RadarTop Toronto event picks for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2009:MUSIC | High Places at Horseshoe TavernWill Brooklyn"s waterfall of hipness ever run dry? Bed-Stuy-based indie duo High Places and their guests Soft Circle shed experimentalist cooings and blips at the Horseshoe. Animal Collective meets The Blow? You decide.Horseshoe Tavern. 370 Queen Street W, (416) 598-4753.9pm / $10 advance, $12 door / website........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/16/2009 10:37:38 PM)
Gaps In the ScheduleFrilford Heath. Home of the Euro Tour Q-Schoo
The European Tour released its 2009 schedule today under the heading "First courses revealed"
This strikes me as a little odd since the schedule also indicates that no less than 7 of the events are classified as TBC or To Be Confirmed
The press release further states that the names and locations of these mystery events will be disclosed in the run-up to the Qualifying School at........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/31/2009 9:24:30 AM)
I’m not sure which will come first: me winning the lottery or me having grandchildren. Should the latter ever happen, though, I’m going to build a fort in the branches of the tree you see above
As long as I’ve been rambling about Roundrock, I had never seen this tree until my recent solo trip there a couple of weeks ago. When #1 Son Seth was a little guy, Libby pointed out a weeping willow tree to him, and he said it would........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/31/2009 9:24:15 AM)
Little Bitty BoxesI am the proud mother of two children in preschool. It"s an exciting feeling -- seeing them both march up the little steps to school in the morning. I"ve been waiting for this day since, oh, about a week or two after they were born
As excited as I am about this new milestone, I"ve realized I"m facing a new problem. On the grand scale of things, it"s not a biggie. The world definitely has larger issues to be worried about. But if you........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/16/2009 6:09:44 PM)
Organic solar cells a step closerInexpensive solar cells, vastly improved medical imaging techniques and lighter and more flexible television screens are among the potential applications envisioned for organic electronics.
Recent experiments conducted by Greg Scholes and Elisabetta Collini of University of Toronto's Department of Chemistry may bring these within closer reach thanks to new insights into the way molecules absorb and move energy. Their findings would be........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/15/2009 7:39:49 PM)
Ultra sensitive gas detectorsWhen cells are under stress, they blow off steam by releasing minute amounts of nitrogen oxides and other toxic gases. In a recent paper,* scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described a new method for creating gas detectors so sensitive that some day they appears to be able to register these tiny emissions from a single cell, providing a new way to determine if drugs or nanoparticles harm cells or to study........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/14/2009 6:23:17 AM)
Understand polymer film instabilityWhile exploring the properties of polymer formation, a team of researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has made a fundamental discovery* about these materials that could improve methods of creating the stable crystalline films that are widely used in electronics applicationsand also offer insight into a range of other phenomena.
The team has determined that temperature can play a decisive role in determining........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/14/2009 6:20:12 AM)
Nano "Tractor Beam" Traps DNAView a video of DNA molecules suspended in a stream of water flowing through a nanoscale channel.
Using a beam of light shunted through a tiny silicon channel, scientists have created a nanoscale trap that can stop free floating DNA molecules and nanoparticles in their tracks. By holding the nanoscale material steady while the fluid around it flows freely, the trap may allow scientists to boost the accuracy of biological sensors and create a........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/8/2009 7:54:47 PM)
Flickr Forum '09: New YearHappy New Year everyone! I"m looking forward to seeing lots more of your fabulous photos in 2009!Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you"d like to see in the Flickr Forum in 2009.1. So long, 2. happy new year 2009, 3. 2009 begins4. New Year Party at Nathan Phillips Square, 5. New Year - Early Bloom - Global Climate Change, 6. New Years 2009........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/6/2009 9:34:24 PM)
Interview. Ari Folman"Waltz With Bashir is a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film," writes AO Scott in the New York Times. "Directed by Ari Folman, an Israeli filmmaker whose struggle to make sense of his experience as a soldier in the Lebanon war of 1982 shapes its story, Waltz is by no means the world"s only animated documentary, a phrase that sounds at first like a cinematic oxymoron.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/2/2009 2:33:36 PM)
A Very Darling ChristmasThis is what went down today at our place…
A Very Darling Christmas
Lots & lots of ridiculous love from our family to yours........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/25/2008 9:30:36 PM)
The Buzzwords Of 2008Politics without buzzwords is like sports without cliches, math without numbers or Blago without bleeps. Buzzwords are what political wiseguys use to sound all important and knowing in a profession whose prime currency is the illusion of being both. They are like secret passwords for the chattering class, the verbal equivalent of a terrorist fist jab.The New York Times" buzzwords of 2008.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/24/2008 6:21:18 PM)
Next Generation MicroscopyMicroscopes have revolutionized the practice of science, particularly in the fields of biology and medicine. Just a few hundred years ago, gaining the ability to study what was previously unobservable opened up an entirely new world. Today, imaging techniques remain indispensable to clinicians and scientists who regularly diagnose medical conditions and work to develop new therapys.
