Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We are here to help...


Do not worry, you are in the best of hands. The Federal Government is here to help :

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it*, away from the fog of the controversy*. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation*—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third*, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. Health insurance reform is about jobs*. This legislation alone will create 4 million* jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon."- The Speaker Of The House, Nancy Polosi


*More like the fog of insanity. - me

How tall do you weigh ? Part 6

Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox beat the Phillies 8 to 3.

"The 43-year-old Wakefield pitched eight shutout innings for his first victory in nearly a year, and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay in an 8-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Kevin Youkilis tripled, homered and scored three runs for Boston."  -  Boston.com

On my day off...

Today, as I was sitting on the front porch (trying not to listen 'Rock on the Range'), I

-downloaded an
app that told me, 'Yes, that light in the sky to the west is Venus',

-looked up Wikipedia to find out out those tiny little red bugs are '
clover mites',

-read a book (The Last Legends of Earth),

-grilled a steak (and used my new
Weber Style 6434 Professional-Grade Vegetable Basket to grill some green peppers, red peppers and mushrooms )

and basically enjoyed my day off...


Picture is from Astronomy Picture of the Day

On this day..


Celtics 94 - Magic 71




Red Sox 5 - Phillies 0


Another great show at the Wexner Center...

We brought in PA and monitors to the Wexner Center for Mumford and Sons. They put put on a fantastic show. With an upright bass, banjo, keyboards, and a singer who plays acoustic guitar and a kick drum : these guys have a great unique sound.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

literally...


a bad analogy is like a leaky screwdriver
-the internet

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recent and Upcoming Shows. A little bit of everything

Recent :

- Monitors for Midlake at the Wexner Center

- We brought in PA and monitors For Columbus Pro Percussion Drum Daze 2010 featuring :
me, Yamaha M7, and an O1V at Drum Daze

Upcoming :

- Monitors for The B-52's at the LC Pavillion

- PA and monitors for Mumford and Sons at the Wexner Center

- PA and monitors for Trey Songz at the Palace Theater

Friday, May 14, 2010

What does 'haver' mean ???

The Proclaimers from "I Would Walk 500 Miles" :

"And if I haver, yeah I know I’m gonna be / I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you."

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)haver [ˈheɪvə]
vb (intr) Brit
1. to dither
2. Scot and northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble

How giraffes fight.


"Masai bachelor Giraffes Bo, 5, and Mac, 4, housed at the Racine, Wisconsin Zoo, engage in a necking duel on Friday, April 23, 2010. Giraffe necking is a type of sparring in which each giraffe swings its head or neck toward the other to demonstrate dominant behavior."

Etymology :
The species name camelopardalis (camelopard) is derived from its early Roman name, where it was described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard.[5] The English word camelopard first appeared in the 14th century and survived in common usage well into the 19th century. The Afrikaans language retained it. The Arabic word الزرافة ziraafa or zurapha, meaning "assemblage" (of animals), or just "tall", was used in English from the sixteenth century on, often in the Italianate form giraffa.

Argh ! My grocery store stopped selling this !

These are actually quite good. Shrimp Flavored Chips from Calbee  "A toasted light snack, with a touch of shrimp."


From the website : 

"We smile when we are happy.
We smile when we experience something tasty.
"Happy" and "tasty" are somewhat similar
.
Smart snacking can make you feel relaxed and relieve your stress.
Whenever there are snacks, there will be smiles
and a friendly atmosphere.
Calbee believes that the joy of eating enriches our lives."

Sundries

A handyman who was injured after propping his ladder against the tree branch he then sawed off is suing his employers.

The 'Field Of Dreams' is for sale

SubTropolis - The World's Largest Underground Business Complex


Sundry -
O.E. syndrig "separate, apart, special," related to sundor "separately" (see sunder). Phrase all and sundry first recorded 1389; sundries "odds and ends" is first found 1755. 

DiGiCo SD9

We demo'd the new DiGiCo SD9. And while I know it is a great console, with of lots of nice features, I am obsessed with the 'fire' button, and want it to do something more...

Laura Marling at The Wexner Center - May 5, 2010

I ran monitors for Laura Marling at the Wexner Center (the tour manager gave me a CD which I have listened to about a million times) This says it better than I can :
"Catching the barely 20-year-old Marling's exquisite, 57 minute set last night had the magical feeling of hearing a significant new talent in the making.
Her reading of songs from her two CDs not only confirmed their literate depth but her ability to inhabit them anew for the small but enthusiastic audience. She delivered their fetching melodies as if introducing old friends for the first time.  - Curtis Schieber  - The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How not to mic a Marshall...


maybe it was the sound they were going for ?


via : Allison, FAIL Blog

Walden Pond


I used to ride my bike to Walden Pond. 

Read a book.
Go for a swim.
Walk in the woods.





Photo : FreeFoto.com

Einstein

"The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them." - Albert Einstein

Charlie of the M.T.A.

Charlie of the M.T.A.
Well, people let me tell you of the story of a man named Charlie on a tragic and fateful day.
He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed his wife and family, went to ride on the M.T.A.

Chorus:
Well, did he ever return?
No, he never returned and his fate is still unlearned.
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston.
He's the man who never returned.

