Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Dancing In The Dark

Here's another video that I can't find out much about. But it is too good not to post. From what I can gather it is a US college fraternity called Pi Kappa Alpha performing at a talent show in 2009. A clever use of white suits and a dark auditorium lit only by UV light, combined with well thought out choreography, gives a very cool effect.


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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Kira Kira Waypoints

I'm not exactly sure what purpose this serves but I do find it strangely compelling. Drag the circles into new positions to alter the particle flow. You can bump them into each other.


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Monday, 29 March 2010

Huge Disappointment

I have been away for the weekend teaching IT skills to high school students. I tell you this not only because it was a really cool weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed, but also as a poor excuse for having no exciting posts ready for you. :-)

Until I get myself together, please enjoy the web comic below from amazingsuperpowers.com that made me chuckle. I do remember being a young naive boy and believing what I read in the comic book 2000AD would actually come true by the millennium and being quite sad that it didn't. I refuse to grow up! Click to enlarge.

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

50 People, 1 Question

I have said it many times on here that the most simple ideas are often the most brilliant. The following video definitely falls in to this category. I actually clicked on it by accident but am very glad I did. Fifty people on a London street were asked one question, one that made them think. I love the whole atmosphere of the film. Enjoy!


Fifty People, One Question: London from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.
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Friday, 26 March 2010

Content Aware

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A big thanks to Keith over at Technically Interesting for this one.

I use Adobe's Photoshop all the time. No matter how good a photographer I think I am (and I don't really), I still often need to use Photoshop to tweak things. Sometimes it might be just a case of straightening or perhaps adjusting the contrast. Sometimes it might be something a little more complicated such as removing an unwanted shadow. Either way, Photoshop is simply the best tool for the job.

Sometimes though it can be a long laborious task that requires much more skill than I possess, so I'm delighted to see that they are working on some big improvements (which I assume will appear in CS5) to make my life even easier. This is a "Content Aware" fill option that automatically re-creates an area of the photograph depending on what it sees in the surrounding content. This means that you can remove unwanted elements as though they were never there. This has always been possible, but now its a whole lot easier. Video examples below.



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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Danse Dance

Danse Dance is an interactive film by Julien Vallée and Nicolas Burrows. The idea is that you can use different keys on your keyboard to control different everyday objects on a desk. The following video is not the film itself but the "making of". It shows how each of the elements were filmed or animated using stop-motion on separated sequences. By using plain colours as a background they were able to key each of the objects, giving them the opportunity to have them on a transparent background ready for merging back in to the mix.

Enjoy the video but make sure you check out the end result here.


DanseDance from Julien Vallée on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Rules For An Evil Overlord

