October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: misc., Photography — Jonathan @ 11:17 am

October 29, 2009

The Maskatorium

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 1:48 pm

masks

Flickr user, EYE-talian, has a wonderful photostream of hundreds of masks collected from all around the world. EYE-talian says, “I’ve been collecting masks since 1989 when I first purchased a mask in Cancun, Mexico. I was intrigued by the weird hallucinogenic Mexican masks because they looked similar to the oddball sketches I was doing at the time.

On subsequent visits I purchased additional masks, usually buying the most unusual masks I could find and/or what my budget and baggage limits would allow. In the meantime, I stumbled upon some very cool German paper mache, and starched buckram Halloween masks at antique shows around Cincinnati and picked those up as well. I never had any intention of amassing a formal “collection” but one thing lead to another and then…. Holy Shit… Ebay!

Besides Ebay, a few of the masks were given to me by fellow collectors and a handful were purchased at local import shops. Yes I have way too many, and unfortunately don’t have room to display them all. I began taking photos of them a few years ago as a record of what I had, and eventually ran across Flickr and decided to post them there.”

Visit Eye-talian’s The Maskatorium

Week 8 picks

Filed under: Football — Jonathan @ 10:14 am

I’ll be out of town this weekend, so the NFL picks come a day early. As always, winners are in bold.

Denver Broncos AT Baltimore Ravens
Houston
Texans AT Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns AT Chicago Bears
Seattle Seahawks AT Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams AT Detroit Lions
San Francisco 49ers AT Indianapolis Colts
Miami
Dolphins AT New York Jets
New York
Giants AT Philadelphia Eagles
Oakland Raiders AT San Diego Chargers
Jacksonville
Jaguars AT Tennessee Titans
Carolina Panthers AT Arizona Cardinals
Minnesota Vikings AT Green Bay Packers
Atlanta Falcons AT New Orleans Saints

October 28, 2009

More.

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 11:51 am

Summary
More
tells the story of an inventor who lives in a drab, colorless world. Day by day, he toils away in a harsh, dehumanizing job, his only savior being the memories of the bliss of childhood. But at night, he works secretly on an invention that could help him relive those memories and spread their joy to everyone in his despair-filled life.

When he finishes his invention, it changes the way people look at the world. But his success changes him, for with it, he loses an important part of himself.

Production & Publication
More
was written and directed by Mark Osborne, and created by a team that included, among others, Keith and Shannon Lowry, Rick Orner, Nick Peterson, and David Candelaria. Although it was only a 6-minute short, it was, as Osborne put it, an “absolutely massive undertaking”—as it was the first short to be shot using the IMAX format.

Filming More took nine months, and it was first screened in fall of 1998. While it had a positive critical reception—including an Academy Award nomination—it soon became apparent that there was little that could actually be done with it in the range of publicity. The hype died down eventually, and Osborne was left with a highly acclaimed six-minute piece of art in his hands.

Osborne decided to upload More to iFilm but had fears about his work being exploited and redistributed, or audience acceptance given the small size of a computer display. Almost immediately after putting it up on iFilm, More was voted the most popular clip on the site, and it held that position for nearly a year.

More has gained reputation for being one of the greatest short movies ever created, and was for a long time ranked as the best short movie at IMDb’s top short list, where it was ranked 8th as of July 2009.

Soundtrack
The song featured as background music is titled “Elegia”. It was recorded by the band New Order on the 1985 album Low-Life.

Awards
More
was awarded the following honors:

  • Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Short Films
  • South by SouthWest – Best Animated Short
  • Academy Award (1999) – Nominee – Best Animated Short
  • ResFest – Audience Award for Best Film, Grand Audience Prize for Best Film
  • Aspen Shorts Fest – Special Jury prize
  • World Fest Houston – Gold / Special Jury Prize for Shorts
  • USA Film Festival – Dallas – Grand Jury Prize for Shorts
  • Toronto International Short Film Fest – Best Animated Short, Best Short Overall
  • Stony Brook Film Fest – Best Short Film
  • Message to Man International Film Festival – Russia – Best International Debut Film
  • PhilaFilm – Philadelphia – Best Animated Short
  • Annie Awards – Nominee for Best Animated Short Subject
  • St. Louis International Film Festival – Best Short Film
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival/Sweden – Audience Award for Best Film
  • San Francisco Indie Fest – Audience Award

For more information about More and Mark Osborne, including the official DVD release with two commentaries and an hour-long documentary on the creation of More, visit:  http://site.happyproduct.com/blog/

Do chimps grieve?

Filed under: Internet, misc., Photography — Jonathan @ 11:27 am

chimp

Look at this photograph and just try to tell me the answer is no.

This incredible image was shot for National Geographic by Monica Szczupider, and shows chimpanzees at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon. They’re observing as the body of an elder troop member named Dorothy is taken to burial. She died at 40 years of age, which is pretty old for a chimpanzee.

The photo appears in the November issue of National Geographic Magazine, in the “Visions of Earth” section.

Screen Novelties

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 8:24 am

A  few years back Screen Novelties created a stop motion sequence for Cartoon Network’s “Flintstones: On the Rocks”. Take a minute out of the busy day and have a look at this well-executed stop motion short.

October 27, 2009

Puzzles!

Filed under: Math, Updates — Jonathan @ 8:36 pm

I just put a couple of puzzles up in the content section; a number game, my Rubick’s cube solution, and a logic problem. I’ve got some cleaning up to do, but at least it’s up there to play with! Have a look and have some fun!

Bloody Brain Shooters

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 2:17 pm

brain-shooter

Apparently the key to creating “brain tissue” is to mix acidic lime juice with the vodka.  Then when you add the Bailey’s Irish Cream via a straw, it curdles into cortical gyri.  A splash of grenadine provides the blood.  The ingredient list and instructions are at: http://findlilyhere.tumblr.com/post/223358635/

Meet Domo

Filed under: Technology — Jonathan @ 10:52 am

Meet Domo, a beady-eyed robot designed to interact with humans on a personal level. Domo was developed at MIT by then-Ph.D. student Aaron Edsinger with an aim to break robots free from the assembly line.

Domo can do chores such as helping elderly people put away groceries, or throw a ball for the doggie to fetch. Domo’s eyes are video cameras and are purposely designed to look like real eyes. The robot is programmed to pay close attention to human faces and fix on their gazes, for example. The moving parts are also sensitive to human touch. Push too hard, though, and Domo will respond, “Ouch.”

Edsinger has started two companies to build on the work started at MIT, HeeHeeHee Labs and Meka Robotics.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/edsinger/domo.htm

October 26, 2009

Why not?

Filed under: Internet, Photography — Jonathan @ 3:37 pm

source: http://blackandwtf.tumblr.com/

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