Euro Pane

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What is actually here?

Ted picked Euro Pane for our lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 28. GoogleMaps reveals the above image to represent the Street View of the bakery’s address.  What I believe to be the actual location is several storefronts up Colorado Boulevard, on the other side of Mentor Avenue.  The gap between the two locations, the virtual suggestion and the actual site, reveals a lapse in the expected preciseness of contemporary mapping software, another example of digital doubt similar to our encounters with GPS devices that tell us to turn left when there is no left.

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This is probably it…

This afternoon, in my lecture on Digital Audio, I was sharing with my students the perpetual gap between the infinitely continuous analog representation of a sound and the discrete, one-snapshot-at-a-time approximation of the digital sample of that analog waveform. How the fudging of a single amplitude’s location to the nearest available digital slot represents a compromise and a subsequent introduction of noise into the original signal. We identify a point in space and time, and we map it as best we can.

So, we begin with an imprecision, some noise added to the system.

The photograph at the top of this post was taken by a Google camera car in September 2011. Has a new business taken over the vacant furniture store or travel agency? (Did Euro Pane move, or open a new outlet, like Starbucks?) Certainly the cars parked on the street are no longer there. Trees have grown and have been trimmed. Cracks deepened in the sidewalk. Asphalt worn down beneath the weight of five months of vehicle traffic.

At what point do we abandon the map and make our own way? How far can we zoom in before we lose our bearings? What potential lies in the spaces lost to the periphery of our attention? What noise there, and how to hear it?

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