Archive for February, 2007

Michel Gondry makes a Chemical Brothers video

Posted in Links to Video on February 22, 2007 by danweltsch

Here‘s an eye-popping and mind-bending video of a Chemical Brothers song called “Let Forever Be” directed by Michel Gondry (the director of the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). The vocals on this track are provided by Noel Gallagher from Oasis.

The kids these days…!

Posted in Food for Thought on February 19, 2007 by danweltsch

Here‘s an interesting article about how young people are using the internet and social software to communicate and express themselves. It includes an interesting conversation with Clay Shirky about language evolving generationally from pidgin to creole, and the ramifications for social interaction.

About the Author

Posted in Journal on February 12, 2007 by danweltsch

My name is Dan Weltsch. I live in New York City, the Upper West Side of Manhattan to be more exact. You can find much about me, and see some of my artwork, at my website.

Article about the United States’s sense of Exceptionalism

Posted in Food for Thought on February 8, 2007 by danweltsch

Does the U.S. have special rights to act as it wants, dictating to other countries what is best? Here is an interesting historical examination from The New York Review of Books. Notice it includes something rarely seen on the Web,
footnotes.

Interesting discussion about The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Posted in Food for Thought on February 6, 2007 by danweltsch

This is from the (London) Times Literary Supplement. The book review is written by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Weinberg.

Fountains of Wayne

Posted in Food for Thought, I'm just asking..., Links to Video on February 3, 2007 by danweltsch

How is it that the clever, funny power-pop band Fountains of Wayne has not taken America by storm yet?
Here‘s a video of theirs (…it’s not the one with Rachel Hunter).

Hook up generators to exercise equipment

Posted in Food for Thought, I'm just asking... on February 3, 2007 by danweltsch

When oh when will all the kinetic energy generated in gyms by people exercising be harnessed as electricity, if only just to light the gym or recharge ipods or cell phones? Here‘s an interesting take on the economics of the question from the BBC’s website. And there’s this, also from the BBC’s site, about harnessing the energy from heavily foot-trafficked floors or the vibrations from train or car traffic. A group called The Vibes Project is working on this. Also the U.S. Navy is at least looking into energy scavenging. And here‘s an idea about a gadget to fit in shoes to harvest energy.