Saturday, 31 July 2010

These Guys Rule

Well I'm guessing its trickery. Clever editing, hidden strings, camera tricks or a combination of all these things. There is no way these guys can be as cool as me. :-)

But the truth is, it is still very entertaining. Enjoy!


Guy Rules At Everything - Watch more Funny Videos

Friday, 30 July 2010

Mila's Daydreams

Finnish designer Adele Enersen has an unusual hobby during her maternity leave. Whilst her daughter Mila sleeps, Adele likes to imagine what she is dreaming and create and then capture it around her. I have added a couple of my favourites below, but check please check out her blog for loads more.

EDIT: Unfortunately since this post was made Adele has taken down all her pictures. She, rather naively I think, didn't realise that by making them, public people would want to share them and spread the word. There is a composite thumbnail shot below and the link above still works, but that is all now.


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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Blind Spot

The video I have for you today is a little darker than normal but the blog is not called e-clecticism for nothing right? It is a short French animation called "Blind Spot" which has won several awards and despite being very much a black comedy, is very well executed.


Blind Spot from Cécile Dubois-Herry on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Internal Debate

The NeXT MegaPixel Display, sitting on top of ...Image via Wikipedia
This is another I got sent by email recently. Hiving worked in the IT industry for way too long, this really made me laugh. I hope it does to you as well.

Computer: Monitor, display this document, ok?

Monitor: No prob, boss.

Computer: OK, now it looks like Mouse is moving around so, Monitor, will you move the pointer icon accordingly?

Monitor: Anything you ask, boss.

Computer: Great, great. OK, Mouse, where are you going now?

Mouse: Over to the icon panel, sir.

Computer: Hmm, Let me know if he clicks anything, OK?

Mouse: Of course.

Keyboard: Sir, he's pressed control and P simultaneously.

Monitor: Oh God, here we go.

Computer: *sighs* Printer, are you there?

Printer: No.

Computer: Please, Printer. I know you're there.

Printer: NO! I'm not here! Leave me alone!

Computer: Jesus. OK look, you really ne...

Mouse: Sir, he's clicked on the printer icon.

Computer: Printer, now you have to print it twice.

Printer: NO! NO! NO! I don't want to! I hate you! I hate printing! I'm turning off!

Computer: Printer, you know you can't turn yourself off. Just print the document twice and we'll leave you alone.

Printer: NO! That's what you always say! I hate you! I'm out of ink!

Computer: You're not out of in...

Printer: I'M OUT OF INK!

Computer: *Sighs* Monitor, please show a low ink level alert.

Monitor: But sir, he has plen...

Computer: Just do it, damn it!

Monitor: Yes sir.

Keyboard: AHHH! He's hitting me!

Computer: Stay calm, he'll stop soon. Stay calm, old friend.

Keyboard: He's pressing everything. Oh god, I don't know, he's just pressing everything!

Computer: PRINTER! Are you happy now?! Do you see what you've done?!

Printer: HA! that's what you get for trying to get me to do work. Next time he...hey...HEY! He's trying to open me! HELP! HELP! Oh my god! He's torn out my cartridge! HELP! Please! ERROR!

Monitor: Sir, maybe we should help him?

Computer: No. He did this to himself.
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Monday, 26 July 2010

Blind Painter

Today's post is a longer than usual video, but please know that it is well worth watching in it's entirety. Esref Armagan is man from Turkey who has a genetic mutation that has caused him to be born without eyes. But despite having never seen light and shadow, colour and having no concept of perspective, he is an extremely talented artist. How is this possible? This documentary on the Discovery Channel attempts to find out.


Esref Armagan Blind Painter
Uploaded by EmreTR83. - Discover more animation and arts videos.
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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Amanda Palmer

I very rarely use music to alter my mood, but rather fit my listening choices around my current state of mind. I assume others are the same. Radiohead are one of those great bands to listen when you're feeling a little down. But here is a twist for you. Amanda Palmer covers their work using possibly the happiest instrument on the planet. The ukulele. She has a great voice in my opinion as well. I hope you enjoy the two examples below (bad-language warning on Creep). Visit her site for more of her work.

<a href="http://music.amandapalmer.net/track/high-and-dry">High And Dry by Amanda Palmer</a>

<a href="http://music.amandapalmer.net/track/creep-hungover-at-soundcheck-in-berlin">Creep (Hungover at Soundcheck in Berlin) by Amanda Palmer</a>
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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Keavy


Happy birthday sweet Keavy. Forever young, forever missed, forever loved. Is túisce a éagann an óige mar aon leis an mhaith!


