Thursday, December 30, 2010

Iotacons, by Andy Rash

NY illustrator Andy Rash has a great site featuring his Iotacons (iotacons for you sans serif font folk out there). He's created pixelated versions of many famous characters including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and even the US Senate! Check out his site at iotacons.blogspot.com and his main portfolio at www.rashworks.com. It's amazing how well he's captured the spirit of these iconic characters.


While you're at it, check out Andy's hilarious book, "Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story" available on Amazon.com.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nature is Cool, Complex and Beautiful

There are some awesome pics of snowflakes making the rounds on teh interwebs this week. These images are from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Maryland. They used a Low Temperature Scanning Electronic Microscope (LT-SEM) to capture these amazing images of water crystals. Can you imagine the fragility of these snowflakes!?! These pictures are amazing examples of the wonders of nature - so beautiful, and so geometric. It's hard to believe that these form naturally.


Images courtesy of the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Music Picks!

Waiting out the clock today before the monstrous Christmas Eve/Christmas day festivities (ours starts at 3ish today and will continue through dinner tomorrow). In the meantime, here are some music picks of late... Kudos to my students, who are an endless source of good new music!

Stars - This group is an alternative version of the band, Broken Social Scene. Plus, they're Canadians! Which is always a plus...


St Vincent - The 4AD label continues to impress. Here's a great song from talented solo artist St Vincent (aka Annie Erin Clark, formerly of Polyphonic Spree)



Deerhunter - These guys are an enigmatic mystery for my middle-aged mind, but I like their music. They're so earnest!



Beach House - Yet another great band on the SubPop label, and yet another great find from KEXP's legendary DJ, John in the Morning. These guys opened for Vampire Weekend's latest tour.



Death Cab for Cutie - Here's a little alt-Christmas Carol to end this post. Merry Christmas all!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Minecraft is Pixelated Magic

If you haven't checked out the latest new game craze, Minecraft, you really should download it and check it out. Minecraft is hard to describe, but essentially it's a sandbox style game where you mine for resources, craft items (shovels, picks, torches, food, etc) and build really cool structures based on elements on a randomly generated map. And, oh yeah, at night zombies attack you. It sounds bizarre, but it's an incredibly creative venture. Players have made hilarious and awe-inspiring structures with the simple tools provided in the game. Here's a fan made trailer for the game:


Yes, it's dorky, in the best possible way. This game is not full of the (yawn) blood and gore of the first person shooter style of game. If you play it you'll realize the inner-architect in you jumping on to the screen. Also, this is a great game for kids. The zombies, spiders and creepers are simple gore-free pixel blocks, which makes it appropriate for younger kids. If you are creeped out by zombie groans, there is a peaceful mode where monsters don't attack. Hank and Juliet have made some amazing castles, treehouses, and underground forts.

You can check it out at www.minecraft.net, where there is an in-browser free version or you can download a full featured alpha version for 9.95 Euros. One caveat, the game is still in alpha so it's still under development and probably several months away from final release. Regardless, I think this is one of the most creative games on the market today, and tailored made for my pixel obsession.

A New Look

I was getting tired of my old blogger template. I was having problems with some of the formats and dimensions. Hope you like the new streamlined theme. I think it's easier to read. One of these days I'll get around to creating my own theme... maybe when the kids go to college.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My 15 Minutes of Fame is Over

Movember is now complete! Special thanks to all of the South Medford High staff, students, family and community members who donated to the Mo Panther team and the fight against men's cancer. Most of all, I'd like to thank my loving wife for hanging in there with me on one of the most hideous things I've ever grown.

Huge shoutout to Jenica Villamor, a talented local reporter on CBS affiliate KTVL (and a grad of the awesome school of journalism at U of O). She did a news story on our efforts which resulted in a lot of exposure for the cause and some key donations. Here's Jenica's piece on the Mo Panther team at South. Well done. I must say, fellow teacher and hoop brother Russ Miller did a great job representing our team! I'll update this post with our final total as we wind down.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Duke vs. Oregon: A Festival of Singlers

The family travelled to Portland this weekend for a little getaway and to see the Oregon vs. Duke basketball game. About 800 South Medford High fans made the trip up north to see our favorite basketball sons, Kyle and E.J. Singler (both are grads of SMHS). The game wasn't much to talk about but it was cool to see a number one team in action. Kyle had a big game, scoring a career-high 30 points in the game. It was great to see a couple of Kyle and E.J. interactions - these guys are serious competitors and you could tell that their rivalry goes way back to childhood.

