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That’s what some researchers in China have done.  Check out the sounds of your brainwaves:

Anyone who has ever thought about the meaning of music, art, and/or contextual relevance should immediately put aside 45 minutes to ingest and ponder the experiment that The Washington Post conducted (Jan, 2007) in the DC Metro.  I don’t want to give it away, as it needs to unfold on its own:

Damn, that’s a fine video…terrifically catchy tune:

Curiously, YouTube has disabled external links/embeds (??? I’m using a plug-in to turn links from videos into views from my site), so here’s the direct link to the video for Single Ladies.

I hope that SNL posts the skit from this past weekend with Beyonce, Paul Rudd (as video director), and Justin Timberlake as a one of the dancers for the video…priceless.

After reading up a bit more on the video (supposedly shot in one take…not 100% verified though because there are a few jump cuts), apparently it took some its inspiration from Gwen Verdon Fosse’s (wife of choreographer Bob Fosse) “Mexican Breakfast”:

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Over the past couple of months I’ve been taking inventory of the various ways in which I communicate, whether is be for myself to keep track of news and information (on NetVibes), externally through tweets, Facebook updates, NYGrapes updates, dojo updates, or this blog.  In short, while I hope to keep this site fresh, you are more likely to catch what I’m thinking about or doing via my Facebook (which is connected with Twitter) feed.  As the song goes (name that band!), “Time is the measure before it’s begun, Slips away like running water…” and I’m just out of time to write down at-length prose on all of the various topics I’m interested in.

So, if you know me (and by know I mean more than just we met once and/or we’ve communicated more than once since we were in highschool), have a look for me on Facebook.  Better yet, rather than pseudo-conversationalism through blogs, tweets, and the like, just pick up the phone and call.  Cheers.


Auditory wonders await with your headphones…awesome!  Thanks to Malcolm Twist for sharing.

Yep…while listening to SomaFM’s Groove Salad today, I came across a song called “You Make Me Feel” by Mike Milosh.  Great station, and great tune.  Anyway, I hopped over to iTunes to listen to some previews of other songs on the Milosh album, started to read reviews, and one review referenced a dynamic video of the song.  “Dynamic video?” I asked myself, and so I found the following site which has the video.  Here’s an excerpt from the folks who developed the video (Flash):

Design of the Video
The Video consists of 4 autonomous modules.

The color of the background, the animation of the ornaments/flowers and the animation of the mask, that uncover the pictures are basic elements. They are always different but the basic animation is always there. Depending on the weather situation there are additional animations of snow, rain or pollen and clouds. All the visualisations are artistically and graphically composited. There is no intention to simulate reality.

All modules exist of dynamically replaceable objects, whose properties, like scale or position, change permanently. All movements are programmed; there is no static animation.

Anyway, this absolutely blew my mind, for it (and this was done in 2005 folks!) represents how online experiences can be beautiful creations in and of themselves, and distanced from the limitations inherent in broadcast television commercial production.

Great UI, absolutely terrible buffering!  I’m on a T-1 at my office (about 10 people share the line), and it’s jittery and jumbled to the max.  But…see the concert here.

Looks like they sourced the digital playback from a company called Permission TV.

The NYTimes has a terrific article about the concert performed last night in North Korea by the New York Philharmonic, and the largest contingent of US citizens to step foot in North Korea since the Korean War.  Definitely check out the audio link to an interview (by Jeff Spurgeon) that I heard this morning on WQXR of the article’s author, Daniel Wakin.  Here’s one YouTube link as well of Lorin Maazel’s introduction of the orchestra at the concert (as well as 4 minutes of Dvorak’s New World Symphony).

Interesting article in the NYTimes about Stéphane Urbain, is the CBR of Notre-Dame (that’s Chief Bell Ringer).  To rephrase:

Mr. Urbain, a 40-year-old chemist by training, is the chief sacristan of the cathedral. As such, he is also the chief bell ringer. His role often brings mention of Quasimodo, Victor Hugo’s misshapen “Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” who as the bell ringer was deafened by the volume.

Mr. Urbain rejects the comparison. “I am a little musical,” he said, with characteristic understatement, receiving a visitor amid the robes and golden liturgical vessels of the sacristy. His musicality has led to a minor revolution in the way that the bells have been rung since he became the chief sacristan three years ago.

Read the full article here.

I’ve been reading up on dystonia lately and wanted to share some of the available online literature:

Those who know me know that I have studied piano with Dwight Peltzer, a pianist (turned computer science expert) who enjoyed a successful international career until the early 80’s when his left hand was crippled by dystonia.

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