Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bottle Buds

Keeping with this musical week.

Plus they fit with TT's 'Bottle' theme.

- The amateurs:
{47 sec}

The credits are longer than the tune.

And for that we're all grateful...

- The perky pals:
{48 sec}

- The 'pros':
{99 sec}

Notice how many folks put $$ in their hat.

Plus its a job requirement to drink
- must get their instruments in tune!

I think I'm in the wrong line of work.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Music To Our Urls

click to go there
Is your blog harmonious?...

Find out by going to the quirky site above, 'CodeOrgan'.
(new window)

Enter any url, and it will pop out a tune based on the highs and lows of the html code. This is judged by little pixies and gremlins in DLKW's own program, I assume.

My blog turned out to be a dirge. So I'm intrigued to find out if any of yours produce an awesome anthem, and out-tune the rest of us.

p.s. Once you get your tune, the site lets you send your result to facebook, or tweet it to your pals... or your enemies. Make haste!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

To My Delight He Came

early phone sex

Mabel & hubby Alexander Graham Bell
(ha - inventor of the phone married MaBel :)

My post-title comes from Bell's famous notebook ( actual page) where he talks about Watson and the first telephone call. As handy as that invention is, we're not talking about that part right now.

Instead, a Theme Thursday Bell quote:
'Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone, and following one after the other like sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally...'

He took his own advice and began inventing kites.

click for huge age 60, & throughout the rest of his life.

*some of these lifted men off the ground easily

yes, they were red
And some were made of silk, no less

{2 min}

Bell's adage means to me:

There are always new things to try.
So we'll never be bored.

Amen to that.

Bell's tetrahedral Click this kite for a website that sells a few multi-faceted kites that are based on Bell's designs. Since I have no bell at home, instead I'll fly one to honor Barry's last chemo!
Spring Fever, anyone? ;-)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hot Pants, Olympic Style

go golf pants !
Norway boys, and the UK girls, show us how its done.

The Norwegian Men's Curling Team (above) stood out from the crowd with their choice of harlequin pants:
"My Second is a real flashy dresser and he is trying to convert the rest of the team," Ulsrud, the team captain, said of the pattern."
Successfully, it seems. (btw, those blue, grey, white & red diamond golf pants are from a U.S. co called 'Loudmouth')

So it was intentional, wasn't it?...

Unlike this poor British bobsled babe:

{20 sec}

Lucky Gillian Cooke was wearing a thong, since her bottom has been seen 'round the world.
"It has certainly raised the profile of our sport." she sportingly said. "I knew straight away it had split but I had to carry on otherwise we would have forfeited the race and I wasn't prepared to do that. My bum was freezing by the time we got to the end of the run, though!"
Ironically, the "wardrobe malfunction" occurred while the women's bobsleigh team were testing high performance body suits.

Now they know which one works for publicity.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Jealousy is Booby Eyed

Me, today Humphrey

Alas - no prize owl will be winging its way to me.

At least not from Erin's latest contest since it appears that I came in a close 2nd... or 3rd:

Whiner = Moi
'Wiener',.. I mean 'Winner' = Vic

Hmph. So what if Vic won it fair & square with great writing and a fun video?... I want the boobie owl, dang it!

So, since I couldn't snag it honestly, I'm resorting to subterfuge. I'm heading off to Vic's house to owl-nap. But I could use some help.

click for the actual map to Vic's house ! Shh! Don't tell anyone. Just click the image above to follow the secret map to Vic's house... When she's not looking one of us will grab poor ol' Humphrey out of her front window and run.

We'll all meet-up back here after.
I'll share him, honest.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eye Heart Art

When St. Valentine meets Pop Art...

Hosting a helping of Jim Dine, an artist who likes to include hearts in his work. Behold:

'JUNE #7'

'JUNE #10'

'Meadow Heart'

Just a man's bathrobe? You decide.


And Jim Dine also does work in sculpture:

Walla Walla Heart

getting a grip on art
This guy finds JD's work particularly gripping...


Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gives Good Kazoo

Putting your music where your mouth isn't.

{3 min}

Ran into this little gem over at Peach Tart's place last month, and I realized it was just the kind of unique serenade your dearest might appreciate for tomorrow's Valentine's Treat.

Quick, you've got one day to practice!

Guys can try using their armpits, I guess.


her websites: Amy Gordon
Dare Devil Opera Comany

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lincoln's Big Day

new penny

Speaking of Mr.L, who wants a toaster waffle?

This video just made me laugh. (click 'replay' to see every 'nom') Lincoln is the only human in it, and he gets the snack* that wasn't invented until 100 years after he died.

