'm sure most of you prefer to not take risks, too.

We all have opportunities.  Why not take them?  You have a lot to lose, but you have even more to gain!

I stopped spending so much time programming a while back.  I got a guitar and played it until my fingers blistered and cracked.  On the 31st, I bought a new car.  Yesterday, someone called me and asked me to come work at some company.

Change.  I have an option to refuse it and continue to live in comfort.  I think I'll make a change in my habits and seek to change.  I'm taking the risk, making a gamble, and I think the odds are in my favor.  Will you join me?

I got my first blow yesterday.  I'm apparently not as great at singing and playing the guitar as I thought.  I knew I wasn't great, but am I not at least a little good?  Nope!  But I also found some encouragement in an unlikely place.  I found a youtube video of one of my favorite singers when she was younger.  I love her to death, but she just could not sing!  Now, she's going on world tours!  If she can do it, why can't I?  And if I can do it, why the hell are you still reading this?  Get out there and live a little!