Former Phish bassist Mike Gordon has a new album with guitarist Leo Kottke. Sixty-Six Steps is really nice — even if you weren’t much of a phish fan, I’d recommend giving it a listen.

My favorite surprise is a great Yamar. One of my bigger dissapointments after 19 or so phish concerts is never getting to see them play Yamar (including one frustratingly close call in which it opened a show to which we arrived late). This is some consolation, at least.


Sorry, not that kind.

Trashpicts is mesmerizing (as read Rich’s dashlog day continues…).


I want to know how this supercool trick is done.


Lawrence Lessig points out that Yahoo unveiled a creative commons aware search engine last night. He explains the point clearly:

This is exciting news for us. It confirms great news about Yahoo!. I met their senior management last October. They had, imho, precisely the right vision of a future net. Not a platform for delivering whatever, but instead a platform for communities to develop. With the acquisition of Flickr, the step into blogging and now this tool to locate the welcome mats spread across the net, that vision begins to turn real.


Via we make money not art, who seems to have been at O’Reilly’s ETech conference this week:

Replicating Rapid-Prototyper:

Adrian Bowyer, from Bath University (England), envisions a make-it-all machine that would enable you to design and manufacture yourself plates and many other consumer goods.

Once they start making and taking their own hallucinogens as in Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis’ truly disturbing prescience will be again confirmed. provides a flash-based browseable network of music, arranged by similarity. The first screen I saw – based on similarity to the one artist I typed in – included lots of other artists I enjoy. Some were obvious links (Sigur Ros and Boards of Canada, for example), but others much less so.

The discography function doesn’t seem to work quite right, which is frustrating. Still, this is cool.

(via coolhunting.)


bug.jpg“eye of science” is a photographer + biologist team that uses all kinds of neat equipment to create rather beautiful images of things we normally don’t see, or of things we typically don’t see like that. The gallery is worthy of perusal, IMO. (via warrenellis / WorldChanging).


guitarbot_small.jpgFound via Feedster:

LEMUR is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR’s philosophy is to build robotic instruments that “play themselves.” In LEMUR designs, the robots are the instruments.

Check out the video of GuitarBot playing — very cool.


Via Boing Boing,
a Latvian artist decomposed an animation of a walking robot into a series of stencils, which were painted onto various urban scenes.

The result is stunning.

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