For reference, this is "the day."
The official description: The Reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
I’ve always liked experts in their field, any field. I also like experts who can fuse together dissimilar styles and techniques. I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s good. It’s almost like he’s playing a lead guitar riff on a fiddle.
This is Vanessa Mae. She’s showy, but she has the chops to back it up. Besides, it’s terrifically fun!
And to round this out, here is 7 year old Laura Watson playing her fiddle. She is still actively playing and has 2 CDs to her credit! She’s seriously cute.
The Night Before Christmas.
Last year she says she received healing at a Christian conference and within hours she was able to fold away her wheelchair and stop taking painkillers.
When Mrs Clarke realised she was completely healed she contacted the government Industrial Injury Department to put a stop to the benefits she had been receiving, but the payments continued. Mr and Mrs Clarke sent letters and made phone calls, but officials told them the system was unable to recognise an apparently miraculous recovery.
Mrs Clarke had been awarded an allowance for life and the computer was not programmed to allow that payment to end while she was still alive. After six months, she saw an official government doctor who registered her as fully fit. The allowance was stopped and Mrs Clarke was able to repay the money.
A spokesperson from the Department for Work and Pensions said: "Each case is treated individually."
The vehicle architecture offers an attractive rethink for car design and adds greatly to overall vehicle safety including structural integration of the door with the unibody and cruciform door frame technology.
One thing is for sure, it will definitely grab everyone’s attention when you drive a car with Disappearing Doors!
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Nigerian Daniel comes back to life after being pronounced dead by many witnesses including doctors! His wife believes that
Gibson Proudly Presents The Robot Guitar—A First Run Limited Edition
On December 7, 2007, Gibson will change the guitar world forever. Again.
True to the spirit of innovation that inspired Gibson to invent the legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, the powerful humbucker, and the revolutionary Digital Les Paul, Gibson proudly presents the Gibson Robot Guitar—the world's first guitar with robotic technology.
Since the dawn of the instrument, musicians have come to accept the guitar's imperfections and lack of tonal precision as necessary evils. Onstage and off, guitarists have fought to stay in tune. Every music lover and performer has had to suffer through the show—halting, mood-killing atonal droning of a loudly amped guitar being brought into tune. And in the studio, or at home, imprecise intonation throws the guitar in and out of tune, up and down the neck, as the instrument requires tweaking with each season and at times with each string change.
For as long as the guitar has existed, guitar lovers have had two choices—live with a temperamental and out-of-tune instrument or make frequent trips to the shop for setups. Not anymore.
Introducing the Gibson Robot Guitar. All you have to do is play it.
Her mother was killed when she was hit by a car and he was cared for by licensed wildlife rehabilitator Gail Buhl. He was orphaned and imprinted on humans and is now living at a nature center in northern Minnesota.
Or not. Dig a hole in the ground, fill it with water and film as bypasser fall in.
The announcers are amusing as well: they’re bored until 2/3 of the way through the play, when they finally figure out this is exciting!
This is one of the most amazing battles I’ve ever seen. It’s fascinating! It’s a battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in
Here’s what happens when we go it alone; not so pretty. There's a lesson here somewhere.
Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand ‘association-chain-massacre’. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, it totally fails this assignment, but in its failure it still manages to produce some magical nuance and shades between the great topics death, cable tv, emotions and hamsters.
It also makes me laugh, philosophically of course.
Now for a contrast, here is a discussion of what I'll call, Le Irritating Content:
It's really scary if you think about it!
In this clip, psychiatrists attempt to define/defend the diagnosis of ADHD unsuccessfully to a panel of people. The narrator's point is that the disease is a fraud and that the medications are dangerous to children.
And just for balance, here's the take on ADHD from the testimony of one of its practitioners:
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mel Blanc:
This, of course, is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Oh, wait; that’s not an “of course;” we never see the tower! The view is certainly impressive!
This isn’t exactly an elevator. It’s called a Paternoster, and it does the same thing for an elevator that an escalator does for stairs.
What you may or may not know, is that this is a re-make of a similar piece from a generation ago:
You probably enjoy the Home Shopping Network as much as I do: you marvel that they can make money with this stuff. (But they do! They make lots of money doing this!)
Here is a collection of some of their shining moments of glory!
Here's an interesting take on using a ski jump in the summer: instead of skiers, let's toss tires down the ramp and see how far they go.
The Japanese commentary only adds to the humor. It appears that this is some sort of Japanese TV show, along the lines of "I wonder what would happen if we tried this?":
Here's another episode with a giant rubber band. Who hasn't thought about trying this?
And this episode involves shooting kleenex with a handgun. Apparently, it takes 2354 sheets of kleenex to stop what looks like a 9mm bullet. It makes me laugh!
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I’m sure that American sports don’t make sense to people from other cultures. Heck, they don’t always make sense to me! (Can anyone explain why a baseball player can make $10,000,000 a year, and a teacher or fireman can’t even make 1% of that?)
The corollary, of course, is that the way other cultures do their sports doesn’t make sense to Americans. I’ve always thought of Baseball as an American sport, but the Japanese have a remarkable way of making it … strange!
Last year, Rick Warren spoke to "1000 of the world's most remarkable people." He's a pastor, and thanks to his book The Purpose Driven Life, he's also a wealthy man. His 21 minute talk to this gathering of (mostly) secular humanists is insightful, sensitive, and I found it riddled with nuggets to improve my own life.
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But more than that: this is an amazing illustration of real joy in something. Fifth Gear's Tiff Needell demonstrates, while exploring the Bugatti Veryon (it's a car!), a Joi de vivre that I haven't seen very often. I know people - Americans, Christians, Churchgoers, whomever - who have stuff that's cooler than an admittedly very nice automobile, and they whine and complain.
So watch the video and enjoy it. Enjoy the cool car, and its 1001 horsepower. But more than that, learn from his complete passion, his joy in the machine, and learn from Tiff Needell how to experience real joy.
Today we're a little lighter.This is the freshest take on "It's a Wonderful World" - and maybe the most offbeat - that I've seen in a while. But then, I like offbeat....
And just for context, here's the original, by the master himself: Satchmo!
Have you seen the movie 300? It’s about the heroic stand of 300 Spartan warriors (with help for part of the time) against 250,000 Persian soldiers. The story is actually pretty accurate historically, and it is completely inspiring. Even the line, “Then we will fight in the shade” is correct!
I found myself taking away a number of “life lessons” when the credits rolled. (NB: There is some brief – and gratuitous – nudity in the movie, not in the clips that follow.)
Some time before the movie came out, the History Channel aired a historical documentary about the Spartans and the legendary Battle of Thermopylae (literally “The Hot Gates”) on which the movie is based. The CG doesn’t hold a candle to the movie, but the facts are still awe-inspiring. It’s in three parts:
And since this is the 21st Century, it stands to reason that there’s a music video made on the subject. Music by Nine Inch Nails, video excerpted from the 300. It’s fairly graphic.