Nanoflowers

Flower-like nanostructures made from zinc oxide at China’s Harbin Engineering University by Yujin Chen et al. can detect ethanol by responding to changes in electrical resistance. Possible uses include monitoring combustion gases from factories/vehicles/etc. and breath analysis at a magnitude far superior to current techniques. Not to mention they look effing sweet.

Nanoflowers

Flower-like nanostructures made from zinc oxide at China’s Harbin Engineering University by Yujin Chen et al. can detect ethanol by responding to changes in electrical resistance. Possible uses include monitoring combustion gases from factories/vehicles/etc. and breath analysis at a magnitude far superior to current techniques. Not to mention they look effing sweet.

Chris Thile: How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

Chris Thile is no stranger to my music library or this website. In the wake of Nickel Creek’s announced “indefinite hiatus” he is actively pursuing new solo work and collaboration, including an upcoming album and tour with classical bassist and virtuoso Edgar Meyer this winter.

I’m looking to break down the traditional structures and ideas of what constitutes bluegrass or classical music. We’ll use bluegrass instruments, but we’re going to change what that means.

Whatever that means, I’ll be following.

Thile has both the chops and the vision to alter the landscape of his genre forever.

USA Today

His new album, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, was just released and I grabbed it without hesitation. As usual I enjoy the tracks that feature him on mandolin more than him singing, though this is less true with How To Grow than his previous album, and only because I’m a bit of a purist. Be sure to check out “Watch ‘at Breakdown”, “The Beekeper”, “Cazadero”, “Heart In a Cage”*, “I’m Yours If You Want Me”* and “The Eleventh Reel”*.

It didn’t take much to drive me crazy, I guess I wasn’t that sane before.

Previously on CN: Chris Thile

Chris Thile: How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

Chris Thile is no stranger to my music library or this website. In the wake of Nickel Creek’s announced “indefinite hiatus” he is actively pursuing new solo work and collaboration, including an upcoming album and tour with classical bassist and virtuoso Edgar Meyer this winter.

I’m looking to break down the traditional structures and ideas of what constitutes bluegrass or classical music. We’ll use bluegrass instruments, but we’re going to change what that means.

Whatever that means, I’ll be following.

Thile has both the chops and the vision to alter the landscape of his genre forever.

USA Today

His new album, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, was just released and I grabbed it without hesitation. As usual I enjoy the tracks that feature him on mandolin more than him singing, though this is less true with How To Grow than his previous album, and only because I’m a bit of a purist. Be sure to check out “Watch ‘at Breakdown”, “The Beekeper”, “Cazadero”, “Heart In a Cage”*, “I’m Yours If You Want Me”* and “The Eleventh Reel”*.

It didn’t take much to drive me crazy, I guess I wasn’t that sane before.

Previously on CN: Chris Thile

LA from a Time/Space Distance

The above clip is an excerpt from a time-lapse video shot in LA entirely with a Canon 20D digital still camera. Download the full version in HD below – the flash video doesn’t really do it justice.

Also, if you haven’t already seen Grass Collective’s “moving art” footage of LA traffic at night, it’s definitely worth checking out as well.

LA from a Time/Space Distance

The above clip is an excerpt from a time-lapse video shot in LA entirely with a Canon 20D digital still camera. Download the full version in HD below — the flash video doesn’t really do it justice.

Also, if you haven’t already seen Grass Collective‘s “moving art” footage of LA traffic at night, it’s definitely worth checking out as well.

Josh Keyes



Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Keyes grew up surrounded by forests, and witnessed their decimation by the logging industry. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. His work has been published in New American Painters and exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

The following link is to his paintings, but be sure to check out his drawings as well.

Josh Keyes



Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Keyes grew up surrounded by forests, and witnessed their decimation by the logging industry. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. His work has been published in New American Painters and exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

The following link is to his paintings, but be sure to check out his drawings as well.

Flirting with Blindness Redux

Cross your eyes and focus on the center image. These two shots were taken a little over an hour apart by the SOHO satellite. Here are some more examples of stereoscopic photography done with ice crystals if you’re curious or having trouble seeing the 3D composite.

NASA’s STEREO mission, launching sometime around the 18th of October, will use two satellites placed ahead and behind Earth’s orbit to obtain stereoscopic images such as these but far more accurate and detailed. More at Wohba!:

Previously on CN: Flirting with Blindness

Flirting with Blindness Redux

Cross your eyes and focus on the center image. These two shots were taken a little over an hour apart by the SOHO satellite. Here are some more examples of stereoscopic photography done with ice crystals if you’re curious or having trouble seeing the 3D composite.

NASA’s STEREO mission, launching sometime around the 18th of October, will use two satellites placed ahead and behind Earth’s orbit to obtain stereoscopic images such as these but far more accurate and detailed. More at Wohba!:

Previously on CN: Flirting with Blindness