Archive for 2008-01

Basket + Shadow

02008-01-31 @ 12:01

TAI Gallery on Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe

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Mount Fuji from Owari

02008-01-31 @ 10:01

1. Mt Fuji from Owari

Boiling Water Spikes Bisphenol A Levels

02008-01-31 @ 10:01

Boiling Water Spikes Bisphenol A Levels : TreeHugger
We have been saying for a while that polycarbonates bottles can leach Bisphenol A, a gender bender and that it was time to ditch them; now a new University of Cincinnati study shows that the temperature of the liquid inside has the most impact on how much BPA is released.

According to Martin Mittelstaedt of the Globe and Mail, “Adding boiling water to polycarbonate plastic bottles causes a dramatic spike (55 times as much!) in the amount of bisphenol A, or BPA, leaching from containers into drinks, according to a U.S. research team.

The finding suggests that parents sterilizing polycarbonate baby bottles by heating them in water or in a microwave may be inadvertently increasing the amount of the estrogen-mimicking chemical leaching from the containers. It also indicates hikers who use the bottles as a thermos to store hot tea or liquids may be doing the same.”


In Norway, No Car Is “Green”

02008-01-31 @ 10:01

In Norway, No Car Is "Green"
Apparently Norway takes the phrase “truth in advertising” to heart. New restrictions imposed by the state-run Consumer Ombudsman have banned the use of the words “green,” clean,” and “environmentally friendly” in car advertisements.
(Via Carectomy)

Not so…

02008-01-31 @ 10:01

Musicians don’t get it yet.: reader comment from TimD43 – CNET
That’s why I buy merchandise at concerts… I know that’s the only way to really financially support the acts I like. They make jack s— off of album sales (unless they’re an established megastar with leverage to negotiate terms), but they keep most, if not all, of the proceeds from merchandise sales at live performances.

Some promoters or venues demand 30% or even 40% of the merchandise gross, even if the performer uses their own seller. This and this happens as a result. One time in San Antonio we sold merch from the hotel across the street instead of in the venue – following in Tony Bennett’s footsteps who had come up with that idea a few weeks earlier… I announced that the venue was asking too high of a percentage and I seem to remember that it became our second biggest merch-sale ever.

Prince: The artist who formerly liked the Internet

02008-01-31 @ 10:01

Prince: The artist who formerly liked the Internet | CNET
File sharers who are now cursing Prince should remember that for nearly 10 years he has tried to solve a problem that has stumped the beleaguered record industry: how can you make money from digital music?

Trent Reznor Interview

02008-01-31 @ 09:01

Trent Reznor: Why won’t people pay $5? | Tech news blog – CNET
If I think of it a month later walking through Amoeba (record store), hmm…do I want to just buy a piece of plastic and give most of the money to the record labels, who have to be thieves because my experience with them has always been that? And you have a lot of reasons why you didn’t do it. So I thought if you take all those away and here’s the record in as great a quality as you could ever want, it’s available now and it’s offered for an insulting low price, which I consider $5 to be, I thought that it would appeal to more people than it did. That’s where my sense of disappointment is in general, that the idea was wrong in my head and for once I’ve given people too much credit.


It kind of gets into the bigger picture that you’ve had to face as a musician over the last few years, which in my mind was a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s pretty far down the hatch with me now: the way things are, I think music should be looked at as free. It basically is. The toothpaste is out of the tube and a whole generation of people is accustomed to music being that way. There’s a perception that you don’t pay for music when you hear it on the radio or MySpace.

There’s a difficult transition in the mind of the musician and certainly in the mind of the record label. If that is the case, how does one adapt to that?

For me, I choose the battles I can fight. In my mind, I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, “All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a– if you want, and it’s $5 on your cable bill or ISP bill.”

Someone asked me recently whether I’ve used 4-1-1 lately. I said ‘Not really.” They said do you know you’re paying for that every month? ‘I am?’ Yeah, X-amount of your money goes to a service that you don’t even use.’

Which takes us back to this and this and this entry in this Diary. Hm, I haven’t used 411 in years…

Vocabulary Game

02008-01-30 @ 09:01


The Malaysian Seal Engraver

02008-01-30 @ 07:01

PingMag – The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things”
The Malaysian Seal Engraver

Santa Fe Living Treasures

02008-01-30 @ 07:01

(505) 989-5819 is the Santa Fe phone number you can call to reserve a seat at the Loretto Chapel for the fundraising event on February 17th. I will play guitar.

Being Funny

02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Smithsonian Magazine | Arts & Culture | Being Funny
A reluctant pied piper, I went outside onto the campus, and they stayed right behind me. I came across a drained swimming pool. I asked the audience to get into it—”Everybody into the pool!”—and they did. Then I said I was going to swim across the top of them, and the crowd knew exactly what to do: I was passed hand over hand as I did the crawl. That night I went to bed feeling I had entered new comic territory.

Steve Martin’s crowd-surfing pre-dated punk…

12 sustainable design ideas from nature

02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Exciting ideas!

Aboriginal DRM

02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Slashdot | Aboriginal Archive Uses New DRM
An application that gives fresh new meaning to ‘digital rights management’ has been pioneered by Aboriginal Australians. It relies on a user’s profile to control access to a multimedia archive. The need to create profiles based on a user’s name, age, sex and standing within their community comes from traditions over what can and cannot be viewed. For example, men cannot view women’s rituals, and people from one community cannot view material from another without first seeking permission. Images of the deceased cannot be viewed by their families. These requirements threw up issues surrounding how the material could be archived, as it was not only about preserving the information into a database in a traditional sense, but also about how people would access it depending on their gender, their relationship to other people, and where they were situated.


02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Duncan Wilson – Madsounds / Otto


02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Lots of Eyeballs


02008-01-30 @ 07:01

Fishermen ‘beat dolphin to death’ –
Fishermen in Bangladesh beat a rare river dolphin to death because they had not seen “this kind of creature before,” according to local news accounts.

Why should a dolphin receive better treatment than any human that looks or acts “different”… (sigh)
See this or this

Music Stuff

02008-01-29 @ 11:01

Music labels say no deal with Qtrax | Entertainment
| Reuters

The world’s biggest music companies, including Warner Music Group Corp and Sony BMG, denied that they have agreed to license songs for a free download service that was launched by Qtrax on Monday.

Qtrax told Reuters and other media outlets last week that it had deals with the major labels representing about 75 percent of all music sales, to let users download songs for free in a new service to be supported by advertising revenue.

But by Monday, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner had publicly denied that they had agreed to back the new Qtrax service. | Official News
The Online Bonanza: Who is making all the money and why aren’t they sharing it?’ A speech by Paul McGuinness at MIDEM’s first International Manager Summit.


02008-01-29 @ 09:01

Super Peking

click on “Balloons”

Stevo on Air-travel

02008-01-28 @ 09:01

Travel day home – Friday, Jan 25th


02008-01-28 @ 07:01

Rain - 1


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