29 December 2009

28 December 2009

Lords Of The Dance | Britain's Got Talent


Datamoshing | Takeshi Murata

Melter 2 on YouTube

Monster Movie on YouTube

From Electronic Arts Intermix:
Takeshi Murata produces extraordinary digital works that refigure the experience of animation. Creating Rorschach-like fields of seething color, form and motion, Murata pushes the boundaries of digitally manipulated psychedelia. With a powerfully sensual force that is expressed in videos, loops, installations, and electronic music, Murata's synaesthetic experiments in hypnotic perception appear at once seductively organic and totally digital.
Takeshi Murata | 3 Quarks Daily

Time-Lapse Snowstorm Over Brooklyn | John Huntington

Vimeo via 2leep


The Neuralynx System translates thoughts into speech. It connects to the neurons, sending signals wirelessly to a laptop, which translates the brain activity into spoken English. It's not science fiction: They tried it with a paralyzed 26-year-old and it works.

According to the research paper, they inserted the electrodes into the patient's brain, installing signal amplifiers and transmitters under the scalp. The circuitry—powered by an induction electric supply—transmits the signals to a laptop via FM radio. The software then converts the analog signal to digital data that the neural decoder interprets these into speech commands, which are then sent to the synthesizer.

The whole process takes 50 milliseconds, which is the same amount of time it takes to any normal person to do the same process, using their nerves, vocal chords, and mouth. According to Neuralynx project leader Frank Guenther—from the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems and the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University—their system is going to get even better soon.
Physorg via Gizmodo

The Oughties In Icons | Phillip Niemeyer

Phillip Niemeyer is an art director at Double Triple, an art and design studio.
New York Times via Gawker

25 December 2009

The Real Saint Nicholas

Is this the real Santa Claus? By tradition, no one is supposed to see the actual Saint Nick ... Until, that is, the invention of powerful computers and some fancy new software that uses "virtual clay." The technology makes possible the reconstruction of a face from a skull, even one as old as that of Nicholas of Myra -- also known as Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus -- who lived and died in the fourth century in what is now Turkey.

So holy was Nicholas that after his death his relics were carefully preserved, and through the vagaries of history -- basically a Muslim-Christian war a thousand years ago -- the saint's skull and other bones were relocated (stolen or rescued, depending on your point of view) to Bari, a city on what would be the Achilles' tendon of the Italian boot.

In the 1950s, the bones were removed while the crypt was spruced up. While they were out, the Vatican asked an anatomy professor at the University of Bari to take thousands of minutely detailed measurements and x-rays of the relics. Flash forward to the present day, and another University of Bari expert, forensic pathologist Francesco Introna, decided to commission an expert facial anthropologist, Caroline Wilkinson of the University of Manchester in England, to reconstruct the saint's face and head using the new technology and the earlier measurements. The wizards at Image Foundry in England then took the data, and presto!

Read the entire article at Politics Daily

Image Foundry

24 December 2009

"It's A Wonderful Life" | The Phone Scene

I think this scene, as George realizes that he is in love with Mary and will stay in Bedford Falls, is the most wildly romantic love scene in the movies.


Make Up A Story

Via Picture Is Unrelated

23 December 2009

An Engineer's Guide To Cats

Two professional engineers illustrate the proper care and practical benefits of cats. None of the cats, humans, or engineers were mistreated in the making of this film. They were however, slightly annoyed.

The Twelve Gays Of Christmas

Those appearing in this video are not necessarily of the gay persuasion, (not that there's anything wrong with that), they just play one on TV ... Tribute to The Rockettes and those who live at the Hallowed Hall for 3 months a year during The Christmas Craptacular! Basically, what we do on a 4 show day in between PT, Booca, and The Fashion Shows...
Info and video from YouTube

Bloxels | Jinha Lee

Designer Jinha Lee wondered what was possible if pixels escaped from the monitor and became physical objects, so he created bloxels. These small devices are a prototype for a new type of display system that Lee began working on while studying at the University of Tokyo. The design uses a module-based approach, consisting of translucent cubes that emit a colorful glow according to the transmitted data from the neighbouring bloxels. The user can freely move the blocks around and the image will transform accordingly. Lee envisions using the system for multimedia artworks or as an educational toy. You can see a demonstration of bloxels in action in a video on Lee's website.

"Christmas Time Is Here"


22 December 2009

Bisou And Edgar: Bow Wow Twins

Edgar's GrandMom (thanks, Helen!) created matching coats for Edgar and Bisou.

Tesla Coil Christmas Tree

Kids, don't try this at home.

See more of artist Peter Terren's "electrickery" at Tesla Down Under.

Via Neatorama

20 December 2009

And Then The Sun Came Out ...

Thirty-six hours after the storm began ... more than two feet of snow on the deck.

19 December 2009


Photos are from Saint Paul Street in Baltimore City, about 12 hours into the storm.

