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11 Dec 17:45

Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish

by Christopher Jobson

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Working out of his one-man workshop inside a mid-19th century barn, artist Bob Potts (previously) builds wonderous kinetic sculptures that replicate the motions of birds, fish, or other natural motions. The 72-year-old artist utilizes hand-crafted gears, levers, cranks, and chains to create these minimalist pieces that are focused solely on motion rather than ornamentation. Each piece can consume nearly a year’s worth of labor in his upstate New York shop where he works without the aid of computer, instead relying on decades of carpentry and skills learned while collaborating with painter and sculptor George Rhoads.

You can learn much more about his work over at M.A.D.Gallery. The videos above were shot and edited by Bryan Root from Motherlode Pictures.

05 Dec 08:35

Tests show modern SSDs can handle a thousand years of use

by Steve Dent
Most heavy data users can't wait for the day when hard disks, with their fragile, spinny parts, are put out to pasture for good. But just how much better are SSDs? Despite any horror stories you may have heard, the answer is a lot, according to tests...
25 Nov 21:00

MINI Scooter, Max Style: BMW’s Electric Folding Scooter

by delana
[ Filed under Transportation & in the Concept Vehicles category ]

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MINI is known for its tiny, adorable cars, but in November 2014 they joined the ranks of companies looking toward greener, even smaller transportation. Their Citysurfer electric scooter was designed to cut down on traffic congestion in busy urban areas by providing a “last mile” solution. With the foldable scooter, motorists can park outside of the city center and then ride the rest of the way to their destination.

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The Citysurfer folds up small enough to fit into the back of a MINI, which is very impressive when you consider just how tiny an area that is. Of course, it can be stashed and carried in other car makes, as well. At just 40 pounds, it’s substantial enough to feel like it isn’t going to break when you hit a bump but light enough that almost everyone will be able to easily lift it into the trunk or even onto a bus or train.

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The retro-styled little scooter has a top speed of 15 MPH and a 10 to 15-mile range. Its lithium-ion battery can be charged from a normal wall outlet. The motor is located in the rear wheel and acceleration is controlled with the thumb. It’s not activated until the user first pushes off with his or her foot and reaches a minimum speed – a smart way to avoid falls from too-fast motorized starts.

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Large wheels let the scooter handle uneven terrain and three separate braking systems keep the ride smooth and safe. Alas, the Citysurfer isn’t yet available for purchase, and MINI isn’t handing out details on when or if it might be produced commercially.


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08 Dec 04:05

Selfie Dolls are Cloth Dolls Made From Your Photos

by Hazel Chua

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Now aren’t you a doll in that photo? So why don’t you send it in and have a doll made based on the picture? That’s what Hungarian toymaker Mahinarium does and he calls them the Selfie Dolls. Each personalized doll is handmade with much input from the customer, from the materials used for the doll down to its clothing.

Every toy is made by the will of the customer, detailing the materials, accessories, size, and complexity. This way the completed doll will be custom for sure.

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Prices for the Selfie Doll starts at $95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Product Hunt ]

The post Selfie Dolls are Cloth Dolls Made From Your Photos appeared first on OhGizmo!.

08 Dec 17:53

Carbon Flyer Is The Coolest RC Toy Plane Ever

by David Ponce

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You’re looking at a remote controlled toy plane made out of carbon fiber, which you can steer with your smartphone. The carbon fiber construction means it’s tough and durable, and will withstand crashing into buildings and things repeatedly without taking on damage. The wings are even glued on to the body using super tough “carbon nanotube enhanced epoxy which creates bonds stronger than steel welds.” The long range Bluetooth module gives you a 240ft. range, and about 3 minutes of flight time. That may not seem like much, but the batteries are hot-swappable, so a pocketful of these and you can fly all evening. Dual high power motors with differential thrust take care of steering, and do away with fragile moving parts. But perhaps most impressively, the Flyers are outfitted with a camera! It’s only 640×480, but that’s still better than 0x0.

A $99 pledge will get you a Carbon Flyer, with a slated delivery date of August 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ LaughingSquid ]

The post Carbon Flyer Is The Coolest RC Toy Plane Ever appeared first on OhGizmo!.

