DJ XO

Ben XO spins groovy, upbeat drum & bass every Tuesday on Bassdrive.com from 3-6pm EST, and has several residencies around the UK, including Locus in Bristol and Grooverider’s Grace in London. He’s also a freelance computer programmer, systems engineer, web developer, and the webmaster for DogsOnAcid.com, and of course, Bassdrive. His choice in material is always fresh and his timing is solid, not to mention from time to time his breaks have been known to invert the polarity of the universe. He’s got hours of mixes available for download on his website, so go check it out – “End of an Ear-Ache” and “100 Tons of Forked Lightening” especially.

Update: Looks like his mixes are down for a bit, I’m uploading my copies of the two mentioned above and will post them soon, I’ll add them to the podcast as well.

Update: XO’s mixes are back up on his site, and I’ve added the aforementioned to the podcast.

DJ XO

Ben XO spins groovy, upbeat drum & bass every Tuesday on Bassdrive.com from 3-6pm EST, and has several residencies around the UK, including Locus in Bristol and Grooverider’s Grace in London. He’s also a freelance computer programmer, systems engineer, web developer, and the webmaster for DogsOnAcid.com, and of course, Bassdrive. His choice in material is always fresh and his timing is solid, not to mention from time to time his breaks have been known to invert the polarity of the universe. He’s got hours of mixes available for download on his website, so go check it out — “End of an Ear-Ache” and “100 Tons of Forked Lightening” especially.

Update: Looks like his mixes are down for a bit, I’m uploading my copies of the two mentioned above and will post them soon, I’ll add them to the podcast as well.

Update: XO’s mixes are back up on his site, and I’ve added the aforementioned to the podcast.

Happy 250th Mozart!

Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.

Albert Einstein

Sure, I’m almost a month late (January 27th is the actual date), but I imagine after a quarter millennium I have some leeway. Leave it to digg to keep me up to speed on culturally-significant history.

In all seriousness, Mozart’s music is nearly an organic element of existance, as natural as any living thing. There is literally no praise I can give to him that has not already been ventured more eloquently before me.

In Mozart’s music, all intensity are crystallized in the clearest, the most beautifully balanced and proportioned, and altogether flawless musical forms.

Phil Goulding

See? Aside from the fact he could play back an entire sonata from memory after hearing it only once at the age of three, or by seven had perfect pitch to within a half a quarter of a tone (sing a half step, like the theme from Jaws; now sing half of that interval; now half of that), or that he composed his first symphony at eight years old, to compose over 600 more works before he died, … well, i’m not exactly sure where I’m going with this. The point is, to hear the music of Mozart is to experience beauty in one of its purest forms. If you’ve never heard his Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622, your ears have never seen the sun. Check out the following Wikipedia article for a recording of K. 622, as well as some of his other works. They’re Ogg Vorbis files, an open-source alternative to MP3, but Songbird will play them, as will VLC, Winamp, and iTunes via a plugin.

In recognition of Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary, Danish National Radio has released nine Mozart symphonies for free as high quality MP3 downloads. Follow the til download links in the following website, and choose the Ekstragod kvalitet (excellent quality) downloads:

Also, read more about his 250th anniversary as celebrated around the world:

All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Happy 250th Mozart!

Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.

Albert Einstein

Sure, I’m almost a month late (January 27th is the actual date), but I imagine after a quarter millennium I have some leeway. Leave it to digg to keep me up to speed on culturally-significant history.

In all seriousness, Mozart’s music is nearly an organic element of existance, as natural as any living thing. There is literally no praise I can give to him that has not already been ventured more eloquently before me.

In Mozart’s music, all intensity are crystallized in the clearest, the most beautifully balanced and proportioned, and altogether flawless musical forms.

Phil Goulding

See? Aside from the fact he could play back an entire sonata from memory after hearing it only once at the age of three, or by seven had perfect pitch to within a half a quarter of a tone (sing a half step, like the theme from Jaws; now sing half of that interval; now half of that), or that he composed his first symphony at eight years old, to compose over 600 more works before he died, … well, i’m not exactly sure where I’m going with this. The point is, to hear the music of Mozart is to experience beauty in one of its purest forms. If you’ve never heard his Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622, your ears have never seen the sun. Check out the following Wikipedia article for a recording of K. 622, as well as some of his other works. They’re Ogg Vorbis files, an open-source alternative to MP3, but Songbird will play them, as will VLC, Winamp, and iTunes via a plugin.

