Interview with Brian May, lead guitar player of the group Queen about his Red Special guitar that he and his father built from scratch. The “Whammy bar” is made out of one of his mom’s old knitting needles. Perfect.
Bobby McFerrin is a national treasure. Here he is improvising with a rather large group in a stadium who know exactly how to stick with him.
Here he is doing his thing at TED:
A quick pay it forward video. Very nice.
Dave, Bill and I took a hike up to the Pinnacle overlooking Lake Waramaug in the Macricostas Preserve yesterday. The ice on Bee Brook was stunning where the stream braided and the flow of the water was disrupted. Had it not been in the 20′s (F) we’d have hung out longer looking for more patterns but cold hands and Christmas eve pulled us away.
This is quite an amazing video of Japanese gift wrapping. I used large photographs that were on my seconds pile this year and the rag paper is to thick for this technique but this technique would work well with old maps or any thinner newsprint. Note the diagonal pattern, amazingly simple yet a beautiful design.
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Mt. Everett Reservation, Massachusetts. We hiked up Everett and then around Guilder Pond and I caught Dave out on a cliff shooting an island in the pond. Everett isn’t a hard hike although it’s the second highest point in Massachusetts. Guilder Pond is a jewell that makes the entire hike worthwhile. In July the mountain laurel around this pond is mind-blowing.
While hiking up Bear Mountain today we stopped a few times to take pictures of ice. As someone with Raynaud’s syndrome (cold hands from a faulty thermostat) it’s tough to take gloves off and take pictures on cold days. A solution for me is carrying hand warmers and more serious mittens for the times I get in trouble. I used both today and the problem abated quickly and we had a great hike.
Andrew O’Hehir over at Salon reviews the new David Fincher version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I love the Swedish version, all three movies: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I love the acting, the directing, the setting, the music, all of it.
When I heard Fincher was working on an American version I had the same reaction to reading about and then seeing the American remake of Mostly Martha: No Reservations. Dumb Americans can’t deal with subtitles. But, O’Hehir thinks Fincher’s version of the first of the three Dragon Tattoo movies is good if not better than the Swedish version. Now I can’t wait to see it although I have a certain loyalty to the Swedish movies and the actors in them.
Here are the new movie trailers: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
American Masters just aired a great documentary on the designers Charles and Ray Eames, the influential American designers. I highly recommend watching it by following the above link.
Imagine an iPod Nano wristwatch that’s also a bluetooth-connected communicator. Makes perfect sense, the question isn’t if Apple will make this, more like when.
Not sure I want to have even a short phone conversation talking to my wrist but for some things I think it might work out quite well. Bring up a todo list, a shopping list, a music list (on the phone, not the iPod), and more with voice using Siri.
Amazing comment thread at MacRumors, a few are asking why one needs a wristwatch, assuming that if one has an iPhone one can always get the time from it. Man, am I old. Not only do I wear a wristwatch, I wear an analog wristwatch (and it’s not an iPod with an analog screen on it).
If you don’t think Apple is making a lot of iOS devices, read the numbers on this: Samsung built a 1.6 million square foot, $3.6 billion plant in Austin, Texas to build Apple A5 processor chips for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices.
Since the devices are assembled in China at the moment I wonder if this marks a move by Apple to have an assembly plant in the United States. I’d love that. But, short of that, the more components in these devices that are manufactured in the US, the more Americans will have jobs even if the factories are owned by other countries, in this case, Samsung is a Korean company.
I don’t watch Monday Night Football but this behind the scenes slide show tour narrated by Mike Tirico is absolutely amazing. What a team. What a process.
It will be interesting to see if this thing really works. I have a bumper on my iPhone which will probably raise the lens too far off the camera and my guess is any iPhone case will change focal length on this lens. Worth $15 to find out.
Photojojo’s site: Easy Macro Cell Lens Band.
While descending Bear Mountain in North West Connecticut I noticed a little whirlpool in a small brook and we stopped to see about a picture. It dawned on me that both my camera and iPhone do video and what better way to record a whirlpool.
“We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business,” he says. “We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own.”
This is the spirit of a community computer user’s group, I love it.
Fascinating process. I never would have guessed the brush rolling the lip or how they get them off the forms. Gotta go out and get some balloons now, I have a whole new appreciation.
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