The National Science Foundation has issued a RFP for researchers interested in the CubeSat. According to Wikipedia, the CubeSat is “a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a volume of exactly one liter (10 cm cube), weighs no more than one kilogram, and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf electronics components”. The satellites are then ganged onto existing rockets allowing for low-budget space research.
Needless to say, when I first read about the CubeSat a few years ago I thought that conceptual art and data-driven art projects truly need to get launched into space. Anyone have a few spare centimeters?
While paying an unexpected visit to the wonderful University of Nebraska State Museum yesterday, there were a few standouts. Not only were there probably a dozen mammoth and mastodon skeletons from Nebraska, but everything there was found in or near the state. It was great to think of the plains filled with mammoths and ancient rhinos, before that covered in water with huge fish and snails.
I’ve always been a sucker for the rocks and minerals section of natural history museums. While the State Museum is fairly small, they had a wonderful piece of petrified wood. These cross-sections seem like abstract paintings, but where instead of brash or nimble brush strokes, the forces of the earth slowly crush and chemically transform the logs into different colors.
I recently found this .pdf by the CDP Digital Audio Working Group titled “Digital Audio Best Practices”. It caught my eye because it was a great glossary of digital audio terms (perfect for my students). It turns out it also has a good discussion of archival storage of digital audio. I’ve been working on a “best practice” for my own studio (what sample rate to record new works at, how to store finished works, backups, etc) and this is another great piece of advice.