Archive for the ‘news to me’ Category



May 3, 2010

Mark Deutsch puts about 30 sympathetic strings on a 5-string upright bass and calls it a Bazantar.

Direct yt link

Higher quality video at Vimeo


News to me: The Screamers existed.

September 17, 2008

They were an LA Eopunk band from the late 70’s that I just learned about at Din’s Bloggy, where Eric effuses:

There’s something so compelling and urgent about his [ vocalist Tomata du Plenty] presence, that watching him one can get the feeling that the speed of time passing has changed, that the parameters of perception have been messed with. Backed by distorted analog keyboards and no guitars, he howls and stalks the stage like a beat poet cross-bred with a hyena, frightening, exciting, dangerous and beautiful.

Go read his post and click his links, that’s all I got for you.


News to me: some rocks grow.

June 4, 2008




News to me: Buster Keaton was in a Samuel Beckett movie.

April 22, 2008

It was called “Film.” Here it is at UbuWeb. Here it is at YouTube (part 1, 2, 3).


News to me: the Antikythera mechanism exists. Actual news: someone figured out how it worked.

February 19, 2008

According to the bloggotubes, it was an ancient roman mechanical astronomical computer. It looks like this:

artifact.jpg (wikimedia)

…and here’s a reconstruction:

recons.jpg (photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty, from news article)

Here’s the Guardian article, wikipedia, an informative link, and another informative link.



News to me II: The Borometz (aka the Scythian Lamb or the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary) exists, at least as an idea.

August 30, 2007


Images link to their sources.

More info at Monsterpedia, and from an USDA librarian.

Thanks again, Ainz.


News to me: Hurricane balls exist.

August 30, 2007

Hurricane Ball #1

Originally uploaded by stillthedudeabides
See also

Thanks, Ainz.