Sunday, February 27, 2005

Numa Numa

"To begin at the beginning:

Mr. Brolsma, a pudgy guy from Saddle Brook, made a video of himself this fall performing a lip-synced version of "Dragostea Din Tei," a Romanian pop tune, which roughly translates to "Love From the Linden Trees." He not only mouthed the words, he bounced along in what he called the "Numa Numa Dance" - an arm-flailing, eyebrow-cocked performance executed without ever once leaving the chair."

We Should All Be So Passionate!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

A-Book Revolution?

"Last week,, which in 1994 pioneered the idea of using the Internet to download audio books and other audio material to personal computers, said that it would soon join the podcasting movement. The company, whose business currently includes distributing popular radio programs like "Car Talk" on a subscription basis over the Internet, now says it intends to make its software and distribution system available to people who want to produce their own podcasts."

"When I started Audible and we started signing up radio partners, people would ask me, 'where does your technology leave radio?,' " said Donald Katz, Audible's chairman. "Now it's clear that the creative capacity that is out there greatly outstrips the capacity of the radio pipeline."

NPR: 'A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe'

'A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe'

Talk of the Nation, February 25, 2005 · Author and mathematician, Sir Roger Penrose, talks about his latest book The Road to Reality. The 1,094-page tome examines the mathematical theory that underlies our present understanding of the physical universe.
Sir Roger Penrose, author, The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, Emeritus professor of mathematics, Oxford University.

Friday, February 25, 2005

NYTimes: Odeo: Profits in Podcasting ?

NYTimes: For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting


Published: February 25, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24 - The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web's next big thing.

That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city's Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting - the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Inside the Revolution: Adobe! Adobe! Adobe!

"Inside the Publishing Revolution is not one of those dull historical tomes you know and loathe from high school. Pfiffner packs its pages with lively, insightful interviews with world-class designers and illustrators, as well as personal insights and recollections from John Warnock, Chuck Geschke, Jonathan Seybold, and other publishing luminaries. Richly illustrated and beautifully designed, the book features galleries of historically significant work by leading artists and rare photographs from the Adobe archives. For added perspective, Pfiffner walks you through an illustrated timeline of the publishing revolution. As with history, the final chapter of the Adobe story remains to be written, so the book ends with an eye toward the future: an exclusive overview of the company's vision of publishing in the next decade."

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

WiredNews: iPod Killed the Video Star

"People think I'm this poseur guy from MTV, but I don't care," says Adam Curry, the former VJ whose long blond locks once mesmerized teenyboppers across the globe. "I've always had this total dual life as a geek and a celebrity."
Curry, 40, is the brains behind iPodder, a tiny application that he believes has the power to challenge commercial radio. iPodder is the bastard offspring of the blog and the Apple MP3 player. It combines the hyperactive talkiness of blogs and the hipness of iPods into something utterly new: the podcast. iPodder uses the blog syndication tool RSS to automatically download homebrew radio shows, podcasts, directly into a portable MP3 player.

Monday, February 21, 2005

NPR: Wikipedia's Growth Comes with Concerns

Wikipedia's Growth Comes with Concerns

by Laura Sydell

Weekend Edition - Sunday, February 20, 2005 · Wikipedia is a dynamic, online encyclopedia that allows users to create and edit their own entries. Volunteers then fact-check the entiries to ensure accuracy. NPR's Laura Sydell reports that as Wikipedia has grown dramatically in popularity, some have begun to question its accuracy.

Hello Dali!

A Brazen Visionary With a Surreal Self

Published: February 18, 2005

Philadelphia — The Philadelphia Museum of Art's retrospective of the work of Salvador Dalí, the megalomaniacal Surrealist painter and every teenager's favorite artist, is a visual and psychic marathon. It fills 20 galleries, many quite large, with nearly 200 works of art, many quite small and so stupefyingly detailed that they require close study. At times, as one gallery follows another, the show begins to feel like a Surrealist labyrinth. Be prepared to catch a good case of Dalí delirium.


NPR: Beyond Melting Clocks: A Dali Retrospective

Weekend Edition - Saturday, February 19, 2005 · Salvador Dali is renowned for surrealist paintings of the 1920s and '30s, when bizarre imagery and fluid forms populated his canvases. Yet his sphere of artistic influence extended beyond his avante-garde painting style.
The exhibition offers a chance to take a fresh look Dali's impact on the world of art a century after his birth. Joel Rose of member station WHYY in Philadelphia took an early tour.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

NPR: Can We Say Road Trip?

Kerouac's 'On the Road' Manuscript Unfurled

"All Things Considered. February 15, 2005 · The legend behind the writing of Jack Kerouac's On the Road is well known, if not entirely accurate. Fueled by inspiration, coffee and Benzedrine, Kerouac sat down at his typewriter and -- in one burst of creative energy -- wrote the novel that would make him the voice of his generation in just 20 days, typing it out on a single, 120-foot-long scroll.


Kerouac actually spent much more time laying the groundwork for his novel than that creation myth suggests, but the part about the giant scroll manuscript is true. Now for the first time, the unfurled scroll has gone on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City. It will travel next to the Las Vegas Public Library."

And I Bet You Thought That Iowa Was Just Fly-Over-Country? [:-)

NYTimes: Attack of the Pod(casting) People

NYTimes: Tired of TiVo? Beyond Blogs? Podcasts Are Here
By KATE ZERNIKE Published: February 19, 2005

GRAND FORKS, N.D., Feb. 16 - From a chenille-slipcovered sofa in the basement of their friend Dave's mom's house at the edge of a snow-covered field, Brad and Other Brad, sock-footed pioneers in the latest technology revolution, are recording "Why Fish," their weekly show.
Clutching a microphone and leaning over a laptop on the coffee table, they praise the beauty of the Red River, now frozen on the edge of town, and plug an upcoming interview with a top-ranked professional walleye fisherman. Then they sign off.
Their show, mostly ad-libbed, is a podcast, a kind of recording that, thanks to a technology barely six months old, anyone can make on a computer and then post to a Web site, where it can be downloaded to an iPod or any MP3 player to be played at the listener's leisure.

Theoretical Librarian Blog Launched

With this posting, the Theoretical Librarian Blog (TLB) is hereby launched.
TLB is the personal and professional blog of Gerry McKiernan, Associate Professor and Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Iowa State University Library, Ames, IA 50011.