I absolutely love JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound‘s version of Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.”  The lyrics say “this is not a joke / so please stop smiling,” but all I can do is smile when I hear this.  It is far too catchy!


Professor Eduardo Alvarado is the most fascinating performer I’ve ever had the pleasure to see in New York City subway stations.  The sight of him playing his keyboard with dolls dancing in front of him never fails to brighten my commute and my entire day.  This man is a legend!  Read more about the Professor in this article from the Village Voice.

I agree with BlinkCastOK Go‘s video “This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine Version” is pretty fantastic.  OK Go’s videos always blow me away, but this one is absolutely mind-boggling.  The machine in the video is based on the work of inventor Rube Goldberg.  This brings up memories of playing The Incredible Machine on my family’s desktop computer in the mid-nineties!

Moleskine has a new collection of notebooks, The Passion Collection, designed to help you keep track of the things you love.  Maybe I blog too much – when I saw this collection, I thought, “Oh, so it’s like blog post categories!  But where’s the journal for Stop-Motion?”  One wonders why the Passions collection only includes Music, Wine, Wellness, Books, Film, and Recipes.  What about Art and Travel?  Technology?  Regardless, the Passion Collection notebooks are sharp, well-crafted, and sure to appeal to people who like to keep their thoughts organized.

One of my favorite percussion instruments is the tabla, so I was pleased to find that  Rishi Verma created a wonderful virtual tabla.  You can play these virtual drums by clicking on their different parts or pressing specific keys on your keyboard, and there is also a nifty feature that allows you to play along with pre-programmed beats.  Very cool, though I wish I was playing the real thing!