Wednesday, 30 January 2008

rice population demographics

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rice population demographics: a physical visualization of the world population demographics, by mapping 1 grain of rice to represent 1 human being. in the "of all the people in all the world" installation, population statistics are separated out in different piles to juxtapose compelling social phenomena, such as the comparison of all the prisoners in the world versus all the people in gated communities (roughly equal).
Infosthetics has linked two short documentaries on the exhibit: "we know how big a grain of rice is; we can see that the pile showing the number of Africans taken on British ships to be slaves, for example, is made up of a horrifyingly large number of grains. to render the fact as a number would be to diminish it."

Vibratosax: Complete Polymer Alto Saxophone


Complete Polymer sax: chronicles of the long march to production for an innovative, nearly impervious all-plastic alto saxophone.
at last, an affordable alto sax that you can play in the shower. I mean, it's $200, custom made to please the King of Thailand, and you can play it in the shower, man! Or on the beach. Sounds pretty good too.
original link was www.vibratosax.com

rice population demographics


rice population demographics: a physical visualization of the world population demographics, by mapping 1 grain of rice to represent 1 human being. in the "of all the people in all the world" installation, population statistics are separated out in different piles to juxtapose compelling social phenomena, such as the comparison of all the prisoners in the world versus all the people in gated communities (roughly equal).
Infosthetics has linked two short documentaries on the exhibit: "we know how big a grain of rice is; we can see that the pile showing the number of Africans taken on British ships to be slaves, for example, is made up of a horrifyingly large number of grains. to render the fact as a number would be to diminish it."

Vibratosax: Complete Polymer Alto Saxophone

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Complete Polymer sax: chronicles of the long march to production for an innovative, nearly impervious all-plastic alto saxophone.
at last, an affordable alto sax that you can play in the shower. I mean, it's $200, custom made to please the King of Thailand, and you can play it in the shower, man! Or on the beach. Sounds pretty good too.
original link was www.vibratosax.com

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Status: Unparticles

Gary found more unparticles under his desk. He's going to call Dr. Georgi right now; damn stuff is EVERYWHERE, its all scale-invariant and it just won't sit still.

Status: Unparticles

Gary found more unparticles under his desk. He's going to call Dr. Georgi right now; damn stuff is EVERYWHERE, its all scale-invariant and it just won't sit still.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Ukelele Ultraman

Ukelele + Road Safety + densetsu = ?

well, the ukelele is only part of it

Ukelele Ultraman

Ukelele + Road Safety + densetsu = ?

well, the ukelele is only part of it

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Celtic Music Radio - Online


Celtic Music Radio: Now streaming live from Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the sweet strains of Celtic Music Radio

"If you don't die flyin', what's the use ..."

Celtic Music Radio - Online

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Celtic Music Radio: Now streaming live from Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the sweet strains of Celtic Music Radio

"If you don't die flyin', what's the use ..."

Celtic Music Radio - Online

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Celtic Music Radio: Now streaming live from Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the sweet strains of Celtic Music Radio

"If you don't die flyin', what's the use ..."

Monday, 14 January 2008

Oscar Peterson Tribute - Simply The Best


Oscar Peterson Tribute - Simply The Best - CBC Radio 2 - Concerts On Demand: One of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson, died at the age of 82 on December 23, 2007. "Simply the Best" celebrates Mr. Peterson's life through performance, memories and highlights of his spectacular career.
I had the good fortune to meet Oscar Peterson, but only once and only very briefly. I wasn't there to interview him (I didn't have my radio show yet, only my record store and backstage passes from my Pablo Records rep) but I was welcomed backstage and "granted audience" -- it was very much like meeting royalty, and I know because I've met the Duke of Edinburgh. And it all went by so fast, I don't remember what I said or he said or much of anything; all I remember was the gold rings, the big friendly smile, and the gilded entourage that quickly swept Oscar out of there and off to some important royal function.

