Short links for February 20th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on February 20th, 2008:

  • 5 Reflection Reducing Products

    Problem: Your recording room is too large or not properly treated for vocals, you need some way of reducing the room sound before it hits the mic.

    Audio Geek Zine lists a few devices to help isolate the room from the mic.

  • The Amazing Staircase – Combines a staircase with bookshelves, clever!
  • – Beautiful art including portraits of Simpsons characters painted in the style of Rembrandt
  • Guitar Effects Schematics & Projects –’s resources for building your own guitar effects.

The Simpsons: I don’t know who they are, but I like them

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BBC News has an article on Kenyan soapstone carvers in western Kenya. These people don’t really know who the Simpsons are, but they like them because the new Simpsons film will likely see demand for their work soar.

Pauline Kemunto and her husband work with the Simpsons team in Tabaka; he carves the figures and she smoothes the soapstone afterwards.

Simpsons carved models
Pauline Kemunto: “I don’t know who they are, but I like them because I earn from them.”

From the article:

Soapstone carving is a traditional craft passed down from generation to generation, and the Abagusii tribe is renowned for their carving prowess. So when Twentieth Century Fox designated the Tabaka soapstone carvings as official Simpsons merchandise in July 2006, their lives improved overnight.

Link via Boing Boing


ME BIKE – The Dream Bike Festival 2007

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ME BIKE – The Dream Bike Festival highlights the question: How do artists envision their dream bike?

ME BIKE logo

From the ME BIKE website:

The Dream Bike concept is based on a Simpson’s episode where homers brother asked him to build his dream car which he calls the “Homer”, Homer adds all sorts of weird effect like bubble domes, fins and several horns that play “La Cucaracha”…

This year in Amsterdam style, over fifty international and nation artists, bike lovers, bike designers and bike riders, will bring their own dream bike to the ME BIKE – THE DREAM BIKE FESTIVAL at the Carhartt Store and the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam.

So, if you’re in Amsterdam this weekend, it might be cool to join the Dream Bike Festival and check out expositions of real bikes, paintings, sculptures and installations. There will be a BMX presentations, a children’s parcour, a big live painting session, outdoor and indoor cinema and lots more.

Some images from the 2006 ME BIKE - THE DREAM BIKE PROJECT
Some images from the 2006 ME BIKE – THE DREAM BIKE PROJECT

There’s a big city for everyone on Saturday (5.30pm) so bring your own bike and you can join.

On Sunday there are is a Graffiti-Streetart-Tour around the area, more BMX presentations and the ME BIKE – The Dream Bike Awards for the categories “Best of Show”, “Most Creative Design” and “Worst of Show”.

For more details, check the ME BIKE website.