Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bookcase animation

We did this with my wife's books, but we didn't make animation while doing it.

Of course, she was moving in with me, so we had other stuff to do besides spend half a day making a movie.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ridiculous optical illusion

I just saw an optical illusion that was hard to believe was an illusion. The "blue" and "green" in the spiral below are actually the same color. REALLY.

What's even more amazing about this illusion is that it fools software too. The color blindness software I posted about yesterday translates this illusion into the colors we perceive, not the colors that are actually there. In fact, so does image compression software. This "bug" might reveal something interesting about how human sight actually works.

Double Wow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

smartphone app for colorblindness

Dan Kaminsky has created an amazing app that can translate colors into things the colorblind can see!

The Dan Kam "quantizes color", collapsing complicated color spectra into 7 isolated colors. Like lasers for real life. It makes red and green single colors instead of broad ranges. And the two particular colors it uses are different in enough ways that someone who's red-green colorblind can tell them apart!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Las Palmas

Some Swedish guy shot a short film of a baby gorging herself in a restaurant. It's hilarious!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Majestic Plastic Bag

This documentary is very short, but so beautiful. And majestic.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Awesome lighting design

This is crazy awesome. Not very practical for decorating or even theatrical design, but still a fantastic use of light.

Living Room from Mr.Beam on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google catches Microsoft copying them

Google thought Microsoft's new search engine was copying their results.

So they set up some gibberish search terms and did some searches, and noticed that Microsoft's results updated to replicate what Google did.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Balloons in Space!

Two blokes at the University of Sheffield sent a videocamera into space for less than $1000.

So cool. Very cool, in fact - they had to make a styrofoam box to keep the camera warm enough to continue operating.