Oscar Peterson Tribute - Simply The Best

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Oscar Peterson Tribute - Simply The Best - CBC Radio 2 - Concerts On Demand: One of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson, died at the age of 82 on December 23, 2007. "Simply the Best" celebrates Mr. Peterson's life through performance, memories and highlights of his spectacular career.
I had the good fortune to meet Oscar Peterson, but only once and only very briefly. I wasn't there to interview him (I didn't have my radio show yet, only my record store and backstage passes from my Pablo Records rep) but I was welcomed backstage and "granted audience" -- it was very much like meeting royalty, and I know because I've met the Duke of Edinburgh. And it all went by so fast, I don't remember what I said or he said or much of anything; all I remember was the gold rings, the big friendly smile, and the gilded entourage that quickly swept Oscar out of there and off to some important royal function.

Friday, 11 January 2008

The Cosmic Vortex

The Egyptians, according to Iamblicus who wrote his famous 'Mysteries' in the early Christian era, believed in cosmic vortex forces they generically called 'gods' and which would arise in human situations inexplicably bending the universe surrounding us. The example he gave was of the pregnant woman and the swirling vortices of godlike forces attracting into her all of the rare and obscure materials now needed for the assembly of a new human being. Our culture only comically acknowledges the 'cravings' but as anyone who has been through it knows, there is much more to the story than just a merciless request for midnight pickles and ice cream. It is a force of nature.

Alan Watts tells us that the flower doesn't bloom. The flower cannot exist without the plant, the soil, the meadow and all of the insect and plant inhabitants who, together, form the unified ecological unit of being that is the meadow, and that this particular flower could not exist were it not for the environment that supports and is supported by it. And so it is that it is not the flower but the meadow which blooms.

We knew we'd be unlocking cosmic forces :)

This all started nearly a year ago, an unprecedented freak bonus from work paid for the legal process that took almost year to settle; that brought us to the run-up to Christmas, so everything just coasted for that month and a week up until Little Christmas when we first could start the first steps.

No, we haven't a clue what we're doing.

The first of those steps had floated up from the news-readers here on the computer over that limbo-year of 2007, something about a new position in the local governments that allows what we used to call "justice of the peace" to break out of the town offices and go out wherever you want, and the story I'd read took place in Bruce County and featured one such officiant who took the job seriously and liked doing the stuff a little different. So I did a hunt, and eventually found a new keyword, "Marriage Commissioner" and that lead us by a round about to Donna Andrew, our nearly-nextdoor neighbour, and it was her website that introduced us to the beautiful anachronism of the hand-fast.

All this as it turns out, was also a process impossible until only recently when our friend, fan and local MPP Bill Murdoch had pushed through the legislation ... specifically to make dreams like ours possible. The Murdoch Bill was a response by religious and non-religious officiants to the cutbacks that left far too few officials to do an ever increasing number of outside-the-lines ceremonies.

the future does indeed cause the past.

We had already chosen June 20th. there was the practical reason of needing to save up for all this and time enough to get everything done and ready, but also, May loves Earth Day and there are two possible solutions to that, the april date and the Midsummer. June beyond black-fly season too, but early enough so as to be a reasonable shot any out of towners could find room at the Sauble Inns.

I dug out the ephemerides and discovered a discrepancy between 'scientific' (epoch-2000) mid-summer and 'physical' (max solar declination) mid-summer -- the spread would span precisely the hours from 3:38pm to 11pm, a perfect time-slot for a party. Serendipity strikes again, and double points on that when Wai Chi and family announced they were looking for a summertime vacation destination :)

So we, ah, spent our property-tax savings to book Donna for that day (shhh now, don't tell the town office!)

And that was it, we had locked down a date, point of no return.

So ... we started telling folks here and there to keep that date open, and, well, like I said, seems we have unleashed the Cosmic Vortex. I don't know half of it, its all going by really fast but I hear tales of volunteer caterers, volunteer bakers, artists and artisans, Mother Nature (Dee) wants to know "our colours" and its all swirling in for that midsummer's dreaming.

I'll keep you posted.

