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My letter to the PM: Please pay our climate debt at Copenhagen

Dear Prime Minister,

I urge you to recognise Australia's obligations to the world in it's negotiations at the Copenhagen COP-15 summit. Australia heavily burdens the world with it's continued reliance on coal and natural gas export industries. This is a short-sighted economy which is extremely exposed to changes in production, demand and political influence from multinational corporations. While successive Australian governments have provided enormous taxpayer subsidies to these carbon intensive industries, we have invested relatively tiny amounts of money in renewable energy industries. This is holding back Australian research and development in knowledge intensive renewable technologies.

MusicKit V5.6.2 now available

There is now a new release available of the MusicKit that will run on MacOS 10.4 through to 10.6 and GNUstep. Binaries for MacOS 10.6 Intel only are now also available. Versions of MacOS below 10.4 are no longer officially supported. Please refer to MusicKit_ChangeLog.txt for the official list of changes, but the highlights are:

  • MacOS 10.6 is now supported.

  • Vector hardware on MacOS X is supported for both PPC and Intel.

  • Apple AudioUnits are now built as standard in the SndKit.

My Letter to W.A. Newspapers: Expat climate disbelief

As an expat Aussie living in France and watching the climate debate in Canberra, it is with a sense of shame and disbelief to watch the Labour and Liberal parties obscure the real issues of climate change. Prime minister Rudd's concessions to the Liberal party climate deniers is simply enormous corporate welfare of $5.8 billion to be paid by taxpayers to keep the coal industry polluting. An emissions trading scheme is just permission to pollute by industries who's era is over. Europe has already demonstrated how ineffective an ETS is at reducing carbon, while leading to spiking electricity costs. Australia needs a flat carbon fee that is not able to be manipulated, to properly reflect the cost the country and our children will continue to pay into the future.

Sax Oud Duo

I had the wonderful opportunity to jam with Martha Sparks, an excellent alto saxophonist from Melbourne at my apartment in NYC, early 2001. This is an improvisation between Martha and me on sax and oud (Arabic lute) respectively.

Open Eyes

A multitrack recording of GR-300 guitar synthesizer & fretless bass.

SBCL fink build for PPC

I've just posted an updated 1.0.31 install file for SBCL (Steel Bank Common Lisp) to build on PowerPC Macintoshes using the fink package manager. This should eventually appear as part of the unstable section of fink for MacOS 10.5. MacOS 10.5.X is the end of the road for PPC Mac's (and I'm still running a 8 year old cannablised PowerBook G4 to build SBCL). There is another maintainer for the Intel build for SBCL, and the current 1.0.32 in development hopefully should build correctly on MacOS 10.6.

The Bag-men of Kennedy Bonds?

There seems to be more intrigue in the situation of dollar stability. The financial news outlet Bloomberg reported about a month ago (this completely missed me) the story of two Japanese businessmen arrested in Italy for trying to smuggle $134B in U.S. Treasury bonds into Switzerland.

Generating Apple HelpViewer documents from DocBook

Apple's HelpViewer application is quite nice for users to read documentation for their application. The help documentation for each application is authored in HTML, with a couple of extra META tags.

However this is less than ideal if you also want to provide a printed version of the documentation (i.e. PDF), or other file formats, or, as in the case of the MusicKit, we wanted to adopt a common documentation format, without having some documentation authored in RTF, some in HTML etc.

G-202 conversion

I recently finished modifying my main axe, a Roland G-202 guitar synth controller, installing a set of RMC bridge piezoelectric pickups in addition to the original GK-1 hexaphonic pickup electronics. This allows simultaneously controlling both an Axon-100MKII (digital, MIDI) and a Roland GR-300 (analogue) guitar synthesisers. This was to avoid resorting to trying to build a 24-pin splitter and BC-13 (which runs the GK-1 pickups at +/-7V rather than the original +/-15V.

MusicKit V5.6.0 now available

After a period that is much longer than I had hoped for, a new release V5.6.0 of the MusicKit is now available. The change log is huge, but the highlights are:

  • Documentation on building the MusicKit has been improved.
  • Now builds on MacOS 10.5.X Intel or PPC and GNUstep.
  • No longer requires external libraries to build. The system will be built with reduced functionality (mostly impacting the SndKit) if the dependent libraries are not installed.
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