Monthly Archives: February 2008

MySong – Microsoft Research

Most folks never get a chance to answer this question, since writing music takes years of experience… if you don’t play an instrument or spend lots of time around music, you’ll probably never get to write a song.

MySong, introduced in our CHI 2008 paper, automatically chooses chords to accompany a vocal melody, allowing a user with no musical training to rapidly create accompanied music. MySong is a creative tool for folks who like to sing but would never get a chance to experiment with creating real original music. Come on, you know who you are… you sing in the car, or in the shower, or you go to karaoke clubs, or you just once in a while find yourself singing along with catchy commercial jingles. MySong is also a great tool for songwriters who want to quickly experiment with melodies and accompaniments.

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What I Learned At Work Today

I’m guessing a lot of people figured this out long ago, but I’m going to call it out just in case you never realized.

It’s really annoying when the paper toilet seat cover falls into the toilet before you have a chance to turn around and sit on it. I figured out today that you can minimize the chance that the cover will fall in by placing it such that the crease from the fold points up instead of down:

The reason the cover falls in is because the water seeps into the center flap, pulling it downward. Pointing the fold crease up causes more resistance against that downward pull. Win!