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January 18, 2011

"Just another day at the office" — The Movie (turn volume WAY down before playing)

As mentioned in yesterday's closing post, my crack cinematographer shot a movie while the photo shoot featured was taking place.

Although my TechnoDolt™-grade editing team was unable to view the movie — shot with an RCA Small Wonder videocam* I bought in 2004 — on my iMac:


they were able to easily upload the file to YouTube, which happily accepted it as it was and put it up within minutes.

Have I mentioned how awesome YouTube is?

Anyway, what you will see should you choose to watch the movie is Gray Cat resting atop the housing above my 3HP Smooth Fitness treadmill motor, where it's always nice and warm when the machine is running at its usual and customary 2mph as was the case during the shoot.

The unedited film was made in one take, a là Lars von Trier's Dogme 95 school.

The sound track is "Sympathy For The Devil" on Disc 2 of the Rolling Stones' "Hot Rocks 1964-1971."

I find it passing strange how Gray Cat seems to not mind the head-splittingly loud volume at which I play my music.

If you look closely you will see that her head is no more than two feet from a Harmon Kardon subwoofer turned up to the max.

*I cannot recommend the RCA Small Wonder videocam highly enough.

It has served me perfectly for going on seven years, the ultimate in superb technology that even a TechnoDolt™ can use right out of the box.

It runs on two disposable AA batteries which, amazingly enough, retained enough power since I last turned the camera on over a year ago to let me make the movie up top.

January 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

New Mexico License Plate Clock


"Only one available."

Don't wait till Christmas, would be my advice.

5.5"Ø; requires 1 AA battery (included).


[via everlasting blort]

January 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Master of the Blue Jeans"


This Thursday, January 20, 2011, a show entitled "The Master of the Blue Jeans" opens at Didier Aaron Gallery in New York City.


Wrote Pilar Viladas in the New York Times,


"Originally organized by Gerlinde Gruber, a curator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, for Galerie Canesso in Paris,


the exhibition includes seven late-17th-century Italian paintings that show poor people dressed in denim fabric, which was made then in Genoa and known by the French name for that city, Gênes.


The paintings [a total of 10 are known], which had once been attributed to artists like Velázquez and de la Tour, are now thought to be the work of a single, unknown artist.


The catalog even has a brief essay by that 20th-century master of stonewash, François Girbaud."


Above, the seven paintings featured in the show, from the top down: "Woman Sewing with Two Children"; "A Frugal Meal with Two Children"; "Frugal Meal"; "Woman Spinning with Two Children"; "The Barber's Shop"; "Woman Begging with Two Children"; "A Beggar Boy with a Piece of Pie".

January 18, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Electric Butterfly

"Responds to vibrations by flying and flapping wings."

Requires 3 AA batteries.


Yellow, Pink or Blue.



January 18, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ohio State's Horseshoe — in one million LEGOs


Ohio State University associate professor of physiology and cell biology Paul Janssen (above and below) has just wrapped up his two-year-long project, construction of a 1:100-scale replica of Ohio Stadium in his basement made from over 1 million LEGO blocks.


The stadium can accomodate up to 6,000 LEGO people.

According to today's USA Today story, "He spent more than 1,000 hours on the project, which takes up an 8-foot-by-6-foot area in his basement."


"He spent more than three years acquiring the pieces, then nearly two years putting it together."

According to a Columbus Dispatch story, "He began planning his project in 2005, three years after joining the Ohio State University faculty."


"He studied stadium measurements and satellite images, often taking photos of the press box or other details during games."

He told Cleveland's WTAM 1100, "Five years ago I started collecting the bricks. I started drawing the plans, taking some pictures of the stadium just by walking there during lunch and snapping some shots."


"He says his friends never believed he'd actually build it when he mentioned the idea in passing. He says the biggest challenge came in the curved parts of the stadium since he planned to use only LEGO products without any glue, stickers, or modification."

"Had he bought all new bricks for the project it likely would have run him between $50,000 and $75,000, but he says most of the pieces were already in his collection or traded online."


[Above, OSU President E. Gordon Gee waves to the band]

"His goal is to display his work at the university. It actually comes apart into 10 different sections [each weighing up to 50 pounds] that would allow him to transport it."

According to CollegeFootballTalk, "Building the stadium without any sort of modification proved to be the biggest challenge as the professor often had to spend hours finding ways to make the LEGOs fit his calculations. At one point, he even dismantled an entire side of the stadium after 15 hours of construction because the stands were 'too steep.'"


The Columbus Dispatch story noted that "Most of the construction was completed on weekends, from 5 a.m. until his family woke up about 9."


This ought to be more than enough to gain tenure.

January 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Earbuds for people who are deaf in one ear


"And for those who want to hear stereo music in one ear."

Yes, I know there's a setting buried within iPhone, iPod and iPad accessibility menus* that channels both sides into one but that software limits you to that particular device.

With one of these hardware solutions you're good to go with anything that sports an earphone jack.


Great resource.

*Note added at 12:43 p.m. today: On the iPad, click "Settings," then "General," go down to "Accessibility," then turn on "Mono."

January 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cardagin — Virtual loyalty card app launches today


I read it on the front page of this past Sunday's Charlottesville Daily Progress.

You could look it up.


Long story short: fellow Podunk town denizen Rob Masri got tired of never having his little card at Baskin-Robbins or Sticks when it came time to get it stamped for credit towards a freebie.


Instead of doing what the rest of us do — saying "Oh, drat" — he decided there had to be a better way.

So he founded a company called "Cardagin" — as in "Where's that card again?"


Free, the way we like it.

In honor of Masri's cleverness Mayor Dave Norris has proclaimed today "Cardagin Day" in Charlottesville.


That's what passes for excitement around here and that's just fine with me and Gray Cat: we've already got plenty going on 24/7 and can't take a whole lot more.


January 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Think outside the box — "Funny T-shirt"



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