Honda’s Musical Road
The Santa Monica ad agency RPA cut half-inch grooves into a quarter-mile stretch of Avenue K, in the exurban L.A. desert city of Lancaster. The grooves were synched in such a way that driving over them at precisely 55mph caused Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” — a.k.a. the Lone Ranger theme — to echo in the air around you.
So how cool would this be for physics, science and math? Lots of concepts to explore in a simple entertaining little Youtube clip.
Wonder what it’d take to make your own version? Not necessarily with a real car- maybe a remote controlled model?
Apparently, I really like the idea cutting down communication to it’s purest form. (that’s really pompous sounding)- I like short writing. I like the idea that you have to pack as much as possible in just a few words. Boing Boing has come through again by finding a book dealing with 6 word memoirs by a variety of writers. My two favorites are below. Yes, you can edit my biography. — Jimmy Wales Must remember: people, gadgets. That order. — Brian Lam I might simplify the idea for students and make them obituaries- it also avoids any of their work getting sucked into the Oprah memoir furor (nothing worse than having to apologize to Oprah on national TV). Give them bonus points for working in vocabulary words etc. Here a more academic example that I took a shot at (I listened to this Tesla podcast recently- interesting stuff). Eccentric Serb electrifies science. Dies poor. — Nikolai Tesla I guess it all boils down to- well, boiling things down. There’s a lot of processing and thinking that goes into trying to sum up a life or period in just a few words. In the end it’ll help everyone. Have them vote on the best sentence. Post them individually in a blog and install the star rating plugin. Make your life painless […]
Darthparadox on Live Journal translated some chunks of Pulp Fiction into Shakespearian prose. This would be a very interesting way to get students really delving into the language of Shakespeare and a great way to make them interested in understanding it. Let them choose what they want to “Shakespeare-rize.” You might have to add some propriety restrictions for high school but it’d be a lot of fun. J: And know’st thou what the French name cottage pie? V: Say they not cottage pie, in their own tongue? J: But nay, their tongues, for speech and taste alike Are strange to ours, with their own history: Gaul knoweth not a cottage from a house. V: What say they then, pray? J: Hachis Parmentier. V: Hachis Parmentier! What name they cream? J: Cream is but cream, only they say le crème. V: What do they name black pudding? J: I know not; I visited no inn it could be bought. The original, in case you’ve forgotten it. Vincent Vega: You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? Jules Winnfield: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? Vincent Vega: No, man, they got the metric system, they don’t know what the fu** a Quarter Pounder is. Jules Winnfield: What do they call it? Vincent Vega: They call […]
I took Dan’s challenge to explore my 2007 via design. The whole thing really intrigued me. I was amazed by how little I track what I do and, often, how little access I could get to my own data (which I know the companies are tracking). I really wanted better stats once I got going. My goal this year is to keep track of lots of things so 2008’s year in review reaches the next level in data density. I’m also going to work on refining the rss feeds which are out of control and on three different platforms. It also appears I write at least four unpublished posts for everyone one I post. Must stop doing that. So Dan has made me a better man. Things I wanted stats on that I didn’t have- Music- four computers and multiple iPods led to no decent stats (and my family has taken over our home computer so those stats would just be embarrassing. Not sure how to fix that. I’m trying LastFM but I don’t think that’ll take the iPod into account which is about 85% of my listening. Exercise- lbs lifted, avg heartbeat, reps, sets etc. I can do this. I might even do something on a regular basis through the year as an incentive. Food- It’d be really interesting […]