Monday, April 26, 2010

Electric Jackpot, TEDx Supreme Beatdown!

Friends and Fans,

Some awesome shows coming up!!

Enable images in your email to see these wonderful flyers!

Hope you like the homemade ones! Click each for more details.

See you on Facebook and Twitter!

Love and Beats,

Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan

shockwavebeatbox.com

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Points of Reference for Relative Pitch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_pitch
Suggestions? Leave a Comment....

Songs with Intervals of Reference for Relative Pitch
+ Octave: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
+ Major 7th: (Up an octave, down half step) (?)
+ Minor 7th: Star Trek Theme, Somewhere
+ Major 6th: Jingle Bells, Inchworm, NBC
+ Minor 6th: The Entertainer
+ Perfect 5th: Star Wars
+ Augmented 4th/Diminished 5th: Maria, The Simpsons
+ Perfect 4th: Here Comes the Bride, Oh Christmas Tree
+ Major 3rd: Oh When the Saints
+ Minor 3rd: Greensleeves, Beverly Hills Cop
+ Major 2nd: Yankee Doodle, Happy Birthday
+ Minor 2nd: Jaws
UNISON
- Minor 2nd: Joy to the World, Stella by Starlight
- Major 2nd: Mary had a Little Lamb, Salt Peanuts
- Minor 3rd: Girl from Impanema, Death March, Beethoven's 5th
- Major 3rd: Doorbell (Ding-Dong), Good Night Ladies
- Perfect 4th: End of Frere Jacques (Ding Dong Ding), Shave and a Haircut
- Augmented 4th/Diminished 5th: ?
- Perfect 5th: Feelings, It Don't Mean a Thing
- Minor 6th: You Must Take the A Train
- Major 6th: Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
- Minor 7th: Something Wonderful

After typing this out from an old sheet of paper from high school, I found this much more useful webpage: http://www.trainear.com/Interval_Song_Associations_Interval_Songs_Song_Hints_23_2009.php

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blue Bottles, FLS, BEATdown, TEC Season TWO!

(sign up for this mailing here)


First things first:

I urge you to help support relief efforts in Haiti by doing one or both of these options:

*** Attend this fundraiser show this Friday at The Magnet Theater in NYC.

Powerpacked with local comedy and improv stars (including yours truly). Details announced shortly!

*** Download the "Music=Medicine" Mixtape of old-school Haitian jams done by Captain Planet of The BEATards. It's beautiful music and the cause is even more beautiful. Visit MIXTAPE Riot for Details - requires only a minimum 5$ donation.

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Speaking of beautiful music-- I'M IN ANOTHER BAND

Daniel Zaitchik and the Blue Bottle Collection

We are 6 voices, piano, guitars, harmonica, violin, cello and beatbox.

it's sure to warm you up and get you dreaming.

Get Tickets to JOE'S PUB this SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st at 9.30 pm!

Preview a song (you'll hear me but I'm sitting directly behind Daniel :)

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Kick off February with Freestyle Love Supreme on the 1st, 8pm!

It's a show not to be missed, BULeeEEVE IT!

Comix - Monday, February 1st - 8pm

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Get BEATdown on February 5th at 11pm!!

5 Comediens and 1 Audience Member freestyle rap to the death!!

This show rules and it's only 5$ at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater

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In other NEWS:

The Electric Company

SEASON TWO premieres TODAY!

Check out some clips from the new launch:




Watch episodes and clips from the show at http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/

- new episodes roll out every Friday on PBS.

"How you doin?" I'll be promoting the launch on the Wendy Williams show February 4th.

Pics from my 20 City tour are HERE and I'll be bringing the show to Boston on February 28th

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Have a happy Valentine's Day with your friends and lover(s)!

