Thursday, September 11, 2008

More Cowbell Dammit!

This is AWSOME! Everybody loves Christopher Walken on SNL during the Blue Oyster Cult Cowbell skit. Actually Walken was on SNL last season and it was somewhat disappointing not having some sort of Cowbell skit. Anyway, I discovered this page this morning via Ars Technica or Digg... honestly I can't remember. But these wonderful people at have come created a sweet flash app that will analyze any mp3 and according to the various mathmatical algorythims will add cowbell and/or Mr. Walken himself to the song.

Here's a track I did this morning (26% Cowbell & 96% Walken) it's a Paolo Nutini track called Jenny Don't Be Hasty.

 Make your own at 

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Playing Catch Up - Chicago Lightning Storm

I'm trying to get caught up on my posts... there have been a lot of crazy things going on in my life and the environment around me... So up first

Chicago Lightning Storm - August 2008

There has been some bizarre weather harassing the windy city this year. My tomato plant has taken the brunt of this assault (and is still kicking out sweet cherry tomatoes), hopefully now that the Fall is upon us our poor tomato plant can die in peace. So a few weeks ago we experienced the the craziest, loudest, brightest, windiest storm of my life.

Some time around... I guess celebrity Family Feud might have been on, no wait it... we were watching reruns of Americas Greatest Dog on Hulu... the wifey and I heart that show. anyways... the Tornado Sirens went off, uh WHAT? It's Chicago... CHICAGO! I didn't even know they had sirens in the city, I'm even more suprised that we could hear them. (I have to admit, it was the spouse who made me pause the show, cause she heard something... maybe)

Here is a picture of the storm front... I took this screen shot shortly after the sirens started and the wife bolted for the stairwell, at least she wasn't in her undies:

So, now that I'm officially an 'amateur' photographer, I grabbed my trusty new Nikon D40 and proceeded to snap about 1200 pictures. This is where the 'AMATEUR' status comes into play... I have 1... yes ONE photo of lightning... how can this be? the storm lasted a few hours... this was the best lightning storm of my life and I have one measly photo to show for it... Oh well...