Friday, 30 April 2010

Tiny Apartment

I really like this. Gary Chang is an architect from Hong Kong who has perfected the art of maximising his space. He has designed the layout of his 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the "Domestic Transformer."


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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Dizzi Jig

A young lady going by the name of Dizzi seems to be a bit of an expert on all things Dulcimer. The following video features Dizzi playing a Hammered Dulcimer apparently. A medieval folk instrument that produces a beautiful sound. "Dizzi Jig" comes from her album "Dulci Solo" which can be purchased from here. Dizzi's website, which features further examples of her work, can be found here.


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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Animal Compassion

I don't know what has come over me but today's post is a soppy one and I don't care. :-) The following video shows what can be achieved with animals when you show a little compassion and kindness.

Edie was so scared at the shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized yesterday. She was so lucky to have Bronwyne visit the shelter and save her life. I just helped with calming her down and showing everybody how these dogs can be easily managed with a little bit of love and patience.

If you want to see a picture of Edie at her new home, go here.


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Monday, 26 April 2010

Vortex Cannon

Now there is a subject to conjure fantastic images for a ten year old boy. Wait, scratch that, it is fantastic for me too. :-)

Check out this trailer from the BBC show Bang Goes The Theory. It shows presenter Jem Stansfield demonstrating the awesome power of a Vortex Cannon. Filmed at 1300-fps, you can see the cannon knock down three different houses made of straw, stick, and brick with an explosive vortex ring.

The vortex ring that comes out is not smoke, however. After detonating the explosive gas, a mixture of acetylene and oxygen, "one of the most dangerous gas mixes in the world," the ring forms from the pressure drop inside the vortex. It condenses the lake's damp air and shoots a cloud out at 200-mph, knocking down anything in its path.


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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Star Wars Uncut

This to me just shows off the Internet in all it's glory and nerdiness. A gentleman by the name of Casey Pugh has come up with the brilliant scheme of splitting up the original Star Wars movie (A New Hope) in to 15 second chunks, requesting that fans film their own version in any way they see fit, and then stitching the whole to thing together for screening. It is the ultimate fan tribute. If you want to take part, you'll need to get on over to StarWarsUncut.com pretty quickly as the scenes are being claimed fast.

In the meantime, here is a teaser of what has been done so far. Comedy gold and strangely impressive at the same time. :-)


Star Wars: Uncut Trailer from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.
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Friday, 23 April 2010

JT Medley

I don't normally repost the work of an artist. Once I have let you guys know, it is time to move on. But I'm going to make an exception on the care of Brett Domino and his band if that's OK? I posted about them first about this time last year. You might not get them, but I find them absolutely hilarious. They have moved on from the Keytar since then, and so please enjoy their fantastic tribute to Justin Timeberlake.


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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Winscape

You may remember that I blogged about a project that used the technology from a Wii remote to allow you to touch a hologram. A more simple, but non-the-less brilliant, idea utilises the infra-red camera to allow for head-tracking. The concept is reversed so that instead of the receiver tracking the remote, the remote tracks the position of the the receiver. Finding that hard to picture? Take a look at the following video featuring Jonny Lee at TED back in 2008.



Fascinating though that is, it has been a little slow in any commercial application of this idea coming out. I did come across this though. The following video on Winscape. It is just a shame you have to wear such an obtrusive receiver for it to work. Where are all the cool head-tracking games I imagined?



See more on Winscape at http://www.rationalcraft.com/Winscape.html
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Thor

Regular readers of e-clecticism will understand why no post today. See here if you are not aware.

Happy birthday little man! So like your dad. Eric Pridz FTW, but way more handsome. :-) I just know you're looking after your sisters, but I hope you're taking the time check out some cool cars too.

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Don't Worry, I'm Yours

"Mashups" are one of my favourite things about music. Taking two or more songs that you like already and combining them in to something new can just be a fantastic, almost spiritual thing when it is done right. What follows is an example of one done right. I must have listened to this about fifty times and I'm still bouncing along to it.

This is Bobby McFerrin, Jason Mraz and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole with what DJ Dain (the creator) calls Don't Worry, I'm Yours. I'm going to dedicate this to my good friend Daisy because I just know she'll love this. :-)

Don't Worry, I'm Yours (Jason Mraz vs. Bobby McFerrin vs. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) by DJ Dain

Monday, 19 April 2010

Best Blackbox Ever

OK, you're going to think I'm mad. Well perhaps even more mad. But this gadget right here is possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen. It's a geek thing I know. You're going to read this (if you haven't clicked somewhere else already) and say "No it's not! It is useless". It may be useless but it is a thing of nerdy beauty and I want to own it.


Not much to look at but A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter is a piece of art by Caleb Larson. The artist himself explains...

It is a physical sculpture that is perptually attempting to auction itself on eBay.
Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.
If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.


I need help! :-) The current auction can be found here.

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

The Voca People

The following videos are not a trick. The Voca People are an astonishing vocal group from Israel. They specialise in the a capella style that I have featured here before. But these guys take it to a whole new level. Combining wit with great singing they look to be great way to spend an evening out if they ever tour near you.




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Friday, 16 April 2010

Please Hold Caller

I'm sorry folks I have a lot going on in my private life at the moment that is preventing me from bringing you the quality content you deserve. Please bear with me and I'll be back to normal soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy a song that I really enjoy. This is Mr Rock & Roll by Amy MacDonald.


