Posts Tagged ‘popular culture’

Vote for the Robot of Your Choice!

August 21, 2012

Vote for the Robot of Your Choice!

It’s time to vote for the robot of your choice! No, not Democratic or Republican ones, we mean the metal kind. The Carnegie Science Center wants you to elect this year’s inductee for the Robot Hall of Fame.

 The digital polls close September 30, 2012, so Vote Now! (one robot per category, please). The election is powered by Carnegie Mellon University so absolutely nothing cangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrong

Results will be announced at The Robot Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct 23, 2012 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, held in conjunction with the galactic gathering of our mechanized masters, the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit. We’re hoping the banquet will be catered by Chinese robot chefs.

See previous RHoF inductees here.

Related: 

“Who should pay when your robot breaks the law?” George Dvorsky, io9

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Woman Wins World Air Guitar Championship

September 1, 2011

Woman Wins World Air Guitar Championship

26-year-old Aline Westphal from Hildesheim in Lower Saxony has won the 2011 Air Guitar World Championship in the annual competition in Oulu, Finland. The young German, also known as die Nichte des Teufels (“The Devil’s Niece”), is not just another pretty face. A university drama student, she’s writing a dissertation on “Air Guitar.”

Ms. Westphal is the first woman to win the world air guitar title in the global competition’s 16 year history. Rock on, Aline.

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Earthquake Aftershock

August 24, 2011

For your post-earthquake dining and dancing pleasure, Eilen Jewell performs a classic 1960 song by Johnny Kidd.

Related:

“Sheet Music of the Week: All Shook Up Edition,” Pat Padua, In The Muse blog, Library of Congress

“At least 5 aftershocks registered after East Coast quake,” AP via USA Today

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Information-Age Idol: Aimi Eguchi

June 26, 2011

Cute Aimi Eguchi (above) is a member of the Japanese girl group AKB48. She’s also a computer product, completely digital. The cybersongstress was created by sampling the attributes and actions of other singers in the group, synthesizing “Aimi,” then uploaded the result to the adoring public, who regarded her as another aidoru (アイドル), a pop idol. Now they know she’s a digital diva, but they dig it.

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Cassettes Are Back

May 23, 2011

Cassettes Are Back

Psst … Actually, Dolby® noise reduction removes some of that “psst.” Good to know since audio cassettes are back. More precisely, the concept of cassettes is back:

 “Cassette tapes make a comeback,” Caitlin Curran, Washington Post.

“Best of DC 2011, Best Medium: Cassette,” Jonathan L. Fischer, Washington City Paper

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Phoebe Snow, 1952 — 2011

April 27, 2011

Remarkable singer Phoebe Snow died yesterday. Read about her in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Newark Star-Ledger and on the NPR Music blog.

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Best Bass Players?

April 1, 2011

 Best Bass Players?

“Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time.” See it here, with video clips.

Rolling Stone asked readers to vote on the top ten bass players of all time, and the results demonstrate the weakness of the “crowdsourcing” concept. Even limiting the selection to Rock/Pop/R&B players of the electric bass, a list without James Jamerson, Bootsy Collins, Leland Sklar, or Bob Babbitt simply cannot be taken seriously.

 

Image (“Sir Nicholas Carew Plays Reverse Thunderbird Goth Bass, after Hans Holbein the Younger”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Washington in Austin

March 23, 2011

Washington in Austin

The South By Southwest (SxSW) festival is over, so now it can be told: some Washington DC bands were actually there. Others stayed away, echoing Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded.”

Meet the bands here. 

More: “Photos: What D.C. Looked Like at SXSW,” Erica Bruce, ArtsDesk, Washington City Paper.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

March 17th marks an American popular and commercial holiday with roots in the liturgical calendar. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (1848) started and ended at memorials to George Washington and allowed Irish Americans to demonstrate both their love of their heritage and allegiance to  their new country. For many today the holiday presents an opportunity for adults to dye their tongues green.

 

Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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The Telecaster Turns 60

March 2, 2011

Celebrating 60 Years of the Fender Telecaster

Fender’s classic Telecaster guitar just turned 60 years old. The solid-body guitar that changed County, Rock, and Blues music sounds just as good as ever. Take it from James Burton, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Elliot Easton, Keith Urban, and a few of their pals.

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