Hovertext: Meanwhile, in the humanities, we would like to see a bit less whimsy.
Stitching together thousands of images, photographer Levon Biss produces huge and detailed photographs of tiny insects; prints of 10 mm bugs are 3 meters across. An exhibition of Biss' photos will be on display at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. All three images above are of the orchid cuckoo bee at different levels of zoom. This video shows how the photos are made:Tags: Levon Biss photography video
I recently discovered yet another amazing artist. His name is Jonas De RoThe. Jonas is currently living and working in London. He is a digital artist doing freelance and in-house concept art, design, and illustration for films and games. His tools of the trade are Photoshop, Sketchup, Wacom Intuos and his brain.
The emotional impact of his work is undesirable. As soon as I saw “A Place Called Home,” I stared at it holding my breath with my mouth wide open. I wanted to see more of Jonas’ work, which led me to his Deviant art profile. There I found an influx of illustrations ranging from mythical to apocalyptic.
To give you an idea of how talented he is, check out his previous clients: Square Enix, Warner Bros, Miramax, Perrier, Legendary Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Digital Tutors, Advanced Photoshop, Radical Studios, GREE, and many more.
His work left us amazed, and we only hope you will experience the same effect. If you wish to know more about Jonas or see more of his work, be sure to visit his website: Jonasdero.be. Without further ado, we hope you’ll be inspired by his incredible work.
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould like to include Easter Eggs in their shows for observant fans to find, and viewers enjoyed finding secret stuff on Breaking Bad so much Vince and Peter decided to keep the Eggs rolling in Better Call Saul. (Spoiler-ish material ahead)
For the second season of Saul they decided to go beyond the visual and play with words by including an anagram in the episode titles, so they put the puzzle in place and didn't give it a second thought.
But a fan named Shaquita discovered the Easter Egg faster than a tweeker on Blue Sky, posting her findings on Twitter with the caption “on vacation this week, and have nothing but time lol".
The creators confirmed Shaquita's findings and were blown away by how fast she found it:
“We had this—to us—this very bright idea of encoding the words “Fring’s Back” in the episode titles,” Gould told Vanity Fair. “And we thought we’d be revealing it maybe sometime over the summer. I guess we really underestimated the genius and hard work of our fans.”
“And their attention to detail, and God bless them for it,” Gilligan chimed in.
Gould concluded: “It’s hard to complain about people paying attention to every aspect of the show. It certainly reminds us again that we better keep all our i’s dotted and our t’s crossed in every aspect of the show.”
Hovertext: Did a theme song just pop into your head? If so, you may already be lost.
Hovertext: The really scary thing will be when the computer can beat us at designing a computer that can beat us at designing a computer that can beat us at designing a computer to play chess.
Part of the fun of DIY electronics projects is tinkering with things to learn how they work, but that doesn’t mean planning ahead isn’t a smarter idea. If you want to toy around with exactly how circuits would work, Lushprojects has a little web app for just that.
It has begun
You may have noticed the ever rising love for drones our world has had over the past two years. Drones are pretty awesome robots, but they come with a set of complications. Drone laws are the latest set of regulations to enter the constitutions of many countries, with some countries (Denmark) training birds of prey to take down these flying gizmos. The Hive, provides a solution to most of the drone related problems faced by us and the government…the largest, by far, being regulation. The Hive is a massive skyscraper that uses its entire outer facade as a docking zone for drones. Commercial as well as personal drones of all shapes and sizes can dock on the facade at different points, giving it a sort of shape-shifting beauty that makes it look like a honeycomb with bees around it. The Hive not only docks the drones, but also charges them, giving people all the more reason to have their drones resting on the Hive, and providing the Hive with all the necessary means to keep track on the drones in the vicinity.
The Hive: Drone Skyscraper won the 2nd Prize at the Evolo Skyscraper Competition in 2016.
Designers: Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao & Chengda Zhu.
I love playing clever puzzle games with friends and for years my go to company has been ThinkFun. They’ve just released a title with the claim of “teaching the basics of computer programming without a computer”. The designer of Code Master is an ex NASA virtual reality simulations programmer named Mark Engelberg and I think he’s hit his mark.
Like most of ThinkFun’s games, it comes with an ingenious, well-ramped set of levels that teaches new mechanics as you go. Even though the later levels are driving me batty, the “Huzzah!” moments encourage me to keep playing long after I should have gone to bed.
You play the role of an adventurer who needs to collect gems on each level before escaping through a Portal. To aid you in your quest you’ll need to “write a program” that moves your hero across the map.
To write the program you’ll need to order a random set of movement tokens that allows your avatar to travel on appropriately colored paths.
For the level shown above, you’re movement tokens are 1 red, 1 blue and 2 greens and must be placed in the following order to make it from start to finish.
This particular level may seem simple but believe me – the game ramps to insane levels of difficulty!
Early on you’ll be introduced to special paths that only allow your Avatar to move in the direction the arrows are pointing and Loop paths that bring your Avatar back to his current position.
In the intermediate levels, you’ll meet up with conditions that teach how if-then statements work in coding. This is where the game gets hairy.
I had a great time playing it with my 9 year old Nephew this past Christmas. As long as I was there to keep him on track he had a great time with it and felt like a mini-genius the entire time.
The lone con - The only thing with the game I’d like changed is the material of the Avatar and Portal’s bases. These pieces are gigantic and the fact that they have to occupy the same space at times makes it impossible to keep track of what lies beneath them.
If ThinkFun does another run of this game and the bases are redesigned to be transparent, the game will be perfect.
The many pros - Code Master is a clever and beautifully designed game that will make anyone feel smarter for having played it.
Like many puzzle games, you have the safety net of an answer booklet to bail you out when the going gets too tough.
There is no doubt in my mind that Code Master will inspire a new breed of game programmers and I hope that my Nephew will be one of them.
Hovertext: The important thing is that the lesson will last throughout your angry embittered lifetime.
Jennifer Null is impossible: her name can't be entered into most modern databases (plane reservations, wedding registries) because "null" is used to separate fields in databases themselves. (more…)
Hovertext: Oddly enough, I'm pretty sure this would work.
Photography by Benny Chen / Fotoworks
When Belzberg Architects were designing this home, perched atop a ridgeline in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, they decided to include a space that would be perfect for projecting movies.
Photography by Benny Chen / Fotoworks
The wall is located on the guest house, which can be seen from the main house, with an outdoor lounge / viewing area located above the garage.
Photography by Benny Chen / Fotoworks
Donald Trump comes under fire for unknowingly tweeting a Benito Mussolini quote, and he may have more in common with the fascism founder than he realizes.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Hovertext: If you punish me again, I might lose the ability to use language.
With big thanks to my patreon supporters for the change to the final panel.