The Cosmic Vortex

The Egyptians, according to Iamblicus who wrote his famous 'Mysteries' in the early Christian era, believed in cosmic vortex forces they generically called 'gods' and which would arise in human situations inexplicably bending the universe surrounding us. The example he gave was of the pregnant woman and the swirling vortices of godlike forces attracting into her all of the rare and obscure materials now needed for the assembly of a new human being. Our culture only comically acknowledges the 'cravings' but as anyone who has been through it knows, there is much more to the story than just a merciless request for midnight pickles and ice cream. It is a force of nature.

Alan Watts tells us that the flower doesn't bloom. The flower cannot exist without the plant, the soil, the meadow and all of the insect and plant inhabitants who, together, form the unified ecological unit of being that is the meadow, and that this particular flower could not exist were it not for the environment that supports and is supported by it. And so it is that it is not the flower but the meadow which blooms.

We knew we'd be unlocking cosmic forces :)

This all started nearly a year ago, an unprecedented freak bonus from work paid for the legal process that took almost year to settle; that brought us to the run-up to Christmas, so everything just coasted for that month and a week up until Little Christmas when we first could start the first steps.

No, we haven't a clue what we're doing.

The first of those steps had floated up from the news-readers here on the computer over that limbo-year of 2007, something about a new position in the local governments that allows what we used to call "justice of the peace" to break out of the town offices and go out wherever you want, and the story I'd read took place in Bruce County and featured one such officiant who took the job seriously and liked doing the stuff a little different. So I did a hunt, and eventually found a new keyword, "Marriage Commissioner" and that lead us by a round about to Donna Andrew, our nearly-nextdoor neighbour, and it was her website that introduced us to the beautiful anachronism of the hand-fast.

All this as it turns out, was also a process impossible until only recently when our friend, fan and local MPP Bill Murdoch had pushed through the legislation ... specifically to make dreams like ours possible. The Murdoch Bill was a response by religious and non-religious officiants to the cutbacks that left far too few officials to do an ever increasing number of outside-the-lines ceremonies.

the future does indeed cause the past.

We had already chosen June 20th. there was the practical reason of needing to save up for all this and time enough to get everything done and ready, but also, May loves Earth Day and there are two possible solutions to that, the april date and the Midsummer. June beyond black-fly season too, but early enough so as to be a reasonable shot any out of towners could find room at the Sauble Inns.

I dug out the ephemerides and discovered a discrepancy between 'scientific' (epoch-2000) mid-summer and 'physical' (max solar declination) mid-summer -- the spread would span precisely the hours from 3:38pm to 11pm, a perfect time-slot for a party. Serendipity strikes again, and double points on that when Wai Chi and family announced they were looking for a summertime vacation destination :)

So we, ah, spent our property-tax savings to book Donna for that day (shhh now, don't tell the town office!)

And that was it, we had locked down a date, point of no return.

So ... we started telling folks here and there to keep that date open, and, well, like I said, seems we have unleashed the Cosmic Vortex. I don't know half of it, its all going by really fast but I hear tales of volunteer caterers, volunteer bakers, artists and artisans, Mother Nature (Dee) wants to know "our colours" and its all swirling in for that midsummer's dreaming.

I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Defending Whales: the sound of humpback whales

Defending Whales: the sound of humpback whales
Posted live from the deck of the Esperanza, the Great Whites send a delegation to meet directly with the Greenpeace vessel for a three hour conference. As someone rightly comments, not a bad day's work for a ship's crew who the Japanese Government calls "Terrorists" :)

Defending Whales: the sound of humpback whales

Defending Whales: the sound of humpback whales
Posted live from the deck of the Esperanza, the Great Whites send a delegation to meet directly with the Greenpeace vessel for a three hour conference. As someone rightly comments, not a bad day's work for a ship's crew who the Japanese Government calls "Terrorists" :)

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself

A 1971 television recording with Alan Watts walking in the mountains and talking about the limitations of technology and the problem of trying to keep track of an infinite universe with a single tracked mind. Video posted by Alan's son and courtesy of alanwatts.com.

