Saturday, August 30, 2008

Our Arbitron and Tapscan friend Beth Bourne's 50th Birthday Party

Beth Bourne and some of her many friends and family joined together to celebrate her 50th birthday this weekend. Here's a video of Beth and her dad dancing...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

J.J. Abrams and the Magic Box

Here's a video of J.J. Abram's TED talk from March of 2007.  Really worth watching for creative inspiration.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Spy Museum

So I got stir-crazy today and decided to do a museum in DC. Let's see - National Gallery of Art, Air and Space, or.... the Spy Museum!

The International Spy Museum won... and it was an interesting experience. Perhaps best visited on a weekday, when crowds are a little less, this is not a "free form" wander-about type museum. You are funneled through rooms that are crammed with exhibits from the origins of spying in ancient times to the spy technology of the 21st century. Although, interestingly, that exhibit was really, really small. I guess they just don't want us to know what going on now!

Did you know that there are more spies operating in Washington DC today than any other city in the world? I find this a bit of a stretch, since cities like Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, London and Paris have far larger populations and are much easier to access (with the exception of Beijing, I suppose). But, whatever, it does get you to think.

Overall, it's a great experience and well worth the $18 price of admission. I think that I liked the Imperial War Museum better (probably because I could wander around at will), but I would recommend this to any visitor to DC.

However, be warned that at the end of the tour, there is a propaganda film called Truth on the Ground which is kind of an eye-roller. They try to make the point that our current world is more dangerous than ever and that technology hasn't helped make the results of spying less consequential. Truly, the government has more ways to effectively spy now than ever before - and the gap between the ordinary citizen's ability to detect this spying and the government's ability to do it is widening every minute. That's the "Truth on the Ground" for real, today.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Amber MacArthur Leaves City TV

Well, it seemed like something odd was going on - Amber was in California the week before MacWorld, but went back up to Toronto before the Keynote. What was up? Maybe this video will give us an idea:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

MacWorld Bound...

Getting ready for MacWorld Expo... I plan to post from there, so stay tuned!

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Androids are Coming!

Google announced it's new phone platform a few weeks ago... and here's a pretty cool demo of a prototype:

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Heart is one of the greatest R&R bands... here's a terrific video of "Crazy on You."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Hey, this isn't bad.... 30 Something for 20 somethings...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daily Show writers do their "bit" for the strike

So, we've all been starving for some of the acerbic humor of the Daily Show since the writers' strike started... here's a bit from some of those writers, focusing on the strike, Viacom, and Mr. Redstone:

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Curved Air - who would have thought?

One of my favorite bands of all time is Curved Air... an early '70s prog rock band from the UK.

So, I am messing around with Amazon's new music store and looking for Curved Air. Can't find any, so I search using Google. And, lo and behold, there's a whole ecosystem built around Curved Air!

So, here's a YouTube video of a live performance... esoteric and typically 70's progressive, but darn good!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Nano Nano Radio

Berkeley researchers have created a radio receiver that is roughly the size of a human hair. Take that, ipods! Now, the dream of every station manager - implanting a radio tuned to their station in every child born - can be realized.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Physicists at UC Berkeley say they have produced the world's smallest radio out of a single carbon nanotube that is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Professor Alex Zettl led a team that developed the minuscule filament, which can be tuned to receive AM or FM transmissions.
The first song it played? "Layla" by Derek & the Dominos. Eric Clapton's unmistakable guitar riff can be heard on a scratchy recording of the nanoradio's output posted by Zettl online.

On You Tube (of course!):

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Leslie and Steve send Greetings to friends at Eckerd

Leslie Zajac-Batell and I met up in New Hampshire last weekend. We wanted to share a greeting to our friends at the Eckerd College renunion - so here it is!