Archive for April 2007

Sweep!

April 30, 2007

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Get your brooms out boys… Shaq Daddy and his crew of tired thugs are done. Now, don’t get me wrong, I got love for D-Wade, but not much for the rest, especially their coach. Needless to say, it brought me great delight to see the overrated Heat get swept by the Bulls. Beautiful.

The party may not last long, though… the Pistons are up next.

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The Best Thing to Happen to Idol

April 28, 2007

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I admit it… I watch American Idol. Think less of me if you like!
It was a special night this past Wednesday…

Idol Gives Back was a good concept that raised a lot of money.
Much of the programming and music was really cheesy, but the video segments from Africa were really moving. Ellen was funny, too.

I hope that others will be inspired to raise awareness and funds for those in need across the globe.

One of the highlights of the night was a special guest appearance from Jack Black.
I would say the finest performance to grace the American Idol stage ever. Enjoy.

Cool Blog

April 27, 2007

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I like the new horizontal blog from Urban Outfitters. Not because it is a stellar design – I think it is OK – I really like it because they localize their blog by the major cities they have store locations.
I especially like there efforts to connect with local culture and music. They get that a blog (or website for that matter) should not be about peddling products… it is a conduit for a conversation, connectivity, brand, and experience.

It made me think how an approach like this could help networking towards a local cause or interest, i.e. social justice, etc.

Check it out!

http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/

Spinal Tap Reunites for Global Warming

April 25, 2007

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Spinal Tap will be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, appearing in a new 15-minute short film about their reunion. They will also be releasing a new song to promote awareness of global warming (seriously), called “Warmer than Hell” (not so serious!).

This will be magical! Read more about the reunion here.

“They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming.” said Marty DeBergi (played by Rob Reiner). “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing – that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”

Listen to one of my favorite tracks, Big Bottom here…

Gaming apes wow zoogoers

April 23, 2007

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Getting apes to play video games seems like a logical plan. I have envisioned this idea for years… They need to get this ape connected with some Donkey Kong! Better yet, get him on XBox live with a head set to squawk at some of those foul 11 year olds that are talking smack!

I think the next experiment they do should definately involve the Wii… the zoo would have record attendance!! They could come up with some new ape games… I have lots of ideas…

Associated Press Article from April 12, 2007:
At 4, Bernas is not the computer wizard his mom is, but he is learning. Just the other day he used his lips and feet to play a game on the touch-screen monitor as his mom, Madu, swung from vines and climbed trees.

The two Sumatran orangutans are part of new Zoo Atlanta research that uses computer games to study the cognitive skills of the primates. The best part? Visitors to the US zoo get to watch their every computer move. The orangutans play the games on a touch screen built into a tree-like structure in the habitat to blend in with their environment. Visitors watch from a monitor in front of the orangutan exhibit.

Zoo officials hope opening the interactive research to the public will raise awareness of the world’s rapidly diminishing orangutan population, which is on track to disappear completely in the next decade. “The more we understand about orangutan’s cognitive processes, the more we’ll understand about what they need to survive in the wild,” said Tara Stoinski, manager of conservation partnerships for the zoo.

In one game, orangutans choose identical photographs or match orangutan sounds with photos of the animals. Correct answers mean food pellets. There also is a painting game where they can draw pictures by moving their hands and other body parts around the screen. Printouts of their masterpieces are on display in the zoo.

The computer games test the animals’ memory, reasoning and learning, spitting out sheets of data for researchers at the zoo and Atlanta’s Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, a partner in the project. Volunteers from IBM worked nearly 500 hours developing the games, tweaking until the activities were challenging enough for the orangutans.

The data will help researchers learn about orangutans’ socialising patterns, such as whether they mimic others or learn behaviour from scratch through trial and error, said Elliott Albers with the Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, a consortium of researchers at seven universities in the Atlanta area .

In the end, researchers hope the data can point to new conservation strategies so that the 37,000 orangutans living in the wild on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra do not continue to die off. Just two other US zoos – the National Zoo in Washington, DC, and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago – are conducting similar research, but only the National Zoo and Zoo Atlanta allow visitors to watch, Stoinski said.

Happy Birthday Al

April 13, 2007

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Today is the 61st birthday for one of my favorite artists, The Reverend Al Green.

I recently saw him on Letterman and he is still a stellar performer, blending a message of love, life, gospel and soul! Happy birthday, Rev!

“The music is the message, the message is the music. So that’s my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me—a little ministry called love and happiness.” – Al Green

Listen here

Bono is Knighted!

April 12, 2007

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U2’s Bono will be awarded an honorary British knighthood by the Queen for his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work. This prestigious honor will be presented around New Years 2008. Bono’s has used his celebrity in huge ways to help fight the Aids Epidemic in Africa.
Without question he is a hero to our generation. I also think this picture of him and his wife is really great!

Check out the article here from BBC.