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6:00PM | September 23, 2009 | posted by Marcus Leshock
1:38PM | September 1, 2009 | posted by Marcus Leshock
About a year ago, I caught up with local folk group The Giving Tree Band as they recorded their first ever green album, "Great Possessions." By green, I don't mean recycled packaging. The band went all out and traveled to the Aldo Leopold Center
in Baraboo, Wisconsin - a facility that celebrates the finest in eco-friendly living. Here's a quick rundown of what the band went through to ensure their earthy cred:
- Used energy generated by Leopold Center to power any instruments and electronics needed for mixing.
- CD's produced using renewable wind power.
- Packaging created using 100% biodegradable materials.
- Guitars made from naturally fallen or reclaimed woods, with a non-toxic finish.
- The band camped each night and biked 10 miles to and from the Leopold Center each day.
The band will put on a free CD release show in Lincoln Park on Tuesday, September 15th at 6 p.m. in Lincoln Park at Clark & Armitage, in conjunction with the first annual Carbon Day
. I profiled the band on "metromix" as they were finishing the album last October.....
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4:09PM | July 6, 2009 | posted by Marcus Leshock
If you tuned into tonight's WGN Evening News at 5:30 p.m., you heard us talk about all kinds of fun new gadgets hitting store shelves soon. But one story really peaked my interest. Whenever science finds a way to preserve history, it's always worth a mention.The Codex Sinaiticus
Better known as the oldest Bible in existence, this hand written work has survived since the 4th century, around the time of Constantine the Great.
For the past four years, scientists and scholars have painstakingly restored and digitized what's left of this great work. On the website you can look up specific chapters and zoom in and out. You can even change the light value for each page. More from the AP story
....As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus comprises just over 400 large
leaves of prepared animal skin, each of which measures 15 inches by
13.5 inches (380 millimeters by 345 millimeters). It is the oldest book
that contains a complete New Testament and is only missing parts of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.
You can see the work for yourself here
. They're experiencing heavy traffic right now so the site is pretty slow, but give it some time. It's worth the wait.
As for the rest of this week's Tech Talk.....
Continue reading Tech Talk: The oldest bible, the thinnest TV's, and a new iPhone Twitter app! »