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Posts tagged "awesome beyond belief"

Feb
27th
2014
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thejogging:

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, 2014

Wooden plinth, hamster, cage, modified hamster wheel, Dell computer mouse, Macbook Pro (Late 2013)

Dimensions variable

tags : awesome beyond belief  : arting 

Aug
28th
2013
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My next-door neighbor at the time was a guy named Paul Fox, who produced R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs, Jakob Dylan, Björk, and Phish. And the guys from Phish were huge Trekkers, and they used to come to his house to rehearse. Actually, I think they may have rehearsed in my guest house! This was up in Lookout Mountain, in L.A. But they got wind that I played trombone, and they didn’t know I wasn’t that good, but they asked me to the studio, so I came out to the studio to play trombone on Hoist. I played some music; I didn’t do it so well, but all of the outtakes from my trombone playing became a song called “Riker’s Mailbox,” because at the time, my mailbox vaguely looked like a cow, with black and white spots, only this one had been beaten up many times by cars running into it and people running by and smacking it. So my outtakes were named after the mutilated cow mailbox that was the identification of the front of our house, the Hoist album went platinum, and, as a result, I am the proud keeper of a platinum record. So there you go.
Aug
13th
2013
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Losing My Edge

thought-palace:

I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I’m losing my edge to the kids from Stanford and from MIT.
But I was there.

I was there in 1979.
I was there when they demoed the GUI to Steve Jobs at PARC.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on Hacker News.
I’m losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every feature of every good language from 1962 to 1998.
I’m losing my edge.

To all the kids at Facebook and Tumblr.
I’m losing my edge to the Mission startup hipsters in Commodore 64 sweatshirts and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.

But I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge, but I was there.
I was there.
But I was there.

I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge.
I can hear the footsteps every night on GitHub.
But I was there.

I was there in 1974 in the computer lab with Bill Gates and Paul Allen at Harvard.
I was working on the GOTO statement.
I was there when Eugene Jarvis was coding “Robotron: 2084”.
I told him, “Don’t make it so hard. You’ll never make a quarter.”
I was there.
I was the first guy showing microcomputers to the minicomputer guys.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
We all know.
I was there.
I was there.
I’ve never been wrong.

I used to work at big companies.
I had everything before anyone.
I was there at Caltech with Steven Wolfram inventing Mathematica.
I was there at the Mountain View Byte Shop during the great Apple ][ - vs - TRS-80 clashes.
I helped Apple wreck a nice beach in 1992.

But I’m losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
And they’re actually really, really nice.

I’m losing my edge.

I heard you have a collection of every issue of BYTE Magazine and Creative Computing from 1975 to 1979. I heard you have copies of every Xerox PARC technical report including the one with the Dynabook in it. I heard you have autographed galley proofs of The Art Of Computer Programming volumes 1 through 3. I heard that you have the source code to the original Macintosh ROM on a 3 1/2” floppy disk.

I hear you’re buying an Arduino board and are throwing your overclocked quad-core Xeon tower out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make an Atari 2600 cartridge.

I hear that you and your startup have given up on OOP and switched to Haskell.
I hear that you and your startup have given up on functional programming and switched to Objective-C.

I hear every API that you know is more relevant than every API that I know.

You don’t know what you really want. You don’t know what you really want. You don’t know what you really want…

[with apologies to LCD Soundsystem]

(via mikewebkist)

Aug
1st
2013
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Discreet Pants Fly Checker

…lets you discreetly check in public whether or not your pants fly is up. By pressing a button located in the watch pocket of your pants, a small pager motor alerts you to whether or not the zipper is up.

This is without question the single most practical e-textiles project I have ever seen.

tags : arting  : awesome beyond belief  : textiles 

Jul
31st
2013
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tags : awesome beyond belief  : arting  : textiles 

May
22nd
2013
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Once upon a time, a boy met a girl. Then a short amount of time later, the boy decided to design and build a ring for the girl, because doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love. This is that story.
It starts off in Jan of 2013 where the idea for the ring was refined to what will ultimately be the final form. Several designs were considered and were rejected because of exotic material requirements, machining geometry limitations or violating the laws of physics. It was a fun exercise to explore potential and unique designs, but at the end of the day, I still needed to make her something that I could present and that didn’t look like it was carved with a spoon.
The final idea was to embed a LED and copper coil assembly inside the titanium ring, illuminating it from under the stones when it was in close proximity to an induced alternating magnetic field (henceforth called ‘the transmitter’). Autodesk Inventor helped me develop all of the dimensions and constraints for the design. Having some help, I was able to obtain her ring size and the rest of the measurements were based from there…

…the original plan was to present this ring to the girl, then take her to a professional jeweler the next day to pick out something more permanent. Well, she insists that I change the design on this ring to make it more permanent and forgo a professionally made ring.

Project Longhaul - KdN - Kokes dot Net

(Previously)

Apr
10th
2013
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treehugger:

New website lets you animate Google streetview images along your planned route, creating a hyperlapse video of trips!

This is fabulously gorgeous.

For probably as long as Street View has been available, I’ve dreamed of being able to use Google’s imagery to construct a driving simulation, on the fly, through any locale you choose. Like Gran Turismo on the Playstation, only as an open-ended, sandbox world.

Looks like these guys have it close. I wonder what it would take to make it “playable”…


(Cue nostalgia for the old college house where I spent one hot summer playing GT on the PS1, for the experience of moving smoothly through space at very high velocities, for the feeling of mastery and control over one’s surroundings.)

(Previously.)

(via crookedindifference)

tags : awesome beyond belief  : idea 

Jan
4th
2013
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BeetBox is a simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets.

(via BeetBox | Scott Made This)

tags : arting  : awesome beyond belief 

Dec
22nd
2012
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new-aesthetic:

“The Cloud is architecture that travels with the dog, a second skin that communicates the uniqueness of any given Chihuahua’s body and temperament. The puffed, bespoke skin of the Cloud translates the movement, speed, and personality of the Chihuahua into a pattern of undulations.”

Architecture for Dogs

tags : awesome beyond belief  : arting  : textiles 

Nov
13th
2012
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new-aesthetic:

“This is Zemarai Elali, an electrical engineer in Afghanistan working one of his five autonomous, unmanned drones made from bamboo.”

Design for the New Normal | superflux

tags : awesome beyond belief  : drones 

Nov
3rd
2012
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(via #electronichalloween « adafruit industries blog)

Today could be a fantastic day.

Oct
2nd
2012
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awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Weird Al Yankovic and Run DMC

We can be heroes.

Sep
4th
2012
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the Americans are proud that they are hovering in their helicopters and likewise, we are proud to shoot them
Jul
27th
2012
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Shark Mask Replica

Jul
17th
2012
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