I love the “break the mold” reference. Also see the accompanying website (I was surprised to learn who made all this).
Check out these photos from the making of the original Star Wars. Above are walkers in a stop-motion shot.
With a Jason Schwartzman launch and tutorial video:
Also read the well-written note from the editors:
We’re at once delighted and a little bewildered about this latest digital development and our place in it: delighted because of the quality of what the tablet provides and the speed with which the magazine can be distributed, but bewildered, too, because we’d be liars if we said we knew precisely where technology will lead.
I lived in Providence, RI during the summer of 2010 and helped found DataBraid. DataBraid’s goal is to make science simpler by making scientific data analysis simpler and more accessible to those without programming knowledge.
Our first product, BraidLab is a web application that wishes to do for statistics what Google Docs did for word processing. It’s a collaborative application that allows researchers to share their data and analyses with coworkers.
My main tasks were web design and application development. We used Ruby on Rails as the application layer and jQuery for many of the interactive elements.
BraidLab home page:
This is a pretty amazing concept. They take long-exposure photographs, move an iPad around in them, and produce stills (like the above) with illuminated 3D graphics in them. I can barely wrap my head around that, let alone the next step: they take a lot of those stills, and make a video (watch it!) out of them.
Also check out the stills and in-progress shots on Flickr.
This made me smile.
Christian Bok likes vowels, but only one at a time. Each chapter of his book Eunioa (which took seven years to write) uses only one of them. From Chapter
Loops on bold fonts now form lots of words for books. Books form cocoons of comfort – tombs to hold bookworms. Profs from Oxford show frosh who do post-docs how to gloss works of Wordsworth. Dons who work for proctors or provosts do not fob off school to work on crosswords, nor do dons go off to dorm rooms to loll on cots. Dons go crosstown to look for bookshops known to stock lots of top-notch goods: cookbooks, workbooks – room on room of how-to-books for jocks (how to jog, how to box), books on pro sports: golf or polo. Old colophons on schoolbooks from schoolrooms sport two sorts of logo: oblong whorls, rococo scrolls – both on worn morocco.
Read more excerpts at this BBC article. I like the way the different paragraphs look with so many of the same vowels.
Amazing. Apparently they shot 60,000 pictures and developed 9,000 prints in making this, and used no post production.
A perfect day.
Canon Powershot + Adobe Photoshop
I haven’t tended to post personal things or life events here, but I wanted to share this photo and it deserves an explanation. I moved to Providence at the beginning of June to co-found a company with some friends. I’ve been here four weeks and am enjoying it; most parts have the same simple, small-city feeling that I like. I can bike a mile to work or to the grocery store, and two miles to the gym. There are quiet parks within walking distance and friendly people at coffee shops. I will only be here for the summer because I have one more year of school left at Michigan, but it’s good to learn about new places and meet new people. Life is good.
Something I do multiple times a day in Gmail is click “Read” to select all messages I’ve read, then hit “Archive.” I’ve used keyboard shortcuts for a while (enable them in Gmail’s settings), but I didn’t know until today that there’s a keystroke for “select all read messages.” It’s * r. Then just hit y to archive.
You can also use * u for unread messages, or * a and * n for selecting and deselecting everything (respectively).
When you move around so fast and so much, bits of you flake off and stay everywhere you stop, and if you go too fast you get thin and confused and it’s hard to remember who you are or where you’re from because you’re so many people in so many places at once, all of them blending into each other and all of them blurring into nostalgia, and to get yourself back you need to stop moving and wait for the pieces to wander back into your town and your head and your body, and then you begin to remember and once you remember then you can get back to moving.