Check out and Purchase these amazing Valentines cards that speak any message,

created by the amazing Jen Dunlap:

(4 more where those came from)

See you at:

www.shockwavebeatbox.com

Still here? follow me to twitter.com/offbookbeatbox



PRESS CLIPPINGS

"In a category by himself..." Michael Davis, The New York Times

"...muscular percussion..." Derek L. John, Village Voice

"...deft human beat-boxing sound effects" Jane Borden, Time Out NY

"Shockwave makes a great squirrel with his human percussion skills." Philip Fisher , British Theatre Guide

"...layered musical soundtracks which merge with the rap in unexpectantly delightful ways." The Scotsman

"...uses his mouth like a sound effects program that no computer could possibly match for depth of stored data or instantaneous retrieval." Phillip McCarthy, The Age

"Shockwave bowls the audience over with his breakneck beatboxing ability" AOL City Guide

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Years Eve 2009/2010 in New York City

There is a story to this city.

It's one of fire and granite - of lust and possibility. There is a story to this city that rises from grit and falls from glamor. There is a story to this city and this New Years Eve you are invited to celebrate it with us in a fashion so dense, beautiful and astounding that your grandchildren will know what you did at the end of this decade.


You are invited to:
New Lost City : New Years Eve

http://www.newlostcity.com


This party comes in four sections spread across
two buildings hidden in the heart of Brooklyn.

A City of Grit:
Dark + Sultry + Dramatic. Three warm floors of a former factory have been converted into a party paradise with hidden tea lounges, reckless rides, live art, cheap liquor and dark dance-floors. The music here is a throw-back to the classic loft-parties where live afro-beat mixes with stellar hip-hop and dj's meet in the middle to keep the people moving.

A City of Glamor:
Gorgeous + Lush + Provocative. Intelligent techno to breaks to deep dark house join in this seven thousand square foot loft lined with dripping video projections and female chandeliers (yes, there will be fire). The outdoor terrace will be heated with a wood burning stove and constant conversation.

A City of Ice:
Hidden + Festive + Insolent. One hundred fifty cubic feet of false snow, Santas and seditious elves mix with The Modern Dance Awareness Society to create a winter wonderland that is equal parts absurd and beautiful. Expect spiked cider.

A City of Fire:
Captivating + Indulgent + Dangerous. This is where beauty meets vice. Stripper poles, piano lounges, aerial acts, casino games and brass bands blend into a tribute to the forgotten underbelly of New York City that has existed long before any of us know, and will continue beyond when any of us will be remembered.

The Most Important Midnight:
Two Thousand Ten will begin with: champagne bottles, fire acts, brass band explosions, dance-floor countdowns, kisses from strangers and, for the chosen few, a three course meal at the center of it all. This is the start of the best year of your life.

Your adventure begins at:
195 Morgan Ave.
East Williamsburg / Bushwick Brooklyn
Take the L train to Morgan Ave. and walk four blocks north.

9pm through 7am and beyond...
$29 at the door. Strictly 21+
Details: http://www.newlostcity.com

Feather masks will be rewarded with champagne and gifts.


The growing list of performers include:

Baja + Dry Eye Crew
If you haven't heard this exploding hip-hop sensation, now is your moment. After packing the national stadium for performances in their home country of Sierra Leone, African superstars Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are poised to conquer the global airwaves with their unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the
socially conscious vibe of reggae. The group has generated so much buzz in the hip-hop world that major stars including ?uestlove, the Roots, Talib Kweli, K'Naan, Res, and El-P have contributed their vocal and/or production talents to their upcoming release.

The Hungry March Band
Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, NYC's legendary street brass march band in the anarchic style that has become their trademark . Release your inner dancer and break out the fancy threads because this is the party - a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. This is the music of the people.

Stumblebum Brass Band
An incendiary force on the New York City music scene. Even though the band has deep respect and admiration for the art of both Louis Armstrong and Nirvana; the Stumblebums reject nostalgia in favor of riotous spontaneity.

Raya Brass Band
The newest fiery Balkan band to come out of the village of Brooklyn. This mighty quintet of tuba, bass drum, accordion, trumpet and clarinet exuberantly delivers the swirling, dynamic music of northern Greece, the southern Balkans and the Romany people. In true village style, Raya Brass
Band gives audiences a direct and unmediated earful of sonic energy from the middle of the dance floor.

