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  • jessicafaith 12:15 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Save the Newspaper! 

  • kimberlymj 6:25 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Santa Cruz Sentinel   

    Santa Cruz Sentinel Building: now an eco-action office?

    Found by Dori’s dad!

  • kimberlymj 6:22 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Google’s Experimental Fiber Network.

    Kind of makes them look all sweet again. Thanks, Dori, for passing this on.

  • chrismolla 4:44 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Unexpected results of some music research 

    While working on the arrangement of GBBT, I wanted to look at some examples of uses of brass instruments to get that Boston Pops/Hollywood/Disneyschmaltz/over-the-top marchy style sound. In the course of this search I turned to an iconic American master, John Phillip Sousa. Not only was the search edifying, but I learned that one of his very very very famous marches is titled…(drum roll)… The Washington Post March. Naturally, it became imperative that the composition be quoted in the show somehow.

    You’ve heard this many times in many contexts. Like the dreaded Sherman brothers, JPS was one of the foremost earworm composers of his day. His stuff is still popular (there seems to be some kind of law requiring orchestras to play The Stars and Stripes Forever at the requisite 4th of July concert as the fireworks go off). One other funny thing I realized about this piece, however, is that I had only ever heard excerpts from it. I instantly recognized every tune in each section, but didn’t realize they were all part of the same piece until I looked at the whole thing.

    There is a great recording of The Washington Post March on You Tube of all places. When I really listened, I heard a lot of cool stuff going on in it.

    CM says check it out.

    • kimberlymj 6:20 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      yes, this has to go in somewhere! if not right at the N.D.S., then in the beginning. great find.

      • chrismolla 10:44 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s already in there. The up-tempo funeral recessional is based on the tune in the second half. Maybe someone will get the joke.

  • jessicafaith 4:26 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Dying Pilobolus Dancers = Dying Newspapers? 

    Inspiration for the Newspaper Death Scene, from Alex our MC:

  • jessicafaith 11:51 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Respectful Impersonations 

    Courtesy of Alex, our MC.

    Impersonator of Martha Graham who dramatizes but is also very respectful to the real person.

    The dancing doll scene from Fellini’s Casanova, for more automata reference.

    • kimberlymj 10:35 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The doll is gorgeous–the combination of delicacy (her appearance) and severity (her movements) create a wonderful disharmony we can learn from.

  • uranaishi 3:29 am on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Steve Jobs   

    Steve Jobs hates Google! (Kinda maybe. . .) 

    An anonymous Apple employee reports on Steve Job’s comments about Eric Schmidt and Google

    Meanwhile, both Kurz AND Joy love Google. . .

  • uranaishi 5:11 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fortune telling, silicon valley   

    Silicon Valley Tarot! 

    Have your fortune read online with cards such as “The Hacker” or “The Five of Cubicles.” Also available as a physical tarot deck.

  • uranaishi 4:26 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , SST   

    “Where’s my SST?!” 

    SST, standing for SuperSonic Transport, seen during the 1960’s as the next logical step for civilian avian transportation. The most well-known prototype of which was the Concorde.

  • uranaishi 3:33 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cisco, hologram, , Teleportec, TelePresence   

    Kurzweil Hologram! But really, look at the bottom link. . . 

    Brief video of Kurzweil appearing via hologram at a conference:

    Video advertisement for the technology, called “Teleportec” with super creepy futurism narration!

    BUT, even COOLER is actually Cisco’s live virtual presentation of their “Telepresence” technology!

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