Archive for the 'Whimsy' Category

Brick movies

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Did you ever hear about movies made with Lego bricks? They are becoming more and more popular and do already have cult status.

One of the best ones I´ve ever seen is the brick adaption of Stanley Kubrick´s epic movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” . It condenses the complex film in a very short version but still quotes the most important scenes.

Dowloads are available in various formats: Divx, Mpeg, Quicktime. Enjoy and have fun!

If you know some german you will find more info on the official brick festival page.

The Google Robot FAQ

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Just how does Google find the information that it needs? Through the Google Robot program, of course. However, the detailed workings of this program are not widely known.

Philipp Lenssen has put together a detailed Google Robot FAQ to shed some light on this.

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(Image: Julia Eisenberg)

Project blinkenlights

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

The Chaos Computer Club, a group of early (founded 1981) computer enthusiasts from Hamburg, Germany made a very special event to celebrate it´s 20th birthday some years ago.

They setup the biggest interactive “computer display” on a building in Berlin, Germany and named the project blinkenlights.

“The upper eight floors of the building were transformed in to a huge display by arranging 144 lamps behind the building’s front windows. A computer controlled each of the lamps independently to produce a monochrome matrix of 18 times 8 pixels.”

Quote from the blinkenlights page.

At night a number of animations could be seen, including the chance of playing pong, a very old computer game with your mobile phone on the building.

This was a really fascinating project, somewhere between arts, nonsense and extremely creative ideas. A video, giving an impression of the performance is available as well.

The Global Mosaic

Monday, May 15th, 2006

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The Global Mosaic is a collaborative art application at The Broth.

Anyone can move the tiles – and everyone can see it happening in real time.

Sometimes the mosaic looks rather random, but sometimes the people online “get it together” and create some beautiful images, especially in the public and private side-rooms.

I’d love to have a full-screen version of this as a screensaver – never twice the same image!

(via Google Blogoscoped)

The strangest road sign

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I saw the strangest road sign on the way to work today…

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