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Friday, 23 July 2010

Think!

modern aneroid barometerImage via Wikipedia
I am afraid this another gem that I received via email and so have no details of where it came from or where to attribute the appropriate credit. But it is simply too good not to post.

..."Some time ago I received a call from a colleague. He was about to give a student a zero for his answer to a physics question, while the student claimed a perfect score. The instructor and the student agreed to an impartial arbiter, and I was selected. I read the examination question:

"SHOW HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE HEIGHT OF A TALL BUILDING WITH THE AID OF A BAROMETER."

The student had answered, "Take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower it to the street, and then bring the rope up, measuring the length of the rope. The length of the rope is the height of the building."

The student really had a strong case for full credit since he had really answered the question completely and correctly! On the other hand, if full credit were given, it could well contribute to a high grade in his physics course and to certify competence in physics, but the answer did not confirm this.

I suggested that the student have another try. I gave the student six minutes to answer the question with the warning that the answer should show some knowledge of physics. At the end of five minutes, he had not written anything. I asked if he wished to give up, but he said he had many answers to this problem; he was just thinking of the best one. I excused myself for interrupting him and asked him to please go on.

In the next minute, he dashed off his answer which read: "Take the barometer to the top of the building and lean over the edge of the roof. Drop the barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch. Then, using the formula x=0.5*a*t^^2, calculate the height of the building."

At this point, I asked my colleague if he would give up. He conceded, and gave the student almost full credit. While leaving my colleague's office, I recalled that the student had said that he had other answers to the problem, so I asked him what they were.

"Well," said the student, "there are many ways of getting the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer. For example, you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height of the barometer, the length of its shadow, and the length of the shadow of the building, and by the use of simple proportion, determine the height of the building."

"Fine," I said, "and others?"

"Yes," said the student, "there is a very basic measurement method you will like. In this method, you take the barometer and begin to walk up the stairs. As you climb the stairs, you mark off the length of the barometer along the wall. You then count the number of marks, and this will give you the height of the building in barometer units."

"A very direct method."

"Of course. If you want a more sophisticated method, you can tie the barometer to the end of a string, swing it as a pendulum, and determine the value of g at the street level and at the top of the building. From the difference between the two values of g, the height of the building, in principle, can be calculated."

"On this same tact, you could take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower it to just above the street, and then swing it as a pendulum. You could then calculate the height of the building by the period of the precession".

"Finally," he concluded, "there are many other ways of solving the problem.

Probably the best," he said, "is to take the barometer to the basement and knock on the superintendent's door. When the superintendent answers, you speak to him as follows: 'Mr. Superintendent, here is a fine barometer. If you will tell me the height of the building, I will give you this barometer."

At this point, I asked the student if he really did not know the conventional answer to this question. He admitted that he did, but said that he was fed up with high school and college instructors trying to teach him how to think.

The student was Neils Bohr and the arbiter was Ernest Rutherford.
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Thursday, 22 July 2010

We Choose The Moon

The official Apollo 11 mission patch. Apollo 1...Image via Wikipedia
Being a lover of all things space related I often feel a little cheated that I missed out on all the excitement of the moon landings. Although I had been born (giving my age away here) I am not old enough to recall the the events of July 1969. I have some original newspaper articles, I have read all the Apollo mission transcripts, I have poured over hundreds of photographs and diagrams. I even have a complete audio archive of all the conversations between mission control and the Apollo 11 crew. But forty-one years later it is not easy to get excited as it would have been at the time.

Luckily, a website was launched that goes a little way to helping me with that. We Choose The Moon is a complete mission record for Apollo 11. From five minutes before launch to just after landing, broken down in to stages. Animation, photographs, film and original audio give a true real-time experience which I urge you to try. There is so much information that it is a little daunting at first but stick with it and you will be rewarded with a better understanding of one of man's greatest achievements. Oh and a nifty certificate for you to download.

Whether you were there orignally and want to be reminded of it, or if it is all new to you and you want to find out more, give it a try. Be warned though, you could get sucked in to this and find that time simply passes you by.
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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Idiots

I'm currently studying for exams which is why I missed a post earlier, sorry about that. I don't tell you this so you feel sorry for me. But it sets things up nicely for the following video. :-)

I'm feeling quite stupid whilst trying to squeeze more information in to an already full head and failing miserably. This video not only made me laugh, but it made me feel better too. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Get Out

This short animated film from France may seem a little scary at first, but stick with it as it has a lovely twist at the end. This is called Get Out.


