Saturday, February 11, 2012

Love is grand.

Clayton Christensen's book The Innovator's Dilemma concerns itself with the idea of disruptive innovation, how a new entrant to the market can push out the incumbent. This independently created video illustrates the idea nicely.

Scale of the Universe 2 is an interactive visualization from the Planck Length to the size of the universe, kinda like the classic film Powers of 10.

Today's Smile is a hypnotic animation. Watch it here or read about it here.
Ambient music aficionados: check out Disquiet.

Electronica aficionados: check out the work of Jeffrey Plaide. "I am very interested in creating synthetic and electronic compositions, treatments and arrangements and using electronic music and visual synthesis techniques to realise complex and abstract concepts"

In case you missed it on Nat Geo, check out this brief video about 3D printing. Think Star Trek replicator.

Worldmap of countries driving on the right (red) or wrong (blue). This and 13 other geography facts can be found here.
125 living American and English writers chose the greatest books of all time. The top work of the 20th century is Nabokov's Lolita. (That does it. I'm reading it for the first time this week.)  Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury came in at #7. Topping the 19th century is Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Top 10 authors includes Shakespeare, Faulkner, Dickens, Dostoevsky, and more. Check it out - there's plenty to argue about.

Perhaps sci-fi reading is your cup of tea. Check out the list of the 100 top sci-fi books. At the top you'll find the usual suspects - Ender's Game and Dune.

Or maybe you prefer music to books. Check out this visualization of songs per artist in the top 500 rock songs of all time. (Beatles, Stones, Who, Zep, etc.)

Which is more genius? Robert Rauschenburg's Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953 or STAR.ME's Redraw de Kooning's Erased Work?
Pennies in space. If you send a 1909 VDB cent (worth around $1,000) to Mars will it be worth more than the 1943 copper alloy cent ($1.7 million at auction)?

Aviation pr0n of the week: video of F-35B ship suitability testing.

This close up is only part of a delicious illustrated map of Italy and its foods.
I may have linked to this before but here it is again anyway: a fun little animation of Animator vs. Animation.

In case you missed it, Rango won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. All the results are included in this Cartoon Brew post.

Google thinks I'm a 25-34 year old male who's interested in music, law, and government. Google ain't too smart, is he? See what he thinks of you by searching for "Ads Preferences Manager."

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, who can resist Brief Jerky, edible underwear you can make yourself.
I'm still trying to get my head around the work of artist Mark Bradford so this interview with him in ArtSlant was helpful. He describes his art as rundown and rough around the edges. Any beauty is a "two-fer", something extra you get for free. (Most artists will tell you that striving for beauty is the first step on the path to aesthetics and then decoration.)

Pro Football Focus has more information than the heartiest fan can absorb. For example, which cornerback gives quarterbacks the highest rating when they throw against him? (San Diego's Quentin Jammer.) You can probably guess who's on the other end of that spectrum.

Do your coworkers hang their kids' art in their office? Now you can mock it mercilessly at I Am Better Than Your Kids.
Do you donate to Goodwill? Do you claim the donations on your taxes? Did you know Goodwill's website has a donation valuation guide? Neither did I.

In 1979 an 11 year old fan created his own graphic novel (aka comic book) version of Alien. He's now releasing it online one page per day. Were you that big of a fan?

There's still time for a last minute appointment before Valentine's Day. source
This list of 11 things you didn't know about the world includes the initial theorization of black holes in 1783. (Not included in this list - what women want.)

This article about cars of the future is obviously a hoax because flying cars aren't mentioned even once.

Nobody puts my poop in a corner. See how it all ends here.
Tips for programming in C.

You call that searching? Try Jewgle.

I. Must. Have. It. from Jack in the Box

Divorce is a hundred grand. ~John Waters.


Jim said...

Thanks for the 3D printing video link (and underlying explanation about how they had to reverse-CAD everything to get the internals). It's very cool stuff. Have you seen any estimates for the end user cost for producing said wrench?

John said...

Not for the wrench. It looks like a lot of material so it wouldn't be cheap. We've been playing with a way to print meshes and the models range in price from a couple of bucks to $50. Still trying to work that out. Wouldn't it be cool to print a flowfield from Tecplot?

Jim said...

That's about a tenth of what I was expecting it to cost.

Thought you might like this:
move the cursor around the screen a bit to see the effect.

John said...

Regarding the cost, keep in mind that we are literally trying to print the grid. The volume of material is pretty low.

That website is sooo cooool. It'll be in next week's post for sure. God how I wish for the time to be able to explore like that.