Thursday, June 09, 2011

How Can I Help You, Sir?

Used to love to follow Pete Townshend's old diary at his now defunct website: (don't bother, it now redirects to a mostly bland Who site)- abandoned at the urging of his Who singer, Roger Daltrey, after branding concerns and the usual stuff. Pete still blogs at - but it's behind a wall. And he's a hollow shell of the blogger he used to be (aren't we all?)

This was one of my favorite video posts of his. I stumbled upon it tonight during what else, a bout of insomnia. Having read Bill Wyman's wonderful musings about the scarcity of scarcity in the digital age at, I started listening to old Pete Townshend demos for Who albums. As a big Who fan, it's great to hear the source material. But it's almost always a second favorite to the final Who version of the music.

Having grown up a Who fan (fondly remember jamming to "I Can See For Miles" on big brother's after market Pioneer Super Tuner in his '77 Mercury Monarch), I was slow to warm up to solo Pete Townshend. I can now say that, given the dearth of any new Who material, I would warmly welcome a slew of Pete solo material - maybe another Scoop.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay

Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay from Learning Studio on Vimeo.

Scott Weaver's amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on "tours" of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio until June 19th!