(T+A #40) Technology and the Arts: 7/30/2008

(T+A #40) Technology and the Arts: 7/30/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including an expanded look at FriendFeed, a video asking Bush or Batman? and Knol, Google’s answer to Wikipedia.nPlus, we discuss the passing of “last lecture” professor Randy Pausch and the emergence of Cuil, the latest search engine to take on Google. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 19 MB. Time: 39 min., 59 sec.

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Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #40

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including an expanded look at FriendFeed, a video asking Bush or Batman? and Knol, Google’s answer to Wikipedia.nPlus, we discuss the passing of “last lecture” professor Randy Pausch and the emergence of Cuil, the latest search engine to take on Google. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 19 MB. Time: 39 min., 59 sec.

Related Links:

  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

“Last Lecture” Prof. Randy Pausch passes away

News broke this morning that Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Randy Pausch, whose inspirational “Last Lecture” was discussed in episodes 20 and 21 of the Technology and the Arts podcast, has died. He was 47.

Dr. Pausch gained international notoriety after he gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007 in which he disclosed that he learned he had terminal pancreatic cancer a year earlier, talked about his childhood dreams and how he managed to realize most of those dreams (the one he didn’t realize was playing in the NFL…but soon after the speech, the Pittsburgh Steelers invited him to a training camp session). The inspirational lecture was meant to show his children and others how to achieve their goals in life.

Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Zaslow, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus, attended the lecture and wrote about it. Bloggers and traditional media jumped all over the story, and more than 10 million people have reportedly watched video of the lecture on the Web.

Thank you, Dr. Pausch, for making your last days count for so much. You will be missed, but definitely not forgotten.

Read more:

Randy Pausch: An Enduring Legacy – Carnegie Mellon

New York Times’ Well Blog.

(T+A #39) Technology and the Arts: 7/16/2008

(T+A #39) Technology and the Arts: 7/16/2008

Sorry, this is a few hours late…had some last-minute editing issues. – BK

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including FriendFeed.com, RememberTheMilk.com, and FreeLDAP.org. Plus, we discuss the recent Art All Night event in Trenton, NJ, Radiohead’s innovative “House of Cards” music video, and “The Googling,” a series of Google-based comedy sketch videos by The Vacationeers comedy group, and more. Also, the podcast welcomes back John LeMasney to the program. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 38 min., 4 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #39

Art All Night 2008 - Trenton, NJ

Art All Night 2008 - Trenton, NJ

Sorry, this is a few hours late…had some last-minute editing issues. – BK

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including FriendFeed.com, RememberTheMilk.com, and FreeLDAP.org. Plus, we discuss the recent Art All Night event in Trenton, NJ, Radiohead’s innovative “House of Cards” music video, and “The Googling,” a series of Google-based comedy sketch videos by The Vacationeers comedy group, and more. Also, the podcast welcomes back John LeMasney to the program. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 38 min., 4 sec.

Related Links:

  • Here are some things Brian mentioned:
  • He appeared on a live webcast called “Sunday Jams” on July 13, playing accordion and organ for his friend, singer-songwriter Christian Beach. Check out the video here or at the bottom of this post.
  • Brian went to this year’s XPoNential (XPN) Music Festival in Camden, NJ, July 10-13, and saw a number of great acts, including Joan Osborne, Nicole Atkins, Chuck Prophet, Blind Boys of Alabama, and a whole lot more. Check out Brian’s photos from the event.
  • Improv Everywhere strikes again with a “Human Mirror” in a NYC subway car.
  • The Vacationeers present “The Googling,” a series of funny Google-based shorts.
  • Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame presents the live music webcast, “Live from Daryl’s House.”
  • There are works of art by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and others on the moon right now, thanks to artist Forrest “Frosty” Myers and a clever NASA engineer’s plan to send art into space with the 1969 Apollo 12 mission.
  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

Christian Beach – Live on Sunday Jams, 7/13/08

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Above is a Ustream.tv archive of a live “Sunday Jams” performance by Christian Beach on July 13, 2008. The backing band, which comes on for the fourth song, features Gorgo (mandolin, bass, backing vocals), John Pfeiffer (guitars, dobro), Michael Scotto (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and yours truly (organ, accordion, tambourine).

Set List:
1. Shadows (Christian Beach solo)
2. Cemetery Friends (Christian Beach solo)
3. Don’t Want to Be a Lonely Man (Christian Beach w/ Gorgo)
4. The Finest Day (Christian w/ full band)
5. Great Ideas (Christian w/ full band)
6. Poet of the Great Plains (Christian w/ full band)
7. Song for Matthew (Christian w/ full band)
8. Open Spaces (Christian w/ full band)

(T+A #38) Technology and the Arts: 7/2/2008

( T+A #38 ) Technology and the Arts: 7/2/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the Trons, a robot band out of New Zealand, and the immense visual treat that is “The Wall” at Philadelphia’s new Comcast Center skyscraper. Plus, we discuss the latest cinematic gem from Pixar, “Wall-E”…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 7 MB. Time: 14 min, 4 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #38

Comcast Center Video Wall

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the Trons, a robot band out of New Zealand, and the immense visual treat that is “The Wall” at Philadelphia’s new Comcast Center skyscraper. Plus, we discuss the latest cinematic gem from Pixar, “Wall-E”…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 7 MB. Time: 14 min, 4 sec.

Related Links:

  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

A couple of Christian Beach videos for you, featuring Brian on organ (top video) and on accordion (bottom video).


Christian Beach – “Great Ideas”
Live at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, 7/1/2008
(Video courtesy of NJIronMom)


Christian Beach – “Way Back Home”
Live at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, 7/1/2008
(Video courtesy of NJIronMom)