Test results can often take hours or even days because........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/18/2008 10:34:36 PM)
The plain brown box, offers "frustration-free" packagingAmazon.com is launching a multi-year program this holiday season as part of their effort to go Green, offering a select few popular products in recyclable cardboard packaging. They call it "Frustration-Free Packaging." That"s right - no hermetically sealed plastic clamshells, cut-inducing sharp plastic edges, or annoying metal twist-ties
Sure, the packaged toy (or mouse, or memory card) may not look pretty on the shelf or under the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/17/2008 4:00:54 PM)
Flair HairFlair Hair.All of us have our own "bad hair" days and some of us have "no hair" days, but here is something that will do the job with added little fun. A little flair: your very own Flair Hair visor. This thing will cover your dome and its built-in visor will protect your eyes from the sun, while giving you a distinctive, 1970s, Bjorn Borg-at-Wimbledon look. Costs $19.99.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/6/2008 2:33:34 PM)
Puerco Adobada: Red Chile PorkThis is a traditional Mexican recipe of pork slow cooked in chile sauce (adobo). Yes, this recipe takes some time to make. Yes, it has LOTS of chilies in it. But it is well worth the effort, as much of the heat cooks out and you end up with these chunks of amazingly tender pork bathed in a warm, earthly sauce.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/23/2008 4:39:29 PM)
Revolutionary Road"Subtly affecting, director Sam Mendes''s Revolutionary Road plays like a more mature and considered version of American Beauty, his Oscar-winning tale about the nagging disillusionment eating away at the heart of suburbia," writes Tim Grierson in Screen Daily. "Based on Richard Yates''s acclaimed 1961 novel about an unhappy East Coast marriage, the film inevitably suffers from some similarity to other recent domestic melodramas, notably star........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/23/2008 4:33:45 PM)
Just an old can in the woods
This is a picture of an old can sitting on an old stump (in case you couldn’t figure it out). This photo is from the same washed out series of photos I took when Libby and I had gone down to Fallen Timbers a month ago. I boosted the contrast a bit, but the photo still lacks the crispness the camera seems to give when the battery has a full charge. I’m assured that battery life is not the issue though
Each winter we find a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/20/2008 10:31:34 PM)
Declining Amphibian SpeciesAmphibians around the world are on the decline from disease. In an article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, Jason Rohr of the University of South Florida (USF) and his colleagues revealed that chemical pollution can increase often deadly trematode (parasitic flatworm) infections in the northern leopard frog, a declining amphibian species.
"The combination of atrazine, a widely used herbicide, and phosphate, a primary ingredient in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/29/2008 8:44:28 PM)
Stress affects older adults more than young adultsLife can be stressful, whether you're an individual watching the stock market crash or a commuter stuck in traffic. A new study, forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science, examines how stress affects decision-making and finds that elderly adults alter their behavior more than young adults when under stress especially in situations involving risk.
"People haven't looked at how stress affects decision making, even though so a number of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/28/2008 5:02:28 AM)
AFRO SAMURAI KICKS ASS!hey hey! the last twenty-four hours have been an emotional roller coaster for me - yet i"m trying to remain positive and upbeat - i"d rather not go into the gory details but basically something went down yesterday that was out of my control - i"m not a big fan of change - and sadly change has arrived - going forward i"m going to put my happy face on and do what needs to be done - which is really the only thing i can do! luckily my pal tara just........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/16/2009 10:37:49 PM)
Long Live The Designers Republic
I’m sad........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/31/2009 9:24:52 AM)
You're So Vane!They are everywhere around us, but sometimes we don"t take the time to look up and see them. Here we present the bizarre world of the weather vane.Whether or not those responsible for them will put their hands in the air and own up is anyone"s guess. What is obvious, however, is that there is certainly truth in the old saying - vanity, vanity, all is vanity!(via Robert-John)........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/31/2009 9:24:22 AM)
I Hate The MediaThe goal of "I Hate the Media" is to point out all the bias and the blindness. All the lies and the lunacy. All the fakes and the phonies. All the morons and the myopic.Day in and day out, we"re bombarded by blatant bias. Insulted by idiot anchors. Harangued by Hollywood halfwits. Aurally assaulted by so-called singers.Television. Radio. Newspapers. Magazines. Films. Music. They all deserve to die slow, painful deaths. Oh, what"s that? They are........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/28/2009 7:18:57 PM)
Biofuel carbon footprint not as bigPublications ranging from the journal Science to Time magazine have blasted biofuels for significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, calling into question the environmental benefits of making fuel from plant material. But a new analysis by Michigan State University researchers says these dire predictions are based on a set of assumptions that may not be correct.
