Saturday, June 23, 2012

We are happy when for everything inside us...

Acclaimed musician Trey Gunn talks about finding your original voice in this video. "Anything less than BFA is hollow hype." At least be authentic.

How I feel right now. source
If you have even the slightest interest in animated films you should download the PDF catalog for next month's animation auction. The items in the catalog are some of the finest I've ever seen in the few years I've dabbled in collecting. Lot 57 is a production cel from One Froggy Evening (one of the finest animated films ever made) that's expected to go for $3,000-$5,000. If your budget is tighter, there's a set of storyboard panels from a Flintstones episode for $100-$200. If you have no budget limits, there's a pan cel with matching background of the Hag from Snow White that will probably bring upwards of $60,000.

Here on the white trash side of the tracks we don't wrap our vino with a pressed white linen napkin. We just slap on a pair of underpants. Hence Vinderpants.
Web design geeks - What do you think is included in the top 100 markup errors? #2 is using an ampersand for an ampersand instead of for escaping a character reference.

The secret behind a really successful programming language is a really great beard. Tru dat.

Want to learn Python? Try the freely available How to Think Like a Computer Scientist.

HMS E-14, a British submarine from WWI that helped its captain earn the Victoria Cross, has been found intact after being abandoned in 1918. (The lack of detail regarding its abandonment and where it was found is frustrating.)

Satellite photo of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Work reveals unknown secret aircraft under a tarp. zOMG, what are the odds that there would be a secret aircraft at USAF Plant 42?!?!?!
What exactly is ambient music? Is ambience an internal or external quality? Is it minimalist or expansive? Does it stand alone or does it complement the listener's environment? I have no idea. Just give Simon Scott's Below Sea Level a listen. (BTW, you are getting your music reviews from, aren't you?)

Eno and Fripp got together in 1978 and recorded the album Air Structures and now the whole thing is on YouTube for your listening pleasure.

A bank in the former East Germany let people vote on an image for their MasterCard and Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto, was the clear winner. How could they advertise this? "Did I say abolition of private property? I meant acquisition of private property."
Proving the truth of the saying "What's old is new again," this summary of Dale Carnegie's 1948 book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living contains many nuggets that you find repeated in today's crop of self-help business books. My favorite is "No one ever kicks a dead dog" - criticism is often a disguised compliment based on jealousy and envy. (Of course, that's exactly what an often criticized person would think.)

Yes, I enjoy James Bond films. What 13 year old boy wouldn't? Even though I've seen them all, I had a lot of trouble with naming all 25 Bond films in 5 minutes. Good luck. It's harder than it sounds.

So happy. Xenomorph done in Lisa Frank style by GalenaLarkin.
This article runs the risk of being TL;DR but it does tell us Why Google Isn't Making Us Stupid... Or Smart. Many (e.g. Nicholas Carr in The Shallows - read my review) have opined the opposite. "All of the chatter about information superabundance and overload tends not only to marginalize human persons, but also to render technology just as abstract as a yottabyte." (Yes, I realize that my use of TL;DR ironically undermines the premise.)

If you enjoy Scrabble or Words With Friends you'll also like this Scrabble tile poem.

You'd have to be a big fan of James Joyce to visit Leopold's Day and buy a map of Dublin depicting the people in places in Ulysses. Cuz that map ain't cheap.

Picasso's Guernica reimagined with the X-Men.
Ah, the joys of business travel. Everyone's got their favorite stories and here's a list of top hotel peeves that I'm certain you can relate to. #1 Expensive internet. No surprise. #20 No hook for bathrobe near shower. Really? Do people actually wear the bathrobe provide in a hotel room? Ewww. Who was it that told me their company required hotels to split the bill into two parts - lodging/meals and phone/internet? They did that because their accounts payable people would call the hotel and get them to reduce the phone charges most always because of the outrageous rates. This has probably changed considerably since cell phones became the norm. (Which is probably why hotel interwebs is so expensive - they gots to get that money from somewhere.)

Politicians have declared war on large drinking cups. Now they've declared war on urinals by requiring men to pee while seated. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a urinal in your house?

More Tumblr insanity - The German language has several very long words because Friedrich Nietzsche thought it would be funny. There's more at facts I just made up.

I like this post about how someone made the transition from programmer to entrepreneur. Here are six things to be aware of.
  1. The real world is much harder to debug than code.
  2. Business is about people. Be nice.
  3. Recognize that marketing is an ongoing activity that everyone in the company must do. 
  4. Don't let it go to your head - be accountable.
  5. Your day is one long series of interruptions. Get used to it.
  6. You're not good at everything. Hire and delegate.
In probably the least known great success in aerospace history, the unmanned X-37B spaceplane returned from 469 days in orbit. Where have you been? What have you seen? Be sure to watch the video.
Someone's mother didn't tell them it's impolite to point: Pointer Pointer. (I need to start a category called Stupid Interwebs Tricks.)

My father liked mechanical puzzles. They drive me nuts. (You'd think I'd be used to incompetence by now.) Anyway, if you want to see the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles you'll have to go to Indiana Univ.

At last, an honest movie trailer for Avatar: a 3-hour cartoon about blue cat people begging for help from one white man. Pretty offensive when you think about it.

Tyler and I are on our own this weekend so we're going to have scrounge for dinner. You think a Pinot Grigio will go with this? source
...there is a corresponding something outside us.  ~W.B. Yeats

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