Archive for 2004-12

Asian Hair

02004-12-31 @ 16:12

Thanks Yumiko

Up Close

02004-12-30 @ 15:12

Woke up at 3AM last night and was wide awake. Decided to play with my OKM binaural microphones and recorded the sound of the iPod click-wheel clicking, then the pages of a book turning. Wrote some notes for the next album (2006):
Change title from Close Up to Up Close.
Record turning pages of a book with the Neumann mike in the studio – better, i.e. quieter, pre-amp. Found the perfect hardcover book for that.
Record dry leaves crumbling.
Record the even breathing of a person sleeping – myself?

Carbon-Fiber Planes

02004-12-30 @ 14:12

Boing is building their new 7E7 Dreamliner using Carbon-fiber, instead of Aluminum and other metals. I wonder what that will mean for future crashes, because carbon-fiber breaks into horribly sharp shards. For that reason F-1 racing cars, which have been built using carbon-fiber for years, now have to enclose the carbon-fiber in another plastic that should keep it from coming apart in dangerous shards. Anybody know anything about how Boing is using carbon-fiber?

PS: Tito found this interesting article about the Dreamliner.
Thanks Tito!

Earth Wobble

02004-12-30 @ 13:12

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The deadly Asian earthquake may have permanently accelerated the Earth’s rotation – shortening days by a fraction of a second – and caused the planet to wobble on its axis, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Thanks Carol.


02004-12-28 @ 09:12

Tito Martinez said…You know… These little things remind me of those old three wheeled Citroens found all over Europe. These things were accidents waiting to happen. They tipped easily. Considering the driving habits some taxi drivers have developed it is probably not a good idea to hop into one of these. Ride at your own risk!

Do you mean this kind of Citroen, a 2CV?

Actually, it is very hard to tip over a 2CV! In fact they used to have competitions all over Europe, with a prize going to the first person to tip one.
Or do you mean this Italian 3-wheeler? They are called APE, which means Bee – as in busy bee…

Rivers and Tides

02004-12-25 @ 14:12

Very beautiful documentary about Andy Goldsworthy and his work.


02004-12-23 @ 18:12

Since 1657!

In 1657, the founder named himself “Jinkoya Sakubei” and specialized in selling incense ingredients and incense sticks. “Jinkoya” (Aloes wood trader) was a name peculiar to Sakai, only medicinal wholesalers who specialized in incense were authorized to use this name.

The creation of Incense is an extraordinarily delicate process. In the time-honored traditions of Jinkoya Sakubei, Baieido has dedicated itself to making incense for over 300 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition.

Pretty amazing stuff. How many companies can celebrate their 350th aniversary?

More Hybrid Taxis

02004-12-23 @ 11:12

Stefan says:

not sure whether these pedal taxis had any electric motors, although it did sound like it and they were cruisin’ along pretty good.
both of these are taken in Berlin this summer…

Alternative Energy

02004-12-23 @ 10:12

The world’s biggest solar power plant went online in Mulhausen, Germany this month, putting out 6.3 megawatts of power. The plant is part of a set of facilities in Bavaria which produce a total of 10 megawatts of power using 57,600 silicon solar panels, built by the Berkeley, California

Right on.

World’s Best School System

02004-12-23 @ 10:12

Finland, according a major international survey, has the best educational system in the world. This study, in turn, comes on the heels of several others showing that Finland has the highest rate of teen literacy in the world, the highest percent of ‘regular readers,’ and the most ‘creatively competitive’ economy. The BBC has devoted a whole series of features to looking at why this might be true.

And a free Nokia for every student… but it can get cold…

Organ at LA’s Disney Hall

02004-12-22 @ 09:12

…the awesome, gigantomongous, french-fry-esque pipe organ at the back of the hall. It’s comprised of more than 6,000 pipes, only a portion of which are visible. Some are conical and made of metal, others are shaped like long, slender boxes and are made of wood. The pipes range in size from ballpoint pens to palm trees.

