What to Look For In a Good Cheap Guitar

March 10, 2011

I recently got an email from one of my coworkers who wanted to know what she should be looking for in a good used guitar in the $100 range.  I thought I’d share the answers with you, because people get asked this a lot and it’s one of the most common questions a new guitar […]

Superman Classic

February 9, 2011

Robb Pratt gave us Superman fans a new little work of art to geek out over: [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2WVlmNqMMs&feature=player_embedded[/tube] The character design is a departure from anything I’ve ever seen before on this subject material – it has an appeal that’s hard to define, but is immediately engaging.  The biggest problem is that it’s over all too […]

What the World Needs Now is More Ukelele

February 3, 2011

No, seriously.  It’s hard to listen to this and not feel all your stress and anxiety melt away. – Gene Turnbow

New Sketches Posted

December 10, 2010

New drawings in my gallery.. – Gene Turnbow

The Major Scales

December 7, 2010

I teach beginning guitar to technical directors at Rhythm & Hues one day a week on my lunch break. Up till now I’d been relying on material other people had published for my classroom materials, but I couldn’t find anything to teach people the major scales that worked well with the way I teach – […]

Chicken Steadicam

December 6, 2010

But Only If You’re A Chicken. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXUeO3auRZg&feature=player_embedded[/tube] This video has been around for a while, but there may be something to learn from chickens yet. Watch in amazement as this chicken’s head remains precisely located in space regardless of the motion of its body. Then be amazed that you sat and watched a chicken for […]

Warp Drive – One Step Closer

November 18, 2010

The main problem with developing working warp drive apparently isn’t the math. We’ve figured that part out. What we need, though, is an unimaginably monumental supply of energy to power the thing. The spokesman for CERN’s ALPHA experiment—Jeffrey Hangst of Aarhus University, Denmark—says that trapping these atoms was a bit of an overwhelming experience: What’s […]

Pics AND It Didn’t Happen

October 12, 2010

A new technique developed by Germany’s Technische Universität allows elements to be removed from video images in real time.  They’re purportedly working on a version of this that runs in Android, so I may be able to try this for myself on my Droid phone soon. Watch the YouTube video and be amazed. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgTq-AgYlTE[/tube] – […]

First Synthetic Life Form Created

October 11, 2010

Those of you who have read and enjoyed speculative fiction all their lives, take note of this newest development.  The J. Craig Venter institute has created the first synthetic self-replicating species whose parent is a computer.  It carries the names of its creators and its own web site encoded directly into its DNA. It is […]

Getting Photofly Off the Ground

September 20, 2010

I was very excited to see Photofly from Autodesk – this looked like a fantastic way to quickly model objects and buildings using nothing but photographs and the click of a mouse (and time waiting for some computing to be done on some server someplace to figure it all out and stitch it all together). […]