The Big Think

February 25, 2010

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 1:53 pm

“There are things we think we want to do, and there are things that we are meant to do.”
Bill Berloni

February 23, 2010

Sing Alum Makes Good

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 1:52 am

Hey hey! Danielle Milam has some good educational ideas. I knew her when.

February 22, 2010

Quoth

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:06 pm

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

-Benjamin Franklin

February 14, 2010

A Brief History of Every

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:47 am

In flipbook format.

February 8, 2010

Hans?!?!

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Movies — jasony @ 4:19 pm

Star Wars, by someone who hasn’t seen it.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

This is the Only Level

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 1:10 pm

Clever little game! My stats: finished in 8:19 with 36 deaths. Can you beat that?

February 6, 2010

The More Things Change

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 3:38 pm

“Dear Dumb Dad”

By W. W. McClintock

Ca. 1935

My father, poor misguided gent,

Wasted his life — a life misspent

By working hard and working late

From 6 A.M. till way past eight.

Poor Dad! He’d fume and fret and toil

And burn the blooming midnight oil

For nothing but a little cash

To buy the daily beans and hash.

Poor Dad! He was so mild and meek

He’d work six days in every week

And 14 hours every day

To try to keep the wolf away.

Now father, meaning well, but dumb,

Amassed a rather tidy sum

With which he planned to buy some beers

To brighten his declining years.

Then the NEW DEAL came; simple Dad!

Who worked so hard for all he had

Awoke one morn to find that he

Was now a public enemy.

A louse, a Scrooge, a national cyst!

An economic royalist!

So Dad, industrious but dumb,

Is now the source from which will come

The coin to buy the gasoline

For some poor underdog’s machine.

To bring the more abundant life

To every loafer and his wife.

From Dad will be extracted sums

For radios to ease the hells

Of all the chronic ne’er-do-wells:

For booze, so labor’s little Nell

Can tell the boss to go to hell.

Poor Dad, a faithful, trustful goon,

Was born just 30 years to soon.

A moral lurks along the hall

In all this fancy fol-derol,

And it is this: That any cheat

Who says you ought to work to eat,

Is simply nuts, out of his head–

Sit on your tail or stay in bed,

The government will see, by gad,

That you get yours from chumps like Dad!

How to turn a sphere inside-out – Absurd Intellectual

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 2:23 pm

How to turn a sphere inside-out – Absurd Intellectual: “”

(Via .)

Newbie

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 7:41 am

A friend of mine, a fabric artist… back in the 80s, entered a weaving contest in a fabric arts magazine. She’d never done any weaving. She got some books, borrowed a loom, and decided to weave the fabric to make a seersucker shirt. It quickly turned into a nightmare. The seersucker threads kept breaking as she wove them. It quickly became a huge exercise in frustration, but she kept at it. She thought her difficulty was due to the fact that she was a newbie. Finally, after much struggle and heartache, she finished the weave, made the shirt, and submitted it to the contest. The magazine called a month or so later and said they were stunned by the piece, especially because you “can’t” hand-weave seersucker. She’d won the contest, and a ginormous, gorgeous Swedish loom that consumed most of a small room in her house. This is a perfect example of how you can do things when you’re ignorant of (or ignore) the common belief that you can’t. Sometimes ignorance is a huge advantage.

Via Makeonline, who is having a series on Maker “failures”.

February 5, 2010

Gross

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 4:53 pm

7-11 Double Big Gulp is Twice as Large as the Average Human’s Stomach. Eww.

Interesting 7-Eleven facts here.

February 3, 2010

Rep Rap Mini Documentary

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 11:20 pm

Sing Stats

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 12:19 pm

It’s done! After months of work, I’ve finally finished all of the music for my part of Sing 2010- the arranging, recording, charting, and assembling is complete and the show fills an entire legal sized box. I just spent a day and a half assembling all 600 pages of music into musician folders (which takes that long because each card stock page has to be hole punched, taped, or cut so it’ll fold and fit into the folder so the musicians aren’t wrestling with loose pages during the show). I’ve also recorded and mastered the 59 minutes of music track that’ll be underneath the live band on the necessary songs. Here’s a picture of the sheet music stack before I put everything together (iPod for scale):

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Stats from this year-

Total pages: 594
Total measures of music: 4224*
Total “Active Frames”: 14268**
Approximate time: 123 minutes

*measured “left to right” without any regard for systems or additional staves. If you played all of the music straight through and counted each measure as it passed, you’d get to 4224 as the show ended.

** this includes every measure that I touched. In other words, if a single measure of music includes the rhythm section, two trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, and trombone, and each measure has notes, this counts as six “active frames”. It’s a good way to measure how much actual work went into the scores.

If you’re coming to the show this year, expect a great one. I’m incredibly proud of the months of work and prep that have gone into it, and I think it’s going to be the best show ever. It’s not too late to get tickets (though they’re becoming very scarce).

Rehearsals start in 10 days!

February 1, 2010

100mm of yummy goodness

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 6:29 pm

Contemplating a Cupcake. And no, not that kind. This kind.

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