Monday, October 31, 2005

Eric Porcher's 'Organic Truck'

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Rock stars & parents + Hendrix & buddies

Eric Clapton & mommy

Dave Crosby & daddy

Live 8's $12 million profit...

The organisers of the Live 8 concerts reportedly bagged (US)$12 million. Let's hope the money is really used to help the hungry. In the meantime, Sir Bob Geldof again basks in borrowed glory:

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Mars close enough to catch!

Look east late these evenings and you'll see a big, fiery yellow "star" shining much brighter than any other. This the planet Mars, and it's passing unusually close to Earth during late October and early November 2005. More from Sky and Telescope

Friday, October 28, 2005

Top-earning dead stars

Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes list of celebrities who are the top moneymakers from beyond the grave. The singer, who died in 1977, made an estimated $45 million in the past year.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz (2000) is next on the list with $35 million, followed by musician John Lennon (1980), who raked in $22 million.

Artist Andy Warhol's (1987) take was $16 million, "Cat in the Hat" author Dr. Seuss (1991) made $10 million, followed by actor Marlon Brando (2004) with $9 million.

Actress Marilyn Monroe (1962) and "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien (1973) are tied with $8 million apiece. George Harrison (2001), Johnny Cash (2003), and Irving Berlin (1989) finished in a three-way tie, with each musician bringing in $7 million.

The Lucky 13

1. Elvis Presley
2. Charles M. Schulz
3. John Lennon
4. Andy Warhol
5. Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel
6. Marlon Brando
7. Marilyn Monroe
8. J.R.R. Tolkien
9. George Harrison
10. Johnny Cash
11. Irving Berlin
12. Bob Marley
13. Ray Charles

What makes us creative?

Everyone has it, some a lot more than others. The development of humans, and possibly the universe, depends on it. Yet creativity is an elusive creature. What do we mean by it? What is going on in our brains when ideas form? Does it feel the same for artists and scientists? New Scientist feature

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Spencer Davis Group videoclip

Footage that catches the Spencer Davis Group at the peak of their powers. From the DVD "Spencer Davis Group -- Gimme Some Lovin': Live 1966".

The rocky road to superpowerdom

Every day, countless commentators prophesize the ascendance of the world's next superpowers, China and India, the two "Asian giants" shaking off their ancient slumber and rising to the call of the 21st century. According to popular punditry, their place in the firmament of globalization's success stories is already guaranteed. Yet economist Pranab Bardhan argues that a much more complicated picture belies the rosy visions of optimists. In China, rural and urban inequality grows at alarming rates, stirring unrest amongst those hundreds of millions who remain impoverished. In fact, China, responsible for only 6 percent of world trade, has actually lost manufacturing jobs in the past ten years. Meanwhile, India's much-vaunted hi-tech sector accounts for less than one quarter of one percent of the country's labor force. The nation still boasts the world's highest illiteracy rate, while poverty reduction continues to slow. In short, Bardhan suggests, only patience and struggle – not destiny – can guide India and China to the level of superpowers. – YaleGlobal

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Cinema sirens

Cowgirl pinups

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Unsolved mysteries in the wild

"Sure, the wilderness is beautiful. But it can also frighten you out of your mind." Outside chronicles

Bicycle Passion

How much is my blog worth?

My blog is worth $9,386,606.58.
How much is your blog worth?

Monday, October 24, 2005

A vicious old master?

He was a highly respected society painter. He was also the master of X-rated art — a 17th-century Tarantino. How did Rubens get away with it? Story

Steadman's 'Revive' free!

"With Radiohead getting further away from the mainstream with each release, a crop of British bands have turned up post-OK Computer that appear to be picking up where Radiohead left off early on, before getting all artsy. The first groups (and the best-known) to arrive were Travis and Coldplay, and later, Steadman. What sets the latter group apart from the pack is their appreciation of the Beatles (or perhaps Oasis, it's hard to say), which is on display throughout their fine sophomore effort, Revive, their first for a major label (Elektra)." - All Music

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Lowering cholesterol to combat cancer

Although some people say they’ve tried everything to lower their cholesterol, they may not realize how many of the foods they eat affect it. With smart food choices, most people can lower their cholesterol significantly and reduce their risk of cancer, too. More

Giant plantations threaten Borneo forests

Millions of hectares of forest on Borneo are at risk if the government proceeds with a plan to open the world's largest palm oil plantation on the island, environmental activists said. More

Sunday, October 23, 2005

'All Your Base' Boh-Rhap video

Animated video based on the 'All Your Base' intro from the Sega game 'Zero Wing', with a spin on Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Jason Miles' fab Weather Report tribute

Available for streaming (decent audio quality) in full HERE.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

'Tribute To Mardana' at

Tribute To Mardana: Free MP3 selections (192kbs) from the 'Tribute To Mardana' world music/ethnic fusion album I co-produced with djembe dude Punjabi Hippie last year. Get the whole album, plus some recent live recordings by the TTM ensemble, HERE.

Article on the making of the album in the Malaysian English daily The Star.

Cancer taking a beating?

Is the Big C shrinking?: A study shows fruit and vegetable consumption might be a positive step in fighting off prostate cancer.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Synth babes

Synth babes: A titillating Flash presentation of women with organs, synthesizers and other instruments.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Cool white synth

My home-made blues album

No winter by 2105?

"A study conducted by scientists in the U.S. and Italy warns that summers could be a lot hotter in a hundred years because of global warming caused by greenhouse gases." More from National Geographic

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Six epic train rides

Outside magazine's Six Epic Train Odysseys

A tube amp to warm you up

Retro-King Amps' custom-made hand-wired 18 Watt Combo is a class AB cathode biased replica of the hard to find 1966 Marshall 18-watt lead combo amp with two channels (4 inputs) with a tremolo unit operating on channel two.

It's hand-built by Chuck Dean, a guitar player who claims to have owned most of the best amps made during the '50s and '60s.

18 Watt Combo features:

* 2-Matched JJ EL84 power tubes
* 3-JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes
* 1-NOS EZ81 rectifier tube
* Heyboer transformers (original radio spares spec) (120/240 volt primary)
* 4, 8 or 16 ohm selector
* Two speaker outputs
* Plexi panels
* Two speed Trem Pedal
* Allen Bradley carbon comp resistors
* Mallory caps
* Aluminum chassis
* Hand wired point to point (Teflon wire)
* Baltic birch cabinet black Levant Tolex
* Your choice of 10" or 12" Weber speakers
* Upgrade options are available.

List price: $1,695

Retro King Amps

Say goodbye to big ice!

"The edges of the Antarctic ice sheets are slipping into the ocean at an unprecedented rate, raising fears of a global surge in sea levels, glaciologists warned on Monday.

The findings confound predictions made just four years ago, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that Antarctica would not contribute significantly to sea level rise in the 21st century." More from New Scientist

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sing like a choir!

TC-Helicon VoiceDoubler: A rack-mount unit that is the first front of house effects processor to create up to four humanized overdubs in real time. The skill, time and punch-ins required to create a properly doubled vocal track in the studio are nearly impossible to accurately recreate in live performance but with VoiceDoubler, these problems are now solved. VoiceDoubler will ship in January, 2006 at $1245 MSRP.

Nature getting angrier?

Mountain girl

Danielle Fisher, 20: The youngest person so far to conquer "The Seven Summits".