Saturday, January 21, 2006

Daddy Dan

To Kerstin and Daniel, I send my best wishes for the upcoming good news... :-)

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Technical Specification Details of MindStorms NXT

It looks as if Lego had finally decided to uncover some details. There is a MindStorms NXT FAQ on the Lego pages. From the FAQ, it can be seen that the brick will feature a 32bit ARM7 processor, and that it will have 256 kB flash memory along with 64 kB RAM. The display is a 60x100 dot matrix. So there will be some kind of NXT tetris soon, I presume...

Friday, January 06, 2006

More on MindStorms NXT

There is a preview article from Wired Magazine that tells the story of how Lego MindStorms NXT was invented. It doesn't reveal any new tech-related information, though. What processor do they use, I wonder!?

The nxtbot.com blog maybe is an interesting source of information in the future...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Sorabji's 2nd Organ Symphony in Darmstadt

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji is, that must be said, a very controversial composer. By all means, he sure does not like the small form. His "Opus Clavicembalisticum", for solo piano, lasts some five hours.

Today I was pointed to a rare event: one of his major works, the 2nd Organ Symphony, will be performed by Kevin Bowyer in the Pauluskirche in Darmstadt on October 14th this year. The concert is intended to last from 1 p.m. to about 9 p.m. - so that's another large-scale thing to discover.

Given that I don't know the 2nd Organ Symphony at all and have only ever listened to excerpts of the first, and given that Kevin Bowyer is perhaps the ideal interpreter of Sorabji's works for organ (as I've been told), I'll surely grab me a ticket as soon as possible.

Lego MindStorms, Second Round

Lego has announced MindStorms NXT, the next generation of the famous MindStorms robotics system. The features of the new "smart brick" make me cry. Not only is it - finally! - programmable from a Mac, but it also has USB 2.0, Bluetooth, a 32-bit processor, and many more very very interesting assets.

First the Star Destroyer, and now this...

MindStorms is, of course, a trademark of Lego.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

No Ticket!

In September, I had applied for tickets for the Bayreuth festival to see the new staging of the "Ring". Today I have received the notification that my application was turned down.

I'll try again next year.