A terrific video on the making of a Steinway. With the extraordinary amount of hand craftsmanship and complex mix of materials it’s not surprising the concert grands cost well over $100,000. Notice the narrator’s praise of Sitka spruce.
Well, here it is, the notorious Vera Wang Princess perfume that claims to include the scent of pink frosting. (We all know if frosting is pink it’s only because of food coloring. It has the same smell as any other color frosting.) Nevertheless, people seem to love this fragrance. Here’s a description and hundreds of Read the full article…
The Geert Hofstede Centre website offers a wealth of statistics on how national cultures differ from one another. It also features a really cool tool allowing you to plug in different countries to compare the prevalence/intensity of different cultural traits.
There are, of course, infinite write-ups of the debacle of the Palm Beach County ballots during the 2000 presidential election. This one gives a nice overview and illuminates the importance of the Invisible craft of information design. http://www.asktog.com/columns/042ButterflyBallot.html
If you want to go DEEP into the science behind effects pedals, this page offers a pretty comprehensive breakdown of the difference between flangers and phasers, two very popular pedals. The post includes lots of cool diagrams like this: The technology of phase shifters and flangers Practically every guitarist has heard the swirling, spacey sounds Read the full article…
I absolutely LOVE this video. It combines the worlds of two different Invisibles from the book – cinematography (specifically, color and light) and piano tuning. ROY G BIV is completely arbitrary and is tied to musical scales. Who knew?
There’s a wealth of material online (and in books) about equal temperament, the standard tuning technique for Western music over the past several centuries. It’s complicated stuff, but really amazing to think about once you get a handle on the basics. Here’s a link to one primer: Musical notes are periodic oscillations in air pressure, Read the full article…
Check out the extensive wikipedia entry on gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, which is used by the fragrance industry (among many others) for identifying the essential elements of materials. Complicated and fascinating stuff!
This short video gives an overview on interpreters’ role at the UN and EU Parliament.
U2’s The Edge testing his rig. Notice the massive pedal board!