The Lady Circus
The next generation of circus has taken hold in this troupe of femmes fatales, who are taking circus arts to new heights. Born in the Brooklyn underground, Lady Circus have burst out of the gritty, grimy, glossy cocoon that birthed them to display a devastating combination of skill and
spectacle for the new millennium. They infuse every performance with feral exuberance and stylish extravagance. For this night Lady circus is joined by the Fuct troop, Mikey Freedom Heart, Mickey Western and many more.

Hungry For More
Ushering in the new decade with an appetite for the unexpected. Twelve guests will be invited to a feast during the New Year's Danger party. Laurendarling is cooking up four courses of food, entertainment, intimacy, and surprise to bring you into 2010. Seating will be strictly limited, by
invite only. By being a guest at dinner, the role as performer and audience will be blurred, as we are all performers in our own moments of grandeur.

Michna
Straight off his nationwide tour for his new LP, Magic Monday, Michna is back in New York to tear up the city with his extraordinary interpretation of techno. Michna is signed with Ghostly International and currently resides in Brooklyn, playing both the NYC venues and across the country. He caught Diplo's attention earlier in his career with his ability to fuse hip-hop and electro, and he hasn't stopped catching the attention of the music world since.

Fred P. aka The Black Jazz Consortium
DJ, Artist, and Remixer extraordinaire Fred P is the mind behind Black Jazz Consortium and the owner of Soul People Music. Recording for a wide range of labels, most notably DJ Jus-Ed's Underground Quality, Fred P has gained a following of true deep house lovers all over the world. Staying true to his sound and vibe makes him a unique contributor to this genre.

Dunndee
The Brooklyn based master of jazz-fueled, afro-beat to hip-hop mixology. Dunndee loves the dance floor and the dance floor loves him back. For the past several years this DJ has risen as one of the all-time crowd favorites and on New Years Eve he will remind you why.

John Margulies
Many of us have woken up to find out that we've become high-tech hobos: where the original hobos physically dropped out of society and rode the rail system, we've mentally dropped out, traded train tracks for dance tracks, and given up on the plans and patrons that were supposed to provide us security. John Margulies's hobotech music is depression era techno - contemporary music that nods to a forgotten America, celebrating half-smoked cigars and conversations over the fire barrel.

Zemi 17
Resident dj Zemi 17 brings in the sunrise and beyond with a sound described as "space house" meets "intelligent techno". His music is influenced by many tours around the world, including several years studying language and music in Indonesia.

The Vintage DJ
The Vintage DJ brings tracks from farther back than you can remember and the dance floor erupts in-kind. To hear the Vintage perform is to become an instant fan.

Joro Boro
Pure Gypsy Funk Madness.

Plus fire and ice, art and laughter, love and nudity, prophetic visions and brief moments of the sublime. We've put everything and then some into this event. There is too much to list in one e-mail and to be honest, we want to keep the surprise. These nights will not last forever so celebrate while you can.


Two thousand ten will be the best year of your life.

more info at http://newlostcity.com

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Monday, August 31, 2009

One-Shock-Show Tour Dates

Sesame Workshop, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS KIDS will be bringing The Electric Company to a community near you. These free, traveling events for families will be a hit at schools, fairs, and other community spaces. The 90-minute experience will feature cast member Shock and a multi-media Electric Company show, giveaways, educational materials and photo opportunities. The community events will begin in August during back-to-school season and will travel to PBS KIDS Raising Readers communities. Shock, your Electric Company host, will bring the show to life with an interactive experience that allows children and families to be a part of "The Company."

Check with your local PBS station for event details or visit shockwavebeatbox.com to contact someone!

Charleston, WV Sat. 8/8

Johnston, IA Sat 8/15

Tallahassee, FL Fri 8/21

Pensacola, FL Sat 8/29

Buffalo, NY Sun 9/6

Washington, DC Sat 9/12

State College, PA Sat 9/19

Baltimore, MD Sat 9/26

Toledo, OH Sat 10/3

Norfolk, VA Sat 10/10

Carbondale, IL Mon 10/12

Tempe, AZ Sat 10/17

Birmingham, AL Sat 10/24

Baton Rouge, LA Sat 10/31

Nashville, TN Fri 11/6

Martin, TN Sat 11/7

San Francisco, CA Fri 11/13

San Diego, CA Sat 11/14

San Antonio, TX Sat 11/21

Chicago, IL Tues 11/24

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A lesson for the weak of beats.

