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October 07, 2009

Rock Band releases song-authoring tools

Rock Band Network Tools Released - GayGamer.net I can't wait to see what sorts of songs get uploaded to the Rock Band network. Potentially, if some indie bands get in on this, this could be utterly amazing.
Well a few months ago, Harmonix got us all worked up over the fact they they were going to be releasing tools for the XNA platform to allow anyone to create and upload their own Rock Band tracks to a new network store they are creating. Well, earlier this week, Harmonix finally released the tools necessary to create songs of your own on their site, along with some documentation on how to use them. The nice thing is that all of the tools that Harmonix is giving out are free and available for both the Mac and PC. They give you a plugin to help facilitate the creation of tracks for Rock Band on the Reaper digital audio workstation, and also give you the network tools to transfer those tracks to your Xbox 360 and create a package of them for use with the Rock Band Network; however, the one catch is Reaper. Reaper is a digital audio workstation that is fairly robust and the Rock Band plugin apparently makes it much easier to create songs for Rock Band using it. The catch is that after a 30-day free trial, Reaper will cost you $60 to use non-commercially. A small price to pay if you find that after 30-days you are still pumping out tons of music.

Facebook, FQL, TMI and Dark Stalking

PJF's Pages - Journal - Dark Stalking on Facebook
For a while I've been using Facebook's API and Facebook Query Language (FQL) via Perl's WWW::Facebook::API module to run fairly innocent queries on my friends. However like dark matter, dark users are observable due to their effects on the rest of the universe. ...
Last week I decided to play with event searches. If a large number of my friends are attending an event, there's a good chance I'll find it interesting, and I'd like to know about it.... I dropped the query into my sandbox, and looked at the results which came back. The results were disturbing. I didn't just get back future events my friends were attending. I got everything they had been invited to: past and present, attending or not. I didn't sleep well that night. I didn't expect Facebook to share past event info. I didn't expect it to share info when people had declined those events. ... What was most interesting are some of the more creative queries I was able to run. Most recently, I've been able to obtain status feeds, even for users who have very tight privacy settings, although I had to tweak my own application's privileges to do so. I don't know how far into the past these go, but they also come with likes information, and comments. This gives me a wealth of information on the strength and types of relationships people have. ... But by far the most interesting part of all of this have been dark users. Like dark matter, these users are not directly observable, usually because they've completely disabled API access. In fact, some of these users are completely dark unless you're a friend. They don't show up in search results. They don't show up on friends' lists. ...These users have their privacy settings turned up real high, and are supposed to be hard to find.

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