Archive | January, 2011

A Magazine Is Born – the making of Little White Lies magazine

31 Jan

The British magazine Little White Lies covers everything Film. It takes roughly two months to create one magazine, so naturally they print six editions of the magazine each year. Their latest features Black Swan on the cover. This video breaks down the two month process into two minutes! Enjoy!

Learn more about the magazine here ->

The Egyptian Revolution

30 Jan

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” -JFK

I will be the first one to admit that I do not know much about everything going on inside Egypt right now. It’s definitely my attention and the attention of the world. For that reason I would love to find out more about what is going on inside the country, especially Cairo.  I have a friend from college who lives in Cairo, and after seeing some footage from the streets, especially the footage adjacent to the riots, all I can do is pray for his safety. The following are a few videos I found when trying to catch up on the situation in Egypt.

Feel free to attach some links or add some insight using the comments section! Knowledge is power!

World Economic Forum 2011

27 Jan

The World Economic Forum is a non-profit buisness organization based in Geneva, Switzerland and is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The World Economic Forum was founded in 1971 by Klaus M. Schwab, a business professor from Switzerland. Beyond meetings, the Forum produces a series of research reports and engages its members in sector specific initiatives. The five day World Economic Forum in Davos, brings together over 2,500 people; mainly top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals,  and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world including healthcare and the environment. In 2006, the World Economic Forum opened regional offices in New York City and Beijing. With close to twenty key initiatives, here are a few of my favorites, ones scheduled to be discussed: Economic Growth; Environmental Sustainability; Financial Systems; Health for All; Social Development. The following is the World Economic Forum Opening Address byDimitry Medvedev, President of t he Russian Federation.

To learn more about the World Economic Forum, stream live debates, and find information on upcoming events check out their website at

Molecular Gastronomy made easy!

25 Jan

If you have watched any of the shows on Food Network in the most recent years, you might have noticed an upswing in chemistry-esque techniques being introduced into the kitchen. For all of those who love whipping up creative dishes, experimenting with food just became a whole lot easier. Enter the Molocule-R Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit. As described on the Molecule-R website, the kit “Includes everything you need to experiment all the most popular molecular gastronomy techniques! Play with the texture of juices, sauces, creams and dressings.  Create original dishes with caviar beads that burst in the mouth, light or iced airs, creamy ravioles and nouveau genre spaghettis.  Enter a new era of cooking!”

This kit includes the following:

  • 5 sets of food-additives:
    • Agar-agar – 10 sachets of 20g each
    • Calcium Lactate – 10 sachets of 20g each
    • Sodium Alginate – 10 sachets of 20g each
    • Soy Lecithin – 10 sachets of 20g each
    • Xanthan Gum – 10 sachets of 20g each
  • 1 set of tools:
    • 1 syringe
    • 5 pipettes
    • 3 lengths of 18″ silicone tubing
    • 1 slotted spoon
    • 1 set of measuring spoons
  • 1 DVD with 50 recipe demonstrations included

Check out a video of the product and possibilities below….

Learn more about, and purchase their products, here ->

The Science Behind The Top 40 Hit

23 Jan

For my first guest article for The Cultivated Mind I decided to write on a subject and story most have never heard about. The simple science behind what makes music pleasing to our ears and what that consists of. I am writing this article listening and evaluating Kanye West’s new album for the first time. It has been a recent hit with much acclaim. How does Kanye know which buttons to press and what notes to play to tap into what excites us when we turn on our stereo or iTunes? 

The first basic principle is called Equal temperament, a system in which every note in a scale has an identical frequency space between it and the next note. “Notes” in a scale or song are actually made of frequencies which are simply measurements of sounds waves (measured in hertz).  So how did scientists and musicians first learn how much space went between each note? Someone stepped up and told them how it was supposed to be. In 1581, Vincenzo Galilei wrote a treatise in twelve-tone equal temperament and was one of the first advocates proposing to adopt this style of musical thinking. He also wrote several sets of dance pieces demonstrating this new concept. An example of his early work is in the youtube below and was written in 1584 for the Lute which was a popular instrument of the day

Also, I couldn’t fail to mention that not only was Vincenzo a forward thinking, smart, all around cool dude, he was a father. A father to Galileo Galilei, who was a father himself to modern astronomy, modern physics, and modern science and champion of such silly concepts like the Sun is at the center of the universe. What a family. 

Now that the concept of tuning was formally accepted in the 15th century many more music theorists came to new conclusions on what new scales could be formed from equal temperament tuning. Some common ones were settled on and the most popular was the chromatic scale, specifically the Pythagorean chromatic scale in western culture. You may notice that when you hear music from the middle east it sounds distinctly different. The reason is that music there is based on a completely different temperament tuning system and the resulting scales dont sound the same as ones in western culture. Below is a modern chromatic scale starting on C and what it sounds like here( 

Our modern chromatic scale is made of half steps between each note. The space between each note is called an interval. This is how we derive the modern key system. Finally! If you have stuck with me this long you may have at least heard of a “key”. Which means what the starting note is and how many sharps or flats you have. It’s a term that can have many different meanings but which most performance musicians use to let all members know what notes are allowed and which are off limits. 

The scales used in western music are mathematically arranged in 5ths (an interval, or space of 5) in what is known as the circle of fifths and show the relationships among the twelve tones of the chromatic scale. This order determines how many sharps and flats are in a scale.

Next time you are listening to a song, listen for the relationships between each note in a melody and think about guys like Vincenzo that challenged you to listen this way. I’m off to record some more of a new track and then to a rehearsal to practice what I preach….. 
-Nick B.
Nickolas Barnes is a Nashville, TN musician and web developer. You can learn more about him and his constantly developing projects at

50th Anniversary of JFK’s Inaugural Address

20 Jan

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. This much we pledge – and more.”

The John F. Kennedy inaugural address was 50 years ago to the day – on Jan. 20, 1961. Kennedy took the oath of office and called for a fresh start with a reminder that “civility is not a sign of weakness.” It is an iconic American speech filled with some of the most quoted lines from any Presidential address. The speech was drafted by Kennedy’s speech writer Ted Sorenson, and draws heavily from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Historians generally rank it as one of the four best US presidential inaugural speeches of all time. Former New York Times columnist and speechwriter for President Nixon, William Safire, included it in a volume he compiled of the greatest speeches delivered in history, writing that it “set the standard by which presidential inaugurals have been judged in the modern era.”  Listen carefully and Enjoy!

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Scott Schumann is The Sartorialist

15 Jan

The Sartorialist is a website, err…blog, that recieves over 70,000 unique vistiors per day and has been listed in Time Magazine as a Top 100 Design Influencer. The blog mainly posts photos, taken by it’s proprietor Scott Schumann, of everyday people on the streets of fashion forward cities like New York City, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. Shumann, a fashion industry alum, states,  “I thought I could shoot people on the street the way designers looked at people, and get and give inspiration to lots of people in the process. My only strategy when I began The Sartorialist was to try and shoot style in a way that I knew most designers hunted for inspiration. Rarely do they look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres.” The following is a video created by Intel and provides a little more depth into who The Sartorialist is and of the job he does. Enjoy.

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