Condensed Knowledge – January 12, 2010

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Music with veggie instruments

YouTube user heita3 from Japan has been making wind instruments from vegetables and eggs, and he’s been posting videos of himself playing those instruments online. So far, he made 50 videos, most of which are quite popular, having garnered well over 10 million total views.

In addition to playing the instruments, he shows people how to make them. Here are just a few videos that show the results of his interesting hobby.

(Carrot pan-flute, “Moon on the Ruined Castle”)

(Carrot ocarina, “The Legend of Zelda”)

(Apple ocarina, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

(How to make egg ocarinas)

(Butterbur oboe, “Lightly Row”)

(Radish slide whistle, “Grandfather’s clock”)

(The piece-de-resistance, Carrot ocarina trio, “Lightly Row”)

Condensed Knowledge – January 3, 2010

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Condensed Knowledge – December 27, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – December 20, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – December 13, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – December 6, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – November 29, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – November 22, 2009

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Condensed Knowledge – November 15, 2009

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The Baltimore Aquarium

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The Baltimore Aquarium is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, right on the water, on a promontory that looks as if it was man-made for the specific purpose of accentuating the Aquarium. It was built in 1981, during Baltimore’s urban renewal period, when the city made a concerted effort to rebuild its waterfront. Their efforts certainly paid off nicely in time, as anyone who’s visited the waterfront lately will attest.

Aerial view of the Baltimore Aquarium

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In spite of my less than lukewarm review of the Aquarium’s Dolphin Show, the Aquarium itself is a great place to visit. The location and the modern design ideas, which can be seen both on the outside and the inside, plus the many species of fish and other marine life that are inside, and the dramatic ways in which they are showcased, make it a must-see destination. Others agree. The Aquarium is considered one of the best in the United States, if not the world. It is also the largest tourist attraction in the State of Maryland.

Its official name is the National Aquarium in Baltimore, but I call it the Baltimore Aquarium, so as not to confuse it with the National Aquarium in DC (which, by the way, has been operated by the Baltimore Aquarium since 2003).

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Whale of a story

Hey, mac, come here

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The nosejob

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The neocons are at it again

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Another point of interest at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Also not to be missed is a walk through Baltimore’s downtown area, which is full of all sorts of interesting architecture. You can see more photos from the Baltimore Aquarium and from Baltimore in my photo catalog.

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Condensed Knowledge – November 8, 2009

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