Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday morning coffee

- Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had a story titled "Is Video Killing the Concert Vibe?" The article discussed the ubiquitous use of wireless devices to take photos and record videos at concerts, thus impacting the experience for fellow patrons and, particularly, those on stage. Some acts are reacting with a "ho-hum" attitude but most, not surprisingly, are distracted and also worry about the video rights issue. This may be the next environment where, like in movie theaters, there is the courtesy "don't talk and text" message.

- Ever hear of Mark Fisher? Yeah, me neither. Fisher is the designer behind such concert extravaganzas as U2's "360 degree" stage, which was inspired by the Theme building in Los Angeles. He also designed Roger Water's current stage set-up for the remake of Pink Floyd's "The Wall," using 15 digital video projectors to create a 245-foot-wide wall which showcases a variety of images. Remember the glowing sphere, 60 feet in diameter, used at the opening of the Beijing Olympics? Yep, Fisher did that too. In a very old school design way, Fisher uses custom bound, hardback sketchbooks for his designs and uses the same fountain pen that has shaped these creations for the past 20 years.

- Quote of the week, from Tom Lehman, PGA Tour golfer: "Players, no matter what the sport, will thank their coach, their sport, their psychologist, their wife, their nutritionist, but the minute they get to thanking God, it's suddenly becomes 'Uh-oh, that's taboo.' But it shouldn't be, because God is there for them that way."

- The car I want? The 2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Sypder, clocking in at a cool $180,000. Wrote Dan Neil in a recent automotive review, "Balance, grace, refinement, power, emotion and intellect, futurism and a kind of Machine Age revanchism, these are the amino acids of such a car. Such a car is the Audi. I call it Gunther." I like guys who name their cars.

- Happy fall, everyone. Time to switch from the white wines and wimpier reds to a lusty Cabernet Sauvignon.

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