Timelapse Video of California Fires

I’ve only heard a little about these fires on WNYC each day, so during this morning’s coffee I did a search on NYTimes.com and found California Wildfires Seen From Space with very crisp satellite photos and a reference to time lapse videos which really caught my attention as a removed artist.

This is the video linked in that NYTimes article

Here is a related video:
This is a time-lapse video shot from a outdoor camera of the La Canada Flintridge Station Fire. This video begins August 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm and ends on August 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm. …”

I like the framing of this one, with a pool in the foreground, even though it’s obviously a security camera. Later in this time lapse, the fire plumes make me think this fire is getting very close the next morning. I wonder if these people were evacuated?

Documentary: Man on Wire


This is an amazing story. I’m not even going to bother trying to explain this movie and the man Philippe Petit it documents. Words only point to the truth and here they would do damage. AI recommend this movie as much as the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes does… 100%!

There was this one moment on the wire between the World Trade towers where Philippe Petit laid down. There is a photo of this moment from the ground. I want a poster size photo of this shot. If you find it, let me know where please.

SNL Palin & Clinton Parody

A funny opening political skit on Saturday Night Live about Palin and Clinton.  Too bad Obama didn’t get to perform his cameo on the show. Those pesky hurricanes seem to change plans unexpectedly.

Not even 24 hours have the show this video is the posted everywhere, friends are talking about it and even the NY Times.

TED Talks: Robert Lang: Idea + square = origami

I’ve always had a love for origami. I’ve made a few basic objects before and love giving it as a present. If I think about it origami for me was always a kid thing. It holds the wonders of a child. It is simplicity, creative and was inspired by nature.

Well this talk presented origami in all it’s splendar. I really had no idea just how far origami had advanced and the contributions it makes in solving scientific problems. Very cool.

TED link to the talk
TED Full Bio of Origamist Rober Lang

Robert Lang’s Web Site

This site is great (www.langorigami.com) because it pays attention to both disciplines of origami, the artistic side and the scientific side. You’ll understand more after you watch the talk but for those on the science side there is a lot of explanation and the extra ordinary contribution is Robert’s computational works he gives out free for your own origami desires.

I find the crease patterns to be art alone.

8/8/08 I felt lucky

I ventured out on my bicycle last Friday to the über hip and soon to be “Condoburg” of North Williamsburg to actually log all the web site URLs I could of the developments. I was doing this for research since many of my new web clients are in the real estate business. Well, to my surprise I was distracted from all the construction when I heard a loud drumming noise on Kent street. “Do they have concerts in this Park or has a hippie convention taken over before the condos do?” I wondered.

So, I ventured into East River State Park and came across the rehearsal for Boredoms’ 88Boadrum. I stopped to listen, take photos and enjoy the music, sun and views along the river. When they wrapped I found two friends of mine were on the drum kits! I said hello to artist/musician Frank Haines and musician John Lockie of the band Sightings.

The concept was done last year by the Boredoms on 7/7/07 and this 8/8/08 they are returning to it. The band is in the middle of three rings of drummers totaling 88, each with basic kits. I took photos and the following video. I love the unison of the drummers. As I pan across, watch for the man on the stage in the back right corner. He has a large stick which he uses to direct all the drummers for accents.