Monday, February 28, 2005

ARS Electronica CENTER

ARS Electronica CENTER

Gotta get to this museum in Austria someday. Overall the focus is art and technology. This particular link goes to a flight simulator, not an airplane simulator, but a superman style flight simulator. The picture might be little hard to understand at first. There's a person suspended in the center of ring wearing a virtual reality helmet. Reminds me of our too brief experience with hang gliding. I wonder if the feeling is similar.



I saw this on Discoveries this Week a few weeks ago. It's like the coolest set of leggos you could ever imagine. You put the pieces together including a motor or two. When you're done, you move it around and it remembers the movements and plays them back. It's supposed to teach lessons about physics (mass, center of gravity, etc.), but I know if I got a set of these as a kid it would have been battle city, follwed by me getting older and having the topobots ... er, do other things to each other. Not available quite yet.

Black Box Theatre

Black Box Theatre

I've always been intrigued by this little alternative performance space on LSU's campus. I've only ever been able to attend one event, but I'm set to try another this week with "What are you trying to tell me?," The cost is $5 and the times are 7:30 W-Sat and 2:30 Sun.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"With this performance, I'm playing with the trust we place in our personal relationships and social systems, composed of seemingly conclusive knowledge and reliable source material," said Shkreli. "I try to tap into the assumptions we all carry about language. I'm fascinated with the larger questions of how we've agreed that arbitrary signs carry meaning around which we craft our whole lives. What moves us forward even though language is so unstable?"

I'll post something after I see it Thursday night.

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Friday Cocktail

For the first of what I plan to be a weekly series, we start with the classic Manhattan


Fill and old fashioned glass with ice
Dash or three of Angostura Bitters
2 ounces high quality bourbon - Maker's Mark or Knob Creek are my standards
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth - If you can at all find Vya vermouth it will be worth the cost. After Mike gave me a bottle once, I couldn't drink a regular Manhattan for months after I ran out.
cherry for garnish

Most recipe books serve this strained in a cocktail glass, but I like to let the ice mellow it out a little. Next time I find some Vya vermouth I might try the strained cocktail version.

Enjoy the weekend!

Monkey Robots

Janet and I at the SpanishTown parade the Saturday of Mardi Gras weekend. Clicking on the pic will take you to a full-sized image hosted by Once there, you can also see more pics from that day. Thanks to Pudd for sending me several of these pics.

South by Southwest

South by Southwest

The schedule is out. If you go to the schedule, every band with a little cassette tape next to it has a free mp3 for your listening pleasure. There are a ton of new acts to sample. You can also stream the songs using the sxsw player and if you like something, click it to check it out in more detail.

Damn you and your quantitative reasoning!

Just had it pointed out to me that this experiment really began on the first day of my 34th year of existence. Damn that quantitative reasoning. Well, I'm not going to change the web address and all that, so I just had to change the About blurb to be accurate. And they practically beg me to teach statistics.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Probably most of you have already seen the movie (if you haven't do yourself a favor and find it somewhere), but I was just given the soundtrack by my friends Leanne and Casey for my birthday. It's got all the wierd portugese cover songs and a few other greats. But, my favorite is Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op by Mark Mothersbaugh. The link should play the whole song. It's also now my ringtone. I love how the song starts as a peppy minimalist techno tune, then builds into a fully orchestrated piece replacing the synths and drum machine. It really starts the work day off right.

Thanks Leanne and Casey

BTW - There will likely be several posts today, including a Friday afternoon cocktail.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment

Not sure what kind of omen this is, but for my first link blog, I google experiment and use the I Feel Lucky Option and get good old Phillip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment. For those who don't remember or didn't take intro psych this study demonstrates the power of roles to affect individuals behavior. Zimbardo placed college kids in either the role of prisoner or guard and within days saw tremendous behavioral and emotional transformations. I was (and many others were) reminded of this experiment when the atrocities at Abu Ghraib were made public.

So, it's a bit darkish, but overall I think a fine start to my own experiment. Something a little different, a little bit topical (well not really that topical, but for someone starting a blog in 2005, meh), and something I know a ton about, find fascinating, and worth sharing with friends and strangers.

Something New

Today is my birthday.
I am 33.
I am a researcher looking for a creative outlet.
I have the web running in the background almost all the time.
I'm addicted to and Josh Rubin's Cool Hunting (and several others)

Hence, Experiment 33

What should you expect from Experiment 33?
A new link to something I find interesting and worth sharing every workday that I didn't find via or Cool Hunting, or any of the other favorite links I'll post somewhere.
Probably some commentary and stories from my life.

Why should you care?
I don't know. That's part of the experiment, figuring out if anyone will find this, and if anyone will care. The other part is to see if I can really find something interesting every day that doesn't come from my usual sources.