"Play With Me" is an interactive video/art installation by Van Sowerwine. You can view a video of the installation, but it's better just to play the interactive Quicktime version yourself. From the description on the site: "Enter a child’s play house and sit down. A small girl appears. Engage with her at your own risk. Play With Me is an interactive installation that uses stop-motion animation and sound to create an uncertain reality. Events quickly escalate away from the viewer’s control and a terrible scene unfolds."
Via Thee Temple of Psychick Blah.
A now-old post at Making Light, "Folksongs Are Your Friends", lists at length "Things I've learned from British folk ballads," and made me laugh. It goes on a bit long, but is quite amusing.
If you look at the calendar and discover it’s May, stay home.
The flowing bowl is best quaffed at home. Don’t drink with strangers. Don’t drink alone. Don’t toss the cups or pass the jar about in bars where you haven’t arranged to keep a tab. Drinks of unusual or uncertain provenance should be viewed askance, especially if you’re offered them by charming members of the opposite sex. Finally, never get drunk and pass out in a bar called the “Cape Horn.”
NASA has a page where you can listen to the radio emissions from Saturn picked up by the Cassini probe.
The Cassini spacecraft began detecting these radio emissions in April 2002, when Cassini was 374 million kilometers (234 million miles) from the planet, using the Cassini radio and plasma wave science instrument. The radio and plasma wave instrument has now provided the first high resolution observations of these emissions, showing an amazing array of variations in frequency and time. The complex radio spectrum with rising and falling tones, is very similar to Earth's auroral radio emissions. These structures indicate that there are numerous small radio sources moving along magnetic field lines threading the auroral region.
Time on this recording has been compressed, so that 73 seconds corresponds to 27 minutes. Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44.
The sounds are eerie and, incidentally, sound like a lot of the odder stuff I frequently listen to. I've always been saddened that the Music of the Spheres turned out not to be something real, but maybe this is close enough.
Via Twists and Turns.
52 Projects, a blog about all kinds of doing stuff, proposes "A Not-To-Do-List" which I fear may be more detrimental than helpful to struggling projectors and would-be procrastinators.
Do not clean the toilet.
Do not open a bottle of wine.
Do not start wading through all the magazines you subscribe to but never read.
Do not decide to start a screenplay (unless, of course, that is your project).
I feel like having this blog around might have been helpful back when I was trying to do my senior project...on the other hand, just thinking about this blog and all the busy people who read it make me feel a little tired. I am not a particularly industrious person, you see.
This entry also reminded me of an old entry by reader of depressing books, "writing and the internet and my novel", in which he describes a day's writing routine:
10. feel a little uninspired
11. check e-mail
12. feel bad that there are no new e-mails
13. think about maximizing the manuscript of the novel in microsoft word
14. think briefly about my future
15. feel a little doomed
16. drink the rest of the coffee
If this post isn't enough to get you going, I don't know what is.
Speaking of writing, The Onion's A.V. Club has a great feature, Excursions To The Outer Limits Of Fan Fiction, which delves into such exciting subgenres as Smurfs, Alf, and The Salton Sea fanfiction. The article helpfully provides "number of entries" on Fanfiction.net, "survey," "sample," "representative quote," "sexual tension," and "critical response" for each.
1st Ave Machine is an animation company that does really cool stuff blending nature and machine. And they have robots. Click on "projects" to view their animation, and whatever else you watch, absolutely don't miss the Alias music video "Sixes Last," which features an incredible montage of eerie, beautiful alien plant-creatures.
Via Ursi's Blog.
While I'm posting, I also wanted to mention that the Lynn S of the former Reflections in d minor has moved, and her blog is now A Sweet, Familiar Dissonance. So bookmark her if you haven't already, bookmark her again if you have, and go over and give her a nice blogwarming gift as she gets settled in.