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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