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October 3, 2010

John Cale on "I've Got a Secret"

He appeared on September 16, 1963.

The caption for the YouTube video above: "John Cale was the guest on this September 16, 1963 episode of 'I've Got a Secret.' His secret centered around his participation in an 18 hour 40 minute piano performance, the first full-length presentation of Erik Satie's 'Vexations,' held at the Pocket Theater. Pianists John Cage, David Tudor, Christian Wolff, Philip Corner, Viola Farber, Robert Wood, MacRae Cook, David Del Tredici, James Tenney, Howard Klein (the New York Times reviewer), Joshua Rifkin, two reserves, and Cale all took turns playing the piece that is three lines long the required 840 times on September 9, 1963, from 6 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. the following day."

"John Cage was the fifth of the many pianists who followed after John Cale who was... the fourth. More importantly, Cage arranged for the entire performance, having been introduced to this music while in Paris in 1949. A page of sheet music of the piece was lent to him by Henri Sauguet and Cage kept a photostat of it, finally performing it 14 years later. I read of this in David Revill's book 'The Roaring Silence.' Seated also on the "I've Got a Secret" stage was Off Broadway actor Karl Schenzer, whose secret was that he was the only person to stay for the entire piano concert."

In early 1965, John Cale co-founded The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed.

October 3, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Martin Margiela thinks outside the envelope


From Jezebel: "Paris, October 1: A model presents a creation from Belgian designer Martin Margiela, part of his ready-to-wear spring-summer 2011 collection."

I'm betting that when Margiela espied the photo up top, which went around the world in an internet yoctosecond on Friday, he blew his stack, apoplectic about how it was possible for the model to have been allowed to walk with what appears to be a very visible Band-Aid atop her left forefoot.

[via HurricaneVanessa]


Note added at 9:21 p.m. tonight: A comment just came in from Ale, who wrote: "That band is part of the shoe. Think before you type."

I visited the link furnished by Ale and found this picture:


Clearly, the band is part of the shoe, as also suggested by perspicacious reader MS who emailed me earlier this evening as follows: "I saw the bandaid in question and interpreted it as a strap upon second glance. I got the impression that the leather of the shoes didn't go over the toe at all, that the leather went straight up from the sole. I thought it was all part of the playfulness of the ensemble."

Both Ale and MS hit the nail on the head while I was busy missing the cluetrain. It is apparent that I need to raise the level of my game and clean house re: my crack research team, whom I blame for this fiasco.

I'm preparing their pink slips as you read these words; they'll be gone from the premises by midnight, with an entirely new team ready to take over tomorrow.


Note added at 2:32 p.m. October 6, 2010: Wrote Eric Wilson in an October 4, 2010 New York Times review, "A model wearing a classic trench that was starched and stretched over a plastic frame into a flat rectangle could just as well have been wearing a sandwich board."

But that's the whole point, isn't it?

She was "wearing a sandwich board": it said "Martin Margiela" and went viral.

Not bad.

October 3, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Things Organized Neatly






Restful, somehow.

October 3, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

LEGO Wedding Ring



[via LikeCoolColor Me Katie and flickr]

October 3, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Neighborhood Fruit — "cos fruit from your 'hood is good!"


I won't argue.

"Neighborhood Fruit is here to help you find and share fruit locally: both backyard bounty and abundance on public lands."


"Currently, there are over 10,000 registered trees nationwide and more get added every day."


Got an iPhone?


"There's an app for that."

I love the comments section on the app, replete with irritated buyers complaining that there are no trees listed near where they live.


Jeez, it's 99 cents, not dollars — consider it a donation to the site to help them eventually find productive spots in your area.

October 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pocket Ultrasonic Toothbrush


No one will know you're carrying.

From the website:


With Panasonic's Doltz [sic] Pocket Sonic Toothbrush, you'll have the power of ultrasonic teeth cleaning wherever you go.

Furiously vibrating at over 16,000 strokes a minute [267/second], the bristles on the brush clean your teeth and stimulate your gums at a level that's simply impossible for conventional toothbrushes.

You'll notice this toothbrush also bears a resemblance to an item of cosmetics and so is perfect for female users who don't want to advertise their oral hygiene.

Slipping discreetly into a purse, briefcase, or even a pocket, this brush keeps you healthy and smelling fresh anywhere your life takes you.

Designed for people on the go, Panasonic has released this toothbrush in five metallic hues, each with a slim color-matched case.

• Mascara-style pocket electric toothbrush

• Weight: 45g (1. oz.) including battery

• 16 x 1.8 x 2cm (6.3 x 0.7 x 0.8")

• 180 brushings on 1 AAA battery

• Instructions: Japanese


"Furiously vibrating" — this is the mechanical equivalent of a wasp after you've swatted at it and missed.


October 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

5-Axis Machining CNC (DMG/HyperMILL)

Wrote joehead Rob yesterday, in a comment on the Erosion Table post: "The miracle of CNC [computer numerical control]; it's a matter of having the right tools. See one in action [above]."

Caption for the YouTube video: "Daishin Seiki Corporation is a leading provider of prototypes to the motorsport industry and specializes in technologically sophisticated parts and 5-axis manufacturing. The Performance Racing Helmet was commissioned to celebrate Daishin Seiki's 50th anniversary."

"This full-face helmet won the gold medal in the prestigious Mori-Seiki Dream Cutting Contest 2009. This helmet will be on display in the OPEN MIND booth at the IMTS show in Chicago September 13-18, 2010. A brief interview with the CEO of Daishin Seiki, Mr. Ryosuke Omachi, regarding this project is available here."

October 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Dip Tray


By Elizabeth Cordes for DESU Design.


22" x 6" x 0.5"



October 3, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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