Apr 7, 2009

I love Uke!

When most people hear the word "Ukulele" they think of either:


Jake Shimabukuru is well on his way to changing both of these perceptions, as the video below ably demonstrates.

Jake himself was born in Honolulu, so you might say that the ability to play the Ukulele was already in his genetic makeup. Receiving his first Uke at age 4, he was soon taking the instrument in new directions, adding effects pedals and inventing new ways of playing the instrument. From his humble beginning playing at a local cafe in Honolulu, Jake has gone on to play in major venues all over the world, performing all types of music for all types of people. You can tell by watching that he truly loves what he does, and I think you'll join me in saying that we truly love it too!

High-Speed Photography

Harold Edgerton was a professor of electrical engineering at M.I.T. who pioneered the use of stroboscopic lights in photography, especially as a means of capturing objects that were moving much too fast to be seen by the human eye. Take this photo of a bullet passing through an apple. Thanks to Dr. Edgerton's work, we can plainly see the moment when the bullet pierces the apple, which would be impossible to see otherwise.

In the following photo, we can see another moment normally invisible to the eye: a golf ball indented by the club at the moment of impact!

Perhaps the most striking images are those he captured for the military as they were testing the atomic bomb. Here is a set of three photographs taken at a speed of 1/100,000,000th of a second:

Above you see the first millionth of a second after the detonation.

In the next millisecond you can see the bomb's energy traveling down the tower's guide wires as the rest of it vaporizes the tower. The desert floor below is instantly transformed into a sea of glass.

A millionth of a second later, the sphere of nuclear destruction completely engulfs the surrounding area, including the Joshua Trees you see silhouetted at ground level which will cease to exist in the next millisecond!

Thanks to the pioneering work of Harold Edgerton, we can now see things that were previously unknown to us, and the techniques he invented are now being used the world over to better understand the amazing world in which we live.

Amazing Lunch Bag Art!

Consider the plain brown lunch bag. For generations it has been the container of choice for carrying lunches to school. Though functional, it was also perfectly boring.

Not anymore!

Some creative folks are decorating their kid's lunch bags with a wide variety of excellent artwork, and thanks to the internet we all get to share in their artistic endeavors!

The Lunch Bag Art blog is by an anonymous dad who enjoys drawing all kinds of cool stuff on his kid's bags, like Chewbacca, above!

Over at LUNCH BAG ARTIST.COM Matthew Roberts posts his own spectacular efforts, such as this Curious George bag, below:

Kinda makes me wish one of my parents had been an artist!