CAUTION: these words may become waterproof, dangerous..


Today marks a very special and important date in history:

The day I teach you, Internet, the simple all-in-one guaranteed, non-refundable lesson for beginner beatbox.


However, tread lightly. The secrets lie in your own application of this ancient Shockwave-taught lesson.

Read carefully as you may come out a fool...or a ninja... of the (dramatic music) FACE BEATS.


Two words. Two ordinary words.

Two words that carry two ordinary meanings.

To find out these words:


Click on Videos at http://shockwavebeatbox.com


Find these words in the first video at Shockwave TV and repeat these words. Lather, then repeat.

Slowly turn these two magical words into sounds, add your own flavor and maybe 5, 6 years of practice and variations, some time away from your computer and --


Voilà! you're a beatboxer!!


Visit http://shockwavebeatbox.com for more lessons, some jokes and a bunch of videos!....

Check out the show schedule and join the mailing list for more words of wisdom and important dates in history!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Outer Cape Cod recommendations based on my weekend

Provincetown Commercial Street from West to East
- Monkey Bar for black lights, food and cocktails
- Marine Specialties for amazing items and army surplus
- Lobster Pot for seafood
- Governor Bradford's, Foosball during the day, drag karaoke at night
- Shop Therapy sunglasses and upstairs
- Every other store for t-shirts or sweatshirts
- Rent a bike and go to Race Point Lighthouse and Beach

Truro
- Long Nook Beach. Go at night or you'll need beach pass. Park and walk up dune at left, bring wine and blanket. Look for curvature of Earth, stars, smashing waves and romance.
- North of Highland Campground off of Head of the Meadow Beach, walk to the beach with their free firewood (get free beach fire permit at Truro Beach Office). 30$ for one tent

Wellfleet
- Beachcomber! Don't drink much, or it's a loooooooong ride home or a dead one. Amazing beach cliffs and waves behind parking lot.
- Wellfleet Drive in! Double features for 8$ a person!

And
- Choco Tacos from any Ice Cream Truck, MMMmmm!!!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shockwave, Lin, and UTK as interns at College Humor!

Free Beats, the Director's Cut!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Twitter the beatbox offbook!

Follow the Shockwave on Twitter!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Shockwave Reel

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Make Soundwave bracelets


This is intended as a "Talk to your kids about Drugs" novelty bracelet site but you can use it for any recorded sound bite. Pretty cool!
http://www.thesoundadviceproject.com/

Monday, September 17, 2007

International Comedy Taste Installment #1



Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Holidays

Enjoy this holiday beatbox and music live show!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Skateboarding Girls

Sunday, November 05, 2006

in the meantime

Saturday, November 04, 2006

haitus

not that too many people read this anyway but to the awesome couple, my Internet is very shotty and I'm moving this month so things will be crazy.
I'm shutting down the kitchen for a while.
In the meantime, check out my favorite blog (where I find a lot of onaplates...) http://boingboing.net

Friday, October 27, 2006

unearthing new footage

just thought i'd share this stream of web surfing i just had...
starting with...

John Titor, time traveler
... fact or fallacy, led me to three interesting and differing things.

1.
The Everett Wheeler model of "many worlds"
2. a Tale of Two Osamas, which in turn led me to the full transcript of the subtitles from Mr. Ladin's 2004 "webisode".... previously unreleased.
3. and the 'conspiracy' to build a north american union

here's a picture of an ugly dog

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Roundup

Friday, October 20, 2006

perfect for halloween!


"Just like Voltage, iGlow does not rely on UV, neon or black lights to create glow. Instead, it produces its own light! Tiny, microscopic particles in the gel come together in the mixing process to produce a bright colorful glow that can be seen in partial light and in the dark for several hours.

