Apple Macintosh 1984 vs. 2014 Commercial in Lego

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Jason Allemann alias JK Brickworks hat dem ikonischen 1984 Apple Macintosh Commercial ein zeitgemäßes Realitäts-Update in Lego verpasst:

A re-envisioning of the classic 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial to perhaps reflect on how some things may have changed since then.

“Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology—where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!”

(via TBB)

Über die Bildsprache von GIFs in Musikvideos


YouTube: The GIF’s Visual Language In Music Videos | PBS Digital Studios (via @waxpancake)

Mike Rugnetta untersucht den Einfluss der Gif-Kultur im Netz auf die Bildsprache in Musikvideos. Macht am meisten Spass als Playlist mit den besprochenen Musikvideos in voller Länge, was aus GEMA-Gründen aber eine Proxy Extension zum Entblocken braucht. Deshalb oben die alles-in-einem-Video-Variante, die aber auch prima funktioniert.

Whether you pronounce „gif“ with a hard or a soft “G”, I think we can all agree that they’re a good/jood way to find entertainment and expression on the internet. So much so that they’ve cast their influence onto music videos, a format that heavily relies on both entertainment and expression. We’re trying a new format this week by using Youtube’s nifty Playlist feature to bring you some of the internet’s most interesting GIF-themed music videos. Which videos made the list? And how do their visual styles reflect gif-culture? Watch the episode and find out!!

ASCII-Portraits auf der Schreibmaschine getippt

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Álvaro Franca hat auf einer ollen Schreibmaschine ASCII-Portraits von Literaten getippt und sich dabei auch mal filmen lassen (glücklicherweise im Zeitraffer…). So was in der Art haben in meiner Kindheit viele gemacht. Aus Langeweile. Bis dann irgendwann der C64 kam und uns gerettet hat.


Vimeo: Typewritten Portraits (via BoingBoing)

In 2013 I developed a methodology for creating grayscale images with the letters in a typewriter, I then made portraits of six of my favourite authors who worked on type writers. This video shows the process of typing out the portrait of american writer Jack Kerouac.

Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer von 1905

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In ein paar Wochen kommt einer der ältesten Synthies der Welt unter den Hammer. Das Teil wurde ca. 1905 von Max Kohl aus Chemnitz nach einem Design Hermann Helmholtz gebaut. Falls jemand ca. 30.000 Dollar übrig hat und so nett wäre: würde mich sehr interessieren, wie ein Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer so klingt.

A wood and brass sound synthesizer built by Max Kohl after the design by Hemholtz. 39½ x 29 inch mahogany base with turned feet, fitted with 11 small wooden platforms, each marked with a number and the words „aus“ [from] and „ein“ [to], 10 of the platforms fitted with tuning forks and accompanying brass Helmholtz resonators, the tallest measuring 18½ high, each pair ranging in size according to their graduating frequencies, 11th platform fitted with 1 large horizontal master tuning fork. All 11 platforms connected together with wire filaments, which are in turn attached to a keyboard fitted with 10 African ivory keys, each numbered and marked with the tones ut [Do, or C] to 4 octaves, mi [E] to 3 octaves, and sol [G] to 3 octaves. Each key is paired with 2 brass knobs, one each on the wooden panel above the key, and one each on the panel below. Opposite end from keyboard fitted with 2 anodes and 2 cathodes, each with accompanying brass knob.

The Helmholtz sound synthesizer was the first electric keyboard. Specimens of these are extremely rare, with only one similar but smaller apparatus located in a US institution that we know of … The synthesizer was used to combine timbres of 10 harmonics to form various vowel sounds. The system is driven by an intermittent current provided by a large horizontal master tuning fork on numbered wood base, and was operated by pressing on the various keys which sent the current to the corresponding electrically driven tuning forks. These forks, fitted with Helmholtz resonators tuned to the same frequency, would then reproduce the desired tone. Helmholtz invented his resonator to identify the various frequencies of the pure sine wave components of complex sounds containing multiple tones, showing that the different combinations made could reproduce vowel sounds. Max Kohl of Chemnitz is perhaps one of the most famous scientific instrument makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work was distinguished by its exacting craftsmanship, and high quality materials.

(via Adafruit-Blog)

Selfie-Drohne fürs Handgelenk

Die am Handgelenk zu tragende und von dort startende Selfie-Drohne Nixie ist ein Prototyp von Jelena Jovanovic, Christoph Kohstall und Michael Niedermayr. Entstanden für die „Make It Wearable Challenge“ von Intel und dort auch im Finale vertreten. Tolles Spielzeug!


YouTube: Make It Wearable Finalists | Meet Team Nixie (via Creators Project)

Nixie is a tiny wearable camera on a wrist band. The wrist straps unfold to create a quadcopter that flies, takes photos or video, then comes back to you. Nixie is in development.

ICE Trainwriting

Foto: @tommyktheworld

Ein Married Couple am Berliner Hauptbahnhof – damit meine ich nicht die Beiden, die sich da gerade verabschieden. Ich hab ein paar Restzweifel, ob das nicht doch ein Fake ist (u.a. die Quelle ein Twitter-Account mit 11 Follower, auf dem sonst so gut wie nichts passiert), andererseits wirkt das speziell in groß so, dass es mir leid täte, das nicht gebracht zu haben. (via daMax & KFMW)

OZ :(

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Machs gut OZ. Du hast Hamburg zum Lächeln gebracht.

„Am 25. September 2014 gegen 22:30 Uhr sprühte Oz an den Gleisen zwischen Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof und Berliner Tor, als ihn eine S-Bahn erfasste. Oz war sofort tot. Die Bundespolizei stellte ein frisches Graffiti auf der Abdeckung einer Stromschiene fest und fand vor Ort eine Dose und einen Rucksack.“

[Update: (Neues) Foto via Fettes Brot via Blogbuzzter]

Kurzfilm „Sparked“ – Live-Interaktion zwischen Mensch und Quadrocopter

Zehn Quadrocopter der ETH Zürich Flying Machine Arena als Lampenschirme verkleidet im Kurzfilm „Sparked“, der in Kooperation mit dem Cirque du Soleil und den Verity Studios und ohne Hilfe von CGI entstanden ist. Wem der Anfang zu lahm ist, ab Minute 1:29 beginnt die Flugrobo-Action. Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen bzw. Technologie gibts hier. Ach ja: Weder Mensch noch Roboter wurden bei Herstellung des Films verletzt.


YouTube: Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters (via Automaton)

Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future.