04 Dec 03:28

Hacked hearing aids produce stellar ambient tunes from WiFi signals

by Billy Steele
What if we could hear the numerous invisible data frequencies that swirl around us every day? That's exactly what a project from hearing-impaired writer Frank Swain and artist Daniel Jones aims to do. Phantom Terrains is the proper name of the effort...
04 Dec 23:30

Google To Drop Text-Based CAPTCHA

by JLister

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Google is to start replacing its CAPTCHA tests with a simple request for users to confirm they are not a robot. The company believes the new system will be easier for humans and harder for computers.

Until now Google, and numerous sites that use its CAPTCHA service, have asked web users to type two words shown in images of scans from books. Only one of these words is actually the test; the other is a cheeky way for Google to get help with words its system wasn’t able to automatically recognize after scanning.

Humans struggling to make out the words and the test thus becoming an irritation is one problem with the system. The other is that it’s no longer as secure as originally intended. Ironically Google’s own attempts to develop automated recognition for figuring out building numbers captured in shots for its Street View maps were so successful it was able to achieve 99.8 percent accuracy when it used the tool on its own CAPTCHA system.

Google now says it will roll out a revised system that, on the face of it, simply asks the users to tick a box next to the words “I’m not a robot.” What’s actually being tested is the time it takes the user to figure out what to do and move the mouse, plus the movement of the mouse throughout the process. The theory is that humans will do this in an unpredictable, imprecise manner, whereas computers trying to replicate the task will be too neat and predictable.

Users on mobile devices will carry out a separate test in which they are shown an image, then asked to pick the matching image (or images) from a selection of nine shown below. That’s the type of task that humans can do much quicker than a computer, partly because we have the ability to determine and match a few key features.

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It’s not the end of the traditional text-based CAPTCHA however. That will remain as a back-up test in case the new test doesn’t produce a conclusive result.

02 Dec 19:48

Cable-free elevator moves you in any direction

by Jon Fingas
Elevators are absolutely vital in tall buildings, but they have their limits -- they can only move so quickly, and they can't usually move sideways to fetch you from the far side of a building. Both of those problems should be solved at once if Germa...
20 Nov 14:02

Sony Announces the a7II: The World’s First Full-Frame Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization

by DL Cade

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It looks like rumor sites weren’t kidding when they said the Sony a7II would be announced “in the next few days.” In fact, they were being conservative.

Announced early this morning, Sony’s followup to the original full-frame E-Mount Alpha 7 (or a7) has officially arrived, and, as promised, it’s the world’s first full-frame camera to sport 5-axis image stabilization.

Here’s a quick video intro to the new camera that focuses on that exciting headline feature, which boasts a full 4.5 stops of stabilizing power!

And another video that dives a bit deeper into the technology and shows you just how well the image stabilization works. Suffice it to say it’s impressive:

As you can see from the video above, stabilization can actually be applied to each axis independently. So whether you want to correct Pitch/Yaw, X/Y-axis motion, roll, or any combination of the three, you have the ability to select exactly which axes are being stabilized and which are not.

And if you’re using a lens with OSS built in, the body can detect this and use a combination of in-lens and in-body stabilization to provide the steadiest shot possible.

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But, of course, the 5-axis stabilization isn’t the ONLY thing that separates the a7II from its version I predecessor. While the 24MP sensor and AF system are unchanged, Sony claims the AF is 30% faster and 1.5-times better at tracking moving subjects thanks to some processing improvements.

Other improvements are limited to the video front, where videographers now have access to the XAVC S codec for 1080/60p recording and S-Log2 support.

Here’s a look at the new camera, which is slightly bulkier than its predecessor thanks to the in-body stabilization and a beefier grip with a new front dial:

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No word yet on when this camera will land in the US, but it’s going to ship in Japan on December 5th for approximately $1,600 USD, and Europe in January. We’ll update this post just as soon as we have an official price and release date for the rest of the world.

In the meantime, head over to Sony’s global website to find out more about the a7II.

21 Nov 00:30

A Mother’s Darkly Humorous Portraits of ‘Domestic Bliss’

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Inspired by a motherhood epiphany and the work of Cindy Sherman, photographer Susan Copich has spent the past four years creating a darkly comedic photo series called Domestic Bliss. In it, she turns the camera on herself and her family, portray a handful of family life scenes that she has meticulously crafted.

A former dancer and actress, as well as a mother of two, Copich decided to begin this project after her life took an unexpected pivot. After living most of her life as a performer, then a number of years as that mother with a camera, snapping up endless photos of her children, Copich realized that she was missing from almost every family photograph.

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In her spare time, she decided to head back into the educational realm to take some photography classes, in hopes that it would keep her sane through motherhood.