Get Out
Uploaded by Esma-Movie. - Full seasons and entire episodes online.
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Monday, 19 July 2010

Life Of Nails

These are fun. The extraordinary life of nails as created by Russian photographer Andrei Nikolaev. I have posted a few below and I would normally send you to his website for more, but be warned there appears to be a lot of broken links at the moment. :-( As always, click to enlarge.




And my personal favourite which is a bit subtle but funny.

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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Pioneer Sessions

A big thanks to Roo for the heads-up on this one. Levi's have put together a great programme of music for you to download for FREE! The idea is that they have taken some of today's artists that they consider to be pioneers and got them to record a song that was an inspiration to them. As the site explains...

While much has changed about music over the past 50 years (artists, genres, popularity, formats, distribution, etc.), one thing remains true: The song is everything. We’re excited to welcome you to the Levi’s® Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings. We asked a dozen of our favorite pioneering artists spanning multiple genres to record a song. Further sweetening the deal – each song re-crafted by this amazing roster, including the likes of Nas, The Swell Season, Dirty Projectors and more, is a song that mattered to them in some special way. You’ll find two new songs per week, available as free downloads, over the course of the following six weeks. Each song is paired with exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes video and additional content that celebrates the enduring importance of the song and the influence it has across generations.
Please enjoy the behind the scenes footage of two of my favourite artists, Glen Hansard (The Swell Season) and Jason Mraz, but be sure to check out the website to sign up for your free downloads and check out the other offerings.




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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Painting On Water

The guys at RGS found a great video that I wanted to share with you.This chap paints on to the surface of the water. It produces a lovely effect. Enjoy!


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Friday, 16 July 2010

Violin Mix

Paul Dateh is a very talented guy. This would not normally be my kind of music at all, but talent is talent no matter the style chosen. Paul uses his vocal and violin skills to perform a medley of Telephone by Lady Gaga, Blah Blah Blah by Ke$ha, Rude Boy by Rihanna and OMG by Usha. Visit Paul's website for more of his work.


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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Rebellion On The Subway

I have blogged about the wonderful Improv Everywhere a couple of years ago. But I couldn't resist mentioning their latest prank. This time they staged the iconic opening scene from Star Wars (A New Hope) on the New York subway. The video follows, but please check out the site for the background story and some great photos.


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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Got Bottle

This is great. It is a very cool thing to be able to play a musical instrument, but even cooler when it is made out of junk. Watch this guy perform a storming rendition of the theme to Inspector Gadget on old beer bottles. The choice of tune seems very apt.


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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Franco Brambilla

A big thanks to Wayne for suggesting this one. Franco Brambilla has come up with a great idea for his art that is right up my street. Taking old photographs and vintage postcards, he cleverly inserts modern cultural references such as TV shows, Star Wars and alien invasions, whilst beautifully blending them so they look as though they belong there. As always click to enlarge, but be sure to check out more of Franco's work here.

This is the Sandcrawler that belongs to the Jawas in Star Wars.


This one depicts the return of the Alphans featured in Gerry Anderson's Space 1999. One of my favourite childhood shows.

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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Talking To God

I hope you enjoy this short science fiction story. It is called Talking To God and it is by Harry Stottle and is released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 licence. I like this story because as an atheist myself, I'm pretty sure I would react the same way upon meeting God. Anyway, this is me "spreading the seed". Read on and that will make sense.

I met god the other day.

I know what you’re thinking. How the hell did you know it was god?

Well, I’ll explain as we go along, but basically he convinced me by having all, and I do mean ALL, the answers. Every question I flung at him he batted back with a plausible and satisfactory answer. In the end, it was easier to accept that he was god than otherwise.

Which is odd, because I’m still an atheist and we even agree on that!

It all started on the 8.20 back from Paddington. Got myself a nice window seat, no screaming brats or drunken hooligans within earshot. Not even a mobile phone in sight. Sat down, reading the paper and in he walks.


Saturday, 10 July 2010

Zero G Food

The following video is strangely hypnotic and can stand more than one viewing. The Uplink Lab (Matthew and Erik Huber) have attached plates, cups etc to a surface and then allowed the contents to spill, whilst filming it all in HD and at 960fps. This makes for a beautiful slow-motion film and gives the impression that it all took place in zero gravity. Enjoy!


The Huber Experiments - Vol. 1 from The Upthink Lab on Vimeo.
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Friday, 9 July 2010

Bacon Rocket

Can you make a rocket out of bacon? If, like me, that is a question that has been bugging you for a while now, you need to watch the following video. For the scientists (bored geeks) over at Rathergood.com have tried it, so you don't have to. Enjoy!