Come spend some time with Alan Watts, a four part complete video education in natural philosophy with the most gentle and surgically insightfull persuader I know -- "We may have to come to the conclusion that the Universe is smarter than we are," and other obvious urgent and doable results that follow one on another as simple and plain as the sunshine dances on the leaves.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Handfasting


Handfasting - Wikipedia: Handfasting is a betrothal or wedding ritual in which the couple's clasped hands are tied together by a cord or ribbon — hence the phrase "tying the knot". The tying of the hands may be done by the officiant of the ceremony, by the wedding guests, or by the couple themselves.
cat's out of the bag now, and trust me, I've had some experience with cats and bags -- Annie's found out about our secret plan for 7:58pm on June the 20th, and yes, that's this year, and yes, that's the exact start of a Friday Solstice that peaks at a perfect party-hour of about 11pm and all of which just seemed too serendipitous a coincidence to ignore, especially when it turns out there's an Officiant who was secretly our nearly next door neighbour and getting right down to business, she specializes in these sorts of things.
ya gotta admire a wedding ceremony that involves a bit of bondage ...

Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself

A 1971 television recording with Alan Watts walking in the mountains and talking about the limitations of technology and the problem of trying to keep track of an infinite universe with a single tracked mind. Video posted by Alan's son and courtesy of alanwatts.com.

Come spend some time with Alan Watts, a four part complete video education in natural philosophy with the most gentle and surgically insightfull persuader I know -- "We may have to come to the conclusion that the Universe is smarter than we are," and other obvious urgent and doable results that follow one on another as simple and plain as the sunshine dances on the leaves.

Handfasting

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Handfasting - Wikipedia: Handfasting is a betrothal or wedding ritual in which the couple's clasped hands are tied together by a cord or ribbon ??? hence the phrase "tying the knot". The tying of the hands may be done by the officiant of the ceremony, by the wedding guests, or by the couple themselves.
cat's out of the bag now, and trust me, I've had some experience with cats and bags -- Annie's found out about our secret plan for 7:58pm on June the 20th, and yes, that's this year, and yes, that's the exact start of a Friday Solstice that peaks at a perfect party-hour of about 11pm and all of which just seemed too serendipitous a coincidence to ignore, especially when it turns out there's an Officiant who was secretly our nearly next door neighbour and getting right down to business, she specializes in these sorts of things.
ya gotta admire a wedding ceremony that involves a bit of bondage ...

Monday, 7 January 2008

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Masato Honda - Recorder Medley


In just 10 minutes, Japan's sax-master Masato Honda is going to forever change the way you look at the lowly grade-school recorder ...

Masato Honda - Recorder Medley

In just 10 minutes, Masato Honda is going to forever change the way you look at the lowly grade-school recorder ...

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Dailymotion - Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes (1916 – 1989) began his musical career playing drums and piano. In 1938 he took up the guitar choosing the unusual electric 4-string tenor guitar. In 1940 he joined the Cats And A Fiddle as guitarist and singer. In 1943 he joined the Art Tatum Trio as guitarist and made a number of recordings with Tatum. The early Tatum Trio recordings made for the Asch and Comet recording labels are some of the more interesting early examples of Tiny Grimes’ guitar work.




Another year older? Well take it from Brother Lloyd here, no matter how far the clock gets, you're never too old to swing ...

Dailymotion - Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes (1916 ??? 1989) began his musical career playing drums and piano. In 1938 he took up the guitar choosing the unusual electric 4-string tenor guitar. In 1940 he joined the Cats And A Fiddle as guitarist and singer. In 1943 he joined the Art Tatum Trio as guitarist and made a number of recordings with Tatum. The early Tatum Trio recordings made for the Asch and Comet recording labels are some of the more interesting early examples of Tiny Grimes??? guitar work.




Another year older? Well take it from Brother Lloyd here, no matter how far the clock gets, you're never too old to swing ...

Status: Police Check

Gary failed his police check :(
Question #1: do you have the correct form from the school?
Um ...

Status: Police Check

Gary failed his police check :(
Question #1: do you have the correct form from the school?
Um ...

Status: Police Check

Gary failed his police check :(
Question #1: do you have the correct form from the school?
Um ...