Saturday, 29 December 2012

Peavey AT-200

I'm not a brilliant guitar player by any means but considering I'm entirely self-taught I'm happy with the level I'm at. Tuning is always a tricky thing for newbies to pick up, especially if you don't have the benefit of an electronic tuner. But guitar maker Peavey have now taken it a step further with the AT-200.

Externally, it looks like any other modern electric, but it features an active system that can tune the strings and then keep them in tune.


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Friday, 28 December 2012

Song & Dance

I've featured a fair few mashups before but not like this one. It includes The Beatles, Boston, Cypress Hill, Daft Punk, The Beastie Boys, Criminal Element Orchestra, Freeez and many many more. What makes it special for me is the inclusion of just about every movie dance scene there has been, and they're even synced too! Enjoy.


The Kleptones - Come Again (Beatles vs Rare Earth vs Beaties vs Daft Punk vs Cypress Hill vs Boston) Video by Crumbs Chief from The Videotones on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all my readers. I hope it's a good one for you.


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Friday, 21 December 2012

The Future

If you watch a lot of Sci-Fi you'll already know what the future holds. It will either be a utopian paradise with our every whim catered for, or a dystopian nightmare of a ravaged earth and/or alien overlords. The following video is a cut together of some of the best science fiction visions of what's in store. Can you spot all the films? Whichever way it turns out, it seems there will be both Coke and Pepsi!


The Future from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

In Sync

If you place 32 metronomes on a static surface and set them off out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. However, place them on a moveable surface and something very interesting happens. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome around it, while the motion of every other metronome affects the motion of our original metronome right back. Understand? The end result is that they eventually all fall in line. Even the one on the right that tries to be a proper rebel.


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Monday, 17 December 2012

ISS Tour

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station's modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.


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Friday, 14 December 2012

Potato Ball In A Box

A pointless exercise but I've never been against them. Here "Chef John" shows us how to carve a ball from a box from a potato. I may try this but only so I can fry it and eat it.


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Zeitgeist 2012

Google has updated its Zeitgeist site for 2012, looking at the most popular search trends of the year. The company has been doing this for 12 years. They are also launching Zeitgeist Android and iOS apps. Google says it has seen 1.2 trillion searches in 146 languages this year.


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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

I Believe I Can Fly

Tancrède, Julien, Seb and Antoine are pioneers in ‘highlining’ - a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking. Absolutely mad if you ask me but I can't help being astonished as I watch them travel from their home in Chamonix to training in the Verdon gorge, the skyscrapers of Paris, and finally the spectacular cliffs and fjords of Norway.


I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.
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Monday, 10 December 2012

Nina Conti

We all need a good laugh on a Monday don't we? Thanks to my friend Wayne I got one today in form of the very funny Nina Conti.


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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Surf's Up

In the latest webisode of ‘Sally Stories’ we join Sally Fitzgibbons during her journey to one of the world's most unique surfing locations: the Wadi Adventure Wave Pool in middle of the Al Ain desert, in Dubai. The purpose of this trip for Sally is to work on progressive surf manoeuvres, including the air reverse.


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Friday, 7 December 2012

404

Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.


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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Pop Mashup 2012

Regulars to e-clecticism will remember that I have featured mashups before. When they're done well they seem effortless but I realise they actually take a whole lot of work. Daniel Kim's "Pop Danthology 2012" is particularly good. Featuring 55 different tracks (no really I checked) it covers all the big pop hits of 2012.


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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Jesse Heiman

When I first saw the following video I assumed that nobody could have appeared in that many films and TV programs without being famous and that it must be something like After Effects at work. But no, Jesse Heiman seems to be making a career about of being a nobody.


World - Watch More Funny Videos
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Saturday, 1 December 2012

The British Space Race

This one is a bit longer than the usual but really worth a watch. The space race might seem a two-horse race between America and the Soviet Union, but for a short time Britain was the unlikely player in the world of rocket research. This is the story of the unsung pioneers of British space exploration - the rocket engineers, the scientists and the dreamers who, despite lack of resources, never gave up on their vision for bringing the future into the present.


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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Leonid Timelapse

Why stand out in the cold and dark to see the Leonid Meteor Shower when photographer's like Stephane Vetter exist? He created a fabulous time-lapse with 610 shots on a Nikon D3 and a Sigma 8 mm fish-eye lens.


Leonid and Zodiacal Light from Stephane Vetter on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Dare To Fight

There are so many videos out there now of supposedly funny flash mobs now, that I tend to skip  over them. This one however is simply brilliant. Some crazy Canadians had the fabulous idea to stage a ninja dual on the streets of Montreal. With hilarious results.