In recognition of Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary, Danish National Radio has released nine Mozart symphonies for free as high quality MP3 downloads. Follow the til download links in the following website, and choose the Ekstragod kvalitet (excellent quality) downloads:

Also, read more about his 250th anniversary as celebrated around the world:

All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

What’s In a Face?

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The dark markings in the shark embryo pictured above indicate gene expression in the electro-sensory organs in the animal’s head. University of Florida researchers traced the origin of a shark’s electro-sensory powers to the same type of embryonic cell that gives rise to many head and facial features in humans.

Which means, the design of a human face, or any face for that matter, is rooted in the path of least resistance (or highest efficiency) as manifest by neural crest cells – the same cells that comprise the electricity-sensing organs in sharks that allow them to detect energy generated by prey.

Which means (assuming all vertibrates share a common ancestor), the vertibrate face is a tangible representation of millions of years of routing electric energy.

That said, check out this Wikipedia article on facial expression, including a picture from the 1862 book Mécansime de la Physionomie Humaineby Guillaume Duchenne, who used electric stimulation to determine which muscles were responsible for different expressions.

What’s In a Face?

The dark markings in the shark embryo pictured above indicate gene expression in the electro-sensory organs in the animal’s head. University of Florida researchers traced the origin of a shark’s electro-sensory powers to the same type of embryonic cell that gives rise to many head and facial features in humans.

Which means, the design of a human face, or any face for that matter, is rooted in the path of least resistance (or highest efficiency) as manifest by neural crest cells — the same cells that comprise the electricity-sensing organs in sharks that allow them to detect energy generated by prey.

Which means (assuming all vertibrates share a common ancestor), the vertibrate face is a tangible representation of millions of years of routing electric energy.

That said, check out this Wikipedia article on facial expression, including a picture from the 1862 book Mécansime de la Physionomie Humaine by Guillaume Duchenne, who used electric stimulation to determine which muscles were responsible for different expressions.

Pillow Fight Club

image: Laughing Squid

The rules of Pillow Fight Club:

  1. Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club.
  2. Turn up at the arranged Pillow Fight Club venue with pillow hidden in a bag.
  3. At the exact given time pull out pillow and fight.
  4. You cannot fight anyone without a pillow (unless they want it).
  5. Nothing heavy can be hidden in the pillows.

Pillow Fight Club

image: Laughing Squid

The rules of Pillow Fight Club:

  1. Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club.
  2. Turn up at the arranged Pillow Fight Club venue with pillow hidden in a bag.
  3. At the exact given time pull out pillow and fight.
  4. You cannot fight anyone without a pillow (unless they want it).
  5. Nothing heavy can be hidden in the pillows.

Valentine’s Day Cluster-Funk

I know what you’re all thinking. “If only I had some Valentine’s Day links I wouldn’t be such a lonely shell of a human being.” I mean, I’m not, but you probably are. XOXO, etc.

Elephant Love Connection

Nam Choke, an eight-year-old male Asian elephant (…), and Boonrawd, a seven-year-old female, form a heart shape with their trunks at an elephant camp in Ayutthaya, Thailand (…)

The Eye Is The Window To The Central Nervous System

Interesting fact for Valentine’s Day: The retina is the only part of the central nervous system that is visible from outside the body.

Quirkyalone

quirkyalone: noun/adj. A person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers to be alone rather than dating for the sake of being in a couple. With unique traits and an optimistic spirit; a sensibility that transcends relationship status.

Chemistry.com

Match.com’s new science-oriented online dating service favors brain chemistry over interests and values.

We gravitate to people who are similar to us, and we marry people who are similar. But that’s not really what keeps people together. Once you know that you’re both Episcopalians, you don’t have to go through this for the next 40 years. It’s been established: We really stick with people because of personality traits rather than values.

Helen Fisher, Chemistry.com personality test designer

Be My Anti-Valentine

Valentines available to send from this site include:

Please don’t reproduce

Happy Tuesday

and

You’ll do.

Diesel Sweeties: Cards Are A Waste Of Money

our love is like a honey-baked ham

pink, salty and unclean in the eyes of the lord.

A three-part series, with downloadable valentine PDFs.

Star Wars Valentines

You R2 Good To Me