October 31, 2011 Slavoj Zizek Talks to Al Jazeera Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist Slavoj Zizek talks to Al Jazeera about the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system.
October 28, 2011 Midnight Sun in Iceland During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of "Golden light". Once the sun sest it doesn't get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don't start to reappear until August.
October 27, 2011 Oakland Police Throw Flash Grenade at Injured Protester Footage from the Occupy Oakland protest, October 25th, 2011. After protesters ran to the aid of a badly-injured person, Oakland Police deliberately lobbed a flash grenade into the crowd. Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted.
October 26, 2011 Periodic Table of Swearing Clay Interactive Ltf. produced the interactive Periodic Table of Swearing for Modern Toss. It's constructed from over 100 buttons, CNC'ed and laser cut MDF, direct to media printing, over 100 meters of cabling, over 300 soldered joints and a whole lot of swearing!
l October 25, 2011 Daylight Saving Time Explained Every year some countries move their clocks forward in the spring only to move them back in the autum. To the vast majority of the world who dosen’t participate in this odd clock fiddling – it seems a baffeling thing to do. So what’s the reason behind it?
October 24, 2011 The Divided Brain In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA's free public events programme.
October 21, 2011 Sewing Machine Orchestra Sewing machine orchestra is the first version of a performance created by martin messier. the basic sounds used in this performance consist entirely of the acoustic noises produced by 8 sewing machines, amplified by means of microcontacts and process by a computer.
the microcontroller system also enable to use the sewing machines to affect certain parameters of the acoustic sound. the wheel, for exemple, can be assigned to the output volume, etc. machine's mechanism can be activated by remote, using microcontrollers and a computer, without the need for any other human intervention.
these old objects has the effect of taking the imagination further, primarily through their evocative power. whether they remind of specific incidents or recall the relationship to such objects, few people remain indifferent when they see them.
October 20, 2011 Quantum Levitation Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field. They with a single crystal sapphire wafer and coat it with a thin ceramic material called yttrium barium copper oxide. The ceramic layer has no interesting magnetic or electrical properties at room temperature. However, when cooled below -185ºC (-301ºF) the material becomes a superconductor. It conducts electricity without resistance, with no energy loss. Zero. Superconductivity and magnetic field do not like each other. When possible, the superconductor will expel all the magnetic field from inside. This is the Meissner effect.
October 19, 2011 Shapes | by Elliott Sellers Sellers created this short film for online public radio network dublab‘s 12th anniversary. In three one-minute pieces, the film captures both urban and natural environments using geometric filters.
October 18, 2011 History of the iPhone The iPhone might be at the cutting edge of technology but it took a long time and many innovations to get there, take a trip through history and explore the people and technology that contributed to the iPhone becoming what it is today.
October, 17, 2011 The Hidden Movements of Street Tiles Tiles is an animation made of a large photographic collection of street tiles. By viewing this collection of photographs as a sequence, different movements and processes become visible within the frame of the tiles. Both music and animation are trying to find a balance between a thought-out arrangement and an arrangement of ‘chance’ deriving directly from the tiles.
October 13, 2011 Friends | David Mitchell's Soapbox David discusses the trials and tribulations of keeping up with old friends from which there is no etiquette of release. Shouldn't there be a system for rotating them every ten years?
October 12, 2011 An Observation on Honours: Richard Feynman Richard Feynman, an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics, talks about honours.
October 7, 2011 Alice In Wonderland Test Footage (1951) Walt Disney often filmed actors as models for his animated features. What's surprising is that the audio from this crude footage for "Alice in Wonderland" is the actual audio used in the film. When Ed Wynn was brought back in to the recording studio to re-do his lines, the reading was not as good as the reference tests, so the test audio was used for the film.
October 4, 2011 An Observation on Beauty: Richard Feynman Richard Feynman, an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics, talks about beauty.