"Greenhouse gas release from changes in land use - growing crops........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/15/2009 6:28:07 PM)
Stability testing of soy-based biofuelThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method to accelerate stability testing of biodiesel fuel made from soybeans and also identified additives that enhance stability at high temperatures. The results, described in a new paper,* could help overcome a key barrier to practical use of biofuels.
Both oxidation and heating can cause biodiesel to break down, adversely affecting performance. These two effects........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/14/2009 6:25:27 AM)
Protecting personal informationThefts of personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security and credit card account numbers, are increasing dramatically. Adding to the difficulty of fighting this problem, organizations often disagree on what PII is, and how to protect it. Now, in a first-of-its-kind publication, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft guide on protecting PII from unauthorized use and disclosure.
You........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/14/2009 6:15:01 AM)
Historic Mission to Measure Greenhouse GasesOne of the nation's most advanced research aircrafts, Harper, is scheduled to embark on an historic mission spanning the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
Starting Jan. 7, 2008, the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) mission will cover more than 24,000 miles as an international team of researchers makes a series of five flights over the next three years sampling the atmosphere in some of the most inaccessible regions of the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/8/2009 7:45:22 PM)
Holger PootenStrange and bizarre images fill the portfolio of photographer Holger Pooten........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/6/2009 9:34:14 PM)
Not Your Typical BarbershopBack in early December Barbershop, a new gallery in Parkdale, opened with a bang. Not only did their walls display the founders" latest work for War Child Canada, but the opening party was totally jammed, drawing the biggest crowds on a Thursday night packed with competing openings along Queen West.In the neighbourhood last week for a closer look, I had the gallery to myself to take some photos of the art and the new space. Check them out along........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/26/2008 10:34:25 AM)
Linn OlofsdotterLinn Olofsdotter was born in Sweden, worked in Brazil and is now settled in the Portland area. Her Illustrations style is really good, she works with MTV and…more info & pics HereVia TRenDLaNd........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/26/2008 10:34:13 AM)
Giving the Gift of CookingAre you perhaps procrastinating because you do not know what to get some people on your list? Are any of them gourmets, gourmands, chefs, cooks, or foodies? If so, give them something that fires their passion: give them a cookbook........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/22/2008 8:36:55 PM)
OvershareWebster"s has named "overshare" as 2008"s Word of the Year. Watch the video above to see explanations of the word and examples of its consequences. Mainly it has to do with Facebook. Heaven knows they could put a few of my indiscretions from this blog in that video as well.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/22/2008 8:36:46 PM)
Woman in LabourKeith Olbermann has named this guy the "Worst Person in the World" after he ticketed her for going into labour at rush hour. What a dick. Oh Keith, we just love you after your emotional PROP 8 VIDEO........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/6/2008 2:44:39 PM)
Knit Night CupcakesKnit Night Cupcakes.Knit Night Cupcakes comes from Lauren Ulm''s Veganyumyum.com which featured an article on knitting with marzipan and aptly it got a heavy response. Mini sweeter, scarf and yarn balls were made from marzipan and used to decorate the cupcakes. Its really impressive edible craftsmanship and here are the photo tutorials.And here is a video of Lauren on the M Stewart Show showing how to make these: Watch the "Knit Night Cupcakes........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/6/2008 2:33:42 PM)
Bright idea illuminates LED standardsThe lack of common measurement methods among light-emitting diode (LED) and lighting manufacturers has affected the commercialization of solid-state lighting products. In a recent paper,* scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposed a new, economical method to allow LED and lighting manufacturers to obtain accurate, reproducible, and comparable measurements of LED brightness and color.
The quality of the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/25/2008 10:19:38 PM)
Is the Canary Dead for Venture Capital?TechCrunch ran a piece today on the ratio funds raised to invests with vs. economic value created by venture capital firms (measured by what VC companies have gotten back on exiting their investments)
They were looking at a recent presentation at Harvard Business School by Adeo Ressi the founder of the VC-rating site theFunded. Ressi's conclusion is that the VC model is broken. Ressi says that "the money going into VC funds is now........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/23/2008 4:33:32 PM)
Shiba Inu LIVE puppy camThis live stream of Shiba Inu puppy cuteness is better than a YouTube video because it NEVER ENDS. (Thanks to Ed for the tip!)........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/9/2008 1:28:48 PM)
Sniffing out a better chemical sensorMarrying a sensitive detector technology capable of distinguishing hundreds of different chemical compounds with a pattern-recognition module that mimics the way animals recognize odors, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a new approach for electronic noses. Described in a recent paper,* their electronic nose is more adept than conventional methodologies at recognizing molecular features even........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/29/2008 10:29:29 PM)
Deprived of a sense of smell, worms live longerA number of animals live longer when raised on low calorie diets. But now scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that they can extend the life spans of roundworms even when the worms are well fed - it just takes a chemical that blocks their sense of smell.
Three years ago, the researchers, led by Kerry Kornfeld, M.D., Ph.D., reported they observed that a class of anticonvulsant medications made the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/29/2008 8:39:06 PM)