Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070702

Hi,
I had an interesting week this week, wrangling recalcitrant servers and other bits of electronic stupidity into place. It was good fun. There are some fabulous exhibitions on in Melbourne at the moment. The National Gallery (StKilda Road) has a bunch of stuff from the Guggenheim Collection, I get to see stuff by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Jeff Koons (I still remember seeing the puppy up in Sydney years ago now). So Pollock and Rothko aren’t every one’s cup of tea but c’mon this is a oncer (unless some one is going to send me to New York?) and if that wasn’t enough fun for thatch there is the Pixar exhibition at the ACMI . Will the fun ever stop.

On with the sillies..

The Tiny Drum Machine (now in its fifth version? How come I missed the first four?) is a music maker where you control the notes that are played as well as the tempo of your piece. Use the simple grid to pick notes to be played and drag the bar below to set the speed. The song endlessly loops, but if you are clever you can mingle the start and end of your song so that it sounds like one long repetitive chorus. For the technology gifted but musically deficient this is going to be quite addictive.
http://www.thepixelplant.net/pixelfonts/pixelfontsplay.asp

Calm down that wasn’t the Flash Game.. This is the Flash Game, once again Jools (the reluctant game procurement officer) has found another gem, this makes you almost wish the winter Olympics were back. I did say almost
“This is gross. Need I say more?
Love, Jools”
It’s not gross, it’s um? It’s Edgy (that’s a luge joke). OK I’ll stop now.
http://www.mousebreaker.com/games/extremeluge/play.php

Video Mashups. We haven’t had a good mashup for ages, and until one comes along this will have to do
http://www.gooniesvspirates.com/index.html
Just kidding, I am amazed at how well both movies fit together

While we are in video mode have a look at these “Rolling Ball Sculptures” by unigamer, I seriously love these things
http://www.ohthebanter.com/rbs/

And to round it all off, remember the “matrix ping pong” if you don’t refresh your memory here.

Now proceed to the more current one here

I want ninja roadies too.

OK I promise this is the last video but it is amazing.
Here is the guff from the Wooster Collective.
“Myself and a couple have friends have entered the above into the Modest Mouse video competition. Using green screen footage provided by the band we cut a simple music video. We then degraded the images and printed out each frame sequentially. (all 4133 of them) We then nailed each “shot” of 50-100 posters to various structures and posts. Then using a digital SLR camera with a long exposure we frame by frame shot each poster. Oh, and theres a little video projection (again, frame by frame on the SLR) just to mix it up. There is no compositing, no shortcuts, just lots of blood, sweat and tears, and a huge Kinkos bill!”…. Max
http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/05/shit_were_diggin_max_tyries_hand_made_mo.html

Any Mythbusters fans out there? Silly question. Adam Savage has written a fab article on Blade Runner at 25,
“I’m still such a big Blade Runner fan that I watch it at least once every 18 months. I also own pretty convincing replicas of the “blade runner blaster” wielded by Harrison Ford’s world-weary former cop Rick Deckard. The source material was a Steyr Mannlicher .222 target rifle magazine cover, with a Bulldog .44 carriage underneath. I can’t get enough of this prop. Now, I want a working one.”
Oh God. He’s a fan
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4218376.html?series=6

Picture this, you have 3000 quid, about 1500 hours to fill up a chainsaw, a hammer and a 1 inch chisel and little else really. Oh and by the way you aren’t a builder or a carpenter. So what do you do ?
http://www.simondale.net/house/
Now everyone, all together now. “I want it”

Over at http://www.notdeadyet.com.au/ we had an interesting week. Jools found LotSix. You have to check this out and I was taken with The National and Andrew Bird among others, It was a good crop of stuff last week.

thatch

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