It was there that she came across the work of Cindy Sherman, a fellow actress and photographer known for her conceptual portraits. Inspired by Sherman’s work, alongside a number of other pop cultural influences, Copich began to entertain the idea of Domestic Bliss.

Describing her thought process with the series, she writes:

I dwell in the dark thoughts and recesses of my mind to create character and subject, in order to project them into a frozen moment of time, allowing the story to continue to unfold bilaterally for the viewer.

It is this ‘story’ in the images that Copich lives vicariously through while she spends between two months and two years planning out each of the scenes.

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Explaining why she strives to live through the images and scenes she creates, she further elaborates, saying:

I feel a certain freedom to live vicariously through these characters to engage, seek to navigate (and, no less, avoid), both my own personal imperatives as woman, artist, mother, and wife, as well as those — personal, social and cultural — that are imposed on me by others.

As dark as some of the subject matter may seem at times, Copich is quick to remind viewers that it’s the humor behind them that is supposed to shine thorough the most:

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To keep up with Copich and her work, check out her website by clicking here or give her a follow on Facebook.

(via Slate)


Image credits: Photographs by Susan Copich and used with permission

15 Nov 19:10

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments

by Christopher Jobson

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Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments flipbook books

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments flipbook books

These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry)

17 Nov 06:58

Autonomous, human-sized security robots are almost here

by Jon Fingas
You might not see quite so many security guards on the beat in the future. After roughly a year of work, Knightscope is almost ready to deploy the K5, a human-sized (5 feet tall) autonomous robot that's designed to take care of the more mundane parts...
17 Nov 13:59

Wish you could buy a modern Dodge Power Wagon? Wish no more.

by Kurt Ernst
Laszlo Tenki

Ohh. Love.

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Few trucks highlighted in our daily “Find of the Day” piece receive the same amount of commentary as vintage Dodge Power Wagons, which appear in our classifieds on a somewhat regular basis. Perhaps it’s the rugged good looks of the WM series, which carried on with World War II styling from 1945 until safety and emission regulations killed the truck for good in 1968. Now, thanks to Legacy Classic Trucks in Driggs, Idaho, the Power Wagon has been reborn for a new age, and is available in two-door, four-door or Carryall (SUV) variants.

To be clear, Legacy isn’t building new Power Wagons from the ground up, although given how much work goes into producing one of its trucks, it would be hard to tell the difference. Beginning with a clean Carryall WC-53 or pickup donor (which can be sourced by Legacy or provided by a customer), the firm performs a body-off-frame restoration and then begins reassembling the truck with modern mechanicals and interior appointments, many of which can be chosen by prospective buyers during the ordering process.

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Power comes from the customer’s choice of a 6.2-liter, 430-horsepower Chevrolet LS3 V-8 (to which purists would cry “blasphemy”) or a 3.9-liter inline six four-cylinder Cummins turbo diesel, which delivers 480 pound-feet of torque yet reportedly returns 24 MPG highway fuel economy. Buyers get a choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic, and heavy-duty cooling comes standard on all builds. The suspension is upgraded for longer travel and fitted with Bilstein shocks. A Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle is fitted, while the front gets a Dana 60; both differentials lock for optimized traction in sand, mud or snow. Four-wheel disc brakes replace the original drums, and a variety of wheel and tire packages permit owners to choose the ultimate on- or off-road setup.

Inside, the Legacy Power Wagon bears little resemblance to its utilitarian donor truck. Front seat passengers get swiveling leather captain’s chairs, while rear-seat passengers (on four-door or Carryall models) enjoy a substantially upgraded leather bench seat.  All passengers get modern three-point seatbelts for safety, and air-conditioning is a standard feature. Custom audio packages allow buyers to add features like satellite radio and Bluetooth phone integration, but don’t think that the redesigned truck has gone soft; rocker switches are sealed, marine-grade units, and even the wiring harness is purposely designed to be weatherproof.

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As one would expect from a completely customized vehicle, upgrades are limited primarily by the buyer’s imagination and budget. For additional ground clearance, portal axles can be ordered, and a supercharger is available for added power on gasoline-fueled engines. A roll cage can be fitted for additional occupant protection, and a rear winch can be specified to supplement the 16,500-pound Warn winch that’s affixed to the front bumper. Powered side steps allow for easier entry and exit, but retract to provide maximum ground clearance and additional protection for the running boards. For those with a real sense of adventure, even long-range fuel tanks can be configured.