While iGlow is classified as a "temporary hair color" it does not actually color the hair cuticle. It "coats" the hair with color. The gel is the delivery medium for the luminescence (glow). As such it is safe for color-treated or bleached hair when used as directed."

Link to iGlow Hair coloring

Monday, October 16, 2006

Whose dope rhyme is it anyway?

get BEATdown this friday at Mo Pitkins
This month, Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s Best Night Ever), Donald Glover (DERRICK), Luke Meginsky (Manhattan Comedy Collective), Amber Petty (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre), Victor Varnado (Late Night With Conan O’Brien) and an audience volunteer will be competing for audience votes in a series of elimination rounds.

TICKETS

Saturday, October 14, 2006

cbgb?

After Sunday, memories are all that will remain when the cramped club with its capacity of barely 300 people goes out of business after 33 years. Although its boom years are long gone, CBGB's remained a Manhattan music scene fixture: part museum, part barroom, home to more than a few rock and roll ghosts.
more -- or rather, no more :`(

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

1.6 BILLION dollars...

This will affect the content on a plate...

Friday, October 06, 2006

NYC Hip-Hop Subway Party!

See http://www.beatboxerent.net for more info!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Famous Last Words


Thank God. I'm tired of being the funniest person in the room.
Del Close, improvisor, teacher and comedian, died 1999

Don't disturb my circles!
Archimedes

Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius. Will you remember to pay the debt?
Socrates

Other Famous Last Words

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

How Crayons are Made

How Donuts are Made


thanks jen!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Massive List of Cartoons

Made possible by youtube:
Watch Full Length Cartoons Online

wanna get beatdown?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Non-allegiance to bush = terrorism

BoingBoing reader Eris Siva says,
Here's an article about bill HR 6166, the "Military Commissions Act of 2006" which recently passed in Congress. At first the bill seemed to only concrete the ability of Bush to define the Geneva Conventions and allow torture to be used on detainees. But further analysis digs up the fact that it also defines non-allegiance to Bush as an act of terrorism. It then goes on to include the following into the corral of terrorism: vandals, people who fight near "protected buildings", squatters, petty thieves, and anyone "who with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States" collects information (such a broad term) "clandestine" means.

What's more, it also prevents the courts from arguing with it, people from bringing the Geneva Conventions into a defense trial, and prevents people held under these terms from receiving any knowledge of the charges against them - preventing any sort of defense. There is so much more and the bill is over 80 pages long.

It's just outrageous to think that one day BoingBoing might even be considered as enemy activity under these new laws.

Link

Monday, September 25, 2006

a-ha! "Take on me!"


I can't believe I missed this the first time around...
1500 more of your favorite 80's videos

Saturday, September 23, 2006

last words...

Date of Execution:
April 20, 2005
Offender:
Roberts, Douglas
Last Statement:
Yes sir, Warden Okay I've been hanging around this popsicle stand way too long. Before I leave, I want to tell you all. When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock and roll me when I'm dead. I'll see you in Heaven someday. That's all Warden.

more "last statements from executed offenders of Texas State"

Friday, September 22, 2006

New Feature!

Here's an experiment...
Chat live on this website! Very simple...
Click the link to the side of this page (or here) to discuss current posts with other on a plate viewers in real time! (right now there are not many, but hey you might catch someone :)

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

17. Breathe underwater!

If you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first -- essentially, hyperventilate. When you're underwater, it's not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it's the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin' ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity," says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. "This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen." It'll buy you up to 10 seconds.

17 More

Thursday, September 21, 2006

holy cow i'm white and nerdy!


Weird Al Strikes Again!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tips on Freelancing

If you aspire to live a freelance life or one as an independant contractor, one-person business, sole proprietorship- whatever... it's a hard life, calls for work may not come regularly and neither do the checks.
However, you may find the advantages of side projects, job choices, and schedule flexibility outweigh the hard times.

