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Meet Benjamin Franklin’s Girlfriends

Meet Benjamin Franklin’s Girlfriends

Sure, on the surface, Benjamin Franklin might have all the sex appeal of a hedgehog, but back in the day, the Founding Father was renowned for an unparalleled charm that not only made him America’s most valuable asset in foreign affairs, but a major hit with the ladies. Especially with French ladies.

Franklin arrives in France.

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Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

Yards Brewing Company, based in Philadelphia, has an “Ales of the Revolution” series with beer recipes based on those used by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.

I tried the “Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale” which was good, Belgian-y but with a light body.

I’m curious to try the “Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale” which uses molasses in place of barley malt and spruce in place of hops.… Read the rest

Frameworks Week 9

Found quite a few granular synthesis patches online, including ‘sandpaper’, ‘granola’, and ‘Lyon Potpourri’. I couldn’t get any of them to work satisfactorily, though.

I’m using the Cylon sound I used before. I think it was made by quantizing a human voice, so it’s already been processed.

For whatever reason, Max crashed a lot while making these. I’ve never had that problem before.

The main advantage of granuar synthesis seems to be the ability to separate pitch and speed, which are otherwise always inversely related.

One demo had eight grains playing at once. I didn’t notice much difference between 4 and 8, or 2 and 8 for that matter.



three – 200ms grain, slow, some pitch quantizing

four – 10ms grain, increasing speed from … Read the rest