makes one wonder

March 10, 2002
Bushism of the Moment
Here's a vignette we're dying to see on the ABC broadcast of Sunday's Ford's Theatre Presidential Gala: When Stevie Wonder sat down at the keyboard center stage, President Bush in the front row got very excited. He smiled and started waving at Wonder, who understandably did not respond. After a moment Bush realized his mistake and slowly dropped the errant hand back to his lap. "I know I shouldn't have," a witness told us yesterday, "but I started laughing."

Online Toy of the Moment
The Glass Engine is an index over 60 Phillip Glass works (I think more than that if you count different tracks seperately.) It has all the pieces organized by Work (Name), Year, Length, and then four other less tangible factors: Joy, Sorrow, Intensity, and Density. The interface takes a second to get used to (especially how you're working with the individual tracks of a single work if you grab the lines on top, or all tracks if you grab on bottom, and how it's all drag, not point and click) but after that it's very fun to explore.