Do It Yourself Doodler A project wherein artist David Jablow uses the 38 pages of a do it yourself doodle book to be the template for different pieces of art. Fantastic!

I arrived in Portland earlier today. I went by 737 on Southwest thanks to my lovely girlfriend. Today I will meet around 20 people I have interacted with online for close to a decade. I have already met four of them. two from a prior experience and two others just this morning. Like the majority of them they are extremely intelligent. This group of people holds a special place in my heart. We have been all piled in together through many joyous births and sad deaths. We have discussed and shared things as mundane as tech support to things as intellectually stimulating as discussions about philosophy, religion, science and politics.

They supported me wholeheartedly when I came out and gave a resounding yes when I asked them if they would like me to share my experiences in transition with them.

I have been privy to memes being born, kittens, and porn the likes of which few other people have known. I have been turned on to phat beats I had never heard, images from around the world, videos that made me laugh and links to all sorts of wonderful things. I am so glad I have had the priveledge of being a part of this comunnity for such a long time. There is no other like it in the world.

Here’s to KHAAAN 2010. May it be the best KHAAAN thus far.

The hardware and software demoed in this video Multitouch Light Table and outlined here doesn’t actually exist yet. But what if it did? In an age where anybody can download a program and call themselves a DJ; Would something like this multitouch table/software combination move things back to a situation where performance and skill intertwined perfectly with taste to launch the craft of DJ’ing to new heights? It’s a nice thought.

The mind behind the concept Gerg Kaufman is hoping that something like this will allow DJs to become even freer equipment wise than they are now. At the same time allowing them to hook up traditional equipment in order to further the unique performence aspects of every individual DJ. Someone who used a 1200 would be equally at ease beside someone who used a KP3 or an MPC. Or a Monome for that matter.

It is exciting to think that the art of DJing might take off in ways in which we can’t even imagine with tools that allow us to become closer to the people we are playing for as well as the music we are playing. We can only hope really.