This isn’t Ted Turner mucking about with old movies again. Instead it’s a set photograph by the late Richard Fish, the subject of a new exhibition at the Oviatt Library at the University of California in Los Angeles.
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A Minecraft user has created a working hard drive in Minecraft — albeit with a capacity of 1 kilobyte.
The drive, created by Reddit user “Smellystring”, works on a simple binary system. Instead of using magnets or transistor cells to store the data, it uses blocks that can be either solid or opaque. Reading from the disc involves beaming a redstone signal, which is roughly the Minecraft equivalent of an electrical current and will pass through the solid blocks but not the opaque ones. The drive uses solid blocks to represent 1 in binary code and opaque blocks for 0s. A virtual control room lets you “press” buttons to read from or write to the drive and even access a specific position on the drive.
It’s been over a year since we last checked in with video artist Erdal Inci (previously) who clones multiple recordings of himself moving through public spaces resulting in these bizarre looping performances. Inci often carries lights or other objects which lend a sense of choreography to each video, and at times the exposure eliminates him from the scene or makes him appear shadowlike in the background. Here are a few of our favorites over the last few months but you can see more on his website and at a higher resolution on Vimeo.
From artist Danica Asurdzic:
Groot pendant made of copper wire and gemstones. I’ve used blue sheen labradorite for his eyes, and for the back (flying rocket, inspired by Milano colors – blue, orange and white) I used clear quartz points, orange carnelian from Botswana, blue obsidian – as a “magnifying glass” – for the tiny white opal behind it (you can see opal rainbow colors shining through)…
Pendant has a “tunnel” for the chain in the middle, so it can be flipped and worn both sides without taking it off.
We’ve covered the Unseen‘s gorgeous pieces before and their latest is the coolest yet.
For Swarovski; T H E U N S E E N has exemplified an understanding of the hidden properties of the Gem stone, together with Emerging future technologies. A glimpse into the bespoke relationship between the Swarovski Gem stone and the world of material science. Research during the Vicenza workshop resulted in a collaborative head piece, Crafted from Lab grown SWAROVSKI Spinel stones, enhanced with T H E U N S E E N Magick.
Over 4000 Black Spinel were chosen and cloned for their material composition; being similar to that found in the human bone.
This parallel makes the gemstone compatible with the human, enabling each stone when worn to act as a conduction insulator, absorbing energy loss from the head.
T H E U N S E E N Magick, enables the Spinel to visualise this energy loss with a colour change gradient, through black > orange > red > green > blue > purple. Using the Swarovski stone ensured precise regularity across the stones.
We discovered the pattern formation in the colour of each stones evolves throughout the day; this fluctuates over areas of the brain in use. When worn the headpiece becomes a reflection of the inner human thought.
Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!
The Tor Project says an attack on the network earlier this year may have left user identities exposed for up to five months.
At the moment those behind Tor say they are uncertain exactly what the consequences of the attack, which ran from January 30 to July 4, are for users.
The Tor Project says it believes the attack was the work of a pair of security researchers who’d been scheduled to give a talk at the Black Hat hacking conference but cancelled on legal advice.
Tor, short for the Onion Router, works by routing traffic through a chain of connections of participants computers and servers, with fresh encryption at each stage. The idea is that even if one “hop” is compromised, there’ll still be many anonymous layers between the end user and the destination.
The service lets users browse sites anonymously, including many that are part of the so-called “dark web” and can’t be accessed through links on ordinary websites and search engines. It’s used by people who want to communicate anonymously for both legal and illegal purposes.
Exactly how the attack worked is still uncertain, but the principle appears to be comparing traffic logs of entry relays (the original user’s connection) and exit relays (the final connection between an encryption point and the destination) and looking at both the size of the data and the timings to find a match.
In theory such an attack could allow an attacker to link the destination with the IP address of the original user. Because every connection takes a random route, it would be down to luck whether such an attack would identify a specific visitor to a specific site. However, it also appears the attackers took control of around six percent of entry guards, a set of points in the process designed to further randomize connections and make tracking harder.
Urban sidewalks, sewer grates and dingy underpasses aren’t exactly the most likely places to find beautiful large-scale ornamental lace, but for artist NeSpoon Polska, that’s exactly where it belongs. The Polish artist creates both spray-painted street art and crocheted installations for interactive displays in all sorts of public spaces, from street lamps to abandoned houses.
Calling it ‘illegal city decor’ and ‘public jewelry,’ Polska wanders around Warsaw, swiftly painting parking meters, utility boxes, blank signs and other blank (and often ugly) urban surfaces. Some, like a giant mural taking up almost the entire side of a three-story building, are created with permission.
“Jewelry makes people look pretty, my public jewelry has the same goal, make public places look better. I would like people who discover, here and there, my small applications, to smile and just simply feel better,” says the artist.
