“If automotion engineers designed like software engineers do, we’d have to carry a mechanic in our car during the first two years to make patches fixing things.”—Logic professor to computer science students (via mathprofessorquotes)
“Now we will look at a situation that may be relevant to many of you later in life. As you scale the prison wall, a spotlight follows a pattern described by the equation…”—Calculus professor (via mathprofessorquotes)
“When people say ‘I hate math’ what you’re really saying is, ‘I hate the way mathematics was taught to me.’ Imagine an art class, in which, they teach you only how to paint a fence or wall, but never show you the paintings of the great masters. Then, of course, years later you would say, ‘I hate art.’ What you would really be saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’ And so it is with math. When people say ‘I hate math’ what they are really saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’”—UC Berkeley math professor Edward Frenkel (via ryanandmath)
There’s a file compatible with Sibelius 5 and one for Sibelius 7. Other files include a PDF score, mp3’s of individual parts voiced by synth wind instruments, and a MIDI file that (should) allow the piece to be viewed on other music notation software.
I think it's a shame that blogs like this ruin the magic of the Disney Parks. I'm sure you put a lot of effort into it, but the parks are a lot better enjoyed not thinking about how everything works all the time. I know that Disney is very open towards the workings of attractions/shows nowadays, but having backstage photos online showing parts of character costumes and guessing how that all works just goes a bit too far. And now I shall await the usual "Then don't visit this blog" reply…
Nah, no “don’t visit this blog” reply. You get to make your own decision on that.
What I will do is point out that Walt Disney himself spent a great deal of time showing people how things worked when he was alive. Ever since using the Disneyland TV show on ABC to share updates on the park as it was being built,
…to sharing with us preparations for the 1964 World’s Fair,
…Walt was never one to act like the knowledge of how things worked was in any way sacred.
Walt taught us about audio animatronics,
…he showed us how the multi-plane camera worked to make cartoons look more realistic,
…he showed us the scale models of attractions that were being planned,
…he showed us how cartoons were made.
Somehow, in recent years, some of that thirst for sharing knowledge has been lost. Some people have started treating this information as something that shouldn’t be public, like we’re supposed to just accept that it is “magic” and move on.
Walt Disney was an entertainer, and he loved to blow people away with fantastic new effects and attractions.
Walt Disney was also a teacher who loved to educate. He understood that imagination requires knowledge in order to become reality.
If there was one thing Walt loved more than blowing your mind, it was explaining how he had done it (or how he would do it in the future).
As with all entertainment, there is a suspension of disbelief that comes into play when you are experiencing it. But that doesn’t mean that the secrets behind how its done should never be shared.
Walt Disney took us on amazing journeys - but he didn’t hoard the road map, he shared it with us. Whether or not you want to read the map is entirely your choice.
One Disneyland attraction you'd close immediately, and one Disneyland attraction you'd save forever. Also, what's your favorite "area music" in Disneyland?
Close Innoventions (it’s a building full of Marvel ads now) and keep Haunted Mansion as the Haunted Mansion forever and keep Tim Burton out of it. Also, my favorite music in the -entire- park, or any Disney park, is this creepy little woodwind tune (is it an oboe? What does it sound like to you guys?) that plays in the Blue Bayou area of Pirates of the Caribbean. You can hear it right at the beginning of this recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIKmSwJkNJs
That is my absolute favorite music anywhere. I look forward to that goofy music every time I go there. Everyone who has gone on the ride with me knows it. I never shut up about it.