Here are some links to help you work this life more effectively:
Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link 4

Monday, September 18, 2006

4 year old drumming prodigy

Friday, September 15, 2006

The PocketMod


"The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner." Go to PocketMod

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More Americans Have Now Died In Iraq Than Died On 9/11

"Here are the numbers: 3,015 Americans have died in Iraq as of September 9. 2,666 of these were military deaths and 349 were civilians. A total of 2,973 people died on 9/11. Most, although not all, were Americans." Link.

ALSO:
"Five years later this space is still empty.
Five years later there is no memorial to the dead.
Five years later there is no building rising to show with proud defiance that we would not have our America wrung from us, by cowards and criminals.
Five years later this country's wound is still open.
Five years later this country's mass grave is still unmarked.
Five years later this is still just a background for a photo-op.
It is beyond shameful."

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Left in London to fend for themselves...

Little People - a tiny street art project
London based, go here

Monday, September 11, 2006

Banksy's Paris Hilton Jam


Fascinating video below.
In other prankster news, Improv Everwhere strikes again at a Yankess game. Featuring Rob (Lathan), a great guy and very talented improviser getting "lost" in Yankee Stadium. Read carefully and wait for it, this mission pays off. Now, back to Banksy, press play...

Saturday, September 09, 2006

VOTE!


These t-shirts available here

Dope ass video game

From wikipedia:"Gameplay revolves around the 'Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device' (ASHPD), a handheld device that can create portals..."
Check out a video demo

Good golly miss molly



I'm very hesitant to post this but...
Move over Naked Cowboy...
Check out "Biker Fox"

Friday, September 08, 2006

FREEWARE - old school video games


To waste your time in between reading onaplate, download some free old nintendo style games. Go to Pyramid Games!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Blogmusik


Blogmusik uses a Flash-based virtual player that looks exactly like an iPod and works exactly like one. Tons of music, free. Listen one at a time or register and save to playlists. Check out Blogmusik

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Downtown Locals

From Gothamist.com:
Downtown Locals is a documentary on the underground, literally. A pair of filmmakers took a look at what was happening in art, performance and music under street level. What they found were a group of artists expressing themselves and finding out the public spaces were getting a bit more competitive. More

The film premieres in New York this month, at the Pioneer Theater on September 12th and September 15th as a part of the Rooftop Film Festival.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Chimp playing Pacman

Touch the Sound

"While still a student, Evelyn Glennie learned that she was going deaf. Rather than abandon her study of music, in which she had shown such talent, she instead turned her focus toward percussion instruments and developed her ability to feel the sound through her body. This documentary follows her as she performs in New York, Germany and Tokyo, sharing her insights into the nature of music and the ways in which we experience it." -IMDB.com

Sunday, September 03, 2006

We will never... what was I gonna say?


With the big 1 1 approaching, bow your heads for the innocent who passed, but look up (and backwards) for the future. Watch these two things in memory (preferably in this order). Both films are a form of fiction but this anniversary... think outside the Fox.

New Paris HIlton CD a target of an excellent prankster


"Hundreds of Paris Hilton albums have been tampered with in the latest stunt by "guerrilla artist" Banksy." Read more from the BBC

Saturday, September 02, 2006

insane rock climbing

Friday, September 01, 2006

Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold: August 1990 to March 2003

"What did our leaders know and when did they know it? And, perhaps just as important, what red flags did we miss, and how could we have missed them? This is the first installment in our Iraq War timeline project. " [Go to MotherJones]

You'll burn your eyes out... or not.

Read about one man's story about discovering the ancient practice of sungazing.

And the website of the teacher he's refers to.

Hm, it would be nice to not be hungry..
...although i could go for some cheesecake.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Successfully surf at work



stick it to your bossman.
http://www.workfriendly.net/

Experience Burning Man, Virtually

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Next Net, Web 2.0, Internet Progression, ETC...