The Rose Garden Arena was impressive - it's an amazing facility with a great vibe. I had not been to the site since the old Memorial Coliseum days of the Rip City Blazers. It's well designed and it had the same feeling of intimacy with the court, even though it's much larger. Hank got a pic with The Duck (made his day!). Oregon had just beat Arizona in football the previous night, so props to The Duck for making the trip less than twelve hours post game. Apparently, school spirit takes no naps. Overall a very fun weekend of hotels, shopping, food and sports!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Amazing Clarity on the State of Public Education

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family are enjoying a day of rest and thanks. I am very thankful for all of the goodness in my life. I heard an excellent quote today, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift". Later this quote will change to, "Ugh, I ate too much", but right now I am fully present and in the moment.

Fellow teacher, Steve Jensen hooked me up with this clip from Sir Ken Robinson on the paradigm shift that is needed in education. Essentially, that our current educational models are based on outdated influences from The Age of Elightenment, and production line efficiency of The Industrial Revolution. I have never heard such a succinct and clear summarization of the problem. I also love the RSA's style in this video - these whiteboard illustrations are a captivating way to deepen our understanding of a complex topic. Side note; RSA stands for "Royal society for the encouragement of arts, manufactures, and commerce". The RSA is a 250 year old organization dedicated to enlightened thinking, and social progress with a focus on ideas in action. Check them out at http://www.thersa.org/. Their dialogue is fascinating and important.

One caveat, this video accurately describes the problem, but it falls short of the massive solution that is required to fix the problem. We need a sea change in education, a foundational shift in the way we do business. Regardless, this is wonderfully thought-provoking and I encourage you to share Ken's wisdom with other people in your community.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Donate Money to My Mustache and Support Men's Cancer Research!

It's MOVEMBER! Much to the chagrin of my wife, I have been growing a mustache for charity since November 1. It's been a lonely ride, but thankfully 15 other
guys at my school are doing the same thing. We're formally participating in Movember, an international fundraising effort that supports Lance Armstrong's Livestrong, and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation. I'll let their web site do the talking...

"Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement."

You, YES YOU, can support my stash and the South Medford High School "Mo Panther" mustache team by donating to our efforts. You can easily donate electronically by clicking on the following link (you'll even get an electronic tax receipt):

http://us.movember.com/donate/your-details/team_id/99386/

As a special bonus, I promise to send pictures of my stash to anyone who donates! I need your support!

Monday, November 1, 2010

R.I.P. Luke!


Earlier this month one of my childhood heros died. Maurice Lucas, talented basketball player and all around good guy, died of cancer on October 31st at the age of 58. Luke (or "The Enforcer" as he was known) played a key role in my childhood in Portland. Maurice Lucas was part of the 1976-77 Portland Trailblazer NBA championshiop team. This team overcame monstrous odds to beat the Philadelphia 76ers which was loaded with talented players like Darryl Dawkins, and basketball God, Dr. J. Along with Bill Walton and a cast of no names, Luke provided the muscle and drive to win the championship, and essentially the hearts and minds of the city of Portland, OR. Game 2 of that series was a real turning point. Philly was about to go up 2-0 in the series when Darryl Dawkins got in a scuffle with forward Bob Gross, wrestling him to the ground and throwing punches. Luke stepped in to nail Darryl in the back of the neck, a scuffle ensued and both were thrown out of the game. Chocolate Thunder went into the locker room and destroyed the bathroom stalls (with Dick Schaap reporting remotely from the bathroom), and the Blazers went on to win the next four games and the championship. Luke represented the pride of our city, much aligned for being one of the smallest NBA cities and a place only famous for rain and progressive city planning (yawn!). I can remember my Dad and I running outside and screaming at the sky when the Blazers won. Portland went nuts! People were honking car horns, impromptu parades started, and general mayhem ensued. Nothing this big had ever happened to Portland, and Luke helped to put us on the map.

Luke went on to play for several other NBA teams and eventually became an assistant coach for the Blazers, under coach Nate McMillan. Although he was feared on the hard wood, off the court he was a gentle soul. Bill Walton was so affected by him, that he named his own son Luke. From what I've read he was a great role model to young NBA players throughout his career.

