posted by Ray on Wed, 1 Jul 2009 10:09pm

The CBC (wikipedia) has published this online interactive map showing who owns what media outlets in Canada.



see also
Canadian Media Owner Index

hat tip p2pnet

posted by Ray on Fri, 3 Jul 2009 12:34am

Jowi Taylor conceived of the concept for this fantastic guitar. Built by master luthier George Rizsanyi, the guitar was constructed from 64 pieces, collected by Taylor, representing various aspects of Canadian history and culture. The guitar has toured the country and been played by well-known musicians and regular people alike.


photo credit LexnGer

see also
Six String Nation
use the guitar explorer to find out more about the pieces that were used to make the guitar.
flickr photos tagged Six String Nation

hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Sat, 4 Jul 2009 1:15am

Wataru Itou put quite a bit of work (over four years) into this paper project.



for more pictures and information see
Tokyobling’s Blog - A Paper Craft Castle On the Ocean

hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Sat, 4 Jul 2009 10:40pm

Chris Isaak's (wikipedia) Wicked Game is a great song (with an even greater video). The Lucky Bucks' cover of Wicked Game is fantastic as well. I'm new to this band and was intrigued to see their approach to drums and bass.

see also
FITM - Top 3 Music Videos of All Time

hat tip Kami Knake - Bands Under The Radar

posted by Ray on Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:44pm

In a previous post, I discussed parodies created using a short segment from the movie Downfall (Der Untergang). With the death of Michael Jackson comes this new Downfall remix.

see also
FITM - Downfall Parody

hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:31pm

Gever Tulley runs a Tinkering School for kids, providing them with an opportunity to learn to take things apart, built things and use power tools. It's a place where kids can do some of the dangerous things he thinks you should let your kids do.

posted by Ray on Tue, 7 Jul 2009 4:44pm

In the spring of 2008, the band Sons of Maxwell (wikipedia) were on a plane to begin a short tour. While waiting to deplane, United Airlines baggage handlers were seen carelessly throwing the band's instruments around, including a $3,500 Taylor guitar. Despite being enclosed in a hard shell case, the guitar was heavily damaged by United's baggage 'handlers.' Although the guitar was repaired (at a cost of $1,200), it is not the same guitar it once was. United was unwilling to pay band member Dave Carroll for the repairs of his guitar (personally I think they owe him a new guitar) so in response Dave has decided to write 3 songs about the incident. Here is the video of the first song.

see also
Dave Carroll - United Breaks Guitars

hat tip Michael Geist

posted by Ray on Wed, 8 Jul 2009 9:46pm

The new iPhone 3GS has video recording capability and it hasn't taken long for people to use it to create music videos. Here are a few of the first creations using the 3GS.

be sure to watch the Behind the Scenes video.

hat tip boing boing gadgets

posted by Ray on Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:02pm

This is a remote control scale model of the Russian Mi-24 helicopter just might be the coolest remote control vehicle ever. Impressive.

hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:00pm

Jennifer Maestre (wikipedia) is a Massachusetts-based artist who creates some interesting pencil art by using pencils in an unexpected way.






hat tip Web Designer Depot

posted by Ray on Sat, 11 Jul 2009 8:00pm

Enterprising makers/hackers have created some interesting Wiimote hacks. However, it's hard to imagine anything comes close to using a wiimote to control a 15 ton grapple.

see also
Attack of the 'Wiimote' Hacks
Johnny Chung Lee - wii
Top 5 Wiimote Hacks

hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Sun, 12 Jul 2009 8:00pm

If you have traveled by airplane more than a few times, you probably don't pay close attention to the flight safety instructions (I know I don't). In an effort to grab the attention of passengers, Air New Zealand has created a flight safety instructions video featuring Air New Zealand employees giving the instructions wearing nothing but body paint.

see also
Body painted staff now deliver safety video

hat tip @guykawasaki

posted by Ray on Mon, 13 Jul 2009 8:00pm

Sour has produced this fantastic video for their song Hibi no Neiro. Well done.

hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Tue, 14 Jul 2009 8:00pm

In late 1998 I became interested in poker when I discovered that it was a game of skill. I bought several books on poker strategy and began studying the game. About the same time a movie called Rounders was released, several online poker sites started and the Two Plus Two strategy forum launched, all of which helped spur an increase the level of interest and participation in poker. Poker began growing significantly when Chris Moneymaker, an amateur player, won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour (wikipedia) was established and the introduction of the hole card camera to TV poker broadcasts. The subsequent poker boom resulted in many people playing online poker, including a lot of college age (and sometimes younger) kids.

DeucesCracked and 918 Films have produced a good documentary on Greg Lavery (aka CAPTAIN ZEEBO, captZEEbo on 2+2), one of these young poker players. The film provides an interesting look at Greg's life, as well as, a glimpse at some of the other young players involved in the game. However, it should be noted that Greg's story is not representative of all (or even many) of those involved in online poker.

From Busto to Robusto: Captain Zeebo from Ryan Firpo on Vimeo.

see also
Deuces Cracked - From Busto To Robusto

posted by Ray on Wed, 15 Jul 2009 8:00pm
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Music journalist Tom Moon has written what looks to be a great new book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die. Tom has appeared on NPR's All Songs Considered to discuss the book several times and these episodes are well worth listening to. This book will be in my next order.

