The Post-Imperial Shaker

This cocktail shaking machine is based on a turn-of-the-century machine called an "Imperial Shaker",

and was built as part of The Touring Pop-up Sideshow Saloon event organized by the Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum. Technically, this machine uses a flywheel driven by a hand-crank, which pushes a 'crank-slider,' or pivoting piston. At the end of the crank-slider is a carriage where two cocktail shakers live. The elliptical motion produced by the crank-slider lends itself to mixing cocktails, as the ingredients are swirled horizontally as well as vertically.


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"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Exploding hydrogen balloons at Armenian political rally injure many

The promotional balloons were decorated with the governing party's election slogan "Let's believe in change".

The emergencies ministry said 144 people suffered burns when scores of balloons burst into flames at a concert staged by President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican party in Yerevan's central Republic Square.

"The balloons exploded and caught fire after people holding the bunches released them from their hands into the air," a witness told AFP.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions although police said they were looking into various potential reasons including the "improper storage of flammable substances".

E.g.... inside balloons.

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Whitney Music Box

These are a lot of fun:

var. 0 - chromatic - 48 tines:

In three minutes, the largest dot will travel around the circle once, the next largest dot will travel around the circle twice, the next largest dot three times, and so on. The dots are arranged to trigger notes on a chromatic scale when they pass the line.

Details here. Also cool: Wheel of Stars.

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Current Music: extremely precise

The Immortal

Revital Cohen:

A web of tubes and electric cords is interwoven in closed circuits through a Heart-Lung Machine, Dialysis Machine, an Infant Incubator, a Mechanical Ventilator and an Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine.

The organ replacement machines operate in orchestrated loops, keeping each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.

Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, an ECG device monitors the system's heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape.

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jwz mixtape 116

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 116.

This one has a bunch of zombies in it for some reason. These things happen.

Also, here's a new first: three of the videos that I wanted to include are not available on Youtube, only on Vimeo! I just left them out, because I didn't want to go through the hassle of uploading them. This has been happening more often lately, but not so many in a row before. I wonder if this will be a trend...

I normally find videos through Vimeo instead of Youtube, since that's where most of the music video bloggers reside, but it's unusual that the videos don't exist on Youtube as well. Vimeo just rolled out a new UI with a larger player that finally allows random access in the videos, so the site sucks significantly less now, but their CDN is fucked and you get 404 errors 80% of the time you try to download something, so my feeds are full of errors instead of videos.

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Current Music: as noted


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DNA Lounge: Wherein we've got walls and stickers.

The new bathrooms now have walls, ceilings, capped plumbing fixtures and working electricity. Progress marches on. Or at least moseys. Here are some photos of stuff:

I think Barry just christened the new men's room.

You can really get a sense of the (odd) shape of the room now.

Some day this will be a sink instead of a faucet stub.

After some adjustments, this piece of junk will be the bar in the back room.

Hey look, most of the front room's sound system has arrived.

New, small ice maker. Sufficient? Time will tell.

Also! We have new stickers. The new ones are green-on-black instead of black-on-white and white-on-black like the old batch. Just $1 each, go get 'em!

But most importantly (to me, anyway) these actually have the correct aspect ratio. Whoever printed the old stickers stretched the image to fit the sticker instead of centering it, meaning the circular part of the logo wasn't actually a circle. Most people wouldn't notice this, but it always drove me crazy.

I regret to report that these stickers do not glow in the dark. Our t-shirts glow in the dark, but after literally years of trying, we were unable to find anyone who can print glow-in-the-dark green ink on paper or vinyl products. Shirts, yes; stickers, no. Oh, sure, some of them will say they can print green, but what they mean by that is glowstick yellow, which is a little bit green-ish, but is not in fact the DNA Green. I decided it was better to have a non-glowing logo than a yellow logo, so there you have it. (A few months back I bitched about this at length on my other blog -- part 1 and part 2 -- if you're interested in the details of this fool's errand.)


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