Thanks for the memories, Luke. You lifted the spirits of a rainy city and made all of us feel proud! Here's a clip of the final moments of the 76-77 Trailblazer NBA Championship...


Monday, October 18, 2010

Are You Prepared to Fight the Robot Overlords?

I'm seriously disturbed by this video. Why? Why do we need it? Why do we need to make robots in our image?


And I'm a guy who likes robots!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Benoit Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

I just read that mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot passed away yesterday. Mandelbrot is the father of Fractal Geometry, and his work is most popularly displayed in these "mandelbrot sets" that you see all over the internet. What seems like random shapes on the edges of these beautiful forms are actually just smaller, identical mandelbrot sets. You can infinitely zoom into an image like this and see the same pattern over and over again. From Wikipedia, "Fractal geometry is useful to accurately describe the development and resulting shape of many growth processes evident in nature, both organic and inorganic. Mandelbrot's work has changed the way researchers in many fields both perceive and characterize the phenomenon of natural growth."

Now, anyone who knows me, knows that math is not my forte - but I've always loved these images because they show that math can be artistic and beautiful. I think that showing stuff like this to young students sparks more curiousity in math. Benoit Mandelbrot applied his vast knowledge to nature, financial markets, and even cosmology. I appreciate the fact that he tried to apply math to solve real problems and to describe the inner-workings of complex phenomena.


Ok, tripsters... prepare to go whoa when you look at this video and remember that Benoit is the architect behind this awesome experience.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Justin Bieber's 4AD Roots

"The Bieb" has arrived in high school. Last year I barely heard a mention of the small moppet teen idol. This year I've got freshman girls adoringly including him in all of their digital media projects. He's a catchy little dude.

So I know this is old blog news, but i haven't been posting in a awhile, remember!?! Some hipsters took the Bieb's U-Smile and slowed it down to epic proportions. The result is straight out of This Mortal Coil! It sounds like something from the Cocteau Twins Elizabeth Fraser. Glorious, slow, moody, and ethereal. Maybe the Bieb is on to something here.

The original U-Smile....


The same song slowed down by 800%...
J. BIEBZ - U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cut the Rope is all that and a bag of chips...

As I get older, casual games (yes it's a video gaming category) become much more appealing to me - particularly as there is a no console rule in my living room. The iPhone is a fantastic platform for this category of gaming. If you enjoyed Angry Birds you should definitely spend the measly .99 cents and buy Cut the Rope. The concept is simple, feed an insatiable little monster candy buy cutting the rope on various Rube Goldberg-like devices. The genius is in the variety and complexity of game play. Very addicting, and a very creative experience. Congrats to Zeptolab for getting it right...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10-10-10 Blogtastic Time Machine

Hey hipsters! It's 10-10-10 which means 42 in binary. Besides being a squarely middle aged reference, apparently this number is also special. Not bored enough with your life? Then join all of the discussions on teh intewebs about Douglas Adams mention of 42 in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy... I took a break from blogging and digital media this summer. First time in a long time that I didn't touch any Adobe products or blogger for several months. Time to get going again. I had a great summer, so let's try to recap a few highlights on this epic Blogtastic Time Machine post:

My Wife's Book Signings! - Throughout the summer we attended several events to promote my wife's latest book, "Prophecy of Days". This included stints in Seattle, Portland, Ashland, and San Francisco. I'm soooo proud of Christy, in addition to her talents as a writer she's an all around awesome mom, wife, and purveyor of all things sweet and miniaturized. Ahem... if you'd like to support her work, hop on over to Amazon.com to grab a copy of the book (it's also available on the Kindle). It's very reasonably priced. Here's a pic of the book and Christy doing a reading at Kepler's in Palo Alto.


SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City - My main man Marshall put in another awesome showing in the Advertising Design competition at SkillsUSA Nationals this year. He's a senior now, so I'm really excited to see a threepeat at state. I chaperoned four young men during the week and they were very well behaved. We had a great time. During a break, Marshall and I toured through the Deco-styled Kansas City Memorial Hall. If you were ever a fan of the videogame Bioshock - this building is right down your alley. Memorial hall is an amazing architectural example of Deco style. Every nook and cranny has a cool little feature. One sad part of its history is the fact that Patsy Cline performed her last concert in this building before her tragic plane crash.



