Friday, December 30, 2005

Lemur Demo

Synthesizers have always fascinated me because of the wide range of sounds not possible with acoustic instruments. Their weakness, historically, has been in the area of expressiveness in comparison to their acoustic counterparts (violin, trumpet, sax, etc.). This demo video hints at the possibilities when one combines a expressive implement (the Continuum Fingerboard), an ultrapowerful electronic sound source (the Symbolic Sounds Kyma), and a high-end user interface (the Jazzmutant Lemur). The sum of these components are an unusually expressive electronic instrument.

BREITBART.COM - AP: U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself

BREITBART.COM - AP: U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself

This 16-year-old decided to spend his Christmas vacation practicing immersion journalism in Iraq. Whether you think he was courageous or just plain foolish, it's a heck of a story.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Video of Woman Juggling a Kettlebell

Check out this video of a Russian woman juggling a kettlebell. I don't know what weight KB she used in this video, but the movement and apparent endurance is impressive - she just goes on and on like a machine.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 -- SNL: Lazy Sunday Digital Short -- SNL: Lazy Sunday Digital Short

Another silly video for your entertainment:

We Love The Chronic...les of Narnia.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lumbarred from Pain-Free Mobility?

This article was published a while ago, but if you have back pain and are interested in a CST-based approach to treating it, check it out.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


The H'arpeggione is a unique instrument that combines the Hardanger Fiddle (a Norwegian folk fiddle with sympathetic strings) and the Arpeggione (a Baroque, guitar-shaped, fretted, bowed, 'cello-like instrument). Of interest to me are the sympathetic strings, ability to bow, and the quarter-tone frets.

At present, some sound samples can be heard on Erik Hind's MySpace page.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Impressive Korean breakdancer

Check out this Korean breakdancer. Like the now-famous B-Boy Junior's video, this is a tour-de-force of strength and athleticism that rivals that of Olympic gymnasts.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Secrets of Coral Castle

The Secrets of Coral Castle

Interesting article about one of the world's mysteries - how did a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. man build this impressive castle in Florida during the 1920s to 1940s, considering the heaviest rock an estimated 35 tons and the wall around the castle is 8ft tall and consists of blocks weighing several tons each?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Election Day In Iraq

Check out ongoing coverage at the blog
IRAQ THE MODEL, for those of you who just can't get enough....