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Things to remember if I ever become an evil overlord. (Received by email).
  • My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
  • My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.
  • Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
  • The artefact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.
  • I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.
  • When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. Actually, on second thought I'll shoot him, then say "No."
  • After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.
  • I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled "Danger: Do Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will not clearly be labelled as such.
  • My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
  • I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.
  • One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.
  • All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least have several rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.
  • The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.
  • I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.
  • I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just one thing I want to know."
  • When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their advice.
  • Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.
  • I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.
  • I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Even though this takes some of the fun out of the job, at least I will never utter the line "No, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!" (After that, death is usually instantaneous.)
  • No matter how well it would perform, I will never construct any sort of machinery which is completely indestructible except for one small and virtually inaccessible vulnerable spot.
  • No matter how attractive certain members of the rebellion are, there is probably someone just as attractive who is not desperate to kill me. Therefore, I will think twice before ordering a prisoner sent to my bedchamber.
  • I will never build only one of anything important. All important systems will have redundant control panels and power supplies. For the same reason I will always carry at least two fully loaded weapons at all times.
  • My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.
  • I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion.
  • I will not imprison members of the same party in the same cell block, let alone the same cell. If they are important prisoners, I will keep the only key to the cell door on my person instead of handing out copies to every bottom-rung guard in the prison.
  • If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or offspring anywhere, I will find them and have them killed immediately, instead of waiting for them to grow up harboring feelings of vengeance towards me in my old age.
  • I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable superweapon, I will use it as early and as often as possible instead of keeping it in reserve.
  • When I capture the hero, I will make sure I also get his dog, monkey, ferret, or whatever sickeningly cute little animal capable of untying ropes and filching keys happens to follow him around.
  • I will maintain a healthy amount of skepticism when I capture the beautiful rebel and she claims she is attracted to my power and good looks and will gladly betray her companions if I just let her in on my plans.
  • If an advisor says to me "My liege, he is but one man. What can one man possibly do?", I will reply "This." and kill the advisor.
  • I will treat any beast which I control through magic or technology with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever broken, it will not immediately come after me for revenge.
  • If I learn the whereabouts of the one artifact which can destroy me, I will not send all my troops out to seize it. Instead I will send them out to seize something else and quietly put a Want-Ad in the local paper.
  • My main computers will have their own special operating system that will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and Macintosh powerbooks.
  • I will hire a team of board-certified architects and surveyors to examine my castle and inform me of any secret passages and abandoned tunnels that I might not know about.
  • If the beautiful princess that I capture says "I'll never marry you! Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!", I will say "Oh well" and kill her.
  • I will not strike a bargain with a demonic being then attempt to double-cross it simply because I feel like being contrary.
  • My Legions of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship. Any who cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will be used for target practice.
  • Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will carefully read the owner's manual.
  • If it becomes necessary to escape, I will never stop to pose dramatically and toss off a one-liner.
  • I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am.
  • My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher any code I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under 30 seconds, will not be used. Note: this also applies to passwords.
  • If my advisors ask "Why are you risking everything on such a mad scheme?", I will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them.
  • I will design fortress hallways with no alcoves or protruding structural supports which intruders could use for cover in a firefight.
  • Bulk trash will be disposed of in incinerators, not compactors. And they will be kept hot, with none of that nonsense about flames going through accessible tunnels at predictable intervals.
  • If I must have computer systems with publicly available terminals, the maps they display of my complex will have a room clearly marked as the Main Control Room. That room will be the Execution Chamber. The actual main control room will be marked as Sewage Overflow Containment.
  • My security keypad will actually be a fingerprint scanner. Anyone who watches someone press a sequence of buttons or dusts the pad for fingerprints then subsequently tries to enter by repeating that sequence will trigger the alarm system.
  • No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-scale emergency.
  • I will spare someone who saved my life sometime in the past. This is only reasonable as it encourages others to do so. However, the offer is good one time only. If they want me to spare them again, they'd better save my life again.
  • When my guards split up to search for intruders, they will always travel in groups of at least two. They will be trained so that if one of them disappears mysteriously while on patrol, the other will immediately initiate an alert and call for backup, instead of quizzically peering around a corner.
  • When I create a multimedia presentation of my plan designed so that my five-year-old advisor can easily understand the details, I will not label the disk "Project Overlord" and leave it lying on top of my desk.
  • I will instruct my Legions of Terror to attack the hero en masse, instead of standing around waiting while members break off and attack one or two at a time.
  • If I'm eating dinner with the hero, put poison in his goblet, then have to leave the table for any reason, I will order new drinks for both of us instead of trying to decide whether or not to switch with him.
  • I will not have captives of one sex guarded by members of the opposite sex.
  • I will make sure that my doomsday device is up to code and properly grounded.
  • My vats of hazardous chemicals will be covered when not in use. Also, I will not construct walkways above them.
  • My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the control panel on the outside seals the door and blasting the control panel on the inside opens the door, not vice versa.
  • Any data file of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb in size.
  • If I am going to set off an explosion to destroy my opponents it won't have a big display showing how many seconds until the explosion. The explosion will just go off when I press the button.
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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Exponential Progress

The following video trawls through some random facts about modern life. It shows very well how quickly technology is evolving at an exponential rate and that we seem to be careering toward something very quickly. I'm not exactly sure what (who does?) but I love it! :-)


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Monday, 22 March 2010

Sony Fusion

Sony have released details of a concept they have come up with for a high-tech coffee table and a desktop computer combination that has been dubbed Fusion. At the touch of a button, the table top splits in half and slides apart to reveal the LED outlined keyboard, screen and DVD drive on the side of the table. Sony say that it will be available in three different colours – blue, white and red — when it goes into production and will be priced around $3,000.



