Oettinger and Associates, Inc.

Olympic Character

February 21, 2014

Jean-Dominique Bauby, Stephen Hawking, Francis Tsai—a journalist,  a theoretical physicist and an artist.

The similarities? Olympic character.

Read the full article →

The Magic of Snow (and Emerging Stories)

February 7, 2014

Ezra Jack Keats clipped a strip of four images from Life magazine in 1940. One child. Four endearing expressions and poses.
As the next two decades passed, the little boy in the images remained the same age, with the pursed lips and ballooned cheeks so often worn by children no more than three years old. Bundled [...]

Read the full article →

Getting to Zero

January 24, 2014

Do you know “scat” music’s tipping point—that moment just before it started spreading like wildfire?
The short version is that, though artists had been experimenting for years with the form, scat’s explosion in popularity followed the release of Louis Armstrong’s Heebie Jeebies. In the book Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words, he explained:
The day we recorded [...]

Read the full article →

Creating New Stars

January 16, 2014

“To an engineer, fan belts exist between the crankshaft and the water pump. To a physicist, fan belts exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars.”
—George Dyson
That’s beautiful, I thought, after reading the quote above. But . . . What’s it really mean?
Some background:
This quote appears at the end of the following story, in the acknowledgements [...]

Read the full article →

Out With The Old, In With The Fused

January 3, 2014

“In an Uber-fied future, fewer people own cars, but everybody has access to them.”
—Marcus Wohlsen, Wired (January 2014 issue)
In the above quote, “Uber” refers to a company. Set that factoid aside and think about the meaning of the German word uber, translated as above, beyond . . .
Substitute the word cars with the word televisions [...]

Read the full article →