Archive for March, 2011

Symphony Of Science – Ode To The Brain

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Once again John Boswell over at Symphony Of Science has crafted an inspiring bit of music-science mashuppery.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

Boswell uses parts of the extraordinary TED talk given by Jill Bolte-Taylor recounting her personal insights into how the brain functions – as well as footage of V. S. Ramachandran’s TED talk although I preferred his more indepth (and lengthy) Reith lectures on The Emerging Mind.

All good stuff. I give it a nine for the beat, Dick.


P. S. Mmmmm – braaaaains.

Elizabeth Taylor – RIP

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Carl Sagan Old Spice Ad

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

I found this over at the Adafruit Industries blog. I think Carl would have liked it – a lot.

This is, of course, a riff on Sagan’s original discourse The Pale Blue Dot – which never fails to make the hair rise on the back of my neck.

Sagan is also a member (albeit posthumously) of a pretty good garage band of scientific minds who occasionally get together and jam. Ladies and gentlemen – the Symphony Of Science:

Symphony Of Science – #1

Symphony Of Science – The Unbroken Thread

Symphony Of Science – Poetry Of Reality


Carlin Step

Friday, March 4th, 2011

My friend Fred sent me to Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist blog where I found this great music video mashup of Saint George Carlin. This remix was done by Steve Porter and Eli Wilkie, who have made it available – with a bunch of other stuff – over at Porterhouse Media.

Carlin doesn’t really need to be mashed up – his words are music enough on their own – but it’s always fun to see the brilliant, scathing, clever, insightful curmudgeon doing what he does best: fuck with language.


P. S. Well, this is weird – I was going to attach some links to my previous blog posts about Carlin (I’ve made a few) but they all seem to have disappeared. Please tell me I wasn’t just hallucinating these past few years and that I actually did write stuff about Carlin. But if so – where the fuck did it go?

P. P. S. Anything prior to February 23, 2009 was lost when I fucked up my blog – which explains why earlier links like this: take you to my 404 page. But I was sure I’d posted stuff about Carlin since then. I must be losing my mind.

I’m Not Ignoring You – I’m Just Busy

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Having a blog fills me with a sense of obligation – and resultant despair when I fail to oblige. I used to plough out 3 to 4 posts per day when I first started my blog a few years ago but that has since tapered off to a more reasonable 1 per day – or so.

Lately I’ve been remiss and haven’t kept up with the flow of information across the smoothed rocky shores of my mind. I like going to that water’s edge to draw a drink for you to share but I haven’t been able to the past few weeks because I’ve just been so damned busy.

I am still working on the post for the Ruffus The Dog Christmas Caroland I’m writing scripts for a children’s series for a friend because it’s fun and it pays the rent – and I was working on a proposal for a new web series called My Kitteh! which is a collaboration with my talented wife Karen Valleau which promises to be lots of fun – and I’m making plans for another production which I hope to fund and put before the cameras before the year is out.

And I’m also looking for other revenue generating work.

So, as you can see, it’s been challenging to do all of the above and follow an exercise regime I’ve convinced myself is necessary to stay alive and mobile and keep up with the blogging too.

This week requires a great deal from me but next week I should have enough free moments in my usual ADHDay to plant some brain seeds here for you to watch grow into something resembling a better metaphor than what I attempted to make work at the beginning of this sentence.

See? I can’t even write.

Too busy.

More later.


P. S. Speaking of monkeys – here’s Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” – enjoy!