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Maker's Faire - I was lucky enough to be in the San Fran area on the same weekend as Make Magazine's, Maker's Faire. A strange techno carnival, part burning man, part geek fest. I had to really sit on my hands not to buy every Arduino-related kit that they had on sale. We also had a bird's eye view of Waterboy, and the Mentos & Diet Coke dudes - who are now sponsored by Coke. Overall, a very odd but inspiring experience.


Backpacking in the Trinity Alps - I rediscovered backpacking with my kids this summer via a nice trip to the Trinity Alps National Wilderness Area. Located outside Scott's Valley in Northern California, this beautiful and rugged mountain range is one of the many stops along the Pacific Crest Trail. The kids were awesome hikers (even when Dad missed the trailhead and made them walk an extra 2 vertical miles on day one). We made camp next to a beautiful alpine lake, cooked all of our meals on a tiny SnowPeak stove, filtered all of our water, and left everything as we found it. A great time, although I think the kids are still scarred from going #2 in the woods.


New Family Member: H.R. Flufnstuf - Over a year ago our beloved 17 year old Stimpy passed away, so we vowed to get a new kitty at the beginning of the summer. Hence, H.R. Flufnstuf, dead ringer for Stimpy but with a very different personality. Loves to take baths! Let's the kids carry her around like a baby. Likes to sleep on my face at night! Not so excited about that last part... She's a great cat.

Many other wonderful moments these past three months. I'll try to be a better blogger, now that the weather is turning.

Yours in tech,
Scott

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Got Choked Up... And I Don't Even Like Baseball

Found this on the Interwebs this morning. At first I thought this was just another tired ESPN fluff piece about, "Wow, a girl can play baseball!" But it's much deeper. Chelsea Baker is a 13 year old baseball phenom with serious pitching skills. The amazing part of her story is pitching great Joe Niekro's mentorship - he passed along his knuckleball techniques to her before he died tragically of a brain aneurysm. Great footage, well produced, and a quintessential American story. They got me... Good luck to you Chelsea, I hope you have a stellar career!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Goodbye Old Friend

Whoa... has it really been a month since my last post? Just finished a harried school year on Thursday of this week (we graduated our seniors a week ago). Just got back from a rafting trip on the lower Klamath River and tomorrow I'm off to Kansas City for SkillsUSA Nationals 2010. Life is crazy busy, but great.

This week I said goodbye to my old high school, South Medford. The district has been building a new high school that we will move into in August. Saying goodbye to the old South High building is bittersweet.
I have a lot of good memories of students and staff, but there were definitely some drawbacks - the air conditioning in my room has been broken for the past year and a half, so it was 85 degrees at times in the spring and fall! Also, the hallways were very skinny so it was hard for students to get past each other... like cattle! That said, I grew very attached to my quirky classroom, the straight-grain fir floors, the old windows, and the gym - where a group of teachers and I would play hoops every Friday at 6am.

The old South building has been in use for 80 years!
It will be renovated this summer for a multi-use facility including our district office, our alternative high school, and several other district offices that are spread throughout Medford. Moving in to a new building is an interesting challenge from a cultural perspective - we need to be kind to our new neighbors, we need to bring our existing student culture to a new space, our athletic facilities will need to build a new legacy. South is a great high school and I'm really lucky to be a part of this transition. I have an awesome new classroom to move into this August... can't wait!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Google's Homage to Pac-Man

Props to Google for giving Pac-Man the proper 30th birthday nod... This reminds me of the banner ad that you could play Pong in back in the day (late 90's). I used to know all the patterns for each level and now I have no patience for this! Donkey Kong is a different story, though!

Wakka-Wakka...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Obama's Fantastic Five - Oil Spill Justice League?

Hey, a follow-up to my previous post... Obama is assembling an all-star team to fight the oil spill. I love it when the resume of a special forces team states things like, "...developing the first hydrogen bomb", "novel drilling methods", and "mining mars surface". We have really smart, skilled people in this country that are wasting their time on corporate pursuits - America needs more super hero teams! Bring it!

Jump on over to Gizmodo to read all about this fantastic five:


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lids and Robots No Match for BP Blunder

This video really depresses me... It shows a lame attempt to cap the massive British Petroleum oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. They're using a huge robot arm to lower a 100 ton containment dome onto the hole in the sea bed to no avail. Check out the massive rush from around the hole - the earth is bleeding! This band-aid will not stop it!

