A lightning talk or a flash talk is a short presentation, typically anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes. They have been around for over 10 years in programmers’ meetings, and are slowly making inroads into scientific meetings. The Good: lightning talks give more speakers a chance to present their material to an engaged audience; they [...]
Dave Brubeck has moved on to a new time signature. Let us Take Five… and listen to Blue Rondo à la Turk.
Too busy with grant deadlines, and preparations for the looming ISMB 2012. (Including, of course, the Automated Function Prediction meeting.) So here are two nice vids to pass the time. Jennifer Gardy and Tom Scott made this great A-Z of bacteria video. Guaranteed to freak out your kids, or yourself. So how many of those [...]
A collaboration between a group in Imperial College and Media Interaction group in Japan yielded a really cool website: darwintunes.org. The idea is to apply Darwinian-like selection to music. Starting form a garble, after several generations producing something that is actually melodic and listen-able. Or a Katy Perry tune. Whatever. The selective force being the appeal of [...]
From this: To this:
My man Joel Griggs (guitar, right) playing with Us, Today at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati. Enjoy the groove.
OK Go’s video for their song Needing/Getting. Pretty crazy. From the details section in the YouTube page The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to [...]
Balkan Beat Box, from “Blue Eyed Black Boy”. I like the animated rendering of Tomer Yosef.
With deepest apologies to the memory of Jimmy Cox. EDIT: I got a couple of concerned emails. No, this did not happen to me. Yet. Once I lived the life of a PI so rich, Research was going along without a hitch. Lab manager, four postdocs and grad students eight, My lab took up the [...]
The Black Keys‘ new album El Camino is coming out today. I am not entirely sure why they called the album El Camino, and placed a picture of a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country van: What a Chevrolet El Camino might look like: Anyhow, the music is great. Here is the first track, [...]
This excellent cover of “Whole Lotta Love” went viral last week. Michael Winslow of Police Academy fame gives his interpretation to the Led Zeppelin classic: And if that gave you a taste for the original, go here.
I found this rather addictive online game, Red. Of course, I only play it when I am, er, compiling. Um, yeah. That’s the ticket. The thing is, the game also has a great soundtrack, which introduced me to a band called Koop. Their music alternates between eerie ambient and big-band-ish. They may have a big-band [...]
Freddie Mercury’s Birthday was celebrated with great fanfare last week all over the interwebs. So a bit late, but here is Killer Queen. Because you can never have too much of Queen.
Insane Clown Posse and Jack White are working together. That, by itself, should send people to stock on water and non-perishable food. But having them cover Mozart (which they pronounce “MOHZZZ-art) is worthy of a trip to the gun store as well. Having rediscovered “Leck mich im Arsch” (lick my ass, Mozart’s scatological party hit [...]
The best description I have for this talented trio is a acid / free jazz with a bebop groove. Anyhow, these cats from Cincinnati sure can play. Kristin Agee – Vibraphone, Keyboard/Electronic Sounds, Joel Griggs – Guitar, Quena, Drones, Jeff Mellott – Drums, Percussive Sounds. Their first CD is coming out mid-September. Look for them [...]