The Notwist are Something Wonderful

The Notwist
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The music we listen to is the soundtrack of our lives.  I’ve spent years branching out and exploring lots of different music, 160 gigs / 1,700 albums / 22,000 songs if you count what’s on my hard drive.  The process of music discovery has been a fun and rewarding one.  But lately I’ve been showing all the signs of something… and just now have I put it all together and realized what it means. Continue reading


Color Changing Bookmarklets for Your Browser

The Crescent Moon

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These days, the vast majority of computer documents and web pages are displayed in dark text on a light background.  As a result the majority of your computer screen ends up being white space.

Since your display is most likely back-lit, using the computer is a bit like staring into a light bulb.  So if you’ve ever stared at a computer screen all day, or every day as the case may be, you may have caught a case of CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome).  Symptoms are generally mild and may include eye fatigue, difficulty focusing, blurry vision and headache.

To alleviate CVS you could quit your job and go outside or spend a chunk of change on some fancy pants computer glasses infused with all sorts of made-up technology.  But before you run off in a panic, allow me to present some more reasonable solutions to the problem. Continue reading

Chrome 3 is better, less ugly than before

Google vs Microsoft  --Chrome
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Chrome is quickly becoming a very good browser. As of Sept 15 version 3 of Chrome is officially stable. This release come with notable improvements in speed and stability as well as the addition of themes.

Now those of us not using the default Windows XP theme can finally shed those obnoxious blue colors from our desktop. I’m personally finding the “Greyscale” theme to be much more harmonious with the rest of my desktop.  To get themes navigate from the wrench icon > options > personal stuff > “Get Themes.”

In other good news, extensions are are just around the corner. The development release is already extendable.

Madame Tutli-Putli

Two Canadian men locked themselves in a dark room with puppets for two painstaking years, sacrificing their own sanity so that you could watch this phenomenal 15 minute stop motion film in it’s entirety on youTube.

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past.

She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons and is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense.

The National Film Board of Canada presents a stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on an exhilarating existential journey. The film introduces groundbreaking visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score. Painstaking care and craftsmanship in form and detail bring to life a fully imagined, tactile world unlike any you have seen.

Part 1

Part 2

Animating Madame Tutli-Putli

Elbow – One Day Like This

This song came up on my iPod while on shuffle this morning and I really enjoyed it.  I also love this video so I’m declaring it my personal pick of the day.  Silly Polydor / UMG not allowing their videos to be embedded.  What control freaks.  I’m embedding it anyway, in protest, even though it won’t play.  (You can just click through)

Can’t connect for an unknown reason

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In the case of Windows Mobile, with great power comes great… failure.  My Windows Mobile phone can do some powerful things like watching youTube, remote desktop to my PC or acting as a wifi router but lately every other time I want to do one of those things it “cannot connect for an unknown reason.”

With all the different software configurations I’ve tried on this phone, something always seems to go wrong sooner or later.  After a year of ownership and countless hours of tinkering, I’m not sure if there’s going to be anyway around it.  I can’t help but wonder if Windows Mobile is simply a flawed OS.  Since I don’t want to lock in with AT&T, I’ll be looking to the generation of Android phones to step up.

By the way, the picure above was the 2nd result for my Flickr search “HTC Diamond”… what does that tell you?

the Notwist & Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra

The Notwist are touring with Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra.  Unfortunately for those of us in the states, it doesn’t look like they’ll be coming here.  However, the group has released a couple of live videos on youTube in very high quality!  Hopefully a live CD or DVD will be in the works.

Upcoming tour dates:

Notwist, only
02.10.2009 PT Fundão – A Moagem-Cidade do Engenho e das Artes

Notwist and the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
09.12.2009 DE Berlin – Astra Kulturhaus
10.12.2009 DE Dortmund – FZW
11.12.2009 BE Brussels – AB Hall
12.12.2009 UK London – Union Chapel

Google Sports Team Calendars

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There’s a link at the top of Google Calender today called “New: Sports calendars”. The new feature allows you to subscribe to your favorite professional sports team(s) calendars and see the game schedules. This is a great way for Google Calendar users to keep up with their favorite teams and a timely addition for new NFL season which starts this week.

The Notwist Side Projects of Plenty

The Notwist are a wonderful alternative indie rock-pop-electronic band from Germany. Just recently, led me to discover the various side projects from the members of Notwist. Here is a brief exploration of those projects.

Console – Suck and Run

(switch to HQ to fix the sound quality!)

Console is a side project for Martin Gretschmann, the lead programmer for Notwist.  Console has released 4 electronica albums on various labels.

13 & God – Men of station

13 & God was a calaboration of Anticon label members Themselves (Adam “Doseone” Drucker, Jerry “Jel” Logan, Dax Pierson) and Germany’s the Notwist (Markus Acher, Micha Acher, Martin Gretschmann, Martin Messerschmid).  They released a self titled album in 2004.

Tied & Tickled Trio – Revolution

Tied & Tickled Trio was formed in 1994 by Notwist members Markus (drums, programming) and Micha Acher (trumpet, upright bass).  Their debut features Christoph Brandner on drums as well as serveral other German musicians.  The group has been described as a fusion of modern electronic and contemporary jazz.

Lali Puna – Faking the Books

Guitarist Markus Acher is a member of Lali Puna along with vocalist Valerie Trebeljahr and drummer Christoph Brandner (of the Tied & Tickled Trio).  The experimental electro-pop group released 3 albums in the 90’s and 00’s.

Ms. John Soda – Number One

Ms. John Soda is a “part-time” project by Couch keyboardist Stephanie Böhm and Notwist bassist Micha Acher.  They’ve released three albums, most recently Notes and the Like in ’06.