Times they are a-changin'.
You could adopt the stodgey old-timey "I don't understand computers" or get in tune with this new amazing and evolving communication medium. The very "Internet" you are surfing is gaining collective intelligence and developing- exponentially.. hacked, open sourced, explored and cracked open... you gotta get hip to it... here's a few links to help you catch up:
The Next Net 25: 25 startups that are reinventing the web
SEOmoz's Web 2.0 Awards
Web 2.0 Directory : eConsultant

(don't forget to swim in the ocean, smell flowers and climb trees...)

"Map of the Day" from Gothamist.com and Flickr.com

Geocoded Flickr Maps
Available Everywhere but let's start with NYC
If you're a Flickr user, you just pull photos on to a map in the "Organizr" area. If you're not a Flickr user, you can still participate in the fun by checking out photos mapped in your home town.

All you needed from the Emmys...

Conan's Opening bits, part 1 and 2



and a list of the winners...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Female streaker scores an amazing goal!

Possibly NSFW but definitely amazing, and HOT.
GooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOooooaaaaaaaaLLL!

Adventures in Resonance


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"Cymatics is a concept that was formulated in 1787 by Ernst Chladni who used a violin bow which he drew perpendicularly across the edge of flat plates covered with sand, he produced those patterns and shapes which today go by the term Chladni figures." more

music is.... spontaneous!


"We have entered an extraordinarily exciting time in the history of music, when musicians have access to an unprecedented expanse of influences and creative strategies. While improvisation in one form or another is increasingly central to this global synthesis, a significant gap looms between the improvisation-based aesthetic paradigm that guides musical practice, and the aesthetic awareness that prevails in the music industry, academic musical world, and society at large."
Visit the International Society of Improvised Music

Saturday, August 26, 2006

L-ton Jean Jean


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 40 years of performing rock music, pop ballads and movie soundtracks, Elton John is looking to cross over to yet another musical genre -- hip hop.

"I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip hop beats -- a bit like 'No Diggity' by Blackstreet,'" John said in excerpts of an interview posted on Rolling Stone's Web site on Friday.

what the...?

Sex is Weird, Laws are Weirder...

DID YOU KNOW...
In MASSACHUSETTS, it's
illegal to have sex at a rodeo with a rodeo clown in the presence of horses....
DID YOU KNOW...
In Clinton, OKLAHOMA there's no masturbation allowed while watching two people having sex in a car...
DID YOU KNOW...
In Ames, IOWA husbands aren’t allowed to take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with their wives or while holding them in his arms.
MORE...

MacGyver with a backpack and a truck


The Most Incredible Knife
Here are all 85 tools included in Giant Knife, Version 1.0:
1. 2.5” 60% Serrated locking blade 2. Nail file, nail cleaner 3. Corkscrew 4. Adjustable pliers with wire crimper and cutter 5. Removable screwdriver bit adapter 6. 2.5” Blade for Official World Scout Knife 7. Spring-loaded, locking needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
click for more...

"Weighing in at 650 pounds and measuring 10,384 yards (or 5.9 miles!) long, the NEW & IMPROVED World's Largest Roll of Duct Tape was created in Hickory, North Carolina, for Henkel Consumer Adhesives in 2005. It is 3.78 inches wide and is 64 inches in diameter!"
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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Funniest shit in a LOOONG time


CASE CLOSED

RIAA-Proof Music Sharing


quote [ Several solutions exist for creating your own little mini-P2P network among trusted friends, but the Prague-based AllPeers, which is apparently launching in beta form sometime today, uses a FireFox extension and leverages BitTorrent on the back-end to make set up and private sharing easier than ever. ]
AllPeers Beta version available here

Extra Extra: Pluto no longer a "planet"!

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
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How to fight terror: Anti-Terror

Brand new article from Bruce Schneier on the effectiveness of going about our war on terror differently.

"But our job is to remain steadfast in the face of terror, to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to not panic every time two Muslims stand together checking their watches. There are approximately 1 billion Muslims in the world, a large percentage of them not Arab, and about 320 million Arabs in the Middle East, the overwhelming majority of them not terrorists. Our job is to think critically and rationally, and to ignore the cacophony of other interests trying to use terrorism to advance political careers or increase a television show's viewership. "
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New mission from Improv Everywhere

"Shopping in Slow Motion"

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Osama and Whitney sitting in a cave...

