Friday, November 17, 2006

Ivy Growing On A Tree, Final Version

12 sec. Quicktime, 3.6 Mb

This is the final version of the time-lapse video of the ivy growing on the tree in my back yard. This was made by taking two pictures per day from 7/08/06 to 10/20/06. I then used Quicktime pro to convert this to a video. I thougt this would be a hefty file, but I was able to preserve the quality and large size of the picture, while compressing it to a easily downloadable file size. About 4 seconds into the video you can see that I cut the ivy at the bottom of the picture and new buds begin to take off. The latter part of the video was made during a relatively wet period and the ivy hit a rapid growth spurt.

My other time-lapse videos can be seen here.

The post about the previous videos is here.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Beck on Saturday Night Live, Clap Hands!

I have previously only been a minor fan of Beck, but after his appearance on SNL last Saturday night, I will have to reconsider. I missed his first song, but their second time out was outrageous. As far as I am concerned this might be the best SNL musical performance ever.....that is of course next to Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo doing 'Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes' back in 1986. Anyway here is the video of Clap Hands. Somebody please let me know if this performance becomes available for download in mp3 format because the version from his album, Guerolito, is not quite as rousing.

UPDATE 11/04/06: You can get the mp3 version and more from Culture Bully.

New Update 11/11/06: The SNL version has been removed, but it lasted longer than I expected it to. Here is a version from German television, it is a little shorter, and there is no harmonica as in the SNL version, but it is still okay. The mp3 version of the SNL performance is still available from Culture Bully.

Update 8/12/07:It looks like the SNL episode was replayed last night because people are on the net looking for it. It has been reposted on YouTube so I changed the above link to the active one. Get it while it lasts!

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