Friday, April 15, 2011

Tooting my own horn... not sure about the sound it makes.

Relevant bit starts around 5 minutes, 37 seconds. I'm actually pretty pleased with the voiceover, but shall work on figuring out how to stand in front of camera for the next time. Interesting stuff also shows up briefly ~9:42. I'm not TECHNICALLY on camera, but if you were there, you know where I was.

The new facility by City Hall is where Penfold's late summer/fall show is going to be - you can look for me in the backstage area there, too, if you like. Yay Penfold!

The Hip Hop Librarians of RRISD @ TLA 2010

Okay... this is just... there are no words. I mean, really... this is just amazing. Watch and wonder.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Math Monday: Mathematical Coffee Table

It's a giant puzzle! Now, where did I put my giant Jenga set?
(and yes, I know I'm posting a Math Monday on a Tuesday.  Live with it.)

Mathematical Coffee Table

via Make: Online by Gareth Branwyn on 4/11/11

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

Continuing last week's theme of mathematical coffee tables, here is one designed by Michael Serra, inspired by the work of Piet Hein.

The base consists of six pieces from a set of Hein's SOMA puzzle, so the remaining two pieces are available as end tables. The glass top is a superellipse, a shape which Hein used for many design purposes, because it interpolates between a circle and a square.
See all of George Hart's Math Monday columns

Monday, April 11, 2011

Artistic Integrity

Sometimes, it's all about HOW you don't swear. Thank you, P!nk, for proving that when you make art, you don't have to prove you were swearing on your radio version.

Here's the "Over 13" version, for comparison. (Please note, as should be obvious by this post, this version has swearing in it. Additionally, the first 10 seconds of the video implies that a husband and wife have sex. If this kind of thing is not what you want to watch, then I suggest you stick with the above version.)

My point here is that BOTH of these versions are official versions by the artist - both of the video and the song. Most people would think that, given her punk-rocker image, P!nk would not only litter her song with swear words, she'd also be sure you knew, in the radio version, exactly what she was saying. (You've heard those songs, the ones where the minimum milliseconds are bleeped out and you can hear the beginning and the end of the word, leaving no doubt, not only that swearing went on, but what was said.) It's good to see artists taking artistic pride in not only their original version, but also the censored version. How's that for a response to censorship.

This song is one of my favorites - I truly identify with the protagonist of the video, having grown up being looked down on as a "Homeschool Girl" - I'm happy to report that I've reached the confident end, with success, joy and an identity I challenge anyone to diss. One day, I'll show this video to my teenage daughter.

I may be schizophrenic

This made me giggle. May end up on the wall at work.

via Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger? by Cheezburger Network on 4/7/11

funny pictures - I  may  be  schizophrenic
I may be schizophrenic …but at least I have each other.
u mus b absolootlee cuckoo, kitteh.

MemeCats: The Revolution’s Underbelly

I am the cat that arranges the blocks that descend upon me from up above!

via Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger? by TehGrateCheez on 4/8/11

Funny Pictures - Lenin Cat
Moar Lenin Cat over heer!
Submitted By: McCFred

Now, if someone could please edit this video to replace all images of Lenin with images of LeninCat, we'll be good.

Japanese Gravity Marimba Plays Bach In An Ancient Forest

Very pretty!  I especially love how it appears it all slots together - no nails, just everything in it's place!  Also, song selection is everything - and this song is one of my favorites.

from Make: Online 

Japanese Gravity Marimba Plays Bach In An Ancient Forest

This remarkably beautiful video, uploaded to YouTube one day before the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, turns out to be an ad for Sharp's SH-08C handset. It is, nonetheless, something you shouldn't miss: in a tranquil forest, a single wooden ball rolls down a stepped wooden ramp, continuously, for two minutes. At each step, it falls and strikes a wooden bar tuned to play a single note of the 10th movement of Bach's Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, commonly known by its English title, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Wait 'till you see how they handle the sustained notes. [Thanks, Rachel!]

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Now, if only I lived anywhere within a 5 hour drive of Oakland, CA

I would be there. Reveling in Pirate-y awesomeness. One of these days I'll get another chance to see Abney Park. One of these days.

via Captain Robert by on 3/24/11


The 21 and Over San Fran show has been moved to May 7th, so it can be an awesome ALL AGES Pirate extravaganza!


more details: 

Abney Park in A Pirate Ball - May 7th
Oakland Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA

Abney Park and Swing Goth are at it again! This time the two have teamed up for a Pirate themed Ball with TWO ROOMS of entertainment.

Dock House (Main Stage) - Abney Park will be playing TWO FULL SETS with cirque performances and DJed dancing throughout the night!

Boat Yards (Vendor Area) - Vendors galore and Sea Shanties along with other performances!

PLUS, dance lessons offered from 8:30-9:30 and an area reserved for dancing during the show.

This concert has been recently rescheduled from April 2nd and more information, including a list of vendors and performers will be available shortly.

Doors at 8pm
Dance lessons from 8:30-9:30
Show from 9:30-2am
$20 Early Bird, $22 regular pre-sale, $25 at the door

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Friday, April 01, 2011

Gaze Upon Me, Minions!

This made me giggle for a full 30 seconds straight. I think it's the combination of the absurdly large tower with the random, odd half-building. Nonetheless, I would love to have this in my backyard. I would look down on the world from above... somehow, though, I don't see my neighbors appreciating it as much as I would...

via Lovely Listing - Odd Finds in Real Estate Listings by Cheezburger Network on 3/29/11

By: Not Sara, Sorry
funny real estate - Gaze Upon Me, Minions!
The cats of the neighborhood need to know full well who is in charge here. They'll see me seeing them and they'll understand.

Found by: Dusa