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why the spinning…

30th Dec 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

“Why alcohol makes your head spin” by thegnome54:

Science!  Be safe out there while you’re celebrating the ringing in of 2012!

~Dan – np: Trent Reznor & Atticus RossThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Inner City Bikes

3rd Sep 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Frank Zappa: Will That Be An Aisle Or A Window? (Cartoon)

14th Aug 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

A business lesson from the late, great Frank Zappa

A Business Lesson with Frank Zappa. Animated by Carl King. Original Score by Stephen Cox. Special Thanks to Anthony White. Original FZ audio interview recorded in September 1984. Source unknown. This cartoon was manufactured with the non-commercial / educational purpose of paying tribute to the wisdom of Frank Zappa.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Science: neodymium magnet down a copper pipe

9th Aug 11 (Tue) 2 comments

Coooooool…

The movement of the magnet induces an electric current in the copper and with the electrical current comes a magnetic field, which makes the magnet attracted to it. The magnet doesn’t stick to the wall as it falls because the induced current, and its corresponding magnetic field, are perfectly distributed so that the magnet feels magnetic force equally from all sides.  The magnetic field slows the magnet, but can’t stop its fall because if the magnet stopped moving, the induced electric field would go away and the magnet would start falling again.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

mainly music meanderings is now “pacificlectic”

20th Jun 11 (Mon) Comments off

Only a cosmetic change… former “jazzsick.wordpress.com” RSS feeds should still work and forward to the updated “pacificlectic.com” post.  To stay informed, please change your RSS reader to point here:

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~Dan

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Sky Diving Elite!

18th Jun 11 (Sat) 1 comment

Future iPhones – what you can/cannot film & photograph?

9th Jun 11 (Thu) 2 comments

Most people take spontaneous photo and videos these days with their iPhones or other smartphones.  What happens when you’re at a concert and you pull out your phone and suddenly recording doesn’t work, because the iPhone thinks that you don’t have the proper permissions to take video…

via dvice

Apple has filed a patent that could help combat the latter, though still hinder the former. That is: a patent that protects intellectual property rights, but treats everyone like a potential pirate, rather than a valued customer.

The patent deals with making the iPhone sensitive to infrared signals, the kind that could let the device know that it’s somewhere where filming and photography aren’t welcome. A movie theater, for instance, shoots out these IR beams to interact with hearing aids for the impaired, and a museum or art gallery could put up receivers to let phones know they aren’t welcome.

These “IR signals” could easily be used to block photography or video recording anywhere— including rallies, protests and by the police.  While I’d gladly accept the casualty of people not being able to flip out their iPhone in front of me at a concert, the tactic of blocking film & photos at rallies, protests, etc seems very scary to me.

More science/tech talk about it HERE at PatentlyApple.

~Dan – np: Marc RibotRootless Cosmopolitans

Free Nellie McKay download (“One’s On the Way”)

9th Jun 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

As performed on Mountain Stage, Nellie McKay just made available a free mp3 download of “One’s on the Way” (right click & “save as”)…  it is available as a call for support of WV Free – Advocates for Reproductive Health & Justice.

“One’s On the Way” is is a previously unreleased track.  You can pick up Nellie’s latest album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, at the Amazons.

As far as future not-for-profit collaborations from Nellie, she’s contributing to a Farm Animal Benefit CD (to be released in September).  It will feature new music from Moby, Yoko Ono, Matisyahu, members of the Buzzcocks and more.  It’s called Home On the Range and is put out by CFEI & Planet CD NYC.

‘Home On The Range’ is a benefit compilation CD presented by the 501(c)(3) non profit organization CFEI. All proceeds from the sale of this CD are donated to a collective of farm animal sanctuaries including Woodstock Sanctuary, Happy Trails, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Animal Acres and Kindred Spirits. These organizations rescue, feed, provide safe shelter and care for abused and neglected farm animals.

The benefit CD features eco-friendly packaging and includes “Compassion 101”, an exclusive accompanying educational booklet and resource guide. Simply by purchasing this music you are helping protect the lives of thousands of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses and rabbits. Home On The Range will be available in selected retail stores as well as a download via iTunes and Amazon.

