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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Quick Review: Critters 3.0
Thursday, April 27, 2006

Critters is a music generation program that seems to combine really interesting ideas with a non-so-great implementation. The idea is to evolve the music you like using genetic algorithms. It supports OS X's Audio Units, and has more options that you can shake a ... I'm not a musician or even an audiophile (though I often like what I hear) and the program's wasn't obvious enough for me to figure out easily -- gotta lower those barriers to entry! -- so I can't give much of an evaluation of the finished results. Still, I really like the idea of combining computers for generation and human input / guidance for testing and quality. Perhaps the next version will hit the sweet spot.


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