Thursday, March 17, 2005
- Nanobacteria? Really? [via Rebecca's Pocket]
- Listening to:
- Kelis' "Trick Me," a phenomenal funk-you earworm, and an conceptual negative/analogous inverse to Blondie's "The Tide Is High" - although I suspect the two would sound great as a mashup..."The Trick is High" perhaps?
- Just when I complain to the Ultravox forum about the lack of a latter-day remix of the classic track "Hymn," I discover that Psychophaze, a 22-year-old mixmeister from Poland has done just that: this new Euro recast sets a pitched-up vocal of the song's chorus against morphing drum-n-bass and dub beats. You can download or stream it (and hundreds of other unusual .mp3's that might make you the hit of the club) at Wirtualna Polksa More: Masonic imagery on the "Hymn" record cover
- Buckminster Fuller shares "Everything I Know" - and that's a lot - in 42 mind-boggling audiovisual lessons [via Wither In The Light]
- WorldChanging's Alex and Bruce SXSW keynote:
...do we get the future we want, the cooler future that works better, or do we get the default future?The non-default future might include universal object monitoring, biomimetics and neobiology, and new paradigms of sustainability. Oh, goody.
We're on a continuum, heading for a world that's either unimaginable or one that's unthinkable. On the continnuum between these two points, we need to aggressively promote the vision of a future as close to unimaginable and far from unthinkable as possible. We need to define our victory condition: an unimaginably positive outcome. A time in which the world's most creative people can get up every morning, apply their highest talents to the world's most pressing problems, and their prize the next morning will be a better set of problems to work on.
- Have you experienced the incomparable Mrs. Miller? No? Welcome to her World!
- Chris Waigl has taken up the daunting task of setting up the Eggcorn Database; eggcorns are folk-misspellings, corruptions, malapropisms, or "linguistic mutations" that become perpetuated by repetition, e.g., "eggcorn" is a mutated version of "acorn." [via Language Log]
- Kateigaho International online interviews J-Horror luminaries Hideo Nakata, Roy Lee and Koji Suzuki about the new worldwide popularity of Asian horror films like Ringu, Ju-on ("The Grudge"), and more. [via mp3 Blogs]
- CBC Radio's Jian Gomeshi counts down 50 Tracks - the 50 essential Canadian popular songs from the 1900's (!) through today, and you can hear one-minute samples. I ♥ Canadian music of the 1980's, because that's when I lived near the border and the only decent radio stations were from the Great White North - I hold with the opinion of one anonymous poster, who commented "the best 80's bands were all Canadian." Platinum Blonde? Rough Trade? Martha and the Muffins (probably the worst name ever for a great band)? Gary O'? Missing from Ghomeshi's 50 Tracks, but essential nonetheless.
- Siemens Corp. has developed a Bluetooth-enabled voice-recognition lapel communicator device, like the combadges you used to see on ST:TNG. Gizmodo gives it
"no more than 10 years before this sort of technology trickles down into the middle class, but I hope to see it sooner than that. Now, if only the system would give feedback in Majel Roddenberry’s voice..."Few things in the tech world surprise me anymore - although they rarely cease to delight - simply because we seem to be reaching the point that if we can dream it, we can eventually make it. Now, medicine's another story...