Like the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers repurposed by custom builder Icon, the Legacy Power Wagons don’t come cheap. According to the company representative we spoke to at SEMA, base prices start in the neighborhood of $170,000 for a turnkey truck with very few options (less, presumably, for buyers who supply suitable Power Wagon donor vehicles). The relatively rare Power Wagon Carryall seen here carries an as-equipped sticker price of $189,950, and we suppose it wouldn’t be difficult to top the $200,000 barrier by checking more option boxes during the build process; check all of them, and the price will approach a quarter-million dollars. While that may seem like quite a bit of money to spend on a Dodge Power Wagon, the end result is effectively a hand-built, low-production vehicle that delivers a unique blend of classic looks and modern functionality. In these days of $38 million Ferraris and $3.5 million Hemi ‘Cudas, there’s surely a market for $200,000 Power Wagons.

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For additional information, visit LegacyPowerWagon.com.

11 Nov 16:24

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails

by Christopher Jobson
Laszlo Tenki

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Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

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Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavaging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. Bisbee has since spent nearly 30 years using nails as his sole medium to create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects from thousands of nails that are hammered, bent, welded, or fastened together in a seemingly limitless procession of forms. His mantra: “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

Bisbee is currently an artist in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and had an exhibition at Shelburne Museum earlier this year. He was recently profiled in American Craft’s Material Crush issue featuring 30 artists working in unusual mediums, almost half of which have been featured right here on Colossal. Definitely worth a look. (via American Craft)

14 Nov 22:15

Photographs That Reveal the Intricate Innards of Old Mechanical Calculators

Laszlo Tenki

not-so-distant past is pure steampunk

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Photographer Kevin Twomey has a fascination with capturing complex objects in the most simple of compositions, and his series Low Tech is the epitome of this. The series features photos of old, mechanical calculators stripped bare, exposing the exquisitely complicated creations that they were from the inside out.

Similar to the advancements of cameras, calculators have evolved from a purely mechanical piece of machinery to digital gadgets that are now almost small enough to hide behind a silver dollar. Regardless of how large and cumbersome those old mechanic calculators were though, there is a certain beauty in the various designs that shows off their seemingly infinite intricacies.

The calculators themselves weren’t the only intricate aspect of this series though. To ensure he captured every motor, key and spring, Twomey took multiple shots of each composition and focus-stacked them using Helicon Focus. The results, as you can see below, are fascinating from top to bottom.

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To see more of Twomey’s work, pay his website a visit by clicking here, or give him a follow on Facebook.

(via WIRED)


Image credits: Photographs by Kevin Twomey and used with permission

11 Nov 19:16

‘Tape Paris’, An Art Installation Inviting Visitors to Climb Inside a Series of Tubes Constructed Entirely of Tape

by Rebecca Escamilla

Tape Paris” is an art installation by design collective Numen/For Use made entirely of tape, strung from pillars and walls in connected, irregular tubes, and large enough for people to fit inside. Visitors can slide, climb, and explore inside the exhibit—after removing their shoes, of course. Its stretched, organic lines are reminiscent of neurons or Tolkienesque spider webs.

The curatorial concept delves into the murky territory of both physical and psychological interiority, thematising immersion, introspection and probing of the depths of self. The main idea was to transform the whole building into a convulsive mind/body organism whose slippery inner limits a motivated explorer has yet to trace and confront. The stretched biomorphic skin of Tape Paris is marking the entry point to the whole experience, being a literal incarnation of an inner-directed, regressive environment – the sense of descent into the primordial always lingering around its openings.

The piece took 10 days’ work by a dozen people and is suspended at a height up to 18 meters above the floor. It is part of the group exhibition called “Inside” currently running at the Parisian Palais de Tokyo until January 2015.

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06 Nov 14:56

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2014. 11. 06.    Az a baj a politikával, hogy jobbára olyan emberek csinálják, amilyenekenek nem kellene. Ez most igazi Coelhós mondat volt, de kifejtem. Arra gondolok, hogy a reflektorfényben levő politikus jön-megy, átad, avat, aktívan részt vesz, profin vitatkozik, bármikor és bárhol nyilatkozik, mindenről azonnal tud valamit mondani, sürög-forog-kipufog, szereti a képernyő, plusz csecsszopótól Gizi néniig mindenki, legalábbis azt hiszi. Ezek a fajta emberek állnak mozgalmak, pártok, egyesületek, szervezetek élére. Mert vezető típusok, úgymond.    Na ezt a fajta embert nem volna szabad politika -jobban mondva igazi hatalom- közelébe ereszteni. Az ilyen ember egy rivaldafényt, önmagát előtérbe tolni szerető személy, aki pontosan azért, mert mindig mindennel foglalkozik, valójában egy felületes, kapkodó, önmaga fényével eltelt, zsarnoki valaki. Oké, menjen avatni, meg részt venni a falunapi disznóperzselésen, meg gondterhelten gátat nézni, de ennyi. Az ilyen mellé kell egy lassabb, elemzőbb fajta, aki megnyirbálja a hülyeséget, meg tényleg dolgozik.