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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Impressive Driving Skills

As some of you know, I'm not only geek but a bit of a petrolhead as well. The two needn't be mutually exclusive in my view. I was going to introduce the following video as "something for the lads" but then realised I'd probably get a written slap from a couple of female car addicted friends of mine.:-) Whatever gender you are, make yourself comfortable, sit back and enjoy the driving genius of Ken Block in his rally prepared Subaru Imprezza STi, as he takes us through some practice for a gymkhana.


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Monday, 12 April 2010

Pixels

Poor old New York. It seems that whenever Earth gets invaded it always gets targeted first. This is true of Patrick Jean's new animated short film, Pixels as well. Featuring some nice cameos of old 8-bit games that older readers will remember I'm sure, it really has a great feel to it.


PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN.
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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Guitar Heroes

The pure joy that this video gives me is hard to describe. Perhaps you should just watch it and I'll let you see if you feel the same. Enjoy!


kids guitar trio

slidenslide | MySpace Video

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Happy Birthday Angel

Just a quick post today. As is my tradition on e-clecticism I reserve the birthdays of the Greshlets to suspend normal posting and simply remember and nothing more.

Happy Birthday sweet Angel. You are seven today! Is túisce a éagann an óige mar aon leis an mhaith.

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Tag My Tenth Photo

I have been tagged! Alistair over at crivens, jings and help ma blog has asked me to partake in a sort of blog chain post. The idea is that I take a look at my photographs and whatever the tenth picture is in the first folder, I post it here and tell you all about it. I then need to link back to my tagger (see above) and then tag new people. Sounds easy enough.

I call this picture Lonely Walk (Click to enlarge). It was one of the first pictures I took when getting back into photography back in 2008.


It was taken at the North end of Worcester's racecourse (Pitchcroft) in the November. It was a bad time for me for several reasons and although it is not technically a good photograph, I like it as it perfectly captures my mood at the time. By the way, the person on whose presence the photograph depends was not a model. Just in the right place at the right time, for me anyway.

OK fellow bloggers...Over to you...
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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Chinese Message

Can I start this post by saying I have no details on who created this and therefore cannot give the proper credit. If you have any details, please leave a comment and I'll make sure the post is amended accordingly.

Take a look at the text below. Can you read it? Not unless you can read Chinese right? Wrong, take another look. Still not seeing it? Answer after the jump.


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Text 2.0

With all the technology that is available to us today, there is one area of our lives that has remained relatively static for hundreds of years. Perhaps it is true that not so many of us read these days as we used to, but for those of that still do, how can technology improve our lives?

From what I can gather Text 2.0 is still only a concept, but it seems to include some interesting ideas. Enjoy the following video but take a look at this Wired article for more information.


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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Quadruplets

It is a rare thing but I had some free time on my hands yesterday afternoon. So I thought I would have a go at a photographic technique that I have been meaning try for some time. I'm quite pleased with the end result and I hope you like it too. If you are interested, look out in the next couple of weeks for an improved attempt and a tutorial. Although I will tell you now that I used Photoshop rather than clones. :-)

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Monday, 5 April 2010

There Will Come Soft Rains

This is a rather nice animation called "There Will come Soft Rains" based on the short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury. It follows the day of an automated house as it goes about its daily chores. Despite the "intelligence" of the house it is unaware that the family that it so dutifully looks after are no longer there.

I really like the way the lighting conveys a great atmosphere and mood. It is done so well that I actually found myself feeling sorry for the house. It's not even a real one. :-)


There Will Come Soft Rains from Peter Cotter on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Concertina Chair

This might become a design classic. Another one to file in the simple but brilliant category.


Modular chair
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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Parrot Fashion

I like animals. I prefer them to many humans. :-)

This is one smart, African Grey parrot called Einstein who came from Knoxville Zoo and who appeared on a show called Animal Planet Pet Stars. I can't help hoping that he enjoyed this though.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin at Northeastern UniversityImage via Wikipedia
Demetri Martin, a Greek-American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer and humorist, is the geek's comedian. He is known for being an unconventional stand-up comic. He uses extensive wordplay (particularly paraprosdokians), one-liners, drawings on a "large pad", as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, or tambourine—sometimes all at once.

Be sure to look out for some of his videos. Here is a collection of some of my favourite one-liners of his.
  • If I ever saw an amputee being hanged, I'd just yell out letters.
  • Whenever I'm on my computer, I don't type 'lol'. I type 'lqtm': 'laugh quietly to myself'. It's more honest.
  • I wanna make a jigsaw with 40,000 pieces. When you finish it, it says 'go outside'.
  • The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of Charades.
  • I used to play sports. Then I realised you can buy trophies. Now I'm good at everything.
  • I wonder what the word 'dots' look like in Braille.
  • Employee of the Month is an example of how someone can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.
  • I think it is interesting that 'cologne' rhymes with 'alone'.
  • When you have a fat friend there are no see-saws, only catapults.
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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Young Barack

I came across some pictures of a young Barack Obama today. Whatever your politics, I hope you agree this guy exudes cool, both back then and now. More pictures can be found on the site I first saw them on. As usual, click to enlarge.



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