Just happened to see that Cabin in the Woods is now available on Netflix Streaming. I’m really not a fan of horror movies in general, but I can’t recommend this one enough. Great writing, a quirky premise, and a really entertaining film.
The Wheelharp is a keyboard instrument that lets you actually play up to 61 strings (that’s 5 octaves to you and me). Using a wheel to bow the strings, the device sounds a lot like a stringed instrument – letting you control the sound through things like the bowing speed, altering the pitch, and adjusting the volume through a dampening pedal.
“I remember the feeling, the sense that we just really weren’t connected to anyone else’s reality. We were flying across the country, at a rate faster than anyone else was going for a constant time. So in a way, my view looking back now on it: I still can get back to that same feeling. I felt almost like we were hovering over the Earth, while we were driving. Whether it was a couple feet or a couple inches, it… there was a complete disconnect. “
“I don’t race on weekends for trophies, I race because there is thrill in driving and satisfaction in winning. Going across country was no different to me.”
In my research, I ended up finding a Google Talk that Alex gave back in 2008. I think it’s really worth watching, particularly if you’ve seen the documentary. As was the case in the documentary, I found Alex to be a highly charismatic, engaging person… and also a great public speaker. In his talk, he adds a lot of details that weren’t included in the film.
Students at the University of Maryland are working on a human-powered helicopter, called Gamera II. Their goal is the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky prize – a $250,000 award, given under the conditions that a human-powered helicopter: hovers for one minute, achieves an altitude of 3 meters, and stays within a constrained box of 10 feet.
Oh man, I saw this documentary about Headbagers Ball mentioned on Ektopia’s site, and lost a lot of time Saturday morning. After a few minutes, I got sucked in and ended up watching this show in its entirety. In middle school and high school, I was very much into heavy metal. And I watched a fair amount of the show…
Artist Sarah DiNardo has a very unusual and very specific approach to her pieces: she constructs small, circular patterns by meticulously and obsessively rolling bits of tape. I love when people find a particular thing they’re into, and just go nuts with it. I’m reminded of this fantastic quotation from Teller: Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on…
Though I’ve had a chance to work within several different sites, the majority of the work that I do most days involves Kmart. And it so happens that today, I got wind of a pretty funny commercial that Kmart just launched.
Though there’s a lot of great moments, the Golden Gate Bridge really steals the show. It wasn’t until my second viewing that I spotted the shadows of cars along the lights (3:06). Pretty breathtaking.
Cargo is a short film about a father and his infant daughter, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. It’s a pretty quick watch (7 minutes), and contains no dialog.
Ron Finley, longtime reside of South Central LA, talks at length about why he likes planting vegetable gardens wherever he can – abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs outside houses. He’s an incredibly effective and charismatic speaker, and his talk is a great balance between insight, information, and humor.
Free Pie is a darkly comedic film by Caleb Slain, and runs about 10 minutes long. I didn’t have much context beyond the title when I first saw it, and I’m tempted to leave you with the same.
I found the first few minutes very compelling, and the whole thing is shot incredibly well: I liked the backdrop, the camera angles, and the acting was pretty great too.
Earlier this morning, while Liz and I were out at breakfast together… we came up with the idea of running our own B&B. It was a whimsical idea, and led us down a silly path where we both would spend our days running/managing our own bed and breakfast.