DLF.TV, Jason Lytle, BigDog robot, Hotelicopter

Friday, March 27, 2009

Yours Truly, the Commuter David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV) was officially launched this week. It’s an online TV channel that features events and exclusive video content from David Lynch. This production wing of the non-profit David Lynch Foundation shares its mission to provide at-risk students with the opportunity to learn how to meditate. Lynch is a famous advocate of Transcendental Meditation. It will be interesting to see how the site evolves over time.

A new album called Yours Truly, the Commuter is due out on May 19 from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle. See three new videos of Lytle performing on a sofa at SXSW. Enjoyable stuff, but I hope his album continues some of the space-rock goodness of Grandaddy. Though it is nice that he’s releasing music again.

Now if we can get Jeff Mangum to start releasing Neutral Milk Hotel albums again, that would be fantastic. It’s been 10 years now. I guess Mangum did contribute to The Apples in Stereo’s New Magnetic Wonder in 2006, but he has essentially been absent from the music world since 2001.

I need more experimental folk stylings from Grandaddy and Neutral Milk Hotel in my life.

Hotelicopter My friend Warren can’t get enough of this terrifyingly awesome quadruped robot developed for military use: Boston Dynamics’ BigDog. It is pretty amazing. Especially the parts of the video where a guy kicks it and later when it slips on ice, impressively staying upright both times (and scampering a bit).

Have you heard about the world’s first flying hotel, the Hotelicopter? It’s a modified Soviet-made Mil V-12. I’m not kidding.

Carbon footprint? Meh?

Tomorrow night at 8:30 PM local time is Earth Hour, so remember to turn your lights off and figure out what you can do in the dark for an hour. Ahem.

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