TIL: About the Chapman Stick

Posted on December 14th, 2013 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Art, Weird Stuff.

Today I learned about an instrument called the Chapman Stick – It been around since the 1970’s. This musical instrument is freaking awesome. What can I say. I love innovative things. This really is a cool instrument that looks like a guitar, but played like a Piano. Seems to be harder to master then the piano as this instrument has what is called texture. Take a look as the following videos, and you will see what I mean. The Chapman stick is fully customizable to the player. It has incredible pickup and only a slight touch of the strings makes some beautiful music.  I will let the following videos speak for themself. ENJOY.

What is a Chapman Stick by Emmett Chapman

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Jazz Improv – AZUL 

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Cool Dual iPad Halloween Costume See Thru Body

Posted on October 31st, 2011 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, Hack, YouTube.

Although this is quite an expensive Halloween costume  it is pretty cool to see this working.  Finally a cool use of facetime.

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This costume requires the following:

2 x iPad 2’s

1 wi-fi connection – Either at the party you are attending or using a portable wifi connector from AT&T or Comcast

1 Shirt with bloody hole cut out in front and back

Red Paint or fake blood.

Looks like this could be a lot of fun to play around with.

Have 2 iPhone 4’s and put a hole in your head.

Merlin —–


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Video: The History of Writing and Fountain Pen Usage..

Posted on January 3rd, 2010 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, Communication, Fountain Pen, Journaling, Notetaking, Video.

I recently saw this on Twitter and had to share this great video – By the W A Shaeffer Pen Company and Produced by the Jam Handy Organization (Just love that name)

This is a Western Electric Company Print Copyright MCMXLVII (1947)

This video starts out with a little girl attempting to communicate with her crayons – Drawing the start of communicaton – it then goes on to shows the progression of the alphabet from the early Egyptian times to the modern alphabet.

The video then goes on to show the progression of the pen from early reed pen to the “Modern” fountain pen.

What I really liked was they show old style pens – eyedropper pen – different ways of taking ink with you, The full progression of fountain pens. Make sure to visit your local dealer to match the pen to your handwriting style. (Still good advice) Fine , Medium or broad tips.

I also liked that they showed how the pens are to be filled.

Here it is – The Twenty Six Old Characters. (Internet Archive)

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Making of a Great Commercial – Prius Ad

Posted on July 11th, 2009 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Art, Communication, Photography, TV, YouTube.

I love the Pruis Commercial – The One made up of People that make up the landscape. The grass that changes from Snow to it blowing in the wind. The concept of this ad is just amazing. I just found this on YouTube – about the making of this amazing commercial.

Over 1,000,000 people were created from 200 extras.

9 – 12 Hour Days – 9 Different Nature costumes were Created:

  • 150 – Grass/ Water People
  • 22 – Trunks
  • 20 – Stones
  • 30 – Leaves
  • 20 – Clouds
  • 10 – Sun
  • 8 – Flowers
  • 8 – Buterflies
  • 23 Autumn Leaves
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