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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Sand Painting

The following video shows the very cool "Sand Painting" of Joe Mangrum. Joe talks about his ancient art form that he has adapted to his contemporary style. I just can't help thinking how disastrous a breeze would be.


Sand Painting from joe Mangrum on Vimeo.
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Saturday, 20 March 2010

SKIPOPOW

I'm afraid I can't tell you much about the following video as the Vimeo user TKB Films doesn't tell us much. It appears to be a trailer for a film that features daredevil skiing, paragliding and snowboarding. Visually stunning I'm sure you'll agree.


SKIPOPOW Trailer HD Ski Film from TKB Films on Vimeo.
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Friday, 19 March 2010

Odd Advert

I was in two minds about posting this to be honest. Although I find it hilarious, I also find it slightly disturbing. But I understand it was shown on US televsion so I guess it won't upset anyone, that is certainly not my intention.

This is a public service type commercial for a campaign by Method to promote clear labelling of ingredients on household cleaning products.


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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Rare Photos

I'm not a big fan of celebrity in the modern sense. It seems these days there is much more emphasis on the idea of being famous than there is in any form of talent. I think that is a little sad. But famous (or infamous) people are always fascinating, especially those from an earlier time where their fame a little more substance. If they are no longer with us, more so. As always we are left with photographs to ponder over, which I find enthralling. Expecially when they are as rare as this collection I found on a Russian site.

I have reproduced several of my favourites below but please visit here to see many more. As always click to enlarge.


Elvis Presley and his father.


Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin.


Kurt Cobain and his daughter.


Angelina Jolie and her parents John Voight and Marcheline Bertrand.


Christopher Walken.
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Teachtaireacht I nGaeilge

Irish flagImage by La Marga via Flickr
Mar gheall ar an dáta Cheap mé go bhféadfadh go mbeadh sé deas a scríobh teachtaireacht i nGaeilge. Mar sin féin, in ainneoin mo iarrachtaí chun feabhas a chur, ag brath mé fós ar an Idirlíon, agus mar sin mé leithscéal a ghabháil le mo gramadach lochtach. Tá mé cinnte go mbeidh cuid de mo chairde a bhfuil gáire maith. Mar sin de tú go bhfuil bainte amach seo i bhfad... Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

Happy St Patrick's Day everybody!



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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

National Harmony

I actually came across this whilst researching another article, but it was just too good not to post. According to the description these young ladies sang their rendition of the US national anthem at a basketball game in Texas. They call themselves the "Cactus Cuties" and the superb harmonies on The Star Spangled Banner belies their ages, for at the time, the two young ladies on the right were six years old. The two in the middle were seven and the one on the left was eight. No wonder the crowd stayed quiet.


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Monday, 15 March 2010

The Sandpit

I must be getting a little predictable. Either that or my friend René knows me too well. He suggested the video below as something I might like and he was dead right.

This is the story of New York City in one day. It uses a combination of the tilt-shift technique I told you about here and the time-lapse technique that Keith Loutit put to such great effect.

I don't know how long it took to make but it features over 35,000 photographs.


The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.
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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Khoda

I know I say this a lot but I do mean it. This is stunning. A five minute animated film took over two years to make. Why? Because each frame is a painting. Over 6000 of them. Every time you pause this video you are looking at a fully formed painting.

It is called "Khoda", it is a psychological thriller; the work of Reza Dolatabadi and was created as his film school graduation piece. I hope he passed!


Khoda from Reza Dolatabadi on Vimeo.
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Friday, 12 March 2010

Last Call

I'm not trying to be lazy but I really can't explain this any better than the video does itself. What I would say is that it is a superb idea, however I'd like to see more commands available. I did laugh at one witty comment that asked "what would happen if you sent the local police department's number in?"

I wonder if it could migrate to other genres. :-)


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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

They're Made Out Of Meat!

