It seems a near-impossibility that you can buy something in a store today that has (as of this post) ZERO google footprint, but I found it. On a recent trip to Buke at the Music Center on James St., I picked up the cymbal/chime/bell/thing below. The only identifiers on this 6" core of a heavy ride cymbal are the cursive TM'ed text that looks like "Zenero" and a pure tone that can be easily discerned from background noise for a minute or more (and you can feel the air buzzing just around it as it rings).
A post to the drummerworld forum (drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84143) simply confirmed my attempts to find info about this thing, making the drummerworld post and this blog currently "it" for info, which remains either the best or worst marketing gimmick on the internets today, with my suspicion still leaning to the former.
And, furthermore, speaking of cymbals, I bought this around the same time the planet lost one of the great independent cymbal makers in Roberto Spizzichino.
Spizzichino from Alex Healey on Vimeo.
Purely for keeping track of the content I generate on the internet, I'm reproducing the contents of a photo submission to spaceweather.com taken at Darling Hill Observatory during our November 2009 Public Viewing Session (as announced at the Syracuse Astronomical Society website HERE). The original can be found at the Spaceweather Spotter page HERE.
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Image taken: Nov. 13, 2009
Location: Vesper, NY, USA
Details: The ISS made an early evening fly-by during the last official Public Viewing session for 2009 of the Syracuse Astronomical Society in Vesper, NY. The 6:36 p.m. EST fly-by made it as far as Alcor and Mizar before passing into Earth's shadow (the Big Dipper is just entering the tree line to our North). Details: Canon SD780 IS, 15" exposure, 400 ISO.
The original post can be found at spaceweather.com/submissions/…Damian-Allis-ISS_BigDipper_1258219906.jpg. A PDF'ed version of the page from the spaceweather.com site is stored locally for posterity HERE.