This Delta Blues legend was the oldest performer to win a Grammy. He played with Muddy Waters, BB King and many others, and kept gigging right up to the very end.
Join the Hive!
Posted by buzzwood in fun & games 12 years ago
Received this game as a Christmas gift, made out of funny little wooden blocks. Didn't make any sense until we visited the website, which taught us how to play.  
 
Now, when friends want to join the game, we send them to the website first for a little 'training session'. But, even the more experienced players still like to play against the computer in this truly addicting insect-chess game.
Mix Your Own Reggae Dub
Posted by buzzwood in entertainment 12 years ago
...And many other styles. Become a bad master DJ loopin' fool in no time with just the click of a mouse. 'Dread at the Controls' is fun. Get Down!
For the Record - Presto!
Posted by buzzwood in history 12 years ago
PRESTO Recording Corporation was a power-house company in the broadcast and recording industry, and most radio stations and networks that made use of disc recorders for delayed broadcast, or air checks, etc., were users of PRESTO EQUIPMENT. All of the major broadcast network headquarters, as well as many recording studios used PRESTO recorders.  
 
Good photos. Also some great amps, reel-to-reels and other info. In this  
world of computers and .mp3's, I really kind of miss this stuff...
One of the most comprehensive sites on the web covering aviation history; "To Fly is Everything..." contains a digital library that includes numerous books and articles, mostly dating to the turn of the century. Our photo gallery contains video clips of early craft in flight, and numerous photographs of early planes. The Tale of the Aeroplane provides a brief account of how the airplane was invented. The plane database provides details on several early craft. Our inventor's gallery contains a description of various personalities who worked in the field.  
 

I really enjoyed examining the original Wright Brothers 1903 patent, found here. But, there's tons of other cool stuff, too.

Ever since the launch of the first Sputnik in 1957, space exploration has advanced on two fronts, manned and unmanned. The manned missions are well known--from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, to the Space Shuttle and the proposed Space Station Freedom. Millions have watched "Apollo 13" or "The Right Stuff."  
 
In contrast, the exploration of space by unmanned spacecraft has remained almost invisible. The world applauded in 1958, when Explorers 1 and 3 discovered the radiation belt, but the many missions which followed are virtually unknown.  
 
Here is a glimpse of that other side of the space adventure.
Cool Text is an online graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you might need an impressive logo without a lot of work. We provide real-time generation of graphics that are customized exactly the way you want them.  
 
Simply choose what kind of image you would like to create. Then fill out a form and you'll have your own image created on the fly.  
 
.png .gif .jpg supported, with many options, fonts and backgrounds, even animations...
Thirst is deadlier than hunger. Deprived of food, you might survive for a few weeks, but deprived of liquid refreshment, you would be lucky to last more than a few days. Only breathing matters more. Tens of thousands of years ago, early humans foraging in small bands had to remain near rivers, springs and lakes in order to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water, since storing or carrying it was impractical. The availability of water constrained and guided mankind's progress. Drinks have continued to shape human history ever since.  
 
Six drinks in particular -- beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola -- chart the flow of world history.
After three years of development, SpaceX's privately-made Falcon 1 rocket is set for its debut launch Saturday from a seven-acre isle in the Central Pacific. Liftoff remains targeted for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT).  
 
The two-stage rocket will launch the Air Force Academy's cadet-built FalconSat 2 science spacecraft into a 250 by 310 mile orbit inclined 39 degrees to the equator. The tiny satellite will probe space plasma that can impact communications and GPS navigation accuracy.
Virtual Mellotron
Posted by buzzwood in gadgets 12 years ago
The Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum brings you the Mellotron...  
 
This site has an excellent animation of the inner workings of the Mellotron mechanism.  
 
Love that King Crimson Link, badbunny!
As I drove along the isolated, twisting mountain roads of the Monongahela National Forest, state code §20-2-4 was going through my mind. It's a West Virginia statute that makes it legal to take home and eat roadkill. I was headed to Marlinton, a small mountain community that had invited me to participate as a judge in their annual Harvest Festival.  
 
I'm a big fan of these regional celebrations, and have attended many. From Apple Days in Julian, California to the Jack Frost Ice Fishing Festival in Spooner, Wisconsin, these events are a great opportunity for towns to celebrate community pride and showcase their unique regional flair.  
 
While community pride is definitely on display in Marlinton, the regional flair is, well... a little earthy. In a few hours, I would be sampling over a dozen of West Virginia's finest roadkill recipes.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” - Albert Einstein  
 
We attempt to follow this dictum so you can make holograms easily. The procedures we propose herein are as simple as it is physically possible. In the process, we make holography not only as simple as possible, but safer, less expensive, and more accessible to young people...  
 
(Lasers, young people... Perhaps 'blinded by science' has never been so appropriate.)  
I've enjoyed watching the show. At first glance, this site may look like one of those promo fluff sites. Poke around though, and one finds there's not only the TV stuff (scripts, travel details, video clips for 59 episodes), but also the Graffiti Wall: Share tips with other travelers on more than 100 topics. And the links page contains one incredible collection of travel related links.  
 
Also of note is the work and speaking Rick has done for NORML.  
Rick's Speech at NORML 2005  
Go, Rick.  
(If you're not familiar with NORML, find out why this is getting such HIGH votes with so few HITS, cough, cough!)
Street Scams of Barcelona
Posted by buzzwood in destinations 12 years ago
Numerous accounts of unsuspecting targets parting or nearly parting with their cash, wallets, bags, you name it. Of course, these things happen in every city, not just Barcelona, so could be of value to any traveler.
The Boston Story
Posted by buzzwood in entertainment 12 years ago
In the 'Letter from Tom Scholz':  
 
"Far more interesting than who played on that first record was how it was actually made. Under John Boylan's direction, all 3 of the North Shore crew joined Brad in LA as a decoy for CBS, while I actually overdubbed the various instrument tracks back in Boston."  
 
Even if you're not a fan, the story of this 'band' is quite an interesting one. For instance, all the vocals, lead and harmony, were done by one guy, Brad Delp. More Than a Feeling, It's Been Such a Long Time; all of the three first albums were sung entirely by this former Mr. Coffee assembler.