MORE INFO

~Dan – np: ReptetDo This!

Pendulum Wars

18th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Help Japan earthquake victims!

11th Mar 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

If you have the means to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, please do so.  At this stage, donations of money is likely the best way to help those in need.  Make sure you are giving to a reputable charity.  In times of need, wolves come out. I’d recommend a well-known, global charity such as the Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org/

Related sidenote: The sludge metal band The Melvins played Australia & New Zealand and a serious earthquake hit.  They are now in Japan.  Please donate to the Red Cross and the Stop the Melvins from Bringing Earthquakes Fund.  This band must be stopped… before it’s too late.

~Dan

PS- just kidding about the dangers of the Melvins, obviously.  Long live King Buzzo & Co.  They are doing well after Quake 2 in about a month.  Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and those displaced in Australia, New Zealand and Japan in these disasters.

King’s X – Charlie Sheen (from 2000)

1st Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Props to Jeff Kent for tweeting about this… I present to you, King’s XCharlie Sheen” from 2000’s Please Come Home Mr Bulbous:

“I don’t want to hate you for what you’re not sorry for…”

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin review to be posted later today, PROMISE.

~Dan – np: Damien JuradoSaint Bartlett

“how hangovers work” (via howstuffworks)

1st Jan 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

New music news on Monday from one of my faves… but in case you drank too much last night (like I did), this info may be very helpful for hangover remedies…

Food and Drink Remedies – Fact or Fiction?

Hangover remedies include everything from “a hair of the dog that bit you” (drinking a little more alcohol the next morning), to burnt toast and black coffee to an over-the-counter product like Chaser. Which of all the endless theoretical remedies actually have truth behind them?

Hair of the Dog

Contrary to popular belief, more of the “hair of the dog that bit you” only delays the inevitable. One of the reasons hangovers are so unpleasant is the liver is still processing the toxins left over from alcohol metabolism. Drinking more alcohol can make the symptoms seem to lessen at first but will only make the situation worse once the liver breaks the alcohol down, because it will have even more toxins to deal with.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Remedy

Burnt Toast

At first, the burnt toast remedy may seem that it’s actually based on scientific fact. The culprit behind this fictional cure is the carbon in the charred bread. Carbon can act like a filter in the body. While it’s true that activated charcoal (which is a treated form of carbon) is used to treat some types of poisonings, it’s not currently used to treat alcohol poisoning (something that is vastly different from a regular hangover).

The carbon/charcoal found on burnt toast is not the same as activated charcoal.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Prevention and Remedy

Black Coffee

Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant and therefore helps fight fatigue. But when the caffeine wears off, a drinker may be even more tired than before. Coffee can help alleviate a pounding head because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it reduces the size of blood vessels. This counteracts the effect of the alcohol, which makes them swell, making the head hurt in the first place. Unfortunately, caffeine is also a diuretic like alcohol and can make a drinker even more dehydrated than before, thereby increasing the severity of the hangover. Overall, coffee isn’t a good hangover cure.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Remedy

Fried or Fatty Foods

Although eating fried or fatty foods the morning after will probably only irritate a drinker’s stomach further, eating them before drinking can actually be helpful. Putting anything in the stomach prior to indulging in alcohol helps prevent a hangover, but fatty foods in particular stick to the stomach lining longer and therefore slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. While that might make it take longer to feel the alcohol’s effects, it also gives the body more time to process the byproducts and will increase a drinker’s chances of feeling decent in the morning. So much so, in fact, that a Mediterranean folk tactic is to take a spoonful of olive oil before drinking alcohol. Eating lighter food such as a fruit smoothie will provide energy and alleviate some symptoms by replenishing the electrolytes the body lost from dehydration.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Prevention
  • FICTION – Remedy

Eggs

Eating eggs the morning after provides energy like any other food, which is the primary benefit. But eggs do also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver’s easily depleted glutathione. Therefore, eggs can potentially help mop up the left-over toxins.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Bananas

Eating bananas the morning after a night of heavy drinking provides lost electrolytes like any food would, but it also specifically replenishes the potassium lost to alcohol’s diuretic effect. Other potassium-rich foods such as kiwi fruit or sports drinks work just as well.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Water

Replenishing the body’s water supply after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it also helps dilute the leftover byproducts in the stomach. Adding salt and sugar to water helps replace the sodium and glycogen lost the night before. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks can achieve the same effect.

