Archives: 2012 February

Archive for February, 2012

A Question Of Scale

Today we toast all the restaurateurs who respect a simpler, scaled-down selection. Kudos to the Best Fish Taco in Ensenada for leading by example.

When You Love It And You Know It Clap Your Hands

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”

— Kurt Vonnegut

Image courtesy of The Big Picture

Temporal Distortion.

Last night the 2012 Grammys aired. But this is Goodosphere, so…

We’ve all seen timelapse videos, they’re a little old hat at this point. “Why would you post one then, Nimesh?” you ask? I politely answer, because this one is different! See, Mr. Randy Halverson filmed it, but instead of looking for a bit of pleasant, low-key, creative commons music, he asked Bear McCreary of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead fame to score the video for him. And guess what? Bear did. View the results below — and don’t forget to hit HD and fullscreen the heck out of it.

Update: Bear posted a blog entry about composing the piece for the video. Enjoy, music theory nerds!

Bikes & Charles Bradley

It may be getting harder and harder to make it in America, but even in times of great trials and tribulations we can always be proud of the sounds emanating from the 50 states. That and the fact that public radio stations have evolved — in some bigger markets — into public media outlets capable of producing the content below.

Thanks, Mwende.

Lovers Love, etc.

Thanks, T.

El Pajaro

Good Job

So, India had a caste system, which sorta casts (NPI) a negative light on the class stratification that exists nearly everywhere in the country to this day. That being said, you can’t really judge a brother for taking pride in his work. That being said, it’s nearly impossible to not feel a deep sense of admiration and amazement when you see how Mumbai’s laundry gets done.

Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat (roughly translates to laundry steps) is a endless expanse of stone stations, of families doing that familiar Indian laundry dance — soaking the dirties in soapy water before swinging them overhead onto slabs of concrete to cleanse. It’s a hell of a sight. It’s a tourist attraction. It’s somehow still the method of choice in a city some 12 million people call home.

It’s nearly impossible to avoid feeling some sense of sympathy for the folks who tirelessly toil to clean clothes for the city’s residents, restaurants and hotels, but I’m pretty sure those sympathies would be misplaced. Like Mumbai’s dabbawalas (depicted in Slumdog Millionaire), the Dhobi wallahs don’t resent their post. They embrace it. They do the best work they can day in and out and when a Bollywood production glorifies their lifestyles they probably aren’t terribly surprised.

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: Shit Nobody Says

So, while we were on vacation this whole “Shit ____ Says” meme kinda hit its stride. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but nothing made this cat laugh harder than “Shit Nobody Says”. Enjoy!

Thanks, T.

Double Down: Here Comes The JAAAM!

How about an all music double down for this first Friday of February?

We begin with the fifth Beatle, George Martin, and second-generation Beatles Dhani Harrison and Giles Martin playing with the master tracks of Here Comes The Sun. What do they discover, to the visible surprise of all of them? George Harrison’s original solo for the piece, unused and forgotten about till the very moment they accidentally uncover it in the video.

As a lifelong Beatles fan, I found the last few seconds of the video particularly touching.

And for our second video, your dose of Friday dance from the maker of Bangarang and Upular, JAAAM! Enjoy.

One Small Step For (LEGO) Man.

My high school experience in Toronto involved skipping as many periods as possible to sneak out to buy CDs and comic books. To be fair, nobody told me that I could have been skipping those periods to LAUNCH THINGS INTO SPACE

Two Toronto high school student have done just that. Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad have launched a Lego Man into (near) space and have documented the entire ordeal. The video is incredible!

The ordeals and post-trip adventures of Lego Man In Space can be followed here.

And to make this a sort-of-double-down, NASA has released another superb HD photo of our little pale blue dot. Click!