Calne Ca appears in Vocaloid; she’s a mechanized skeleton with the shape of Hatsune Miku. She looks like a cyborg. Whatever she is, cosplayer Yuriros did a stunning job creating a real life version of the character. Every piece of the cosplay moves, and I can’t imagine how she was able to walk around with all of the pieces. While Yuriros hasn’t shared any information about the build that I can find, sometimes costumes are incredible enough that they deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.
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"The Robot Restaurant" in Tokyo is probably the craziest restaurant in the entire world
We've wrote about dazzling "Decotora" electric light truck decoration, and today Juergen Horn and Michael Powell from Tokyo for 91 Days show us another totally over-the-top thing happening in Japan:
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Japan at its most absurd and entertaining...
Giant robots dancing to electronic music? Laser shows and flashing LEDs? Lovely, shark-riding ladies fighting killer aliens? Bento boxes? It's hard to imagine that anything can offer a more uniquely Tokyo experience than the Robot Restaurant in East Shinjuku. With a stage show that stretches the definition of terms like “elaborate” and “bizarre”, the restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular venues in the city.
(images credit: Robot-Restaurant, Juergen Horn & Michael Powell)
We were dazzled by the Robot Restaurant from the moment we spotted it. The entire facade was illuminated in blinding LED lights and giant lady robots were roving about the foyer:
A band approximating Daft Punk’s style was rocking out behind the giant robots, and everything was flashing and loud and totally over-the-top. Sensory overload? Definitely, and we hadn’t even picked up our tickets yet. I suspected that the show was going to be more like sensory rape.
"It’s like the world’s most outrageous interior designers were given crayons, glue sticks, glitter and mescalin, and told to go crazy"
From the moment you enter the Robot Restaurant, you are going to be entertained... or perhaps fall into an epileptic fit. It's just sensory overload. No expense was spared, and no design idea was too crazy. Show up early enough to grab a pre-show drink in the upstairs lounge... because you've never seen a lounge like this. It’s like the world’s most outrageous interior designers were given crayons, glue sticks, glitter and mescalin, and told to go crazy. Everything is mirrored and shining:
(images credit: Juergen Horn & Michael Powell)
There is a robotic dinosaur on every table, which cutely rolls its eyes when you stroke its back:
(images credit: Juergen Horn & Michael Powell)
On the stage, a lady-band clad in metallic bikinis and angel wings is playing soft lounge music. The drinks are cheap and the vibe couldn’t be better. You and the people around you are in a place unlike anywhere any of you have ever been, and you’re all excited and nervous and giddily talkative. It’s bonding.
- Boxing robots. Women riding huge mechanical cows. An alien-eating shark robot, a neon-covered tank.... things which no sane human would ever possibly be able to predict
Now, however, it’s showtime. And the show is simply insane. You and your new friends head into the underground theater, take your seats, and await for the spectacle. Soon, the lights go out, the speakers switch on, and giant vehicles appear on either side of the narrow stage, ridden by ladies dressed as Amazonian war princesses from the year 3000:
They’re pounding on drums, rotating around the stage, screaming and dancing to the music, and you’re just... confused. What on Earth is happening? Singing, drumming, motorcycles, boxing robots, killer pandas, airplanes, massive cyborg ladies... It’s hilarious, ridiculous, impressive, overwhelming and pointless in equal measure:
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And that’s just Act One! By the end of the show, which stretches out across seven or eight acts, you’ll have perhaps seen boxing robots. Women riding huge mechanical cows. An alien-eating shark robot. Huge motorcycles and airplanes with pole-dancing lady passengers. A tank, I think. I think there was a tank. There was definitely a freedom-fighting panda. The shows change frequently, so you might see other things entirely, things which no sane human would ever possibly be able to predict:
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We had fun from the moment we entered, and I’m still not sure my brain has been able to process everything we saw. As much as the crazy show, we loved watching the spectators sitting across from us. Without exception, they had their eyes wide open and huge smiles plastered across their faces. Just like us.
(images credit: Robot-Restaurant)
Here is the location of this fabulous place. Visit the restaurant's website to reserve a place. The Robot Restaurant is Tokyo at its most absurd and entertaining, and an absolute blast! No wonder it has already become a hit among visiting celebrities from Pharrell to Anthony Bourdain. Definitely not to be missed.
Article by Juergen Horn & Michael Powell from Tokyo for 91 Days and Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.
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This anatomical confection from Conjurer's Kitchen reveals what one of their intricately crafted cakes looks like on the inside.
Cabins vanish into the landscape like a mirage, tiny rooms filled with stars somehow go on forever and treetops float in mid-air in these reality-distorting illusions made using mirrors. With these art installations and sculptures, nothing is quite what it seems, requiring the viewer to closely examine where the real world begins and ends.
Visitors waited up to three hours for their turn inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s exhibit ‘Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.’ One hundred multicolored LED lights pulsate at various speeds and patterns inside an entirely reflective room to give it the feel of outer space.
