Music

Matisyahu

matisyahu albumA lot of noise has been generated recently about Matisyahu “the Hasidic reggae superstar”. This post is about someone else. Curly Oxide. I heard his story on This American Life last June. Here is the audio. Starts at 7 minutes. With the help of Vic Thrill Chaim went from being a Hasidic jew, to a full rock star, and back. It’s a really interesting story. Listen to it now or wait for the movie version that’s being written by Tina Fey.

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Music

Mindless Self Indulgence

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Mindless Self Indulgence will be playing at the Ranch Bowl on May 20th. Kick ass! I haven’t seen too many bands live, but MSI puts on a great show. They pretty much have to since their music will never see radio play. They’ve toured with Insane Clown Posse and System of a Down, pissing off most of the audience, but converting the rest (at least the ones who could get past the ambiguous sexuality). I saw them a couple years ago headlining a show with Deadsy (ugh) and Dog Fashion Disco (sweet) supporting. Their latest album sounds pretty good and includes a cover of Tom Sawyer which I think they just played on tour to annoy Deadsy. I don’t think they’ll ever be able to match their original album. I wasn’t sure if I’d see a show at the Ranch Bowl before it closes, but I guess this will be the last for me. I’m sure seeing Jimmy Urine diving out of the ceiling girders will lift my heart though.

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Innovation

Naptosis

aliens capScientists have been able to induce hibernation in mice. Using hydrogen sulphide they were able to slow down the metabolic rate of the mice. Later the mice were brought back using plain oxygen. It’s been speculated that this technology could be used by astronauts on long space flights or as my title suggest just living longer for everyone. If you don’t want to wait just buy a sleep chamber from Aliens , throw in some rotten eggs and you’re good to go.

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Hardware, Linux, Mobile

Mobile Wireless Router

soekris development boardOriginally found on Slashdot. Some guy decided to to build a mobile WiFi access point. The box uses a PC Card to connect to Verizon’s network. It then passes that connection to a wireless card that provides internet access to anyone within range. My favorite thing about this project is the Soekris board that ties everything together; they offer several different embedded systems (with optional cases) and the prices don’t seem too bad for a really unique system.

Mom sent me a clipping about Seward County Recycling day. I’ll be throwing out a lot of the electro-junk in my closet: 4 monitors, 3 Pentiums, 1 gutted TRS-80. I’ll probably save a couple old I/O cards to practice soldering/de-soldering on, some old disk drives with the gigantor servos, and all of the hard drives (for security). I figure if I ever need a monitor I’ll just buy a new LCD instead of using the old crap.

Mandy recently sent a lot of people my way, which is great, but I feel I should apologize for this excessively geeky post. Here is a prize for reading the whole post: something stylish to help you beat up Vuitton enthusiasts.

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Illustration

Congratulations Adam Tourek

Adam Tourek on the rightMy buddy Adam Tourek, on the right, just won a design contest finishing first out of eight finalists. He has been commisioned to build a gigantic 12 foot tall ear in Lincoln, NE Haymarket district. The final project for his “Memorials, Monuments and Public Art” class was to make a model for a 6 foot sculpture to be placed in the Haymarket. It wasn’t till last night at the awards ceremony that he found out his 1 foot model would actually be 12 feet. Here is the full story from the Daily Nebraskan. The article says the sculpture could be rotated, but Adam says that was in the proposal, not actually finalized. I suggested that a weathervaning foghorn would be kinda fun. All the scrap metal is being donated by Lincoln Steel and he hopes to begin work the beginning of May. I’ll get some pics up when he gets his hands back on the model. Once again I’d like to say great job Adam. I’m sure a giant piece of installed art is an excellent addition to a graduating art student’s portfolio.

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