*Suppose that's why they're in the shape of giant pennies?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mirror, Mirror, on the desk

bunny on a MIR:ROR
Now my computer will get no rest.

Sounds great - just wave your umbrella at the MIR:ROR disc and 'voila' it tells you if you really need it that day. Your kid waves his keys at it as he walks in the door, and you get an email that he's home safe.

{4 min}

But then you get to this part...

'Your friends can send messages to any of your objects'


So my BFF can IM to my Mr. Coffee: 'Decaf Only!'?
And my SO can text the DVR to tivo 'Jersey Shore'?!

Hm. 'Brave New World', my @ss. I think I'll live without any input from know-it-all appliances that are busy chatting up my pals, thanks. ;-)

More 'sounds like Geek to me' readings:

link: MIR:RORs are made by
wikipedia explains RFID/ Radio Freq ID tags
link: Turn RFID readers into toys

link to more Theme Thurs posts: 'Mirror'

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Prequel Of The Rings

t i t l e
When over 8 hours of LOTR just isn't enough...

Kate Madison, 31-year-old British amateur actress, was so inspired by director Peter Jackson's big screen version of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien tale that she decided to make her own movie.

Her own addition to the mythology of Middle-earth was based on two paragraphs Tolkien included in the appendix to his Lord Of The Rings books, which mentioned the adventures of Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn.
She did a 70 minute movie on 2 paragraphs?

Imagine if Tolkien had written 2 pages on them! ;-)

Anyway, here's the trailer - its only 80 seconds:
{80 sec}

Go here to watch 'Born of Hope' online.
*remember, its over an hour long...

link: full Daily Mail article about it.

btw: Anyone find those two paragraphs? I'll post them.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Tea With Mona Lisa

click for larger
Recognize this fresh face?

Hint: She didn't get a bath, regardless of what you might have read in that tea-throwing article.*
*Daily Mail: ''Woman in hot water after attacking the Mona Lisa with a mug of English Breakfast tea...'' (Wait, does this mean she would've gotten away with it if only she'd chosen a different type of tea?...)
Anyway, I'm getting off track here. There was no tea involved, instead Lumiere Tech discovered her true colors by multi-spectrally scanning 'her' in 12 levels, from ultra-violet to infra-red. Then the spectral response of varnish & dirt were subtracted from the digital file. This revealed the surface just as it looked when freshly painted. That's the digital image above.

Remember, this is how she looks now:

But now that we have these new brighter details...

Q: Should the Louvre re-restore her?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Theme Thursday

one bright entry, click 4 her other pics

Its early, but are you in the mood for Thursday yet? Not me, I have a meeting that I'm not going to enjoy...

So here are a few places to give us all a bit of Thursday to look forward to: new topics you can write or do an artistic bit about to match.

One theme this week: 'Mirror' .
*I'm going to try it - we'll see everyone's Feb 11th.

Another theme for T-day: Pink & Black.

twitter: a portfolio themethursday tweet.

unique: Theme Thursday 4 gadgets?

And: video/CGI 'theme days'

{6 sec}
This 'Ghost Eye' has an interesting effect.
Is it a real eye 'CGI'-ed onto a spiral?...

Now we've got something to look forward to.

Besides the weekend, of course. ;-)

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Friday, February 5, 2010

How Can I Resist?

Today was World Nutella Day and I missed it again.

But all is not lost, because I'm not going to miss Erin's Blogging is for Dorks contest. And you shouldn't either, since you might win this cute little guy:

Erin art!

So I'm taking my task seriously, and I must produce a work of art, either written or visual, that stars Erin & co... and here it is...

Behold, my Erin-centric entry:

click for no-spy pic ;-D

'Be Our Valentine!'

Just in time for February's favorite day too.

...Its a two-fer! ;-)

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Ghost In The Machine

via the amazing 'Performance Capture' room.

''...this is not an animated film.
These actors do not just stand at
a lectern and do a voice part...''
- James Cameron

Avatar actors performed inside their graphical world in real time.

That's revolutionary - there was no waiting for CGI cut&paste to see their scenes. A giant 'live' video game with real people.

{5 min}
Multiple angles of 'Pandora' slide past
as the actors move inside it.

I don't want to move to Pandora, but I'd sure like to play with that performance-capture room. Imagine your home movies done anywhere or anywhen?
Very cool.


Cameron has decided -not- to bid to get his own series back. (Years ago, in order to get the directing job on 'Terminator', he had to sign away his rights to it. Typical Hollywood.)

It seems that the studio that owns it went bankrupt, and so now the rights to continue the 'T' series are being auctioned off. Sony is in the running, as is Lionsgate, but JC has opted out. Estimated price - $30 to $70 million.

If you were him, would you want it back?

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