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Star Wars Uncut: what happens when someone gets the looney tunes idea to recreate the original movie, shot-for-shot...crowdsourced.

Japanese cafe service as performance art:

Ornithology as performance art...in reverse:

And to finish up, a music video involving Carl Sagan and autotuning...which is much cooler than it sounds:
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Odd corners of IP law, or how magicians deal with those who steal their tricks:

Ice cream dispenser sizes portions according to how sad you sound:

"Geostationary Banana over Texas"
and, just because, http://www.geostationarybananaovertexas.com/ (how can one resist a URL like that?)

Madeleine L'Engle tribute involving tesseracts:
(and for bonus points: http://www.tomorrowland.org/photos/uncategorized/hypercube.gif, which is one of the cooler hypercube animations I've seen)
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(I thought it was kinder than spamming my friendslist with 10 or 15 posts in a row. Going to make the tags interesting, though...)

The Redistricting Game: http://www.redistrictinggame.com/

Haven't played it yet, but the concept--teaching about redistricting and gerrymandering by making a game out of it--is very interesting.

Kinetic Sculpture: http://www.glumbert.com/media/kineticsculpture [video]

Very cool. Actually, "kinetic" doesn't really convey it: think "auto-mobile".

Singing Tesla Coil: http://www.hauntedfrog.com/gt/movies/2007/duckon/SingingTeslaShow.html

What else need I say?

US States "renamed" for countries with similar GDPs: http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2007/06/10/131-us-states-renamed-for-countries-with-similar-gdps/

A very interesting and informative visualization: it actually tells me about as much about the US as it does about the respective countries. The table at the bottom may be useful to give some context.

Gay Bomb: The Porno Flick [safe for work]: http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/06/gay-bomb-the--1.html

Gay Bomb will take us into the future and the year 2012. George the Second has refused to step down as leader of the "free world", and the nations of Europe have banded together to fight the new American military dictatorship. Desperate to fend off its attackers, the US launches the experimental "gay bomb", designed to make the enemy forces drop their guns and turn fag. But the winds of fate blow in a different direction, and soon America is brought to its knees.

This is the best part: it appears that this has been seriously proposed...

Recent news headlines revealed that Pentagon insiders admitted to having truly considered the "gay bomb" as an example of non-lethal chemical warfare in the Iraq War. The Air Force asked for a $7.5 million grant to develop the idea, which was proposed to the government's highest scientific authority.

("Some people you don't need to satirize--you just quote 'em.")


A dedicated SETI effort, i.e., one with its own facility.


A mechanical binary adder, with a video of it at work. Very nicely done.


The winner of Bruce Schneier's second annual Movie-Plot Threat Contest...which makes a plausible case for banning water from airplanes.


A very silly music video. Requires a bit of patience; wait until it's about a minute in before you give up on it, and about 2 minutes in it gets impressive.
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This is truly fascinating, in the original sense of the word: it's hard to take your eyes off it. (And has a nicely complementary solo cello soundtrack.)

If I had more familiarity with art in general, I'd get all geeky about that aspect of it, but as it is I can't even guarantee that the creator of the video used paintings in chronological order (although I do recognize many of them, and I did notice a couple of obvious stylistic shifts, e.g., impressionism and modernism). Technically, though, the morphing was very nicely done.

One random observation: the morphing, which gives the impression of the face turning back and forth, reminds me of how uncomfortable some of those poses must have been for the model. :P
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Some of the previous contest entries (follow the link on the above page) are insanely impressively brilliant. I mean, seriously.
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I know several people who could have made good use of this. Sadly they weren't selling prints...although one may hope that they will, someday.

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I'm all for giving people ways to approach math that aren't dull as ditchwater: games, applications, story problems, visualizations, you name it. And perhaps it's simply the case that the example used in this article is kind of dumbass. But I don't really particularly see the value in taking the slope-intercept form of a line and reinterpreting it as a hamburger recipe:

Aesthetic computing attempts to reach those frustrated by traditional math instruction by presenting abstract mathematical concepts in a more creative and personal way. Students break down difficult mathematical concepts, such as algebraic equations, into their basic parts, figure out how those parts relate to one another, then recreate the equation creatively. For example, a standard equation for graphing lines on a slope such as y = mx + b might become a hamburger, with y representing the whole burger, m referring to the meat, and x standing in for spices. Multiplication is indicated by the fact that the meat and spices are mixed together, and b is added to represent hamburger buns.

