The ABCs of Live 10.1: 2 minutes of shortcuts will help you work faster


A is for Ableton Live – and Madeleine Bloom can get you up and running with a bunch of 10.1 shortcuts in just over two minutes.

Madeleine of Sonic Bloom is one of the world’s top experts for staying productive in Live (to say nothing of helping us re-skin the thing so the colors are the way we want).

Live 10.1 actually added a lot of shortcuts to save you time – it’s what 10 promised, but implemented in a way that makes more sense. And she plows through them in a hurry:

via SonicBloom, which has loads more

F lets you get at fades right away.

H makes everything fill space vertically in the Arrangement so you don’t have to squit.

My personal favorite – Z, which zooms right to what’s selected and fills the Arrangement so you can focus and see easily.

And more…

This is all so much better than hunting around.

Z is so much my favorite that it just earned this:

For more on Live 10.1 and how to get started:

Ableton Live 10.1 is out now; here are the first things you should try

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Nothing Bad Will Happen If You Swim Right After Eating


Until someone asked me about it yesterday, I had completely forgotten about the childhood ritual of sitting and whining poolside after a meal. Do you really need to keep kids out of the water for a full hour? Is half an hour okay? Ten minutes? Friends, do whatever you want. There was never any health or safety related reason for the rule.

Food won’t give you stomach cramps, and cramps won’t kill you

I tried to track down the origin of this rule, and while I couldn’t find a definitive answer, there was definitely a pervasive belief, going back at least a century, that eating before swimming will cause deadly stomach cramps. In How to Swim, published in 1918, Annette Kellermann wrote:

A period of at least two hours should elapse between eating and entering the water, in order to give the digestive processes time to get their work well under way. If the water is entered too soon after eating, especially when it is at a low temperature, the digestive process is immediately arrested, and this in itself is likely to produce a severe case of cramps, and perhaps result in acute indigestion which may prove serious.

Subsequent research hasn’t been able to confirm this, and in fact competitive swimmers eat before and even during long distance swims. You might not feel comfortable having a huge meal before vigorous swimming, but you wouldn’t do that before you went for a run, either.

You can get cramps from any kind of exercise, typically in the arms and legs. A 1950 study of cramps among swimmers included this gem:

As an interesting sidelight we have made it a practice to ask at all of our classes if any student had ever had a stomach cramp while swimming. To date, after questioning over 10,000 boys, we have not encountered one person who has had one, or one person who claims to have actually seen one. …This is amazing; to say the least, in view of the large number of drownings allegedly caused by stomach cramps. …It appears probable that we have been perpetuating, unthinkingly, an invention of newspaper writers, which is no more than a notion, educed by untrained observers, based on the flimsiest of evidence.

Emphasis mine. Blame the newspaper writers if you must, but modern science agrees: there is no reason to think meals increase the risk of drowning or other swimming-related risks.

If you’re going to make up a rule, make it a good one

Some people speculate that it’s convenient to keep kids out of the water so parents can catch a break, but I’d rather just lounge in a chair and let the kids swim than answer “No, not yet” a hundred times.

(One member of the Offspring facebook group mentioned that they like to make the kids wait half an hour for poop related reasons—change that diaper before they go back in. But I’d say the rule is outdated by the time your kids are old enough to wipe their own butts.)

There are other reasons I’ve heard parents give, but most of us are pretty lackadaisical about it. “Oh, your friend has to wait half an hour? Okay, you can go back in when they do.” But let me propose a change: if you really want a bullshit rule to keep kids out of the water, feel free to make up a very specific one: for example, sharks. Oh look, they’re gone now.

from Lifehacker

Our favorite coding kits for kids


There’s plenty of reason to get your kid into coding. The next question is how. We’ve scoured the internet (and a few brick-and-mortar stores) for some of the best toys and kits to take your children from curious toddler to preteen inventor.

The best coding kits for kids

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Ferrari’s first production plug-in hybrid is its fastest supercar yet


You can throw out notions that Ferrari is completely averse to electric cars. The Italian supercar maker has unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale, and it’s a clear attempt to bridge the gap between the gas-powered tradition and the electrified future. The machine mates a 4-liter, 769-horsepower turbo V8 with a trio of electric motors (217HP effective horsepower) that, combined, can take the car to 62MPH in 2.5 seconds while offering a modicum of eco-friendliness. If you like, you can drive just over 15.5 miles purely on electric power — confusing to onlookers expecting a roar, no doubt, but helpful if you’d rather not consume gallons of fuel while you’re stuck in traffic.

The car is less powerful than the LaFerrari on paper, including a 211MPH top speed versus its predecessor’s 217MPH. In practice, however, it’s expected to be faster. The new powertrain, a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, a faster eight-gear dual-clutch transmission and a lower overall weight can get the SF90 around Ferrari’s own test track a second ahead of the LaFerrari.

There’s even a touch of added technology in the cabin. The steering wheel will be familiar, Roadshow noted, with controls like the manettino. However, it’ll include numerous capactive touch interfaces to allow control of hybrid modes and other features while keeping your eyes facing forward.

Ferrari isn’t yet ready to talk pricing or exact availability, although production means just that — this isn’t a special edition that will disappear once a set number of cars roll off the line. Although few people are likely to afford it when it’s poised to be the highest-end model in an already expensive lineup, you won’t need close connections to Ferrari to stand a chance of owning one.

There’s no indication that Ferrari is about to release a pure electric car, and it’s likely not in a rush. This is as much about image and environmental regulations as anything else. However, it does show that even a badge synonymous with high-powered gas engines has to change with the times. And when various countries are setting deadlines to end sales of combustion cars, it may be a question of when Ferrari goes all-electric rather than if.

Via: Roadshow

Source: Ferrari, Ferrari USA (Twitter)

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