Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cool Music Video

This is a great video. Pretty cute and original:

Bubblicious from Rex The Dog on Vimeo.

Thanks to armyofmeat for sharing:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Don't fear the digital revolution!

If you rely on over the air broadcasts and are not wanting to fork out the money for a better antenna then you may be interested in making one for yourself. Pretty easy all in all.

Maker Workshop - DTV Antenna & Steadicam on MAKE: television from make magazine on Vimeo.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Inauguration 2009

It was SO cool. It was a whirlwind trip, but totally worth it. We left Seattle around 12:30 am on Monday. Layover In MN then on to Philly. In Philly we jumped on a regional transit train and went to the Amtrak station. We met up with my co-workers sister and we took the train from Philly to Washington DC Arriving around 3:30PM EST. There were protesters in Union station protesting for Bush to be tried for war crimes. About 15 people, one dressed as bush, the others lying dead blocking the thousands trying to leave the station. It was pretty cool to see, even if it did delay us a bit.

We stayed with a friend of my co-workers who lives just like 10 blocks from the capitol. They were amazing, he and his roommate opened their home to 5 people who were mostly strangers. Our trip definitely would not have been possible if not for our host Cliff and Amy. Monday night we took a mini tour of the mall around the capitol and part of the way down the mall to the MSNBC broadcast tent.

Tuesday was amazing. We left our hosts place at 8AM and it took us 2.5 hours to walk and find a spot on the mall to watch the event. We went along the north end of the mall, which is where the parade route was so we had to walk all the way around the White House (the streets were PACKED with people.) We finally got onto the mall and settled on a spot in the shadow of the Washington Monument. We were between the Washington Monument and the White House. The mall was mostly full in front of us and as the time passed before the events started the mall behind us filled in too.

It was electrifying to be present and bear witness with my fellow Americans to such a historic event. The excitement was palpable as Obama took his oath and became our president. The crowd was ecstatic.

After the swearing in and Obamas speech we milled around the Washington monument a while to let the crowds clear a bit. We watched from the base of the monument as the helicopter carrying George Bush took off and circled the National Mall. We made jokes that the pilot was rubbing it in his face "look at these 2 million people who are so happy to see you go George". The crowd sang him out of town to Steams hit single Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Them Goodbye ( .

After that we took a tour of the monuments. WWII, Jefferson, FDR, Lincoln, Vietnam. It was humbling to stand on the Lincoln memorial at the spot where MLK gave the famous I have a dream speech and think what had happened a few hours earlier on the other end of the mall. The Symbolism was fantastic.

Then we walked down the mall watching the Jumbotrons broadcast the parade. We stopped briefly by the MSNBC Broadcast complex and snapped a few photos of our favorite anchors (Rachel we love you :) LOL). All told it was an exciting day, but long and cold. We figured we walked close to 10 miles and were on our feet for 10 hours with only 5 minutes combined time sitting and resting. It was exhausting, but SO worth it.

Wednesday was reverse travel. up at 5:30am EST and walked to a packed Union station. Off to Philly, where we had a 5 hour layover. We were not sure how long getting out of DC would take so we built in extra time in Philly. We jumped on the light rail from the Amtrak station to the airport. We had a layover in MN and were home in Seattle around 7:30PM PST.

It was an exhausting trip... but I wouldn't missed it. I have never seen so many people in one place before, and it was great to see so many people with such an enormous amount of hope for the future of our country. It feels like a weight has been lifted from my (our countries?) shoulders as we forge through the first few days of the Obama administration. We can put the last 8 years, and in some ways more then 8 years, behind us and work on healing this country, and our relationships with the world.

Here are some photos of our trip... so awesome:

Inauguration 2009 Photos

Here are photos from a trip me and several friends took to Washington D.C. around Jan 20, 2009 for the Inauguration of president Obama.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Faraday cage or no... I'll pass on this one.

Like this gentlemen, one of my all time fears has been electricity. Bad experiences as a child... awe and respect, not sure what it is.

UNLIKE this guy, I don't deal with it by hopping on a high voltage wire while they are turned on.

This is insane IMHO.

Star Wars from bits and pieces

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snoqualmie Falls at full tilt

In early January of 2009 we had some pretty substantial flooding in this area, no surprise that people got some video of Snoqualmie falls (the most famous of waterfalls in this area) at its full flood stage. Very powerful footage.

14 Gigapixel images of works of art

This is a really cool video on how a 14Gigapixel image was created of several works of art. You can use Google Earth to zoom in on the images and zoom in super close on the art. Very neat!

Tunnels are cool, but are they for us?

Here is a 3d rendering of what a tunnel to replace the Alaska Way Viaduct would look like:

I don't use the viaduct very often, but I know people who do... I'm not sure this is the best option, but it certainly would be cool to see.

Sashimi Tabernacle Choir

Not doubt this guy is from Texas.

What is it about our (Americans) drive to put things on our cars? If there is something outrageous/mildly annoying and we plaster it all over a car the annoyance increases 10 fold.

When I was in college there was a Chemistry professor that used to say about chemical reactions in his classroom: "If a little does a little, a lot does a lot more."
That is certainly the case with Larry the lobster.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kelly Dobson and robots

This is a great video showing some of the robots that Kelly Dobson is working on at MIT. Sympathetic/companion type robots that have unique ways of interacting with people. I especially like Omo, a device that when you hold it "breathes" in time with you, and will adjust its "breating" to try and effect change in your breathing.

Super cool!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009