Saturday, December 6, 2014

To fake it is to...

I'll give this 3-minute video and audio remix of the film 2001 an A for effort and a B- for execution.

For you programmers, here are tips for effective code reviews. (#8. Reviewing more than 400 lines is virtually pointless.)

See what it's like to fly solo in the Thunderbirds.

With all the excitement yesterday about Orion's flight, maybe you'll like to read an astronaut's impressions of being in space.

If you are a huge fan of either the movie Alien or typography you must read this analysis of typography in Alien.

The trailer for Terminator Genisys looks cool but it has me really confused.

I've seen a lot of stupid things but the Swash Express Clothing Care system has to be one of the stupidest. It has to be a joke because who'd pay $499 for the ability to "wash" one garment at a time?
Here's a very nice 1-minute video of Fort Worth's Kimbell and Modern art museums.


I say it every year. If you listen to only one mashup each year this is the one: DJ Earworm's United State of Pop.

Brian Eno has re-issued four of his albums from the 1990s: Nerve Net, The Shutov Assembly, Neroli, and The Drop. I haven't ordered them yet. Why not? (They're all now on my wish list.) At the bottom of the linked page you'll find a great Eno/Clark mix.

Radio New Zealand has a six-part interview with Eno that you can listen to if you want to learn more about the man.

Here's a brief piece about Daniel Lanois' latest album Flesh and Machine that I have yet to queue up.

If your favorite kind of music is free, you can thank Markus Reuter for his give of the album 6 Reflections,

Finally got around to ordering the 4 CD remastered box set of Brand X.

Anthony Phillips has released a 5 CD anthology box set titled Harvest of the Heart.

You might also be interested in XtraKcts and ArtifaKcts, a remix of bits and pieces of Pat Mastelotto's work.

After watching several of Steven Wilson's live performances on YouTube I had to research his keyboard player, Adam Holzman, who I'd never seen or heard of before. Turns out he's got quite the pedigree, going back to performing with Miles Davis.

Tench Records is having a $5 CD sale during November including Marcus Fischer.


Pianogram visualizes key presses in music for piano, in this case Rachmaninov. You can upload your own MIDI files.
This seems like a bit of good news for Cleveland. Siemens is interested in the city as a hub for manufacturing and health care. It doesn't help that the company's USA CEO is a northeast Ohio native.

Here's a long but interesting tale about being an American and living and doing business in Japan.

I had never heard of Rick Cattell until I ran across his slide presentation on Things I Wished I Learned in Engineering School. #66 Learn writing, speaking, negotiating, and business skills.

As seen in this recent history of Pantone's color of the year, for 2015 we can look forward to everything looking like a blood stain: Marsala. (RGB = 150,79,76 and HEX = #955251)
It's beginning to get hard to keep track of all the tiny devices you can buy these days like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Now there's Spark, a tiny wifi board.

Time waster of the week: Plink, collaborative music generation.

I see your Turducken and raise you a LambPigCow.

Dyed. Armpit. Hair.

...stand guard over emptiness. ~Arthur Herzog

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