The organ wasn’t played last night, but I’m told that when it debuted privately to a group of pipe organ professionals earlier this year — they all removed their shoes so they could feel the deep bass vibrations in the floor. A couple friends mentioned that when the LA Phil played Richard Strauss‘s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ (opening theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey) a while back, this thing emitted gut-liquefying bass notes that remind you why that piece of music was selected to open a sci-fi film in the first place. That uber-low opening note doesn’t kick you in the innards on a recording the way it does from a huge pipe organ in an acoustically rich venue.
(Via BoingBoing.)

Note to self… must attend concert with organ at the Disney Hall! The ability to emit those amazing low notes is what makes organs so beloved in church music. Imagine a time before music was over-familiar. You visit the city and attend mass at the big city church. The low notes of the organ would make you feel the presence of God, wouldn’t it?

Yamaha Hybrid Pedal Taxi

02004-12-22 @ 09:12

yahama_taxieco.jpg image
Next year’s World Expo in Aichi Prefecture won’t allow participants to use regular taxis on the grounds, so Yahama has designed this pedal-powered hackney with an electric motor-assist. And if I’m not mistaken, those look like solar panels on the top—that would be eco-licious.
Story (Japanese) [NikkeiJP via SorobanGeeks]
(Via Gizmodo.)

I remember standing at a railway station in the South of India at the end of 1978, looking over the mass of bicycle-rickshaws and having the following thoughts. Do I not pick the guy with the giant elephantiasis legs because I feel sorry for him and don’t want him to pull me and my little bag, or do I pick him because I feel sorry for him and thus give him work – I can always tip him well…

In any case this modern pedal Taxi looks a lot more comfortable. Ah, how quiet Manhattan would become with these!!

Ultimate L.A. Concept Car

02004-12-22 @ 09:12

Hyundai’s two-dimentional NTT concept will be featured at the Greater Los Angeles show in January, along with ten other concepts from 11 design studios as part of the show’s ‘Design Los Angeles’ competition. The theme for studios was to create…
(Via Jalopnik.)

The question is, are the designers out of touch or would we really like something like this?

SD Card with USB

02004-12-22 @ 09:12

Taiwanese OEM vendor Digimaster is releasing this SD Card that also has a USB 2.0 interface on the flip size, meaning you can use it in devices that support SD (cameras, phones, PDAs, etc.) and then flip it around and put it in a laptop or PC as a flash drive. And if I did the currency conversion correctly, the 256MB version will be only $40 or so.
(Via Gizmodo.)

Cool, one less cable (connecting cameras with computer) to carry.

New Age Reporter

02004-12-21 @ 20:12

My conversation with Jamie Bonk is available at New Age Reporter.

Powered by Nutella

02004-12-21 @ 18:12

I’ve made it through the day so far almost solely on Nutella. I’m a heartbeat away from just digging the rest of it out of the jar with a spoon.
(Via Antipixel – Excerpts.)

Most of my American friends think it’s awful stuff…. but now I know I am not alone in liking it.

Flickr Sucks!

02004-12-19 @ 11:12


etown update

02004-12-18 @ 09:12

Our etown performance is being broadcasted this week. I haven’t heard it yet.
Thanks Yumiko

Airborne Cell Phones? No Way!

02004-12-18 @ 06:12

After proposing lifting the ban on use of mobile phones during commercial flights, the Federal Communications Commission is flooded with hundreds of e-mails from travelers who want to keep the ban in place and preserve their peace and quiet.
(Via Wired News.)

Best news of the day. I might not have to build that helmet (Cone of Silence) after all. And maybe these cards would be useful. Direct link to PDF here. It is interesting that they are using the abreviation SHHH, as it also stands for Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, which would be the result of listening to people scream into their phones on every flight.

iPod2Car – 3

02004-12-17 @ 11:12

Music: Listening Lounge Stream – OL

Any update on your Ipod2Car experience? On the fence about getting one. Thanks! – posted by David

Since my first review of the iPod2Car connector I have been contacted by the manufacturer and have emailed him a list of my concerns. Stay tuned and I will post an update soon. Right now I would say it works, but there are some problems. Sure better than any of the radio frequency devices out there, though.


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