Archive for August, 2009

A Big Bumble

August 13th, 2009

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Another Bald Eagle

August 12th, 2009

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Organic Matter on Chair

August 11th, 2009

seed-on-chairEagle-eyed readers will recognize this image from this previous post.

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Bobby McFerrin Crowd Sources the Pentatonic Scale

August 10th, 2009

bobby-mcferrinBobby McFerrin, a master in the possibilities of the human vocal chords, recently demonstrated the common understanding of the pentatonic scale at this year’s World Science Festival. The playful and simple demonstration uses audience participation to recreate the scale even when it goes beyond the given instructions.

The musical genius behind such uplifting songs as Don’t Worry, Be Happy, demonstrated this idea at the “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus” event which took place on June 12, 2009. The panel discussion questions whether musical responses are nature or nurture and how universal the reactions are to rhythm or melody. The whole event is viewable at the Festival’s website and below is our favorite excerpt:

[via The Rumpus]

Originally written for and published at PSFK.

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David Hume’s Gravesite at Sunset

August 9th, 2009

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Sir Boivin

August 8th, 2009

sir-boivinA portrait taken of this fine fellow last fall.

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Millennium Clock at Royal Museum of Scotland

August 7th, 2009

Millennium-Clock-EdinburghHere’s a video of the clock in action and an image from the Royal Museum of the full structure.

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