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Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Now a Children’s Book

August 30, 2011 2 comments

One of the greatest songs of all time, David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity‘ is, for some reason, being turned into a children’s book!

One page from Andrew Kolb's 'Space Oddity'.

The book is currently available as a free download on the website of the illustrator, Andrew Kolb. 

I love the song, and as an adult I think the illustrations are kinda cool. But the whole story might be a little traumatic as a kid.

Then again, so is “The Land Before Time“. (seriously, who DIDN’T cry when Littlefoot’s mom got killed by the T-Rex?)

The song, of course, is awesome. So give it a listen if you’ve never heard it. And if you have heard it…well, still give it a listen!

Happy Canada Day!!!

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Wow. Soooooo busy lately! Don’t worry, I’m still alive. New posts coming soon.

But in the meantime, here is a great Canada Day song that I guarantee you will watch more than once!

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Zelda 25th Anniversary Orchestra Montage!

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

From E3 2011 in Los Angeles. Sweeeeeeeeeet! (via @velveteenfrog)

 

Shock wave from a Trombone Caught on Film

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The weak shock wave emanating from a trombone was captured on film and presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society for America in Seattle.

The researchers used schlieren photography to capture the images. This method is able to image fluids through the changes in their refractive index and is used largely in aeronautical engineering to study air flow around airplanes.

It’s also wicked-cool :)

Albert Einstein v. Stephen Hawking: A Rap Battle

April 1, 2011 3 comments

What else needs to be said? The awesome is incalculable!

It’s the Juno Awards!

March 27, 2011 2 comments

I love music; almost as much as science!

Yes, the Canadian version of the Grammys is being broadcast tonight. The Junos celebrate excellence in Canadian music, though “excellence” is defined very loosely.

Generally the award categories are dominated by the likes of Nickelback, Michael Buble and Justin Bieber. But thankfully, there is a lot more to Canadian music than these guys.

Nickelback at the 2009 Juno Awards.

The Arcade Fire was awarded “Best Alternative Album” last night at the awards gala (they also won the Grammy for Best Album this year) which was great.

Said the Whale was awarded “Best New Group” who have some really catchy tunes like “Black Day in December” and “Camilo”.

There are a couple of categories I will be watching closely: “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Hannah Georgas has been nominated for both, and I think she deserves to win. Seriously, you can’t listen to “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” without getting it stuck in your head. (The video is pure low-budget gold!)

So even though some of the awards are clearly based on record sales and not talent (Katy Perry won for ‘Best International Album’. Seriously??) I hope some talented songwriters and singers get the recognition they deserve.

Rock on!

‘Alice In Chains’ Bassist Dies at 44

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I grew up in the 90s, and as result I have an affinity for grunge music.

Alice in Chains was one of my favourite groups back when I was an angsty teen. Unfortunately, their original lead singer, Layne Staley passed away in 2002 from a drug overdose, and now their original bassist Mike Starr has died, also likely due to a drug overdose.

This is my favourite song, ‘Down in a Hole’. Starr left the band in 1992 so he isn’t in this video, but damn if it isn’t a great rendition. Enjoy!

Congratulations to The Arcade Fire

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The Arcade Fire, winners of the 2010 Grammy for Best Album entitled "The Suburbs"

I’m digressing from my usual science-y content, but in my internet travels it has been brought to my attention that even though they won the Grammy for Best Album, many people have never heard of the Arcade Fire.

Ok, not just Rosie O’Donnell, but others as well. (This Tumblr page made me want to bang my head against the wall)

The consensus of these people seems to be: “I have never heard of them, therefore they suck and I hate them!”

Whoa there, let’s all just relax.

Now, since The Arcade Fire are from Canada (you can listen to many of their songs for free on CBC Radio 3), I have been a fan of them for several years. But I guess they don’t get the exposure from Ryan Seacrest and Top 40 stations in order to break into the American music scene.

Just because you haven’t heard of them, doesn’t mean they aren’t great. In fact, isn’t one of the best things about music is the discovery of a new band that you enjoy?

So hopefully you will give them a chance. I’m sorry if you haven’t heard of them before, but there’s a lot more to music than Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

Physics Christmas Carols

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Continuing with the Christmas theme of recent posts, I stumbled upon this awesome little collection of Christmas Carols re-written with physics-related lyrics. Pure gold!

My favourite: Phrosty the Photon (sung to Frosty the Snowman)

Phrosty the Photon was quite a quantum sight,

with a zero mass and an endless life,

and a speed approaching light.

There must have been some magic in a physics lab one year,

for when they studied X-ray beams

ole Phrosty did appear, Ohhhhhh,

Phrosty the Photon says he knows he’s not that large,

but he said one day if he comes this way,

he’ll give us all a charge.

Thumpity thump thump, thumpity thump thump, moving fast as light.

Thumpity thump thump thumpity thump thump, Phrosty’s out of sight!!

Do You Love Music? Is Music Your Life? Now It Can Be Your Death.

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

You’ve lived a good life. You’ve done some things, had some laughs, and now its time to decide what to do after you pass on.

Burial used to be the only option, but nowadays we have many more options to consider. Gene Roddenberry had his ashes launched into space, others have them released into the ocean, and now you can even have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record.

Yes a company in the UK called Andvinyly is offering a service in which they press some of your cremated remains into a vinyl record of your choice.

You can even have your own record made with some of your own music, record some of your own poetry or words of wisdom, complete with a smattering of your Earthly remains into the tracks.

The amount of ash they actually use is quite small, since as any vinyl purist will know, any kind of dust or impurities on the record will degrade the sound quality. So you can still choose to have the bulk of your remains launched into space if you so desire.

And I have to say, this sounds kinda cool. Can you imagine a record playing at your memorial service with some of your ashes pressed right into it? And you can make some pretty artistic statements with your song selection.

Personally, I think I would go with “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd.

Although, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult also seems like an obvious choice.

So if space burial is a little beyond your means, at a $3000 price tag this vinyl pressing doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

After all, as Neil Young so eloquently put it: “Rock and roll can never die.”