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Billy Got His Strat Back
Every once in a while, a happy story comes along in the world of Rock. Billy Corgan, frontman for the Smashing Pumpkins, had been missing his beloved yellow Fender Stratocaster since it was stolen at a 1992 concert in Detroit. The theft quickly became a cold case and except for the occasional rumor of its whereabouts, Billy had no reason to expect to ever see it again.
A thought-provoking yarn about workplace dynamics ...
Can snow really keep you warm?
Otters and reindeer know what they’re doing in order to stay comfortable in ultra-cold conditions. Inuits developed the same ability hundreds of years ago, but they weren’t born with it. They realized that snow contains a fair amount of air and air makes a good insulator.
In this short video from PBS Digital Studios, you’ll finally get the answer to that question you’ve always been asking ... “how the heck does an igloo manage to keep occupants warm when it’s made of frozen water?”
Amazing effort for a 30-second ad!
There are times when inventors simply blow my mind. I recently learned that Gatorade® created an entire electronically controlled system from scratch to produce this jaw-dropping ad for their G Active water. Combining motion-capture data with 2,500 switches opening and closing within milliseconds, the technique used to create this piece is simply brilliant. None of it is computer-rendered, it's filmed entirely with stop-action cameras!
Some Broadway musicals age very well!
“Wicked” cleverly tells the story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived to dampen things. It is the only Broadway musical I’ve had the pleasure of seeing twice. The second time, in 2009, was shared with many of my friends here at Pepper Group and a great time was had by all. On October 29, NBC aired “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway.” This hour-long special reunited Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, the original Elphaba and Glinda, for a heartwarming tribute to the musical.
Artists who purposefully avoid showing off technical skill have just as much validity as those who take a flashier approach.
Stronger than steel and Kevlar®.
Genetic engineering can be both wildly fascinating and wildly frightening. Researchers have known for a long time that spider silk is one of the strongest substances on earth, but it couldn't easily be manufactured on a mass scale. Sounds like a job for science!
Paper airplanes have reached new heights.
Are there any of you out there who don’t have a deep appreciation for the flight of a well-folded piece of paper? My own skills in this arena stopped advancing decades ago, but thank goodness for John Collins! While I’ve been busy honing my interactive media career, this guy has been mastering the art of folding exquisite paper airplanes. This month’s YouTube video gives us the chance to jump right onto the runway and partake in the fruits of John’s labors.