Archive for May, 2008
Today in the parking lot at the Ikea in College Park, MD, we spotted a car that appeared to be autographed by Jane Goodall just above a busted fender. The signature includes the line “I did not do this!!”
At first I thought it was a joke, but then when I got home I found a couple of Jane Goodall autographs online, and the letters J and G are eerily similar to the signature on the car:
It’s a good thing I had to work from home today, because otherwise I would have seen Vic Chesnutt play at NPR today.
Okay, that sounds strange, so lemme explain. I’m a big fan of Vic’s, ever since helping organize a free concert with him and Bob Mould at Northwestern 15 years ago. Today, though, I got an email just as I arrived home that he’d be playing a few songs at NPR, at Bob Boilen’s desk. I was really bummed about missing it, and Jon Foreman twittered that it was a shame he didn’t have my Nokia N95 on hand to stream it. So I suggested he set up a Mogulus account on Bob’s laptop so I could watch it from home. The result is this live video stream:
It’s currently 2:20. Still waiting for Vic to perform. Looking forward to it. -andy
So I was working at my desk yesterday when Weekend Edition Sunday producer Davar Ardalan suddenly appeared with Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday?, a nonpartisan group that produces a fascinating video blog about electoral reform. (In case you’re wondering about the name, it’s based on the question of why on earth U.S. elections are held on a Tuesday, when most people are stuck at work.) Jacob has been participating in Weekend Edition’s Sunday Soapbox blog, which features political commentaries from video bloggers and podcasters, and he was in town for some meetings. (He’s also headed to a Memorial Day clam bake at Joe Trippi’s horse farm; hope he shoots some video while he’s there.)
We ended up running across the street to the local Starbucks to grab a drink and enjoy the first tolerably warm temps we’ve had in a few days. It didn’t take long for me to whip out my N95 and record an impromptu interview with Jacob about Why Tuesday? and electoral reform:
Low-res version of a giant panorama photo I took at DC’s Union Station. View the high-res version.
As some of you may know, I’ve been testing out a Gigapan panorama photo system over the last week, after I received a loaner of their robotic camera mount from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. I brought it in to NPR to demonstrate it to colleagues and go on a photo safari to photograph the architecture at Union Station. Apparently, as far as Union Station’s security operations are concerned, that’s a criminal offense, since we nearly got arrested.
Here’s a low-res version of the photo. Click the image to see the extreme high-res, half-a-gigapixel Gigapan version. (Don’t worry, it loads dynamically, so don’t worry about the size of the pic.)