Strange, abstracted objects appear to have no particular form when you gaze upon them directly, but place them in front of a mirror at just the right angle, and you’ll see what they really are. Artist Jonty Hurwitz scans animals and human body parts, distorts them digitally and fabricates them so that the original object is revealed when they’re placed in front of a cylindrical mirror.
Translucent ghostly figures seem to lurk in the Scottish woods in this reflective illusion by artist Rob Mulholland. The fitters are actually silhouettes made of plexiglas, reflecting and distorting their surroundings so that they appear almost extra-dimensional.
A wooden cabin in the desert seems to half-disappear into the sky and sand in this project by Phillip K Smith III. The abandoned structure was modified with mirrored panels that reflect the surroundings for a partial vanishing effect. The framed faux windows slowly light up at night, so the cabin alternately appears to be “like a mirage or a hallucination” depending on the time of day.
Look at the sunset in an entirely new way, through the shards of a broken mirror. The ‘Broken Mirror/Evening Sky‘ photo series by Bing Wright breaks the sky into fragments, making each image like a puzzle.
How do you pump up the testosterone on a song by Metalocalypse's Dethklok? Make Batman the lead singer and send him rocking with his iron buns and his backup band—made up of Red Hood, Nightwing, and Robin on the drums.
When RPF user Mandi planned her Ezio costume, she wanted to show that it was possible to create a femme take on the character from Assassin’s Creed without showing lots of leg or chest. She spent three months working on the cosplay. It took her a while to decide on the proper materials and colors, but she finally gathered the fabrics and drew the belt insignia by hand. She created her own pattern for the tunic by using a plastic bag and masking tape, and she even sewed it together by hand. She also handpainted the intricate designs onto the skrt and tunic and weathered the fabric.
Read more and see more photos at The RPF.
Bit By Bit cartoon shows how to count in binary using only one hand. via Howtoons
Each Saturday Morning here at Adafruit is Saturday Morning Cartoons! Be sure to check our cartoon and animated posts both nostalgic and new that inspire makers of all ages! You’ll find how-tos for young makers, approaches to learning about science and engineering, and all sorts of comic strip and animated Saturday Morning fun! Be sure to check out our Adafruit products featuring comic book art while you’re at it!
Season eight of Supernatural featured monsters known as Leviathans. Their faces were actually just giant jaws, and when they opened their mouths they were frightening and gross. BtVSFigs forum user willowswalok thought it would be freaky to cosplay as a Leviathan for London Comic Con. He sculpted the mouth mask and teeth onto a mannequin head, made a mold, and cast the mask in latex. He painted it with skin tones (the texture looks natural!) and used a clear elastic strap to keep the mask on his head. The finishing touch was using black fabric on the interior of the mask so no one could see his face. I would have been creeped out if I came across this costume at a convention.
If you are looking to do some VR on a budget the Google’s Cardboard VR Headset is sure to fit. Google gave them out to attendees of Google I/O. If you don’t have a ready to go cardboard kit from I/O you can make your own from the plans that Google has posted here. This free app allows you to experience the activities listed below.
“• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
• Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
• YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
• Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
• Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you’ve captured.
• Street Vue: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
• Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.”
Using panoramic Street View technologies, Google is assembling an awesome collection of high-resolution images capturing over 100 works in 5,000 interactive photographs to date, including many famous pieces from all over the globe (include now-destroyed paintings and tags).
Street artwork is often ephemeral, sometimes disappearing within a day of its creation, making this endeavor an ambitious attempt to document an art form frequently subject to being painted over by unhappy building owners or paid city workers. Art captured and presented here ranges from whole-wall exterior murals to floor-to-ceiling interior works, complete with online critiques, commentary and supplemental imagery.
The 5Pointz murals, for instance, were lost despite community protests, first painted over (presumably to lesson the blow of what was to come next) before the building they were on was destroyed entirely.
All of this is part of a larger endeavor, the Google Cultural Institute, which provides access to famous art and architectural interiors from around the world. The street artwork subsection lets you sort by artist or artwork, collection or location.
This loaf of colored glass may not look like much from the outside, but slice into it and you’ll find an incredible recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Virgin on the Rocks. Self-taught glass master Loren Stump has adapted a 4,000-year-old Middle Eastern technique to produce detailed images that are only seen when the glass ‘cane’ is cut into cross-sections.
Murrine may be centuries old, but typically consists of abstract or floral patterns, which are much easier to create. Stump creates his intricate images by layering hundreds of tiny glass rods in various colors and thicknesses, resulting in a ‘loaf’ that can sell for $5,000 per slice.
The artist also creates individual smaller-sized faces that are sliced into pendants for jewelry and also manipulates two-dimensional murrine slices into three-dimensional forms. Watch a demonstration in the video above.
According to staff at Willis Tower, the cracked portion you see here was a part of the safety seal of the observation platform and not the glass itself. Still, that's the last thing you want to see when you're suspended that high in the air.
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