NPR - All Songs Considered - 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

NPR - All Songs Considered - More Recordings To Hear Before You Die


see also
Stereophile's annual Records to Die for for more recommendations.

posted by Ray on Thu, 16 Jul 2009 8:00pm

Have you ever misheard the lyrics of a song and found yourself singing the wrong words while listening to the song? It turns out there is a word for that. Who knew?

Marina Orlova (aka Hot For Words) is not your typical teacher, she has been teaching viewers word meanings and origins with YouTube videos since mid 2007. In this video she discusses the word mondegreen.

see also
Hot For Words - Nerd Word of the Day: Mondegreen

posted by Ray on Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:00am

Girl Talk's Feed The Animals (wikipedia) was one of my favorite albums of 2008. This video for Play Your Part (Pt. 1), the first track of the album, is a mashup of videos for the songs Girl Talk sampled to create the song.

posted by Ray on Sat, 18 Jul 2009 8:00pm

Some folks put a lot of time, effort and creativity into making some great sand sculptures.




My nieces and nephews may not be at the same level...


posted by Ray on Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:44pm

It was the second of two days off on the Tour de France (wikipedia) today. The Tour is full of all sorts of colourful characters, including some of the fans. Dieter "Didi" Senft (wikipedia) is one of those characters. After years of seeing Didi and his painted tridents on TV, it was great fun to see and drive over his tridents in Hamilton, Ontario after he and the world's best cyclists visited the city for the 2003 World Championships.

Here is El Diablo at the 2008 Tour de France.

posted by Ray on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:21am


The Moon Landing and the celebration of its 40th anniversary isn't terribly interesting to me. However, if you can add a little music to the mix, then maybe you'll get my attention. David Bowie's (wikipedia) Space Oddity is also 40 years old and he is marking the occasion by releasing a 40th Anniversary EP. The EP includes 8 stem tracks allowing people to remix the song. He has also released in iPhone app version of the EP.

Space Oddity - 40th Anniversary EP

see also

I would have included the video of the song in this post but apparently EMI doesn't think that allowing people to embed their promotional material is a good idea.

hat tip Create Digital Music

posted by Ray on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:34pm

DJ Morgoth has created a great mashup of Nirana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and Thriftshop XL has created this fantastic video for the song.

hat tip @TheChristinaKim

DJ Earworm has created some interesting mashups. Be sure to check out his United State of Pop 2008 mashup.

One of the earliest examples of the mashup genre, The Freelance Hellraiser's A Stroke of Genie-us (a mashup of The Strokes' Hard To Explain and Christina Aguilera's Genie In A Bottle), still remains one of my favorites.

posted by Ray on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:07am

Where are the robots? The long-standing, futuristic vision of robots still hasn't arrived. I tend to be skeptical about the possibilities they might provide. However, for specific, limited tasks I think they can be very effective. Researchers are doing some intriguing work in robot development, particularly with mobility. Here are a number of talks and videos on recent robotic research in robot mobility. Some of the things researchers have been able to accomplish are quite fascinating. I found the Big Dog and Gecko robots particularly interesting.

see also
Modular Snake Robots
Boston Dynamics

modsnake hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:43pm

Previously I posted about some art work that isn't so touchy feely. Simone Decker also creates art that one might not wish to touch.




see also - Giant Chewing Gum Sculptures in Venice

hat tip @GuyKawasaki

posted by Ray on Sat, 25 Jul 2009 11:44pm

There are a limited number of paths a rock band can follow. This handy chart illustrates these possibilities. If you are in a band or care deeply about one, take note.


see also
Every Rock Band Ever: 10 Possible Lifecycles

posted by Ray on Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:30am

SkySails is taking an interesting approach to improving fuel consumption on freighters. Using wind power.




posted by Ray on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:38am

As the Sony v. Tenenbaum trial begins, it's worth noting that not everything the record industry whines and complains about has the negative impact they claim it does. Some record labels have been demanding that their promotional videos and user created videos containing their songs be taken down from YouTube. However, when indie band Barcelona (wikipedia) discovered that the Kuroshio Sea video uploaded to YouTube used their song Please Don't Go as the soundtrack they didn't freak out and demand the track be removed the video. Why? Because exposure from the video has resulted in an increase in sales of their music on iTunes and fans attending their concerts.

see Barcelona's video response

see also

posted by Ray on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:08pm

This is 5 year old Wesley and his fantastic cover of Johnny Cash's (wikipedia) Folsom Prison Blues.

hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 9:31pm

Yesterday I posted about 5 year old Wesley's cover of Folsom Prison Blues. Wesley's guitar teacher is Rob Hampton (blog) and every year Rob has a Spring Coffee Shop Jam where his students perform for family and friends. You can see a number of these performances on his YouTube account (srmaximo). Another of his students is 9 year old Emma. Emma's "guitar" lessons are really lessons in guitar, keyboard, singing, songwriting and recording. Here is a video of her performance of Snow Day, a song she wrote. I love this song and performance. Enjoy!

see also
A Guitar Teacher's Lesson Notebook - Incredible performance by a 9-year-old

posted by Ray on Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:23am

I don't know if today's skateboarders are into Miles Davis and jazz music. But, these skateboard designs are cool.



hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:02pm

Lithuanian conductor and composer Mindaugas Piečaitis composed this CATcerto for Nora the Piano Cat™ (wikipedia) and orchestra. The world premiere was on June 5, 2009, the orchestra played along with a video of Nora playing piano.

hat tip @feliciaday