Free the SF8Image by Free the SF8 via Flickr
I came a cross a great short science fiction story the other day. As it is licensed under Creative Commons terms, I'd like to share it with you. I love the style of this, it's witty and poignant at the same time. It was written by Terry Bisson and if you like it, be sure to go to his website to check out more of his work.

"They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"Meat. They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?"

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."

"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."

"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat."

"Maybe they're like the orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage."

"Nope. They're born meat and they die meat. We studied them for several of their life spans, which didn't take long. Do you have any idea what's the life span of meat?"

"Spare me. Okay, maybe they're only part meat. You know, like the weddilei. A meat head with an electron plasma brain inside."

"Nope. We thought of that, since they do have meat heads, like the weddilei. But I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."

"No brain?"

"Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat! That's what I've been trying to tell you."

"So ... what does the thinking?"

"You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat."

"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."

"Thank you. Finally. Yes. They are indeed made out of meat. And they've been trying to get in touch with us for almost a hundred of their years."

"Omigod. So what does this meat have in mind?"

"First it wants to talk to us. Then I imagine it wants to explore the Universe, contact other sentiences, swap ideas and information. The usual."

"We're supposed to talk to meat."

"That's the idea. That's the message they're sending out by radio. 'Hello. Anyone out there. Anybody home.' That sort of thing."

"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?"
"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."

"I thought you just told me they used radio."

"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat."

"Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?"

"Officially or unofficially?"

"Both."

"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing."

"I was hoping you would say that."

"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?"

"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?' But will this work? How many planets are we dealing with here?"

"Just one. They can travel to other planets in special meat containers, but they can't live on them. And being meat, they can only travel through C space. Which limits them to the speed of light and makes the possibility of their ever making contact pretty slim. Infinitesimal, in fact."

"So we just pretend there's no one home in the Universe."

"That's it."

"Cruel. But you said it yourself, who wants to meet meat? And the ones who have been aboard our vessels, the ones you probed? You're sure they won't remember?"

"They'll be considered crackpots if they do. We went into their heads and smoothed out their meat so that we're just a dream to them."

"A dream to meat! How strangely appropriate, that we should be meat's dream."

"And we marked the entire sector unoccupied."

"Good. Agreed, officially and unofficially. Case closed. Any others? Anyone interesting on that side of the galaxy?"

"Yes, a rather shy but sweet hydrogen core cluster intelligence in a class nine star in G445 zone. Was in contact two galactic rotations ago, wants to be friendly again."

"They always come around."

"And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ..."
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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Carl Warner

Perhaps in a similar vain to the work of Matthew Albanese which I featured several weeks go, Carl Farmer is another photographer who creates stunning landscapes. Whereas Matthew used every objects however, Carl goes one step further and limits himself to just fruit and vegetables. Please visit his website for more examples including some animation. A big thanks to Daisy for the suggestion.




Monday, 8 March 2010

Movie Title

I've not read any reviews of this film but it looks set to be a classic. I've no details on when it is released so be sure to keep an eye out for it at the Cinema. Enjoy the trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever.

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Indoor Skydiving

No I'm not kidding, there is such a thing. Imagine a very high powered wind tunnel that you might test aeroplanes or cars in, but turned upright in a tall room. If you look at the picture below it might make some sense.


These rooms are often available for hire for corporate events or even just for fun. I'd love to have a go as the ability to fly must be the ultimate childhood fantasy. Check out this guy though. I assume he is some kind of expert as he makes it look so easy.


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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Prediction Fail

This NeXT Computer used by British scientist S...Image via Wikipedia
They say that hindsight is a wonderful thing. I bet that the author of an article that appeared in a 1995 issue of Newsweek wishes that he had had a little hindsight. Clifford Stoll penned the piece entitled "The Internet? Bah!" all about how the Internet would never catch on and replace things like books or that people would never make online purchases to any great degree.

It just goes to how you how very clever people can sometimes be quite stupid also. :-)

We're promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete[sic]. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn't—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

I don't think anyone ever suggested that stores would become obsolete, but how short sighted do you have to be to think that the technology would not improve.

Logged onto the World Wide Web, I hunt for the date of the Battle of Trafalgar. Hundreds of files show up, and it takes 15 minutes to unravel them.

