My sculptures are invented only to sustain themselves, functioning as self-resolving problems. The result is an object that has been invented only to compensate for the complications created by its own existence. The piece alone represents the need and the resolution.
Dan Grayber's mechanical contraptions
posted by rebent
on Jun 28, 2014 -
The pitch was simple: “John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Blues Brothers, how about it?” But the film became a nightmare for Universal Pictures, wildly off schedule and over budget, its fate hanging on the amount of cocaine Belushi consumed. Soul Men: The Making of The Blues Brothers
posted by Frayed Knot
on Dec 27, 2012 -
In October, 18-year old high school senior Ryan Romo was arrested
for the sexual assault of a child (someone 16 or under, by TX state law).
On October 31, CultureMap Dallas's managing editor, Claire St. Amant published an article
asking, "Is this Highland Park baseball star a rapist?" St. Amant ended her article, stating: If it's a case of impulsive teenage decisions, remorse and guilt, then no one suffers more than 18-year-old Ryan Romo. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Nov 26, 2012 -
When a cowboy says 'women,' he means two different kinds: There's the real kind and then there's the kind in his mind
. A song by Dan Reeder, for your edumatainment.
posted by kaibutsu
on Sep 12, 2011 -
The veteran recording engineer and seven-time grammy winner Roger Nichols
lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away April 9th at age 66
. Though not a household name, you've undoubtedly heard at least one album he did the sound for. Some of the artists he engineered recordings for were Stevie Wonder, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Frank Zappa, Donald Fagen, John Denver, the Beach Boys, Crosby Stills & Nash, Al Di Meola, Roy Orbison, Andy Laverne, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Rickie Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, and Toots Thielemans, among others. He also invented the first functional drum sampling machine WENDL
(.pdf file), first used on the 1979 "Gaucho" album.
He is likely best known for the amazing pristine sound he achieved for every album done by Mssrs. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, aka Steely Dan.
He was a giant in his field, a real innovator,
and it is a sad loss for the industry.
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Apr 11, 2011 -
Ever wonder how the folks who make all those cool Lego creations
get all those pieces? It's not because they buy multiple sets to get thirty or so cheese slopes
. They go to Bricklink
, where hundreds of sellers offer up individual parts you can get in pretty much any quantity. Bricklink was started by Daniel Jezek in 2000 (it was originally called "BrickBay" but someone
pressured him to change that) and is at the top of every Lego enthusiast's list of bookmarks. Jezek passed away suddenly on September 24th at the age of 33. His memorial page
on Bricklink reveals that his was not an ordinary life, as this Americanized entrepreneur was born in Communist Czechoslovakia. The Lego Community would simply not be what it is without Dan Jezek.
posted by Legomancer
on Oct 28, 2010 -
Extraordinary Hang Glider Murdered--
Sunday, August 20, 2006 Dan Murphy
was just pulling up on his motorcycle at his favorite place to
in San Francisco. Fort Funston
, just south of the City, is known for having perfect conditions for the sport. But on this day a deranged man approached him in the parking lot, shooting him in the head at point-blank range. Before the man turned the gun on himself he also shot one of Dan's friends who was nearby. Dan died from his injuries, but he leaves behind a couple of short videos that reveal some of his amazing hang gliding feats, including an
, and perhaps his moment of glory when he successfully made a pinpoint landing into a stationary wheelbarrow
. Evidently Dan took great pleasure in twisting in the saddle on take-off. Here's his signature move. R.I.P.
posted by derangedlarid
on Oct 2, 2006 -