This mix of dozens of YouTube clips of musicians covering Radiohead’s Paranoid Android is a remarkable editing job:
Thanks to Paul Kim for sharing.
On their 20th anniversary as a band, Sloan has release their best album in a while. The Double Cross arranges song order, bleeds one song into another, and calls back to hooks from other songs in the way that made their 1998 album, Navy Blues, so amazing.
Like all of their albums, The Double Cross can be streamed for free or purchased in digital form (even in FLAC, audio nerds) from their website.
There is also a great series of short interviews with the band about the new album, and with other artists about their love of Sloan over the last 20 years.
A friend and client, Luis von Ahn, gave a great TEDx Talk at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Luis runs through the creation of the captcha, his project reCAPTCHA, and his new language learning project, Duolingo.
One of my favourite things about working with Luis, is that one of his lead developers and co-founder of Duolingo is actually blessed with the name Severin Hacker.
Reporting today on location in sunny Mountain View, California and the lovely Mozilla headquarters.
I’m doing a talk in the Mozilla lounge about the history of the mozilla websites called A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) today (April 12, 2011) at 12:30PM Pacific time (4:30pm Atlantic time for those back home on Prince Edward Island). The talk will be streamed live from the Air Mozilla website. Come watch.
The slides for the presentation are available in a few different formats. The video will also be archived - I’ll update this post with links when the video is available.
Update: Video of the talk is now available download or watch directly (if you have Firefox 4+ or Chrome): A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) - 14Mb Ogg Theora file (35 min). The lighting in the video favours the slides, so you can't really see me. Just picture someone handsome and dynamic in the dark to the left of the slides.
Fact: there is a Canadian-made Larrivee guitar on the International Space Station.
This animated map of nuclear explosions from 1945 to 1998 is remarkable to watch. Note how France and England both have extensive tests, but none on their own mainland. Watch through to the end to see an overlay of all explosions. Since this animation was compiled, North Korea has conducted two nuclear explosions.
According to an article from Scientific American about the idea of using a nuclear explosion to seal the Gulf of Mexico leak, the Soviet Union regularly used nuclear explosions for domestic projects:
The Soviet program, known as Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy, was launched in 1958. The project saw 124 nuclear explosions for such tasks as digging canals and reservoirs, creating underground storage caverns for natural gas and toxic waste, exploiting oil and gas deposits and sealing gas leaks. It was finally mothballed by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989.