Archive for December, 2010
Hello, I would like to formally warn everyone, I am indulging in some extreme s/f nerdery. With that out of the way, here is the story:
Recently I found myself on the ol’ youbietubie, and I found myself watching a holographic entertainer named Hatsune Miku. If you are concerned with the physical characteristics, she is a 16 year old, 5’2″, 93 lbs. girl with a vocal range of A3~E5. Her humble beginnings were as some run-of-the-mill singing software that you could write music for, and she would perform. She has exploded. Watch this video as thousands of fans are singing her music and enjoying her show:
(I can’t figure out how to embed the video, so follow this jump !)
This is the beginning of the end. If you are Isaac Asimov, or at least are in the same camp, perhaps you won’t be concerned with the robot takeover. I, however, am concerned that she is not really my style. I at least like to enjoy myself as the robocolypse is taking place. I can’t wait for there to be a North American model!
To mentally prepare myself for the Christmas season, I have to go through a couple of annual meditative tasks; one of which is watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. So this year, while I was in my meditative state, I began to wonder about the craft of this magnificent tradition. What is behind this wonderful children’s Christmas story. Afterwards, while pondering this question, I decided to look up some of the creator’s other art. Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, has some wonderful, provoking pieces in his collection.
There are some excellent pieces there, go check it out!!! Keeping on the tired, old Christmas theme though, here is one of my favorites:
This one, entitled “Prayer for a Child”, reminds me a little of Le Petit Prince… or more recently Super Mario Galaxy (a video game for Wii). It also appears as if it has some Van Gogh, Starry Night influences. A print of this baby will set you back $1,695, however it comes with a printed lithograph:
From here on earth,
From my small place
I ask of You
Way out in space:
Please tell all men
In every land
What You and I
Both understand . . .
Please tell all men
That Peace is Good.
That need be understood
In every world
In Your great sky.
Both You and I.)
There is no disputing, that Dr. Seuss was a master at his craft!
Because of the overwhelming feedback I recieved on my last space post, I’ve decided to follow up with some things I found AFTER publishing the last one.
First is the launch of the first private space capsule! This one is really for Bruuks, for if you remember, he has already started saving for his outer space vacation.
Secondly, watch the december skies (… maybe you could just watch it on the Astronomy North site?!) for both a full Lunar Eclipse, on Dec. 20th, and Geminid Meteor Shower, on December 13th. Apparently it will be, both, the best meteor shower of 2010, and the best lunar eclipse until 2014! So if you are a end-of-the-world-ite (referring, of course, to the 2012 phenomenon), this will be your last chance! However, if you do not believe in earth’s near-future, impending doom, then, still, why take any chances? Might as well watch it, at least to keep your options open. Check out more details here.
Has anyone seen this doo-dad? It is pretty neat! This website, among other things ‘cool’, things allows you to Tune in every night for live footage of Aurora Borealis! Show starts at 10PM.
Also, while I am still online, for people interested in cell phones, the internet etc. This website shows where all 13,000 satellites are currently positioned over earth. It is updated every 30 seconds! If you are really interested, you can click on the satellites and find technical info, like launch dates and origins.
This probably isn’t as cool to anyone else… Suckers!
Forgive me but I’m going to show my age a little here. Today, after work, my girlfriend and I went for coffee. Wondering why we were navigating hundreds of people and why everyone in Natas was ordering hot chocolate, we realized it was the Santa Clause Parade. So, hand-in-hand, we decided to drink our coffees outside and watch (cute). With all this holiday joy building up inside of me, and in the true spirit of the season, I decided to respond to an email my mom sent me asking what I would like for Christmas. As I sat down to write my list, I was stumped…. What do I want for Christmas?
In my wildest dreams, this baby would be sitting on my counter, AND, due to its portability, in my boat:
What is it? Only the coolest thing imaginable! A manual, steam-punkish, espresso machine! BLAM! Amazing!!
Drop me a line! What do you want for christmas? Think big! This is the internet, any good samaritan may decide to buy it for you! (right?!)
Hello all of Dave’s viewers, fan’s, and family members: welcome to Awesome! (the) Internet Site.
I am aware that recent December posts may have alarmed and confused some of you, however, there is no need to panic!! Dave is indeed taking a ‘holiday hiatus’, however he has ‘given me the reigns’, so-to-speak, for this month. As I have secretly desired this for some time, I thought that I would be a fool if I did not ride this strange torpedo to its end (Thompson, 11). So here I am! People call me Ben, Michael Vanderherberg calls me ‘Benner’ and I have yet to be called ‘Benerino”, but for sake of a nod in the direction of The Big Lebowski, feel free to do so (don’t actually).
Now that I am coming down off of the high of writing my first post, I am beginning to realize that I don’t really have all that much ‘internet cool’… I get most of my material from the websites Boing Boing , Fecal Face and American Suburb X, so if you frequent any of these sites you will be out of luck for the month. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have, like me, secretly desired to blog on this site, or if you have something interesting you want to forcefully interject on people in their homes and minds.
I will leave you with one of my favorite things to look at:
Sometimes in life the thrill is in the chase, not the catch. In this case, the thrill was in imagining the possibilities of what could possibly be hidden in this safe. Treasure, jewels, someone’s will, old photos, hockey cards from the 50’s, shares in Apple circa 1984, a gold brick, a hidden picaso or group of seven. In the end, the success of breaking into the safe was all that there was to celebrate.
I know, I know, just a couple of days ago I said I wasn’t going to be posting until January . . . which is still true. I couldn’t help myself, though, I needed to post this cat video!
As of right now, in this moment, this is the best thing on The Youtubery — that is, until we click on the next thing. Enjoy.
This Christmas will mark my 4th year in my house.
Before I bought it, I did a bit of a home inspection walk-through with my dad. In the basement, in the workshop he noticed a small round piece of steel on the floor, which looked like it was covering something, like a floor drain. He lifted it to have a look, and we were both surprised to notice a dial. There was a safe built into the floor.
We replaced the cover and said nothing more.
I waited until after I moved in to contact the previous owner to inquire about the combination for the floor safe. They had no idea there was even a safe, and told me that if there was anything in it, I could have it. (more…)