18 December 2009

Yotaro Baby Simulator

While most people have heard of small baby-simulator dolls used to teach people about childcare, they probably haven’t heard of Yotaro, a robotic baby simulator with an interactive screen for a face. This strange creation is the result of research at the University of Tsukuba in Japan ...

Yotaro is an interactive robot that portrays a variety of facial expressions, movements, and physiological characteristics that are all natural to babies. The device reacts to the user through a sophisticated emotion-control system that watches and senses what the user is doing and provides an appropriate reaction. That the baby can do a variety of things (like crying real tears) makes it much more sophisticated than the standard baby-training dolls.
Edited for clarity.
University of Tsukuba (Site is in Japanese)


Via DesignBoom

17 December 2009

Best Astronomy Photographs | 2009

NGC 6302 - The Butterfly Nebula | NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team | 2009

More pictures at Discover | Bad Astronomy Blog

Via 3quarksdaily

"You're On The Naughty List Now, Jack!"

Rebel Virals | YouTube

Via The Daily What

Roger Wood's Clockworks

I really like the intricacy and whimsy of retro-futuristic steampunk art and design. This is from Roger Wood's Klockwerks Web site:
Roger Wood creates with time in mind. Yet even though the clock can be a consistent element of his work, it’s often secondary to its creation. Whether it’s a curious timepiece or a unique assemblage, Wood thrives on working with an immeasurable array of findings from the tarnished and forgotten to the odd or intriquing. He is a devoted collector of usual and unusual objects with one thing in common, a history.

The source of his inspiration lies in the hundreds of curiously labelled drawers and boxes brimming with artifacts of all description that line the shelves of his Toronto studio. Wood orchestrates an arrangement from his myriad of treasures until the precise moment that it feels right. Then he quickly glues them all down so they can’t escape.

Playful, wondrous timepieces emerge that take flight on cherubic wings, float and sway on fine wires, or appear frozen mid-explosion with flying springs and cogs that bounce at the touch.

This definitive merging of objects and ideas has brought Wood much critical acclaim across Canada. Shows at galleries, museums and awards at several exhibitions are ongoing testaments to his freedom of imagination. Just as his single signature feather at the tip of the second hand quivers magically through time, Roger Wood's creations continue to fascinate.

And for the holidays, a steampunk menorah ...


Via CribCandy

16 December 2009

Guess The Product

  • Designed for dogs and cats
  • Can be customized but also comes in many designs including a disco ball, a flower, and a smiley face
  • Handmade in Portland, Oregon
  • Is totally unnecessary
  • Entire stock sold out the day it became available on Etsy 
Click here for the answer.

Via Geekologie

For tomB

15 December 2009

11 December 2009

Happy Hanukkah

Listicles and Geekologie

Friday's Big Grin | Brian Cox Teaches 2-Year-Old Hamlet's Soliloquy

Brian Cox is best known for his roles in Hollywood films like Manhunter and The Bourne Identity. But he keeps in touch with his stage roots. Here he develops his Shakespeare suzuki method, with a toddler soliloquy from 30 month old Theo.

Via SlashFilm and The Daily What

10 December 2009

Mandelbulb [3D Mandelbrot Fractal Rendered To The 8th Power]

More gorgeous pictures and a description of the rendering process at The Unraveling of the Real 3D Mandelbrot at Skytopia.

A deep zoom into the Mandelbulb with full parallax/perspective. Just like the 2D Mandelbrot, the detail never ends, so theoretically, you can zoom into the Mandelbulb forever.

3D Mandelbrot Thread at Fractal Forums

09 December 2009

Unexplained Blue Spiral Light Over Norway

Could it all be a hoax? Maybe it's a massive joke, but all kinds of Norwegian news sites are reporting on it. According to NKR—Norway's national TV channel—it could be related to a rocket fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea. The Russians are denying any part on it at this at the moment. Nick Banbury, a witness located at Harstad, described how it all happened:

We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Arctic Norway, but on my way to work this morning I saw something completely unexpected. Between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time, there was a strange light in the sky. It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in colour to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to the earth.

As hard as it is to believe, you can't dispute the fact that the strange spiral was witnessed and recorded by thousands of people from hundreds of miles away, which means that the phenomenon occurred at a very high altitude. Even Phil Plait from Bad Astronomy agrees that this is real, and says that it was probably a rocket out of control.


07 December 2009

Ho Ho No

More at Sketchy Santas

Via Urlesque

Gnome Chomsky

Featured in The Nation's charity auction, this Garden Noam Chomsky sculpture ...
Source: Bidding for Good

Via Boing Boing

Season's Greetings | CBS | 1966


Happy Monday | Easily Amused


05 December 2009

Custom BBQ Grills

More custom grills at Cave Man Circus

Take Me To Your Leader | Portraits Of Power

Photographs by Platon (2009)
This past September, when nearly all the world’s leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for this magazine (The New Yorker), set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible. For months, members of the magazine’s staff had been writing letters to various governments and embassies, but the project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Ch├ívez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera.

Click here to view an interactive gallery of Platon's portraits.

Source: The New Yorker

Via: The Daily What

03 December 2009