The April 25, 2011 issue of the New Yorker contained a fascinating article about David Eagleman, the celebrated neuroscientist and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A number of professional drummers, invited by Brian Eno and from some of the biggest bands in the world, allowed Eagleman to observe them. They were outfitted with EEG units on their heads in special workstations for the data collection. The tests were conducted on a laptop. A software program asked the drummers to do four things: Keep a steady beat; compare the length of two tones; synchronize a beat to an image and compare different rhythms to one another.
“I was working with Larry Mullen, Jr., on one of the U2 albums,” Eno told me. “ ‘All That You Don’t Leave Behind,’ or whatever it’s called.” Mullen was playing drums over a recording of the band and a click track—a computer-generated beat that was meant to keep all the overdubbed parts in synch. In this case, however, Mullen thought that the click track was slightly off: it was a fraction of a beat behind the rest of the band. “I said, ‘No, that can’t be so, Larry,’ ” Eno recalled. “ ‘We’ve all worked to that track, so it must be right.’ But he said, ‘Sorry, I just can’t play to it.’ ”
Eno eventually adjusted the click to Mullen’s satisfaction, but he was just humoring him. It was only later, after the drummer had left, that Eno checked the original track again and realized that Mullen was right: the click was off by six milliseconds. “The thing is,” Eno told me, “when we were adjusting it I once had it two milliseconds to the wrong side of the beat, and he said, ‘No, you’ve got to come back a bit.’ Which I think is absolutely staggering.”
Via Dangerous Minds
This optical illusion will blow you away. Exactly 200 tiny handcut squares of paper placed at specific points on a checkerboard pattern make for an interesting illusion.
In 1987, Dr. Timothy Leary was hied by MTV to be a guest VJ. The good doctor had more than a few things to say than the usual tour date listings or gossip about artists – Here’s his set up for David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”:
Now this is a real heavy one—I don’t know what this means. It has something to do with the third world and the exploitation by the first world and our hopes that the third world will get behind the camera and start becoming part of the cybernetic age. I don’t know. Watch it and make up your own mind. It’s a good tune.
Blake J. Harris from Press The Buttons has offered up a very cool look at the inside of the official Nintendo Character Manual from 1993 that features details for “any public performance of the Mario character” and more. There are lots of fun facts about classic Nintendo heroes and villains such as Yoshi’s real name (T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas) and mushroom retainer Toad’s original hometown (he has family in the Fungus Federation).
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Audiowood makes wooden turntables and stereo gear, but with a twist. They also make other things out of wood, like iPhone docks, AV furniture, and sometimes lamps and clocks.
They started making custom turntables over 6 years ago, and they’ve been riding the waves of burlwood turntable mania ever since. Audiowood designs have graced the pages of over 20 major international magazines and are featured in dozens of design, audiophile, and tech. blogs. Captain Kirk spins our Bachelor Turntable in Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek: Into Darkness, and they are happy about collaborations with SHFT.com and Bushmills on various advertising and web projects.
All of their products are sustainably produced, by hand, in the US, using domestic and European components. In addition to making their own things, Audiowood is also a retailer for some other brands of quality European and US-made audio gear, including Rega, Music Hall Turntables, Grado, Bellari, High Resolution Technologies, Red Dragon Audio, and SME S2 Tonearms.
Barky is a precision turntable that features a high-quality Rega parts kit, glass platter, RB303 arm and Rega Elys2 cartridge. Solid ash round is finished with polyurethane and paste wax, and has adjustable solid-brass spike feet.
Custom turntables are their specialty, and are available in almost any design imaginable, from $900 up. In addition to custom made parts, their custom turntables frequently feature quality parts made by European and US manufacturers like Rega, Origin Live, SME, Groovetracer, Grado, Phoenix Engineering, and Music Hall. Turnaround time for custom turntables is usually less than one month.
Slowed and stretched over and over… a few thousand times. This is Wham! or a vast glimmering drone of digital data. Either way, I know it’s a bit early (or late) for Christmas music, but believe me, keep this handy in 10 months to be life of the party. You’ll get tangled up in this, and there’s no way out.
xkcd published a flowchart to determine what kind of chart or graph you prefer. Me? I like them all, but this definitely helps. Somewhat.
Eternize yourself, your mate, or your entire family (Counting your pet as well)! The look-alike Selfie Dolls made by Mahinarium are made after real people, with keeping the characteristics of a doll as well! All you need to do is to contact them, send them a few pictures of the person you would like to have a look-alike of, describe him or her in a few sentences to make sure the doll mirrors him as much as possible. They make a raw concept, and send it to you in e-mail. The clothes and accessories on the body like eye-glasses are handcrafted, too. The height of the Selfie Dolls is 30 cm, but you’ll feel like a giant to have your own doll.
For over 75 years, generations of kids have been introduced to the wonder of 3D by View-Master. Today Mattel are reimagining an entirely new way to explore and discover the world around you.
Mattel’s new View-Master viewer offers an easy-to-use and affordable platform that will empower users to take dynamic field trips where they can explore famous places, landmarks, nature, planets and more in 360 degree “photospheres.” By pairing the View-Master® “experience reel” and app with a compatible Android smartphone, users will immediately find themselves immersed in an imaginative and interactive learning environment.
Take a virtual field trip to Paris and sit in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower as it soars above you. Visit historic Alcatraz Island and interact with your surroundings to discover fun facts.
Travel through time and space in ways you never thought possible. Watch as the solar system comes to life on your kitchen table or share with a friend to view the constellations overhead.
If you’re a music or film fan, and find yourself in New York City, stop by The IFC Center – they’re currently selling concert-style T-shirts that feature the names of famous film directors as recognizable band logos. Their concession stand is the only place in New York to get these rockin’ shirts.
The shirts can be purchased for $27, but these T-shirts that go to eleven!