The Big Think

August 31, 2009

Hold On

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 2:50 pm

The birth of On Hold music. Curse you, Satie…

“[Satie] developed a very cynical attitude toward the listener.” Satie was so obsessed with the idea that music could no longer communicate to the audience, he concluded that music in the 20th century was destined to be a vacuous, comfortable apparatus best used as a background for other activities, much like a favorite chair.”

and my favorite:

“…music can have an impact on a wide array of customers’ behaviors, changing their perception of time, conditioning them to associate a song with a brand, or limiting their ability to critically analyze a potential purchase due to musical distraction. “When shoppers are exposed to music in a store, sales resistance decreases,” he says via e-mail. Our brains have a finite bandwidth for taking in and processing information, and clogging that bandwidth with music is sometimes enough to prevent us from making rational purchasing decisions, or worrying about the time.”

read the whole thing.

Kat Is NOT Going to Like This

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:30 am

The Toilet themed restaurant.

Doctor Seuss to the Infirmary, Stat.

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:21 am


August 28, 2009


Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 9:38 am

100 years of special effects. Amazing stuff. I especially liked the green screen before and after shots (POTS and Golden Compass)

August 27, 2009

Current Reading

Filed under: Current Reading — jasony @ 9:59 pm

Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford. Worth a read. Highly recommended.


The Wonders of Medicine

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:37 pm

I’ll stay away from the obvious political comments here, but a British man recently had his appendix removed after it burst30 days after his appendix was removed. Seems the doctors missed it the first time. Sorry chap.

Before the first operation they told me I had to have my appendix removed and when I woke up afterwards they said it had been a complete success.

‘But then I keeled over in agony one month later and when they did some tests at the hospital we could see the appendix was still there on the scans.

‘As far as I was aware they took my appendix out and no one told me any different.

‘I have no idea what they did take out, but I want to find out what went wrong.’

Read more:–weeks-NHS-doctors-took-out.html#ixzz0PPSTeiQr

[Said the doctor]:’We are unable to comment on individual cases. However, we would like to apologise if Mr Wattson felt dissatisfied with the care he received at Great Western Hospital.’

Ya think?!? That’s not very NICE.

Take a Vet to Lunch

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 8:48 am

A good idea for any day, but especially for the upcoming Veteran’s Day (November 11). Take a Vet to Lunch.

August 26, 2009

Trouble at the NEA?

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:25 pm

One the proper role of the NEA.

NS 4

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 11:04 am

A robot that moves like we do. Pretty impressive.

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:01 am

Bill Whittle on the history of Political Correctness.

Victor Wooten- Amazing Grace

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 8:34 am

(h/t to my brother Ross for the link)

August 25, 2009

What Is This Weather?

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 5:09 pm

Distant thunder… dark clouds… trees blowing around? Yeah, I just DARE you to rain on us. Come on, don’t tease me…
*UPDATE* Figures. Wimp.

Twisted Disney

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 1:17 pm

Twisted Disney Princesses. Wow, what a way to kill some unsuspecting kid’s childhood! heh.

In Remembrance of Foresight

Filed under: Maker,Space/Astronomy,Telescope — jasony @ 1:03 pm

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the telescope. 400 years ago Galileo Galilei introduced his first telescope to the world.

August 24, 2009


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 3:49 pm

When you ask a creative person how they did something, they may feel a
little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It
seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to
connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason
they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or have
thought more about their experiences than other people have.

Steve Jobs, Wired (March, 1996)

Math Question

Filed under: Travel — jasony @ 3:39 pm

Q. What is 102+102+102+101+102?
A. The temperature forecast for the next week.


Dr. Bennighof would be appalled

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 3:17 pm

Fellow musicians: remember when your theory teachers told you to avoid parallel 5ths? Send them this.


Filed under: Science — jasony @ 10:30 am

Cool mysterious tubular clouds.

August 23, 2009

The Artistry of Malcolm McNab

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:49 pm

Just finished listening to this in the company of a really good trumpet player. Awesome musicianship and unparalleled execution. What I love about being a musician of some modest understanding is being able to hear this sort of thing and know enough to realize I don’t know anything.

from the comments:

I imagine many of those interested in the album are brass players and already get it, but non trumpeters should know what an achievement that Tchaikovsky concerto is. The whole album is excellent but that Tchaikovsky is “The main event”. It’s long been one of my favorite pieces of music to listen to. Of course the lore is this was initially declared too difficult to play on *violin* by the best players of Tchaikovsky’s time, never imagined I’d hear someone attempt it on trumpet. But just attempting it wouldn’t be enough, it would only work if it was done really well. If done just “okay” it would be a dent on the prestige of the instrument, not to mention the rep of a player who tried it but fell short. But Malcolm really makes it beautiful – IMO his performance stands up to those of the great violinists who’ve done it over the years. And it seems to me he’s done something important beyond ego gratification of demonstrating he’s a great player – in the tradition of players such as Clarke, Mendez, Severinsen, Vizzutti, Ferguson, Andre, etc., I believe what’s been done here is that the concept of what can be done with the trumpet has been expanded.

August 21, 2009


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 4:03 pm

Pamper a man with pathos and he feels pathetic. Challenge him with obstacles and opportunity, and he rises up to find dignity.

Scott Ott

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