As a prevention method, drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage slows down drinking, providing more time for the body to deal with the alcohol (the body can only process about three-quarters of an ounce of alcohol in an hour). Drinking a few glasses of water before going to bed helps fight dehydration after the body finishes breaking down the alcohol.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Prevention and Remedy

Fruit Juice

­The fructose — fruit sugar — in fruit juice helps to naturally increase the body’s energy. Studies have proven that it also increases the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins such as those left over from alcohol metabolism. Fruit juice is also a good idea the morning after because it’s high in vitamins and nutrients that were depleted the night before because of alcohol’s diuretic effect. Vitamin supplements high in vitamins C and B are also effective.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Source: Perry, Lacy.  “How Hangovers Work”  12 October 2004.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/hangover.htm&gt;  02 January 2011.

Eggs, bananas, water, fruit juice… go!

~Dan – np: nine inch nailsthe downward spiral

Happy New Year – 2011!

31st Dec 10 (Fri) 1 comment
Categories: Art, Humor, Misc Tags: , , ,

Dec 2010 Blizzard Timelapse

27th Dec 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Free Radiohead DVD (for Haiti)

25th Dec 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Free up a ton of hard drive space and download the entire Radiohead Haiti show HERE. Meanwhile, the band and fans responsible ask that you consider making a donation to Oxfam in support of their considerable efforts and, of course, this important cause.

Happy Festivus!

~Dan – np: Various ArtistsNigeria 70: Lagos Jump

merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, EID, Diwali, Hanukkah , too

We can plant a house, we can build a tree…

17th Nov 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Reposted from oakbrew.com

Join Oakshire Owners, City of Eugene neighborhoods, Union Pacific and Mayor Kitty Piercy and Trainsong Neighborhood association President Nicole Sharette as we work to plant 100 trees along Bethel Drive -that magical road that leads to Oakshire and all things beery!

The work party is from 9am – noon on Saturday November 20th and a post party lunch and pint will be at Oakshire following the event.  Meet at the American Red Cross building at 9am.   For more details check out the Eugene Tree Foundation site http://www.eugenetreefoundation.org/ or contact Erik Burke at erikburke@gmail.com and let him know Oakshire sent you!

~Dan – np: Ennio MorriconeCrime and Dissonance

Concert Photos in Flux

28th Apr 10 (Wed) Comments off
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Haiti Relief :: RED CROSS

13th Jan 10 (Wed) 2 comments

Haiti needs your help.  Please visit the RED CROSS for more information!

You can donate $10 to the relief efforts in Haiti by texting “HAITI” to “90999.”
The charge will show up on your phone bill.

http://www.redcross.org/en/

 

obliquity of the ecliptic

24th Dec 09 (Thu) 1 comment

obliquity of the ecliptic is the
reason for the season.

On today, tomorrow, and the next 180 or so days, have a wonderful day that is now longer than the day before.  If there’s anything else going on this weekend… well, have fun.  Hopefully you are warm, fed, and with loved ones.

Oh, and if you celebrate Christmas, here’s a traditional Icelandic Christmas song for you, covered by Sigur Rós [courtesy of SR’s official webpage]:

♪♫ ég fæ jolagjöf
jólajólagjöf
einn pakka frá afa og ömmu
og líka frá pabba og mömmu
♪♫

And finally… don’t eat the red snow…

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas & Brass EcstasySpirit Moves

PS- the quote at the top of the page is an adaptation of one of Mr. George Hrab‘s funny tweets

Happy Festivus!

23rd Dec 09 (Wed) Leave a comment
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