We’ve made it to mid-week. Congratulations! Unfortunately my brain is unable to arrange information in anything other than bullet points.
- Not the latest breaking news, but I just found out about something troubling close to home. Rudies Coffee House on West Seventh burned down last month. Arson is suspected. Super shitty. Sounds like the owners are planning to rebuild/reopen though. I hope they do.
- My love for This American Life is continually renewed. Last weekend’s episode, Somewhere Out There, featured a segment using the Drake equation - which relates to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe - and applied it to the quest for a suitable romantic partner on planet earth. Sounds like the odds are roughly the same for either search.
- The Mondo XX juggling fest is happening this weekend in St. Paul. I doubt I’ll be dropping by but a conversation about it (and Michael Moschen, who handled David Bowie’s balls in Labyrinth) led to the discovery of The Ministry of Manipulation. They are a foundation for new circus development and maintain an interesting blog I plan to return to. I particularly enjoyed this classic TV clip of Dom DeLuise performing a trick on the Johnny Carson show.
- Manipulation of a different sort…I’ve been fascinated by the Mahayana Kung Fu monks. Definitely going to watch National Geographic’s Secrets of the Kung Fu Temple soon.
- I oohed and ahhhhed during this TED demo of Siftables: the toy blocks that think, thinking how cool they would be for my son to play with. But I realized they’d also be perfect for Angry Butterfly. About five minutes into the demo there’s a bit about using the siftables for music sequencing and live performance. I want! Now I just need some qrio robots to be my backup dancers.
- These Vegetarian Nikes, made out of fruit and vegetables, made me go huh. As did one die-hard Flight of the Conchords fan, and their creation of the FOTC Reality Tour (version 2.4): “a slightly feeble attempt to map the FOTC Manhattan/NYC locations.”
Can you tell how very exhausted I am? Time to shut down for the evening. And maybe finish watching The Host via Netflix Instant.