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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Samurai

Another beautifully rendered animation this time featuring a Samurai fight to the death. I still cannot comprehend the amount of work that goes in to even a short film like this.


Samurai from Phil Shoebottom on Vimeo.
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Digital Zelda

Here's a very smart animation from Final Cut King. The Legend of Zelda comes to life. Link battles various enemies and travels through a digital world as he tried to find his lost love....the princess Zelda!


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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Focus

Possibly the greatest performance by a face ever. Dutch prog-rockers Focus giving a breathtaking performance of their song "Hocus Pocus" on NBC´s Midnight Special in 1973.

As some wag on YouTube put it. "I just wish they'd do a version with the lyrics!".


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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Brushy One String

You could spend thousands on all the best and latest equipment, but if you have true spirit and talent, it seems you don't need anything like that. This is the trailer for a documentary called RiseUp. It features several musicians from the Jamaican underground scene. "Brushy One String" is just full of spirit, talent and a whole lot of soul.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

We Are Stars

The erudite Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This, accompanied by some wonderful photography, is his answer.


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Monday, 19 November 2012

Head Drummer

What can I say about this? I just know that if I get a headache from a party the previous night, this is not normally how I go about it.


Playing the Head Drums - Watch More Funny Videos

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Software Translation

We are still a very long way off from the Universal Translator used in Star Trek, but Microsoft has created a program designed to provide "on-the-fly" spoken translations in the user's own voice. Rick Rashid, Microsoft's chief research officer, said that their translator still makes errors at a noticeable rate but significantly improves on previous efforts. Demonstrating by getting some of his remarks translated into Mandarin Chinese during a conference held in Tianjin, China recently, he explains how the techniques have changed over the years to improve the stats.


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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Animal Actor

This is a great way to start your day. A hamster plays dead after someone pretends to shoot him. But even better are some of the comments on YouTube.

If you look closely, you will see that the gun is actually fake.

Still a better actor than Kristen Stewart.


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Monday, 12 November 2012

Answerless Questions

In a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyse curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his obsession with questions that no one (yet) knows the answers to.


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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Ad v Ad

If you live in the UK you won't have failed to notice the difference in advertising styles between the iPad and Microsoft Surface. It is even more apparent if you watch this spoof which combines them and made me chuckle.


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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Titanic Film

No not that one, I found this one quite fascinating. It is genuine 1912 Footage. This British Pathé newsreel (without the music) would have been shown in the cinemas at the time of the disaster. Footage includes the Titanic leaving Belfast Lough for Southampton on April 2nd, 1912. Captain Smith on the Bridge of the Titanic Olympic. The video also shows various ships such the Carparthia returning from rescuing survivors. Journalists interviewing survivors. Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of long distance radio transmission and who was credited with saving those who were saved because of his marvellous invention.


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Monday, 5 November 2012

Katzenjammer

Here's something to blow the cobwebs out. Norwegian girl group Katzenjammer performing Demon Kitty Rag Live at Dutch Radio show Giel in the early morning.


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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Time Travel?

I'm not really thinking that time travel is achievable but I do like little mysteries like this. He certainly looks out of place and I understand that it is a genuine photo from a genuine book.


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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Som Sabadell

I realise that flash-mobs are a little old now and of course this is actually an advertisement, but it still made me smile.

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Reggie Watts

I'm partial to a bit of bizarre and nonsense. Monty Python, The Goons etc. Reggie Watts however is the bizarre person's role model. Watch here as he baffles but impresses the audience at TED.


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Friday, 26 October 2012

Monkey Music

You know that theorem, the one about the monkeys, typewriters, and Shakespeare? How about making music instead of writing drama? In a project called Monkeys + Synthesizers, from Sweden’s VOLT festival, different types of monkeys and primates are given different synthesizers and then allowed to get to work on making themselves the SoundCloud stars of tomorrow.


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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Straight Up Difficult

It is difficult to build a working four-rotor helicopter that spans 100 feet and only weighs 80lbs. It is even harder when your engine is a 0.7-horsepower person. But one team of engineering students is trying to do just that.

You can see more here.


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Iron Man 3

Looking at the trailer for Iron Man 3 (released today), it seems that things are going to go downhill for old "Shellhead". Another one to look forward to from the Marvel franchise.


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Monday, 22 October 2012

Lego Felix

This is just superb! After Felix Baumgaerner's amazing feat some genius went to a lot of trouble for this Lego tribute. Thank you Al for sending it to me.


