Nice tilt shift photo of an Athens street by photographer/artist Ben Heine. (click to see larger)
First person view [explanation] remote control piloting in Brazil (don’t miss the end!):
and NYC (arrests: none):
Without visual cues, humans will always ambulate in a circle — and there seems to be no explanation why. Read the whole article at NPR.
Goody Hair Baubles as Cable Ties in Short Supply? [Google Groups post]
Not having Goody products in Greece, we make our own – and are always on the lookout for those hard-to-find proper-sized beads. So if any of you USians (or UKians) happen across some Goody Twin Bead Hair Baubles (large) and want to send us some, well, that would be much, much better than a poke in the eye. Click the image above to see some photos of the Goody beads in action.
A machinist and a mixing engineer conspire to build the perfect sound cart. Do they achieve their goal? Here it is in its most recent incarnation.
More info on the tools page.
Nice! Images and narration of Munich’s unlikely surf scene.
this link will open in a new window, because the site will resize your browser. Bad, bad theatlantic.com!
Can you endure the world’s most unwanted song? [mp3]
The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and “elevator” music, and a children’s choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commercials and elevator music. Therefore, it can be shown that if there is no covariance–someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who despises the organ, for example–fewer than 200 individuals of the world’s total population would enjoy this piece.
AvionArt has a desk made from a salvaged and restored DC-3 Dakota Wingtip (click image for big, big pic). If you have to ask, yeah – you probably can’t afford it, but we’ve seen it priced variously at $20,000 and €20,000.
(click pic for large image)
PPRuNe Forums – Professional Pilots Rumour Network is an aviation board for airline pilots. You’ll find not only interesting tidbits about the industry but some rather harrowing gossip about all the things that can and do go wrong aboard commercial airliners.
Terminology, classifications, components and concepts from filmsound.org. A short collection from various sources.
America’s Top 40 host (Real Media) grapples with the emotional issue of death… and goddamn uptempo records. Outtake from fadetoblack.com.
A copy of the Mona Lisa made from hundreds of computer parts at a high tech exhibition in Beijing this month. (via AP Photo)
How do we know? “Dutch researchers … scanned a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and subjected it to cutting-edge “emotion recognition” software, developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois.
The result showed the painting’s famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised”