Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Juneau - Orcas
Hubbard Ice Floe
Hubbard Glacier - Panorama
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Orca - Under water
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
British Columbia, CA
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Granville Island - Juggler
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Carnival Cruise - Leaving New York
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
San Francisco - A mural on the side of a sporting goods store. See more of my San Francisco photos here.
San Francisco - Golden Gate bridge. This shot was taken from our room balcony; so, I couldn't get the entire bridge. See more of my San Francisco photos here.
The bay in San Pedro, California. Leaving on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Vision of the Seas. As we left the bay, we sailed into a complete fog. I'm not from the LA area, so I can't tell you if that is smog or thick fog and clouds.
Orcas in Victoria - The male with the large dorsal is Ruffles. You can see more of the whales in my Flickr account.
Friday, September 17, 2004
We went to the performance at the Briar Street Theatre and ended up sitting near the back of the theatre in row "U". The show was a lot of fun and alternates between a Blue Man version of mime and some great percussion with a rock-jazz sound.
My one complaint would be the cost of tickets, $56 each. I thought that was a bit steep for a show. But, the house was packed; so, it looks like simple supply and demand.
One of the neat things about the Blue Man Group is that they have a lot of instruments that look like they made them. I am not sure if they were the originators of the PVC (plastic tubing) instruments or not, but they use them in their act extensively. Seeing these instruments made from PVC made me think that it would be fun to make one with my kids. I started by searching the internet and found some web sites that detail the process of making a drumbone. If we actually get this to work, I will post a photo and some recordings to let you know what it sounds like.
In the process of searching for PVC instrument information, I found the Blue Man Library site that has a lot of information about the group. One thing that I found very interesting is that the Blue Man Group is really a bunch of groups that play in different venues. In an entertainment world that is focused on exalting the individual, the Blue Man Group has instead exalted their art by sharing the music, sets, performance, instruments and the unique idea of "Blue Men" with other artist. You see this as a normal part of the Broadway theatre, but not normally with a band of any musical genre. I would be interested to hear of other groups that have duplicated their musical experience.
If you are looking for something different to do while on vacation, I would recommend the Blue Man experience. Check out their site for tickets and see which venue is close to you. The show is suitable for any age that enjoys music and silliness. The music is occasionally loud; so, take that into consideration for younger children or older people that don't like loud music. Sit anywhere in the theatre and enjoy the show.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Vivismo is an internet search site to speed the process of elimination when you do an internet search. Instead of browsing a few thousand (if you are lucky) entries, you see the results grouped into categories.
Try this as an example. Say you want to search for information about monkeys in space. Go to Google and enter the text "space monkey" without the quotes. When I did the search on Google, my result list was 1,140,000 entries long. Now, I know the entry I want is there; but on what page?
Now go to Vivismo and enter the same text, "space monkey" and search. You will see 10 or so major groupings for the result set on the left. By scanning the groups, you can see that the one you are looking for would be in the Astronaut group. Click the (+) sign next to the Astronaut text and you will see the groups further delineated. Click on "Animal Astronauts" and you should see two references to real monkeys in space.
Try this with some of your usual searches and see if the Vivismo clustering helps.