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Friday, 19 October 2012

Bodyform: The Truth

I doubt this will make much sense to you if you're outside the UK, but on the 8th of October Richard Neill posted an hilarious Facebook comment to Bodyform, the women’s sanitary towel manufacturer's, wall. His joke was from the perspective of a man viewing their TV advertisements. His comment went viral and now Bodyform have come back with a great response of their own in the form of the video below. But first, here is the original post.



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Thursday, 18 October 2012

A Peek Inside Google

My work has taken me inside some of the most impressive looking data centres and server rooms, but the ones that I have often been curious about is those that belong to Google. Google has always been very discreet about the inside of their massive server farms that are situated all around the world and rarely give out any information. However their official blog as announced you can now take a look at the goodies. The company enlisted the help of photographer Connie Zhou to illustrate the technology, people, and places that keep the internet moving. They have also mapped the inside and outside of its Lenoir, North Carolina server farm using Street View, allowing users to explore both the interior and exterior in quite a lot of detail.

Take a look for yourself here and see the accompanying video below.


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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

World's Best Father

What started as a simple photographic project to capture his new daughter's young life, quickly turned in to photographic comedy gold. Entitled The World's Best Father, Dave Engledow, from Tahoma Park, Maryland, can be seen posing alongside his little girl in a number of scenarios.

They show Dave apparently losing to his little girl in an arm-wrestling match, reading Twilight to her at bedtime, and driving his car as she giggles in the carrier on its roof. Each image is usually a composite of many individual photos, and can take up to 20 hours to create. Dave revealed that despite his attempts at humour, he gets a very mixed response.


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Monday, 15 October 2012

Felix Baumgartner

You may have seen this already but I couldn't let it go by without a mention. Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a top speed of 833.9mph (1,342km/h). He also broke the record for the highest ever freefall by jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico. It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.


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Friday, 12 October 2012

USB Watches

Olivier Demangel produced a rather nice concept for a USB based watch. Sadly it will probably never see production but I'm sure many great designs share that fate.

I used to lose my USB key often so I came up with the idea to attach the USB key to my watch. Basically, the features are identical as the Escape C watch (skype, MP3 and Bluetooth) with the possibility to use bluetooth headphones and the USB key to store music or any computer data. I wanted a very futuristic design like you could find in the next big Sci-Fi movie.

Olivier Demangel - futuristic watches - Konect USB watch - 720p from Olivier Demangel on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Tongue Drums

Make sure you can't be disturbed, turn on the sound on your computer, dim the lights. Press play and close your eyes. This is called "Water Drops" and is a lovely way to relax.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Music Table

"Noteput" is an interactive music table that allows the user to place physical note pieces on an interactive touch screen and immediately hear the result. It appears to allow only short musical phrases but it seems like a great way to learn classical music notation.


Noteput – Interactive music table from Jonas Heuer on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Ohio Gamers

For those of you who think that members of a marching band are geeks, well you're absolutely right. With thanks to Luke I give you the Ohio State University marching band and there half-time tribute to video games. They performed this at a recent game versus Nebraska and the planning and precision is superb.



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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cliff Jump

Jamie Pierre breaks the world record (and nothing else) for the highest cliff-drop. How he doesn't kill himself I will never know, but he skied away with nothing more than a bleeding cut lip from being hit by a shovel when his partners dug him out of his 12 foot bomb hole.


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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

From Love To Bingo

Patient research work involving more than five thousand photographs resulted in a one minute film that AlmapBBDO created to advertise Getty Images, the world's leading image database for creating and distributing visual content.

I still haven't quite worked out why love should should turn to bingo, perhaps you will. Nevertheless it seems to prove their point that with that many images, Getty could probably tell any kind of story.


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Monday, 1 October 2012

Camera Truck

Shaun Irving had an idea to turn a delivery van into a giant camera. A few years later, he bought an old truck off eBay, drilled a hole in the side, got some military surplus lenses, bought light-sensitive photographic paper and set off to document Richmond.




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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Willow

This is very creative. A music video for the song "Sweater" by Willow uses three blank walls, a floor and three-way projection to simulate life. I can only imagine how disorientating this must have been for the singer but if you take a look at the out-takes you get an idea.


Willow - Sweater from Filip Sterckx on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Dear Hahn

Australian beer brewer Hahn have produced a great set of adverts to promote the product. In an "agony aunt" type scenario drinkers ask Hahn to solve their beer related issues. My favourite is the anti-spill device below, but check out the full range here.


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