Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story - Documentary to debut at SXSW

Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story from Delicious Filmworks on Vimeo.

Jonathan Nowak co-directed this documentary about a Belgian couple (Godfried Willem-Raes and Moniek Darge)and their love for each other and of robots and music. The film will be debuting at SXSW this year and looks amazing.

Godfried's theories about new music got him kicked out of a Belgian conservatory and sparked his development of a robotic orchestra, bicycle symphony and an instrument based on sonar reactions to a dancing nude body (Warning it's a bit NSFW).

I had the fortune of working with Jonathan back in my advertising days on the best project I ever was a part of. Congrats, Jonathan.

Film website

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Mac Dawg - Free CD from Mt. Holly Municipal Records

I first met Mac Dawg outside the Capital Theater in Olympia Washington shortly after we both arrived. He from Kent, Washington (an outer ring suburb of Seattle), me from Minneapolis, Minnesota (an outer ring suburb of Mt. Holly).

Here was this dude who looked a bit like Paul Shafer in a tie die carrying a tape case on which he had drawn a ghetto blaster and a piece of corrugated cardboard advertising "Will freestyle on any topic 25¢ " I gave him 75¢ to rap about the girl I was with, Pizza Hut, and Moby Dick which he did, flawlessly. I bought a couple of the tapes he was selling from his own label, Krazed Up Records.

Read more and download here: Mt. Holly Municipal Records

More recent jams on MySpace, YES!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

My Rocket-Wielding Blast-Off Ice Fishing Tip-Up

This week, I outfitted my ice fishing sledge with a rattle-reel, a super-sketchy homebrew detonator (the trigger involves a guitar pick) and a launch pad. Now, I know when a fish bites because a rocket launches.

No one lost a hand today, but we did lose 2 rockets.

Thanks to the dudes at mission control: Dave, Jake and Jeff.

Here's a hi-res photo of the set-up:


Friday, February 04, 2011

Kahn Ice Gardens - The story of a homemade backyard ice rink

Late Night Skate from Joshua Kahn on Vimeo.

What do people in Minnesota do in the long cold winters? They dream shit up. Then they build it. This is the story of my pal Joshua Kahn's homemade backyard ice rink. Now keep in mind, this thing is in his backyard in Typical Suburbia, USA. Also, note that we've had 60 inches of snow this year. Look at the quality of that ice!

I'd like to say that this is a unique project, but it's not, these things pop up all over the Twin Cities Area. Still, Josh's rink is pretty incredible. The sophistication grows every year, like lights embedded below the ice to create the scrimmage lines and a homebuilt push Zamboni. I know Josh has been tinkering with an Arduino controlled scoreboard as a future enhancement. Nice!