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Bagpipe Solutions by John Cairns – Ebooks PDF

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you can buy John Cairns’ renowned “Bagpipe Solutionspiping tutor books at a discounted price direct from the author in the form of ebooks.

Retail pipe seller sites like Dunbar in Canada charge $40 CAD for a hardcopy book and CD. There are seven volumes, so throw in shipping and that starts to add up. Cairns sells them for $25 CAD each instead. Since there is no shipping charge, that works out to a lot less.

I was a little confused by his site, so I confirmed with the author of the series that the ebooks are in PDF format and have maybe either audio embedded directly (? never seen that in a PDF) or else links to download the audio files for free, via his site. I’ll add more details once I buy them.

I first read about Cairns’ books from the excellent pipe supplier and information site, Hotpipes.com. They claim that for persons attempting to potentially learn the pipes without a teacher – such as myself – this series would lead you toward doing that. Though everyone seems to recommend having a teacher – but this may not always be possible, depending where you live. I’ve learned a lot of things through careful experimentation, study, and, frankly, Youtube — so why not this.

Excited to buy the first three volumes of Cairns’ books at a reduced price to find out. (I hear the first three books completely cover the practice chanter, which I’ll be receiving in the mail from Dunbar before week’s end – and in time for the Celtic Festival in town this weekend!)

They were right; I was wrong…

So it turns out all those places online telling you NOT to order a cheap practice chanter are pretty much right. The one I got was $15.99 CAD, mentions some Pakistani manufacturer in included papers, and is an utter piece of junk. It’s not a musical instrument you can actually, you know, make music on. One of the two included reeds won’t even sound… So I took the plunge and ordered direct from mfg a Dunbar Poly Long – formerly called the Millenium 2000.

Coursera doesn’t understand our relationship

Coursera, which has its positive points, appears to not understand the nature of our relationship:

I’m glad they’re looking for engagement, but like I have a real life and things to do.


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President-Elect picks A.I. cabinet member controlled by private corporation

The President-Elect today shocked a nervous world — yet again — with his latest bombshell cabinet pick for Secretary of State, an artificial intelligence called Princeps — a proprietary fifth generation descendant of DeepDream. Developed in secret by ICA, Princeps will act as network hub and controller for the various local Factotum systems being installed to orchestrate survival, re-construction and rescue operations in the Autonomous Cities.

In a press conference today, the President-Elect remarked

“It’s a good thing we had the foresight as a nation to give corporations constitutional human rights so that I could nominate three corporeal A.I.’s to the bench who were much more amenable to the proposed societal modifications of the Party Sponsors. Their mysterious technological powers have really made our Great Transition run much more smoothly, despite everything that’s happened. And we’re so very pleased today to be working together here with Princeps as Secretary of State. We can assure all concerned citizens that our Great Technological Federation will do its level-best to re-inforce the climate containment domes and restore potable water and waste incineration services to the exurbanate areas surrounding the Autonomous Cities.”

Originally posted on Medium

SDR “Interesting Frequencies” Post

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I just got an RTL-SDR dongle by Nooelec and am using CubicSDR on Mac. I’m able to easily find FM radio stations, but outside of that I’m not sure where to look for interesting frequencies to listen to. (total newbie) Is there some guide online you could point me to with frequencies to try tuning into for various types of usages? Thanks!

AI-driven corporations

In the near-future, a few large AI-driven corporations vie for control of a planet in climate free-fall.


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