I appreciate the engineers who are trying to stop the damage, it's just depressing that this is what it's come to. Metaphoric on many levels...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mysterious Hieroglyphics Surface in Ashland

I walked outside today and found these mysterious glyphs embedded into my crappy, crack-ridden driveway. What civilization doth these images mirror? Who is the enigmatic artist behind these carefully drawn historic symbols? What secrets lie in the simple chalk and stone before me!?!


After much local inquiry, archeologist Henry Raedeke answered these questions and more, "Dad, it's Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark of the Covenant! He just lowered himself down on a vine into the cave." Silly me, I lack the interpretive vision!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pixels by Patrick Jean

I seem to be on a 8bit, pixelated jag... so why stop now? This is a great short film by Patrick Jean titled, "Pixels." It's from One More Productions - a visual effects company based in the center of Paris. Check it out, and you'll see why I like it so much.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Post-It Art

I'll have you know that I've been doing post-it art in my classroom for over 4 years. So all you hipsters got nothin' on me... I'll post a pic of some stuff from my room later. This clip caught my eye, it's called "Deadline" and it was directed by Bang-yao Liu as his senior project at Savannah College of Art and Design. I like the playfulness and it's got a great soundtrack - "Eple" by Royksopp. Besides, it's soooo 8bit!



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Superbrothers - An 8 Bit Feast for the Eyes

The fine folk at BoingBoing.net turned me on to a preview of a new Superbrothers' iPhone adventure game called Sword & Sworcery EP. I love it when the interwebs uncovers something new. Superbrothers is really Craig D. Adams - a one man design shop out of Toronto. I was unaware of his work but it is stellar and right down my alley.

Before I talk about the game. Here's a clip he did based on Jonathan Blow's (of Braid fame) controversial talk on irresponsible video game development. There's a lot of bigger messages behind these simple pixels. I agree with a lot of what Blow has to say on the topic. I think young people get a false sense of accomplishment from these virtual worlds, when in reality they are just sitting still. This is a hard problem to solve... If the reality of your world is poverty, sketchy parents, and a cruddy life inside of a trailer park - you will always choose the virtual rewards of fighting dragons in the mountains! I'm uneasy about this, because I play video games and I can see the appeal.

DESIGN REBOOT HD from superbrothers on Vimeo.

I digress... I know that I'm about to cancel out my last paragraph by promoting a game ;) Here's a clip of Sword & Sworcery EP. What I like about this game is the environmental mood, and the visual style. I'm so tired of shiny, highly-rendered, and point the gun and shoot. This game is not out yet, but I like the refreshing take and style. There's hope in the gaming world!



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Break: Getting Tubed at San Onofre

In my "youth" we used to make an annual pilgrimage to San Onofre State Park. We would drag my friend Pete's tent trailer down for a massive camping trip. For a whole week we would spend a microscopic amount of money, live on questionably small amounts of food (ramen, mac and cheese, that weird hot dog and mac combo) and consume large quantities of bad beer. The campground is just off of I-5, perched on a cliff above the Pacific. San Onofre is an unholy crossroads that features the following odd attractions:
  1. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) which provides nearly 20 percent of the power to more than 15 million people in Southern California. Excuse the pre-pubescent humor, but it is also known as, "the big rack", "maternal power", and several other nastier metaphors. Nice design!

  2. Camp Pendleton Marine Core Base (and bombing range) - Just across I-5 is a huge tract of land used for military training and bombing runs. You can hear jets doing low flyovers and the distant sound of percussive bombing throughout the day.
  3. Killer Waves - I grew up in Oregon, and went to college in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Culturally we lived in the shadow of the iconic California surfer lifestyle. Although we had access to lots of beaches, the weather didn't support surfing. Spring break was a chance for 3 pasty white guys from rain-soaked Seattle to try their hand at riding the waves. Yea, we sucked at it and our boogie boards were cheap styrofoam department store junk, but there was nothing better than paddling like a mad man, feeling the lift of a wave, and riding it all the way to the shore!

