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November 28, 2010

Babylon and Rauschenberg

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Yesterday's New York Times Arts section featured two articles above the front page fold: one by resident polymath Edward Rothstein on a show of 13 cuneiform tablets at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York City, the other by art critic Holland Cotter on a survey of Robert Rauschenberg's work at Gagosian Gallery, also in New York City.

I was struck by the juxtaposition of the above the fold images (above and below) used to illustrate the two pieces.

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The Babylonian tablet up top, Plimpton 322, was recovered from an unknown place in the Iraq desert.

It is believed to have been originally written around 1800 B.C.

The Rauschenberg piece is "Palladian Xmas" (1980).

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Portable Balloon Speaker

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From the website:

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Compatible with any MP3 player's or mobile phone's headphone jack.

USB recharging takes about two hours and results in about 4.2 hours playback at maximum volume.

Polyurethane foam speaker housing.

Audio cable included for playback.

Output: 0.7 watt.

$45.

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Bert Lahr and E.G. Marshall in the 1956 Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot"

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An LP recording of a complete performance of the play was made by Goddard Lieberson for Columbia Records.

The resulting album (below) has been out of print for a quarter-century.

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Now, via the magic of the digital age, it's available once again as an MP3 sound file.

$3.56 from Amazon, $5.99 from iTunes.

Terry Teachout's November 26, 2010 Wall Street Journal article about the play and its audible resurrection is here.

Up top, Lahr (left) and Marshall in the 1956 production.

Read the play here.

Free, the way we like it.

November 28, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bicycle Tire Belt

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$30.

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Sand Roses

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Small encrustations found beneath the surface of a desert.

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Also known as desert roses.

November 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Spy Net Video Watch

From an article in the November 22, 2010 Washington Post: "Our third-grade testers loved this super-cool tech toy. The watch itself is pretty big, but it does look like a watch. So the spy who's wearing it can (almost) secretly record video and audio. Great for sibling spy games, and our testers also liked the clear audio and video playback."

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$44.99.

 

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AuditionBooth — Are you the next Lady Gaga?

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From Michelle Kung's November 22, 2010 Wall Street Journal story:

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AuditionBooth, an audition website that seeks to connect would-be stars with casting agents for movies, reality shows, Web programming and more, launches today.

For their shot at fame, registered users go before a webcam and audition, and in some cases may be asked a set of prompts. On the back end, casting agents can make notes on the candidates they wish to approach or send certain auditions straight to a show's producers.

AuditionBooth's initial programming and casting partners include NBC Universal, production companies such as Magical Elves and the Cheezburger Network of comedy websites as well as Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo. Paula Abdul, a long-time "American Idol" judge, is a partner and helped develop the site. Greg Brill, one of AuditionBooth's co-creators, says that Telemundo, for instance, wants to expand its search for up-and-coming Latino talent. "We are putting those who wish to be discovered with those who are looking to discover, which in this case, is the network directly," he says.

All members of the site, www.auditionbooth.com, can register and audition free, but premium memberships—at $12 a month for a full year or $16 for six months—allow re-takes of an audition video. Frank Celli, one of the site's co-creators, compares AuditionBooth to a dating website, and says that the company will also get licensing fees and sponsorship revenue.

November 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Keychain Spork

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Spoon, fork, bottle opener, three hex wrenches (10/8/6mm), screwdriver, carabiner.

4.5"L x 1.5"W x 1.5"D.

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Brushed stainless steel.

1.5 oz.

$4.77.

Matte black Teflon finish:

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$7.37.

November 28, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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