So in other news,
apparently Osama bin Laden had a crush on the wonderful Whitney Houston....
...photos and playboys?
W.W.B.B.D.?

Bush OKs involuntary Marine recall

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush has authorized the U.S. Marine Corps to recall 2,500 troops to active duty because there are not enough volunteers returning for duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, Marine commanders announced Tuesday.
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New new Weird Al shit!

Here's a teaser: "Don't Download this song"

Sunday, August 20, 2006

NYC deals, deals, deals!

Do you know your birthtime?


Explore this online astrology chart, I found it most effective after getting my exact birth time from my birth certificate... Regardless of whether or not I believe "in this kind of stuff", I must admit that this is pretty cool... or should I say out of this world.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Dancing Matt

In case you live under an internet rock, here are the two films of Matt Harding delivering a bit of cheesy inspiration for all of us. He quit his job in 2003 to travel the world to dance around the world (literally) and film the perfect viral video. He caught the attention of a corporate sponsor and.. did it again... Check him out at http://www.wherethehellismatt.com
2005

2006

"I think Father Henkel did it."

"He was my English teacher in the rather, old-fashioned high school I attended (Catholic, all boys, jackets and ties, four years of Latin, the works). One particular afternoon Henkel was trying to focus our young attention on Emily Dickinson. Unfortunately for Henkel (and Emily Dickinson) it was a warm spring day and we boys were feeling, well, boisterous. Faced with chaos, he laid the textbook down, climbed up onto the desk, and stood on his head. We all stopped horsing around and stared at him in stupefaction. Henkel then climbed back down, picked up the book, and said, "Let's get back to 'Beauty be not caused- it is.' page 388." It was probably my first glimpse of the power of the theatrical: you gather an audience, you do a headstand to get everyone's attention, and then you're free to explore beauty, poetry, truth, the human condition, what you will. Now that's an education."
--- David Ives, "All in the Timing" (p. xii)

Staggering Genius

"The only people who get speaking parts are those whose lives are grabbed by chaos."
- Dave Eggers, Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius, p 424

"Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work"

"All great truths begin as blasphemies" - GBS

quote from Steorn --
"We have developed a technology that produces free, clean and constant energy.
This means never having to recharge your phone, never having to refuel your car. A world with an infinite supply of clean energy for all. Our technology has been independently validated by engineers and scientists - always off the record, always proven to work. "

They are challenging the scientific community to test their technology -
Go to their site and check it out, you can register to receive the results.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ice Cream Truck music, old school

The truck I drove, FORTUNATELY, only had a bell to ring.
In my opinion, a little more effective...
1. Drive to beach, park
2. Ring bell
3. Wait for children and girls in bikinis

For those less fortunate, these tunes are what you hear.

Oooo Eee Ooooo!

Tales of daring, do bad and good...

Other Classic Cartoons (mostly intros- the best part!)

Website of a Fantastic Artist

Just thought I MUST support this russia artist, spread the word.
Check out his work and his amazing website, you won't be disappointed.
Andrey Akishey - 5nak.com

Create your own Kama Sutra

Welcome to the latest version of the Instant Kama Sutra, an interactive Flash game that lets you create and save your own positions.
Instant Kama Sutra

Screw Word, use OpenOffice and Writely

OpenOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Also, Google just (re)launched Writely in beta form that essentially does everything Word does, for free -- and saves its output as PDFs and even RSS feeds.

also (and to further piss off microsoft), if you're still a IE chump, Get Firefox

still a bit hot as balls, this winter cold as nuts?

Shockwave and Lin-Manuel of Freestyle Love Supreme come to grips with the heatwave of 2006. Things fall apart.

Federal judge orders halt to NSA spy program

The warrantless Internet and telephone surveillance program authorized by the Bush administration violates the U.S. Constitution and must cease immediately, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
http://news.com.com//2100-1036_3-6106772.html

Brand New launch

Bringing you a barrage of freshly cooked, hot to-go slices of tasty food for your brain.