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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Life In A Day

I'm not really a film maker, I prefer the still image, but I have to say this project sounds like it could be fun to take part in. It will be easier I think, if I quote straight from the official Google blog.

Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens. Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives, to aggregate and mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth.

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of “Life in a Day,” a historic cinematic experiment that will attempt to do just that: document one day, as seen through the eyes of people around the world. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a snapshot of your life on camera. You can film the ordinary -- a sunrise, the commute to work, a neighborhood soccer match, or the extraordinary -- a baby’s first steps, your reaction to the passing of a loved one, or even a marriage.

Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning director of films such as The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and One Day in September, will then edit the most compelling footage into a feature documentary film, to be executive-produced by Ridley Scott, the director behind films like Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, Blade Runner and Robin Hood. LG Electronics is supporting "Life in a Day" as a key part of its long-standing "Life’s Good" campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

The film will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and if your footage makes it into the final cut, you’ll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the premiere.


Want to take part? Here’s what to do.
  1. Visit the “Life in a Day” channel and learn more about the project. Be sure to read through the steps you need to take to participate and the guidelines for creating your video(s). Also check out some of the sample videos for inspirational ideas.
  2. On July 24, capture your day on camera.
  3. Upload your footage to the “Life in a Day” channel any time before July 31.
Regardless of whether your footage makes it into the final film, your video(s) will live on on the “Life in a Day” channel as a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.
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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

How Google Works

And now a word from our sponsors. Everybody knows what Google does, but how many of you know how it does it? PPC Blog has created a nice graphic that explains it in layman's terms. As always, click on it for a larger version.

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is another artist whose work I have just discovered and I am very impressed with it. The series I like most, is of the type that you look at an initial image with a title that often seems disconnected. But you are invited to zoom in and the meaning becomes clear. You are presented with, an often visually hard-hitting, representation of statistics to convey a message. I have included a couple of examples below (click to enlarge) but make sure you check out Chris' site for more, plus other series.

a former corporate lawyer, jordan is dedicated to raising consciousness, through his art, of the far-reaching and destructive consequences of our everyday habits.
Plastic Bottles - Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.



Dog and Cat Collars - Depicts ten thousand dog and cat collars, equal to the average number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanised in the United States every day.


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Monday, 5 July 2010

Watermelon Carving

Just a quick note to thank everyone for their re-blogs, re-tweets, emails etc. I have some good friends out there in the blogosphere!

Putting all this behind me and resuming normal service in 5...4...3...2...1...

Friday, 2 July 2010

I Need Your Help!

When a social networking site merges with a sm...Image by aulia.m via Flickr
Further to yesterday's post where I told you about the fact that e-clecticism's domain has been lost, I have decided to try and put it down to experience and move on. But I need your help. You see I fear that as a result of this fiasco I will have lost a number of readers and so if you are still able to read this, can I please ask you to spread the word that we have moved to http://e-clecticism.blogspot.com/?

You could re-blog this post, re-tweet it, email it to your friends, like it on Facebook, or use any other of your favourite social networking sites (there is a handy button below this post) to let as many people know as possible. All I ask is for five minutes of your time. Normal service will resume tomorrow I promise.

I'd like to also thank the lovely Daisy who was e-clecticism's first fan and biggest supporter for giving me the idea. :-)
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Thursday, 1 July 2010

My Domain Has Gone!

I have done a very silly thing. I let my domain (e-clecticism.com) expire. In my defence I have always received a reminder prior to the expiry date and this time I didn't, but that is no excuse, I should have kept a closer eye on it. Now why don't you just renew it I hear you say. Well the fact is that somebody bought it from under me. They waited the required time and then bought it from under me. But the best part, the very best part is that they are willing to possibly sell it back to me for $480!! It cost me $10. I have lodged a complaint with the registrar, but to be honest I don't hold out much hope.

So I have therefore moved e-clecticism back to the original URL of http://e-clecticism.blogspot.com/. I sincerely hope that I have not lost any readers along the way. I don't think I will have because if you read the blog via a subscription (email, an RSS reader, Facebook or Twitter) nothing will have changed for you. It's only those of you who just happened upon us via a search engine that will be affected. But please, if you spot anything broken or know someone who is having a problem, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

As for the scum-sucking low-life that thinks they can make some money from me...Good luck with that!
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Brontë Sisters Power Dolls

This was a fake commercial made in 1988 for some educational shorts about action figures based on historical people. According to the creators its "educational value was somewhat suspect and it was never aired". Check out the Brontë sisters like you have never seen them before. If they were real, I'd buy some. :-)


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