This is guitar heaven.
Without the connection to Pearl Jam, that Stratocaster is worth $25,000. The sunburst Les Paul is over a half a million.
Mind your manners.
If you’re interested in the ballistics of how Oswald could be the lone gunman, NOVA has done a great episode of Cold Case Files on JFK.
The Harrisburg Patriot-News, the inheritor of the Patriot & Union newspaper, has retracted a column written on November 24, 1863 “thought so little of Lincoln’s “silly remarks” that they hoped “the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them, and that they shall be no more reposted or thought of.”” (CNN)
Better late than never, kids.
We know that lower frequencies vibrate at longer wavelengths and that higher frequencies vibrate in shorter, faster waves. But when you watch a guitar or bass play, you really can’t tell.
There are two different ways to see what’s going on. This upright bass was shot with a high-speed camera and played back at a normal rate, which allows you to see the strings vibrate. They look like spaghetti.
The other way to see the effect is to backlight the strings. This guy put an iPhone 4 into the soundhole of his acoustic and filmed. I’m guessing it was mounted on something to minimize the vibrations of the guitar, and the relatively cheaper camera introduces some artifacts. But you can actually see the waveforms. Notice how the bass strings at the top have longer, slower waves, while the treble strings at the bottom have more peaks at closer intervals.
Selma Hayek was introducing Sacha Baron Cohen as the recipient of BAFTA’s Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy. She wheeled out “Grace Cullington” and introduced her as the oldest surviving actress to have worked with Chaplin. The audience was told that as a little girl, Cullington had appeared in 1931’s “City Lights” alongside Chaplin. She then gives Cohen Chaplin’s cane from the movie. And then….