Tuesday, October 05, 2004
- Enjoy today's headlines silent newsreel style: WPTZ, The Champlain Channel.com's "Silent Video" comes complete with emulsion scratches and monochrome, with only the zooming text effect giving its age away [also see: BFI Screenonline]
- Use this knowledge wisely: anything can be turned into a fritter. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl at the bombs in the "Failed Recipes Journal"
- "In your dreams - no more!" Virgin Galactic (yes, that Virgin) launches a new enterprise in anticipation of commercial space travel and Spaceship One's victory in the Ansari X-Prize competition
- A friend tipped me off to a neat Latino-rock version (a smidgen Sugar Ray, a touch of Los Lobos?) of the Ramones' "The KKK Took My Baby Away" by Barcelona band Tipos de Interés ("Points of Interest"); unfortunately the band's web page links seem to be outdated, but we'll try to track down a place where you can listen.
- Will blackboards soon be a thing of the past? Citing dust-related health and maintenance concerns, many schools are replacing traditional boards with dry-erase whiteboards and overhead projection. Personally, I think that dry-erase markers are harder to read against a white surface, and the solvent used in the markers and cleaners smells awful (isn't that stuff toxic?). Give me chalkdust any day.
- Smells like a winner: Richard Axel and Linda Buck won a Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking reasearch into the biology of olfaction