Stairway to Heaven

December 27, 2012

At the Kennedy Center Honors celebrating Led Zeppelin, Heart performed Stairway to Heaven with a full choir and orchestra. You see the reaction from the members of Led Zeppelin in attendance.

You may need to be old to appreciate this, but wow:

If you want to see Led Zeppelin performing this live almost 40 years ago:

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

December 26, 2012

From the NY Times, a story about a government audit of ARPANet, the forerunner to the internet.

Dr. Hart, it says here that you’ve received 2,493,786,916 packets of bits. Is that correct?

And did all the packets arrive in good condition? Was there any corrosion or tarnish on any of the packets?


The Future of E-Publishing

December 20, 2012

The NY Times does some great interactive web graphics. But this is the coolest thing I’ve seen. Read the story, but if nothing else just scroll down to see the amazing design. The mountain fly-over in the middle of the story is awesome. Talk about making a story come alive…


Elvis Lives

December 18, 2012

As a jazz fan with daughters 10 and 6 years old, my playlist is not typically the popular one. The sole exception is around Christmas. I have the best Christmas music.

I would argue that simply having the Ella Fitzgerald Swinging Christmas Album dramatically improves your holiday playlist. Add some Diana Krall, Nat King Cole and some classics by Eartha Kitt (Santa Baby), The Pointer Sisters (Santa Clause is Coming to Town), Springsteen (Merry Christmas Baby), Mellencamp (I saw Mommy Kissing Santa) and a few others, and you have some serious Christmas music.

So that playlist has been going like crazy the past week.

In 4th Grade, Danielle is reading more non-fiction, particularly biographies. She just finished one on Elvis. So I said, “wait, I have a Christmas song by him” (Here comes Santa Claus). She likes it but says, “I thought he was more rock and roll”.

Well, it’s not in the Christmas playlist, but I do have the album they released with all Elvis’s #1 hits. So I crank out Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock.

Picture me and my two daughters dancing crazily on a Tuesday night to Elvis Presley music released before I was born. It really doesn’t get any better…


Video Games are Evil

December 18, 2012

That seems to be the gun lobby’s response to Newtown. Guns aren’t the issue, video games are.

Here’s an interesting graph:

Courtesy of Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture.

The vertical axis is guns per 100 people. The horizontal axis is homicides-by-guns per 100,000 people. That light green dot in the upper right corner is the United States.

Now I’ll be the first to say that correlation doesn’t prove causation, but we appear to be a bit of an outlier.


Sandy Who?

December 9, 2012

Danielle was supposed to have her birthday party on the Saturday after Sandy at Chelsea Piers, this very cool sports complex on the West side of Manhattan. Unfortunately, being on a pier, it was heavily damaged by Sandy so her party had to be postponed.

They reopened last week and her party was rescheduled for today. I asked one of the employees there how bad it was, and she said the entire gymnastics area was under 6 feet of water. It had to be completely replaced.

So getting to this in a month, is pretty impressive:

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The party was great. A bunch of 10 year old girls jumping around and landing in those huge pits. Tori got to be the one little girl at the party. Here’s Tori vaulting into a pit:

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Danielle being fancy and doing a handstand into it:

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Random trampoline action:

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Being launched into the pit by one of the instructors:

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And the whole gang in the pit:

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Amusingly, because they were brand new, Danielle said the foam squares smelled like pistachios. And needless to say, a great party. And all the instructors there had T-Shirts that had on the back “Sandy Who?”.

Not to make light of those still suffering from the effects of Sandy, but clearly the folks at Chelsea Piers did a great job getting the place back in shape.


Geek Humor

December 7, 2012

Courtesy of xkcd:

Trust me, it’s funny…