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Name: Stefan Seefeld
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Fresco developer. Interest in scientific visualization, user interfaces, reaction diffusion systems, philosophy, and music.

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Solstice d’été

Voilà. Nous avons franchi le solstice d’été. Et pendant que d’autres célèbrent le jour le plus interminable de l’année… nous allons secrètement nous réjouir du retour des longues nuits.

  –Méléagant

C’est un de mes moments préférés de Kaamelott. Quel suspense !

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyYmhe6c2NA)


Syndicated 2014-06-21 06:44:34 from stefan.seefeld.name

Solstice d’été

Voilà. Nous avons franchi le solstice d’été. Et pendant que d’autres célèbrent le jour le plus interminable de l’année… nous allons secrètement nous réjouir du retour des longues nuits.

  –Méléagant

C’est un de mes moments préférés de Kaamelott. Quel suspense !

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyYmhe6c2NA)


Syndicated 2014-06-21 04:48:34 from stefan.seefeld.name

OMG !

No, that’s not the acronym you are (likely) thinking of. That’s the Object Management Group, which just held its quarterly Technical Meeting, in Burlingame (near San Francisco).

As a rather turbulent week draws to an end, I’m walking through a slightly rainy San Francisco to take in some more local air.

From San Francisco 2012

At the meeting I broke a couple of records. One, notably, for having brought a (preexisting) set of specifications through the OMG standardization process to full adoption within only 9 months. (We started the initial RFC process at the March meeting in Reston.)

The second, for being the first to submit specifications using DocBook. While this has been a “supported” format (together with FrameMaker), I’m apparently the first one to actually using it in this context.

Most people still submit MS Word documents (yuck !), resulting in a lot of post-processing by OMG’s own editor to massage the text into  OMG / ISO – compliant formats. As a result, the submitters are no longer able to maintain their own specifications, instead requiring OMG’s technical writer(s) / editor(s) to apply their patches for them. What a wasteful process.

By using DocBook, our community is now enabled / empowered to maintain the standard ourselves, which makes everyone involved, as well as (and in particular) those who no longer have to be involved, very happy.

On Wednesday I met with a couple of my colleagues, who happen to live in the area, to celebrate the completion of the above work, as well as to talk about the future.

I also took the opportunity to sneak in a few hours to visit the Muir Woods National Monument, which, by exposing me to an entirely different scale of space and time, relativates many of the other things running through my head.

From San Francisco 2012

Now I’m sitting in a *$ (read: Starbucks) as I have a few hours before my plane takes me back home.


Syndicated 2012-12-15 00:58:46 from stefan.seefeld.name

Las Vegas Adventure

After a rather inspiring (yet exhausting) week at GTC, I’m on my way home from San Francisco to Montreal. I had chosen to fly via SFO instead of SJC, because the connection appeared to be slightly better. On my flight from YUL to SFO, the crew encountered a “minor” technical issue, and chose to land in Denver instead of San Francisco. While we were supposed to take off again within an hour, we sat on the tarmac for >3 hours, when it was announced that the problem was bigger than originally thought, such that the plane could only take off the next day.

I managed to get a different flight to SJC, to arrive 12 hours late at my destination.

Now I’m on my way back, taking a two-leg flight from SFO via LAS to YUL. Arriving in LAS after 22:00, it’s apparently too late to have anyone in the terminal who can give useful information. When I finally figured out where to go to get the connection flight, and make it yet again through security, the plane is already taxiing towards the runway. So I’m stuck in this unfriendly, noisy, and inhumane place (which ironically claims to be the Mecca of the Western world) for the night, .and be home in Montreal 12 hours late.

This makes me miss a concert I have been looking forward to see for months. How annoying…


Syndicated 2012-05-18 08:21:53 from stefan.seefeld.name

Le Chant Du Rossignol

I was recently talking with friends (with whom I’m rehearsing some renaissance music) about how birdsong has been represented / imitated musically throughout history. One of the most beautiful birdsong I have experienced myself is nightingales singing in crisp air, right after some good rainfall.

Youtube has some nice nightingale recording, for all those who can’t experience this first-hand.

Among the many occurrences in musical compositions, this excerpt from “Le Chant Du Rossignol” by Igor Stravinsky strikes me as particularly resembling, though that may just be my own musical / aesthetic bias showing through. (Just listen carefully to the beginning of this excerpt and compare that to the very beginning of the nightingale recording above. Isn’t that amazing ?)

There are many others, such as Olivier Messiaen’s “Chants D’Oiseau”, or even his “Quatuor pour la fin du temps”. And of course, there are many older ones, too, such as Janequin’s “Le chant des oiseaux”, which appears a little affected in comparison.

It might be interesting to build a themed concert out of this and similar material.


Syndicated 2011-09-29 19:09:07 from stefan.seefeld.name

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