Jolly Lama RGB Juggling Balls

I was at MerleFest this weekend listening to Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alison Kraus, etc.

When it got dark someone started selling these glowing juggling balls with an RGB LED inside that quickly strobed through all three colors, creating the illusion of constant white light. The effect of this was when you moved or tossed the ball around the white light’s persistence deteriorated, creating a cool rainbow ghosting trail. Maybe these are common in different circles but they are completely new to me.

Check the videos for a better idea of what I’m talking about. You can buy them from the same guy I bought them from at his company’s website: $14 for a set of three.

KeyPort

While still in pre-production, the KeyPort is designed to collect all your keys into one compact unit. You can make copies of your original keys on special blanks and program the built in wireless remote for your car. Other features include RFID and an LED flashlight.

No word on price, but the idea is so simple it would be silly to charge a premium for novelty – there will be plenty of copycats in due time.

KeyPort

While still in pre-production, the KeyPort is designed to collect all your keys into one compact unit. You can make copies of your original keys on special blanks and program the built in wireless remote for your car. Other features include RFID and an LED flashlight.

No word on price, but the idea is so simple it would be silly to charge a premium for novelty — there will be plenty of copycats in due time.

Evolution Street





You probably definitely want to check the full size version. I wish I knew who the artist was, where it’s located, etc. – all those really interesting/useless things us monkeys like to keep track of.

Update: the artist is Blu who can also be seen around Megunica. (Thanks Josue.)

Evolution Street





You probably definitely want to check the full size version. I wish I knew who the artist was, where it’s located, etc. — all those really interesting/useless things us monkeys like to keep track of.

Update: the artist is Blu who can also be seen around Megunica. (Thanks Josue.)

Live Webcast from Coachella 2007

Tis the season for music festivals. AT&T is broadcasting live video from this year’s Coachella in Indio, California starting this Friday, the 27th of April and ending on Sunday the 29th.

The acts this year read like a hall of fame: Bj√∂rk, DJ Shadow, Rufus Wainwright, Nickel Creek, Of Montreal, Amy Winehouse, The Noisettes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Ghostface Killah, CocoRosie, The Roots, Damien Rice, Infected Mushroom, Lily Allen, Mika … I don’t know, a lot.

Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP

Still touring for her album Ys, now somewhere in the UK, Joanna Newsom released an EP with her acoustic band this Tuesday (the 24th of April) with one new song and two pulled in from the past and reworked. As the review on Pitchfork says:

(…) touring seems to have sanded some of the snags off of Newsom’s voice; she’s singing better here than she has on record before.

I’m not posting the new track, “Colleen” – about a woman who’s forgotten she was once a whale – because that’s shady. Go buy the EP, it’s like four dollars. And that song is really good. Here’s her remake of “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie”, originally from the album The Milk-Eyed Mender.

Previously: Joanna Newsom Redux