The phrase "A bad workman always blames his tools" springs to mind. I'm sure that search technology has made things easier these days but GIGO (Garbage in Garbage Out) will always apply.

You can read the full article here.
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In The Spotlight

I have been interviewed! I feel like a movie star! Well OK that's a bit of an exaggeration but I do feel like a bit of a landmark has been reached in the life of e-clecticism. Somebody (I don't know who, but thank you who ever you are) recommended e-clecticism to bloginterviewer.com. This means I was interviewed in an attempt to get to know the blogger behind the blog. If you are interested you can read the interview here.

Can I ask you a big favour? Could you please vote for e-clecticism by clicking the button to the right and then choosing a "thumbs up" in the top left and corner of the page it takes you to? Just under the green bar. That way hopefully more people will find out about the blog and come and join us. Thank you.

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Friday, 5 March 2010

This Too Shall Pass

This is rather a different music video than the usual "band playing their instruments" type. The song is a bit average but the fantastic Rube Goldberg machine more than makes up for it. I don't know how many takes they needed, but the comedy effect that the clues left in give, make it all the better. I hope you enjoy 'OK Go' with This Too Shall Pass.


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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Severn Bore

I was born and bred next to the River Severn in Worcester and as such I am used to its beauty and quirks, never taking either for granted. It's biggest quirk occurred a few days ago in the form of the phenomena known as the Severn bore. If you're not familiar with the bore, I'll quote the experts...

A curious phenomenon associated with the lower reaches of the Severn is the tidal phenomenon known as the Severn Bore. The river's estuary, part of the Bristol Channel, has the second largest tidal range in the world which is approximately 49 feet, exceeded only (couple of feet) by the Bay of Fundy in Canada - and at certain combinations of the tides, the rising water is "funnelled" up the estuary into a wave that travels rapidly upstream against the river current. The bore travels a distance of approximately 25 miles between Sharpness and Maisemore.
For as long as I remember the bore has attracted visitors from far and wide and this time was no exception with cars lining every available space along the river. As has happened many times before some surfers were even attempting to ride the wave as it made its way upstream. Sadly I had to work and missed it this time, but like you I can enjoy the video that Sky News has provided on Youtube.


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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Dad Dancing

To my male readers...It's a well known fact that no matter how good a dancer you were in your younger days, once you become a father those skills will abandon you. Its a genetic thing and it means you have the power to embarrass your kids should you need to. Maybe. I'm a dad but of course I am the exception that breaks the rule. :-)

If you are a typical "Dad Dancer" then totallydaddancing.com wants to hear about you. You could win a trip to Jamaica!


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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Golden-i

Computers that you wear are not a new idea. There have been many prototypes built that enable us to access a fully fledged computer, hands-free, and worn as a garment, such as head gear or a watch.

Golden-i from Motorola is slightly different though in that it is being specifically aimed at the construction industry. Designed to fit under a construction helmet, the Golden-i puts a tiny screen up close to the eye which gives the equivalent of a 15" display, and also has a headphone, a microphone along with Bluetooth and WiFi.

With an impressive spec list (see below) this is still a prototype, it could be a real asset for those that need a hands-free terminal for use in construction or other tough environments.

Processor -- TI OMAP3530 clocked at 600MHz
Display -- Kopin SVGA (800 x 600) liquid crystal micro display (LCD)
Networking:
Bluetooth 2.0
WiFi -- "Will be offered soon"
User interface -- Includes speech recognition and motion sensing
Other I/O -- 1 x USB
Expansion -- microSD slot
Power -- 1200 mAh battery provides more than eight hours of operation
Weight -- 3 oz (85g)
Operating system -- Windows CE


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Monday, 1 March 2010

Old Time Rag

I have just noticed that this will be my 500th post on e-clecticism. When I started the blog I never thought I'd get this far. I'm so glad I have though. I wish I'd been prepared and had something appropriate ready for you. Never mind, this one is still good. Here's to the next 500!

An elderly couple who have been married for 62 years were in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They decided to give an impromptu performance and luckily enough somebody caught it on video. Enjoy!


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