   Igen, azt javaslom, hogy az államigazgatásban vezessük be a személyiségtesztet és a hiperaktívokat vagy egy melléjük tett nyugisabb fajtával kellene egyensúlyozni, vagy a nagyon egyszemélyi pozícióknál volnának határok, sajnálom, ön túlzottan nárcisztikus, viszonhallás.


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05 Nov 20:04

Jupiter 'shepherds' the asteroid belt, preventing the asteroids from falling into the sun or accreting into a new planet.

06 Nov 07:33

Cartoon makeup

06 Nov 15:19

Furry furniture that looks like taxidermied Dr. Seuss creatures


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Texas twins Nikolai and Simon Haas desperately wanted to see the Ralph Bakshi flop, Cool World as kids, but their parents wouldn’t let them. Mom and dad were right. Not only was the the...

05 Nov 10:24

Film company does the inevitable: shoots porn using a drone

by Mariella Moon
Laszlo Tenki

I don't even know why I was not prepared for this.

Here's the deal: if a device has a camera, it will be used to shoot porn. No exceptions -- not even if that device is a drone. Brooklyn film company Ghost+Cow shot a project called, erm, Drone Boning, using only unmanned aerial vehicles. Despite the...
31 Oct 12:05

My 4 year old daughter's homemade xenomorph Halloween costume =)

30 Oct 12:00

From the Archives: 1957 International Travelall

by Tom Comerro

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1957 International Travelall S Series.

International Harvester had a milestone year in 1957. It was the 50th anniversary of the commercial truck company and it had built over 2.5 million trucks in the half-century. This S Series Travelall was the last of its kind, as International had begun to promote its A Series line, with the “A” denoting anniversary. Built from 1953 until March of 1957, the R and S Series models were three-door wagons featuring two side doors and a rear door, a design which was beginning to be fall out of favor by 1957. The A Series would add a third door to the side as one of the many improvements.

This particular S Series Travelall appeared in the June 1977 issue of Hemmings Motor News. From the seller’s description: “Classic Safari Vehicle, Dual rear wheels, four-speed, two-way Ramsey winch with power drive, two 15-gallon underskirt tanks, heavy-duty yoke and suspension, six-cylinder engine, new paint and under 5,000 miles on the engine.” The list price was $2,500 which would equate to less than $10,000 today. The picture makes it look as if it’s out in the jungle if you ignore the brick building in the background, though the shrub makes this truck look a bit like a “chia” Travelall with a Don King hairstyle. At any rate, International built a nice alternative for those who did not wish to own a Suburban; today, these can be had for around $12,000, with perfect examples bringing in around $30,000. The Travelall would remain in International’s lineup through 1975.

 

 

09 Oct 13:54

Impresionante, muy impresionante: Parkour en stop-motion

by La Gusa

Si digo que esto es un vídeo de dos tipos arrastrándose por la hierba no creo que muchos de vosotros lo veáis. Sin embargo, recomiendo fervientemente que lo hagáis porque además estaré diciendo la verdad, pero, como siempre, la verdad tiene matices.

En este caso, la gente de Corridor Digital ha decidido grabar una especie de persecución haciendo parkour sin los peligros que éste entraña.

El único punto negativo del resultado es que es demasiado corto. O sea, que es un punto positivo.

Visto en Geeks Are Sexy

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20 Oct 20:30

Inspiration: John Cleese on How to Be Creative

Legendary writer and actor John Cleese is known more for his sense of humor than almost any other attribute. But as he demonstrates brilliantly in the above video, he also has an inspirational outlook and deep interest in the subject of creativity.

In the half hour speech, Cleese talks about creativity and how it relates to both ‘open’ and ‘closed’ modes of thinking, each of which come with their own benefits and results. The open mode allows us to be curious, ‘playful’ and toy with ideas until we latch on to one… the closed mode allows us to be deliberate and followthrough with that idea once we’ve got it.