Students then write a story about the burger or draw a picture of it. (See "Five Easy Steps to Aesthetic Computing," in the sidebar below) Not only does the process enable students to understand the equation in a more meaningful way, the art and stories they create can later guide and inspire them when they need to solve the same equations using standard notation later on.

So I'm with them up to the "creative" recreation of the equation. I can imagine this being an interesting way of constructing a jumping-off point for the creation of art, but I don't see how the recreation, in this case at least, will help them do anything but remember that such an equation exists. In the case of this formula, I'm guessing that's not the usual problem.

If anyone sees more to this than I have, I'd be curious to know your reactions.
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I think that Z is kind of a copout (my officemate suggested "zooplankton"), and the art isn't great, but it's pretty funny in concept and reasonably well done.
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I'd seen a single shot of this before; this is more of a "making of" series, which I always appreciate.

(But how could they bear to eat it?)
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"You know what's great about the internet? It's one giant cable access channel."

(I'd say that what's great about the Internet is that it _can_ be a cable access channel, plus simultaneously many other things depending on what you want...but that's another topic.)

Let's Paint, Exercise, and Make Blended Drinks TV!

All, apparently, at once. Plus, apparently this is one of a _series_ of similar shows by this guy.
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I would so go to this (and bring a video camera) if it were anywhere close.
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Saints and random worldbuilding

It will be a damned shame if [livejournal.com profile] ursulav doesn't live until at least 120, because otherwise I can't see how she could possibly have time to paint and write all the ideas that she comes up with.

Then again, it appears that she's already coming up with 'em faster than she can use them, so possibly if she lives to 120 what will actually happen is that her demise will be the result of an Art Explosion (in a more literal sense than is typical) that will make the critical overload of a Wand of Wonder look like a malfunctioning sparkler by comparison.
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via BoingBoing: Holy Tango of Literature

An anthology (or, rather, "holy tango") of poetry and play scenes whose unifying theme is that each (original) work is inspired by, and written in the style of, an existing writer. Thus we have "Hairball King" (Kahlil Gibran), "My Valentine Isn't Clad" (Edna St. Vincent Millay), "Ah, My Yak Roam" (Omar Khayyam), "Hen Gonads" (Ogden Nash) and "Is A Sperm Like A Whale?" (William Shakespeare).

Very funny. While I'm not familiar with the work of several of the artists, I think that he does a good job of copying the styles, and the works themselves are generally also amusing.

(If any Portland Reading Night-affiliated folks are reading this: I call dibs.)

At Powell's Books: http://www.powells.com/s?kw=Holy+Tango+of+Literature&x=0&y=0

(The author has also recorded a few songs with similar inspiration. Haven't read/listened to those yet.)
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SwarmSketch: "Collective sketching of the collective consciousness"

Basically, site visitors get to make an addition to the sketch of the week (and to vote on others' additions), whose theme is chosen to be a currently-popular search term.

Pop Goes the Science Song

...when he feels like livening up his biology classes, University of Washington lecturer Greg Crowther bursts into song to the melody of "Sugar Sugar," the bubble-gum '60s tune.

And others, including such gems as "Take me to the Liver" and "The Phantom of the Copper Coil". MP3s available for some. I haven't listened to them myself, so I have no idea if Crowther can even sing.
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Google Holiday Logos: Google's repository of the funky logos that it has used in place of its main logo. Often quite clever, and sometimes quite beautiful.

The Knitted Wedding. No, I mean they knitted _everything_: not just the outfits, but the decorations, the sandwiches, the freakin' cake. Not very nutritious, I'm sure, but damned impressive.

Cornstarch/water weirdness (video). No doubt some of you have heard that these two things, when mixed, behave, well, oddly. This is a graphic demonstration of said oddity. Those of you who have played Diablo 2 will recognize the last part. :)
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via [livejournal.com profile] paisleychick: http://www.bathsheba.com/sculpt/

Mathematics-inspired sculptures. How can the mathematically inclined _not_ appreciate such work as can be described by "An old favorite, simple and elegant, with the beautiful D2 dihedral symmetry group"?


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