Charlie handed in his dime at the Kendall Square Station and he changed for Jamaica Plain.
When he got there the conductor told him, One more nickel. Charlie couldn't get off of that train.

(Chorus)

Now, all night long Charlie rides through the station, crying, What will become of me?
How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea or my cousin in Roxbury?

(Chorus)

Charlie's wife goes down to the Sculley Square Station every day at quarter past two,
And through the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich as the train comes rumblin' through.

(Chorus)

Now, you citizens of Boston, don't you think it's a scandal how the people have to pay and pay?
Fight the fare increase! Vote for George O'Brien! Get poor Charlie off the M. T. A.

(Chorus)

He's the man who never returned.
He's the man who never returned.

Palace Theater and Pangaea

Just got home from the Palace Theater, where we brought in PA for BNL, and
Ingrid Michaelson.

Columbus Dispatch review here

I think it the first time anyone ever mentioned Pangaea at a rock show...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Domo Arigato

"To paraphrase Samuel Johnson: A Japanese Country and Western Band is like a dog walking on his hind legs. It may not be done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

CCAD Fashion Show


We brought in production for the Columbus College of Art and Design
2010 Senior Fashion Show.

objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Who thought it a good idea that "objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" ? It makes as much sense as the Meat Loaf song of the same name, and by the way Ohio, it is not a 'meer', it is a 'mĭr'ər'. 

According to Wikipedia : This makes objects smaller than they would appear if the driver viewed them in a flat mirror, or turned and looked at them directly. Since smaller objects appear farther away, the objects seen in the mirror look further away than they really are. If the driver does not consider this, they might make a maneuver (such as a lane change) assuming another vehicle was a safe distance behind, when in fact it was quite a bit closer. The warning is there to remind the driver of this potential problem. 

Only a government entity (US Dept of Transportation, regulation 571.111, rearview mirrors) could come up with this. 

So, mirrors reflect reality, except for those that are regulated by the government. Great.


mirror
Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else. Dictionary.com
mirror
early 13c., from Old French mireor "a reflecting glass," earlier miradoir (11c.), from "look at," from Vulgar Latin. mirer*mirare, from Latin. mirari "to wonder at, admire". Fig. usage is attested from c.1300. The verb meaning "to reflect" is first attested 1820 in Keats's "Lamia."  from Online Etymology Dictionary

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Penn State uses SCIENCE to win

Acoustics, special teams, and a good defense win football games.
Mostly a good defense.

"...Next season, the university's athletic department will put into play a new strategy to make its field even louder thanks to a team of acoustic scientists. The goal is to send a deafening wall of sound at the opposing team's offensive line...."
"...But the noise skyrocketed to 110 decibels -- 50 times as loud -- when visiting teams were on offense, drowning out the calls of the quarterback and making last-minute adjustments at the line of scrimmage very difficult..."
"...To take advantage of this acoustic effect, Penn State plans to move the 20,000 seats in its student section squarely into the southern end zone when the entire stadium is reseated for the 2011 season. Barnard's computer model predicts that this relocation will quiet the east side of field slightly but increase the sound on the west side by almost 50 percent -- cutting the range of a quarterback's voice by another six inches and potentially causing more fall starts and penalty opportunities..." 
- InsideScience.org

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again



The Angels "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" April 1976

I can't stand to see you sad, I can't bear to hear you cry

There are tiny crevices, wrinkles in time

In The Daily Mail, Stephen Hawking writes that time travel may be possible.
Since time and space are “wrinkled”, people might use these wrinkles as shortcuts in time:
 
Nothing is flat or solid. If you look closely enough at anything you’ll find holes and wrinkles in it. It’s a basic physical principle, and it even applies to time. Even something as smooth as a pool ball has tiny crevices, wrinkles and voids. Now it’s easy to show that this is true in the first three dimensions. But trust me, it’s also true of the fourth dimension. There are tiny crevices, wrinkles and voids in time. Down at the smallest of scales, smaller even than molecules, smaller than atoms, we get to a place called the quantum foam. This is where wormholes exist. Tiny tunnels or shortcuts through space and time constantly form, disappear, and reform within this quantum world. And they actually link two separate places and two different times.
Which reminds me of 'A Wrinkle in Time' (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle , one of the first science- fiction books I ever read.

vacation

The Mirabella V is the largest single masted yacht in the world, and charters for only $425,000 per week ! My next vacation....

Mast Height: 88.5m (292ft)
Main Sail - Segmented Battened Panels:
1557m² (16,760ft²)
UPS (Genoa): 1833m² (19,730ft²)
Working Jib: 828m² (8,915ft²)
Staysail: 320m² (3,445ft²)
Beam: 14.80m (48.5 ft)
Draught (Keel Up): 4.0m (13 ft)
Draught (Keel Fully Down):
10.0m (33 ft)
Displacement:
765 tonnes

surprise

surprise

mid-15c., "unexpected attack or capture," from M.Fr. surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of pp. of O.Fr. surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" + prendre "to take," from L. prendere, contracted from prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile). Meaning "something unexpected" first recorded 1590s, that of "feeling caused by something unexpected" is c.1600.         from Online Etymology Dictionary

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

"Post hoc, ergo propter hoc" - West Wing