Creativity, it seems, requires the ability to switch between these modes quickly and easily — to alternate from playful creative thinking to deliberate directed action and back again at will… something the most creative among us are very skilled at.

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Of course, this is only part of what Cleese is getting at. To try and summarize or give an adequate overview of the full 30-minute speech would be as difficult as talking about creativity is in the first place.

And so, instead, we’ll leave you with a worthwhile quote about what creativity isn’t, and just let Cleese take it from there.

Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating. [It] is not an ability you either have or do not have.

(h/t Reddit)

23 Oct 23:52

Colorful Abstract Macro Photographs Created by Injecting Watercolors Into Ferrofluid On a Magnet

by DL Cade

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Artist Fabian Oefner‘s project Millefiori is, like most of the projects we’ve ever shared by him, a mixture of science and art. By combining vibrant watercolors with a magnetic solution called ferrofluid, he was able to create these gorgeous macro photographs of the paint and ferrofluid interacting on top of a magnet.

According to Oefner’s description, these images come about because, when you put ferrofluid in a magnetic field, the iron particles in the solution start to rearrange to form these little black channels you see.

And as he injects more and different watercolors onto the magnet, the channels rearrange, adjust and encapsulate the paint in ever-more intricate ways, forming what Oefner has dubbed, “peculiar looking structures.”

Here’s a look at a few of the images he took. Keep in mind, the circles you see here are about the size of a thumbnail:

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Even cooler than the photos, however, is watching this process in action. The behind the scenes video below shows how the images are created — from plain ferrofluid, to colorful explosion. This, incidentally, is also a look at how Oefner created the artwork that appears on the cover of the band Guster‘s upcoming album Evermotion:

If you’d like to see more of Oefner’s work, check out our previous coverage of his projects, head over to his website, or give him a follow on Behance where you can see these images at higher res.

(H/T Boing Boing)


Photo credits: Photographs by Fabian Oefner

24 Oct 19:51

The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real

by Udi Tirosh

Darth Vader riding a streetcar; Luke Skywalker hitting a home run at Rogers Centre; Yoda piggybacking a youngster to cross the road. For some impossible realities. For others, like Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg, a daily sighting. Thomas takes the wonderful streets of Toronto and mixes it with his childhood memories. The city succumbs to Thomas’s strong memories of renting the [...]

The post The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real appeared first on DIY Photography.

24 Oct 20:15

The 360fly: A Waterproof, Panoramic Action Cam with a Single 360º Lens

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This little device is the 360fly: a waterproof WiFi and Bluetooth-equipped action camera with an optical claim to fame. You see, its 360º horizontal and 240 degree vertical fisheye lens is, according to creators EyeSee360, the widest on the market.

The camera is waterproof up to approximately 16 feet, comes with 16GB of internal memory, an f/2.5 lens, an integrate mic and a 1,504 x 1,504 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. It holds its charge for two hours of use and comes in at a measly 0.3lbs.

And because it uses a single lens and sensor, the action camera eliminates the need to stitch together the video. Instead, the designated app, designed to be used both with iOS 8 and Android 4.3, allows you to swipe through the various views.

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The only real downside to the little spherical waterproof device is that the 16GB of internal memory is all you get. For one reason or another, the 360fly doesn’t feature an expandable memory slot, so you’ll be limited when out in the field until you can transfer files to your mobile device using WiFi.

EyeSee360 has amassed quite the following despite the 360fly’s limited abilities. So far they’ve raised over $17.8 million from investors, which looks promising for future consumers.

For now, the camera is still very much in production, with a vague release timeframe of ‘Spring 2015’ and a yet-to-be-determined price tag. We’ll be sure to let you know when it hits the shelves though. In the meantime, enjoy the sneak peek above.

(via Engadget)

24 Oct 20:48

Yardarm will tell dispatchers when and where police fire guns

by Sean Buckley
With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are drawn, and why? A Silicon Valley startup called Yardarm...
23 Oct 17:04

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young

by Christopher Jobson

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

Sculptor Ben Young (previously) just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago next month. Young works with laminated clear float glass atop cast concrete bases to create cross-section views of ocean waves that look somewhat like patterns in topographical charts. The self-taught artist is currently based in Sydney but was raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, where the local landscape and surroundings greatly inspired his art. You can learn more about his sculptures over on Kirra Galleries, and follow him on Facebook.