Posts from December 2008

  • The history of Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, etc.
  • This iconic, cliched, overused Apollo 8 picture of the Earth from the Moon is still incredible.
  • "My process of interviewing people is I do not interview people," said the cheerful Hustwit. "I'm trying to get them to forget that they're being interviewed." Also, signs of increased interactivity: "Are you a robot?" [via glass]
  • In a perfect world their jobs would depend on their accuracy rather than their ability to produce entertaining content. [via long now]
  • "We looked at the most compelling social sites across the web, from Twitter to Tumblr, Pownce to FriendFeed, and more. And then we built an application around open standards to offer you the best features of each of these services, on your own site."
  • self-explanatory, I believe.

Cyclocross Sounds

I went to a cyclocross race for the first time in Portland this weekend to take some pictures. Unfortunately I left my camera batteries at home so I had to get by with my sound recorder and a little video camera I had with me. The main thing I wanted to capture was the sound of the race. The cyclists don't make much noise, but the crowd comes armed with cowbells or even pots and pans to rally the cyclists as they go past. The noise ebbed and flowed as the riders were on different parts of the course. Here's a sample:

The cowbells give the cheering a distinct sound. If you're curious about what it looked like, here are some of the video clips I shot: