White Noise M4L Live Set – with All Devices!

You can download the Live session of the white noise and Max for Live sound design / music composition here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/project_data/white_noise_m4l.zip.

This includes:
• little-scale.abs: rectification effect
• little-scale.audio.midi.sidechain: ducking / enveloping based on MIDI data
• little-scale.basic.buffer.synth: simple wavetable synth
• little-scale.biquad: filter
• little-scale.buffer.bass: monophonic bass synth with rectification, waveshaping, LFO etc
• little-scale.chorus.feedback: comb filtering chorus effect
• little-scale.cverb: cheap reverb
• little-scale.delay
• little-scale.fm.buffer:  FM synth with wavetable lookup for oscillators
• little-scale.omx.peaklim: limiter
• little-scale.pathmidi: MIDI bussing for M4L
• little-scale.prob: MIDI note probability
• little-scale.simpledrumsynth: buffer-based wavetable drum synth
• little-scale.step.arp: step sequencer arpeggiator
• little-scale.sync.am: audio ramping based on the tempo
• little-scale.transpose

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Check out ThreeZero 1/6th scale Crysis – Prophet 13.5-inch (34.5 cm) tall collectible figure

Crysis is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and released in November 2007. It is the first game of a trilogy. The game is based in a future where a massive ancient space alien-constructed structure has been discovered buried inside a mountain on an island in the fictional Lingshan Islands, near the coast of the East Philippines.

Prophet, real name Major Laurence Barnes, is a main character in Crysis and Crysis 2 and the main playable character of Crysis 3. Prophet was formerly a CIA agent, but he grew disillusioned with the brutal methods his superiors used in handling suspects in the War on Drugs. Prophet is the leader of Raptor Team. He jumps to the island with Nomad, Psycho, Jester, and Aztec, and gives the team orders once there.

From ThreeZero:
Today we want to introduce you Prophet collectible figure from science fiction first-person shooter video game Crysis, developed by Crytek! 1/6th scale highly-detailed Prophet collectible figure stands 13.5 inches (34.5cm) tall; features soft PVC dermis on the limbs; comes with exchangeable hands and following weapons: SCAR MOD2 with Grenade Launcher and Predator Bow with three Standard Spear Arrows.

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ThreeZero 1/6th scale Crysis – Prophet collectible details: 13.5 inches (34.4cm) tall, highly-detailed articulated figure; soft PVC dermis on the limbs; Collectible comes with exchangeable hands: One pair for holding bow, One pair for holding gun, One pair of fisted hands.

Weapons: SCAR MOD2 with Grenade Launcher, Predator Bow with Standard spear arrow x3

Threezerostore exclusive weapon: Typhoon. Prophet collectible figure purchased at Threezerostore comes with Typhoon submachine gun as the exclusive weapon.

Prophet will be offered for pre-order at threezerostore.com for a limited time starting from December 4th 9:00AM Hong Kong Time. Crysis – Prophet collectible price at www.threezerostore.com is 230USD/1790HKD with worldwide shipping included in the price.

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Thankful Thoughts: The Gift of Professional Learning and Growth

I was fortunate this Thanksgiving Holiday to spend time by my parents; I am ever indebted to them for all that they have done for me and continue to do.   Of course, there are many other things that I am thankful for in my life. One of them is having the gratitude for my ability and openness to learn and grow as an educator.

Being a reflective practitioner is easier said than done. It requires constant meta-cognition as I need to realize what I have accomplished thus far as an educator, what I want to accomplish, and how I will get to that point.  Education is dynamic as it is constantly evolving.  Our jobs as educators are to continue to learn and change in order to meet the needs of our students.  Many educators realize this and recognize the value of professional learning.  Other educators are unfortunately stuck in the 1980’s.   Why should I change?  It’s our students that need to change!  Entering a classroom with that belief is completely futile.  Neither the educator nor the students will benefit from such a situation.  

I could not have reached the point where I am today without the guidance and support of many of my colleagues.  Challenging my thoughts and beliefs about what education is and what it should be has definitely opened my mind and has left me with the desire to continue to learn and grow.  Inspiring me to become vulnerable, stepping outside of my comfort zone and to take risks as I try new things, has tested my self-esteem as well as my patience.  Whether I fail or succeed, what I have learned during the process is more important than the actual outcome itself.  

I have learned so much from participating in PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) and PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) over the past several years.  Being able to communicate and collaborate with each other – whether face to face or virtually, has enabled us to tackle important issues in education at hand as a group and learn from each other at the same time.  We might have different opinions, and that’s fine.  When we disagree with each other, we do so with respect.  Whether this has taken place on Twitter, Google+, Moodle, or another form of social media, I cannot underestimate how much I have gained professionally by learning in these groups.

Another driving force of my professional learning and growth during the past several years has been SMART Technologies. Yep, as hard as it is to believe, an educational hardware and software company has definitely pushed me towards greater heights in my professional learning.  As a SMART Exemplary Educator, I don’t view SMART as merely a company that is trying to sell hardware and software.  Rather, I view SMART as a company that wants to support teachers in making a positive difference in their students’ education.   Teachers extend their students’ learning as they empower their students to become natural, authentic learners, discovering more about their world each day.  

Last but most definitely not least, I am thrilled to be participating in a school leadership during the course of this school year.  I have never viewed myself as a leader before.  Because of my experience in integrating technology in education, I have been fortunate to be able to coach other educators in this area as well, making a positive difference in their instruction and in their students’ learning.  This has definitely boosted my level of self-confidence as I learn how much of a positive impact Educational Technology can make in students’ learning when it is integrated properly in classroom instruction.  Aside from learning how to be a school leader and coach in the area of Educational Technology, I have been fortunate to learn with experts in the field of education about many other important educational topics, including but not limited to:
  • Type and Temperament for Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Supervision and Evaluation
  • Instructional Vision
  • Curriculum Goals and Outcomes
  • Student Support
  • Alternative Models of Education
  • Change Management
  • Leading From Within

For someone who never dreamed of working in the field of education – and even more so, in the area of school leadership, I must say that overall it has been a bumpy yet enjoyable ride.  I have been fortunate to teach in a variety of school settings, each with its own culture and morals.   Though I do not know where my educational journey will take me next, I am sure that it will be somewhere that I can continue to learn and grow professionally.  And I am grateful for that.

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