    This slow motion video from the BBC reminded me of the awesome power and beauty of waves (I'm stunned by the little tornadoes that show up just behind the break). Pete and Matt, I will always cherish our annual pilgrimage to San Onofre... just remember to wait for the 7th wave, and never ever expect anything great to happen at the "Big Lute Shindig"!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Nerd Dream Come True - Pop Sci Free Archives

I consider myself a "Maker" (which is the hipster name for what use to be known as tinkerer, hobbyist, shop guy, etc). I just discovered that Popular Science has opened its archives on the Internet, and like a blast from the pre-2000 Internet past... it's completely free! Today is also the 131st birthday of Albert Einstein, so I think that it is quite appropriate to drool over cool science projects and technical wonders from the past. Click here to visit the Popular Science Archives.

The future seemed so palpable back then. Check out this cool hovercraft from 1965. Why don't we build anything cool looking like this anymore? I'm upset that we don't have hovercrafts and personal robots by now. Clearly all of those futuristic movies and books were wrong!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wahoo! March is a Winter Wonderland

Skiing with the kids and friends today. Nature rules!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Blood Falls" Creeps Me Out... Fascinating Biology

Taylor Glacier in Antarctica features a bizarre red waterfall originally discovered in 1911. Scientist initially thought this was simply algae blooms, but it turns out to be much cooler. A two million year old pandora's box of ancient life! A small pool of water trapped ancient microbes in a frozen state, and they survived without heat, light, or oxygen. This harsh environment shows that life can exist in the harshest conditions. The red color is nothing nefarious, just a rich level of iron in the water. Check out more at http://static.atlasobscura.com/place/blood-falls


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tesla & Twain... BFFs?!?

Weird, two Tesla posts in the same week. I just found out that Tesla and Mark Twain were close friends in the late 1800's! How cool is that? I can't believe I didn't know this earlier... Check out the Wikipedia section on his personal life. Also, I found a cool article by Katherine Krumme from 2000 which shows Twains interest in Tesla's invention and their shared theory that weapons of immeasurable power would be a natural deterrent to war (yikes!). Click here to read the pdf.

I love this picture from Tesla's lab, notice how the mad scientist is lurking in the background.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Letterheady

I can't remember the last time that I actually wrote a letter and mailed it... 1994? Most of you know that I'm a huge Nikola Tesla fan. I stumbled upon a site that has a copy of his company letterhead - pure geeky goodness. The real discovery here is www.letterheady.com, a clever site that showcases interesting letterhead designs. Some personal faves - Johnny Cash, Robot Salesmen, Converse Rubber Shoe Co., and the man who dominated Saturday night TV Lawrence Welk (tank yew, tank yew). Lots of cool stuff to look at here...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Antiques Road Show Gone Awry

This clip has been making its way around the interwebs. I like how confident the owner of this frightening pig appears to be, as if everyone owns a rolling franken-pig. It amazes me that this horrifying pork toy can still claim $2k+ at auction. Where are these mythical auctions that offer these prices?


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Otamatone by Maywa Denki

Hacking up the last of the fur balls from my four week bought with a killer virus - I promise to be better at posting now. I digress... The folks at design/art/music/funkystuff house Maywa Denki have come out with a really cool electronic musical instrument named "Otamatone". I love this thing. It looks like a musical note, plays like a Theremin... and it's got a mouth! Those of you who speak Japanese will get more of a demo than others:



Years ago I bought some musical toys from their Knockman series. These guys are always doing something interesting and fun. Check out http://www.maywadenki.com/

Monday, February 8, 2010

Boiling the Super Bowl Down to Live Action

Sorry for the lack of posts. Work, Christy's book, and three weeks of flu have rendered me blogless... In between racking coughs I watched the Super Bowl yesterday - highly satisfying to see the Saints beat the Colts. I thought the onside kick defined that team and its coach. They are confident and bold. Recently the WSJ exposed that most football games can be boiled down to just an average of 11 minutes of actual game playing.

Gawker TV did the hard work for you. Here's over 3 hours of Super Bowl in a tight 14 minute clip... Click the pic to visit their site:


Monday, January 18, 2010

Finally... We can all rest...

If, like me, you've been perplexed by the possibility of Mega Shark actually jumping out of the water and nabbing a 747 you can put your fears to rest. Watch this video. Sorry for the swear word at the beginning, but this is science at stake so you need to know the facts:



This infographic finally sets the record straight. Sleep now little children...