Origami

Origami

Surface to Structure

Clever origami creations to go on display in NYC.

These always blow my mind. Very clever and highly skilled.

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Reveal Project – Personal Data Mirror

Incredibly geeky idea but this technology is very cool.

I own a PS3 and secretly wanted Microsoft’s Kinect to fail when it first came out, but I have to admit that the possibilities for the technology are far reaching and I suspect we will see it being integrated into our everyday life in the near future.

Mmmmmmm! Shoe!

Man alive, this guy must have the sweetest tasting shoe in all the land! *Gag, just threw up a little bit*

The video speaks for itself, a man feverishly licking the bejeezus out of his sandal. I must say the people in New York are very polite not to say anything. Click here or on the picture.

Fractal Zoom of NYC

Just back from the cinema having seen Limitless, the new Bradley Cooper movie about a guy who (down on his luck) takes a pill that opens up his brains potential to 100%

The film was pretty good, some great ideas and a neat plot, but the thing that stayed with me was the cinematography. The opening sequence uses a technique called ‘fractal zoom’ whereby the camera continues zooming in and in and in and in, in an infinite zoom effect. Hard to explain this so better watch said scene on YouTube to understand. Note how the camera flies in through taxi windshields and under scaffolding poles in one continuous zoom, an effect which should be impossible. The camera trickery is explained here in an interview with the FX guys.

Video at Vimeo

The MP3 Experiment

I love the Improv Everywhere guys and their unique videos. In this clip, 3000 participants downloaded an MP3 track and loaded it onto their iPods before heading out to various retail stores in Times Square. The MP3 consisted of a voice giving the participants instructions. Best to just watch the clip for yourselves to see its ingenuity.

The MP3 Experiment.

Scary

Whilst setting up my stall a Merton Abbey Mills last Saturday morning, I was chatting away to my neighbouring stall holders when I noticed something I knew was immediately out of the ordinary. I’ve lived in London my whole life and have grown accustomed to planes flying overhead coming into Heathrow and Gatwick. What I saw was so out of the ordinary I stopped and pointed up and said “Oh my God, how low is that plane!” It turns out that plane was flight BA117 from Heathrow to New York which had taken off with a faulty rear door which was suddenly being redirected back to Heathrow following problems. The rear door handle had come loose and flight attendants and passengers had wrestled the latch to safety before landing safely back at Heathrow.

Beeb attachment here.

In Memoriam

I’ve been very busy over the past few days, but I wanted to make sure I posted a remembrance post for those who died on September 11th. I can’t believe it’s already 9 years since the terrorist attacks. I (as I’m sure everyone can) remember exactly my reaction and where I was on that Tuesday morning and the terrifying aftermath that followed it. I was working as a library assistant at the time and I remember a colleague telling me what was unfolding. I didn’t believe her at all initially and went on to the internet to see for myself. The internet was down as the servers had crashed with everyone attempting to access the news. Work halted and everyone surrounded the tv in the video library watching in stunned silence as the news footage played. There was a sense of utter disbelief.

Nine years on and that feeling still remains for me. The scale of what happened was so unprecedented and unforeseen, it seemed unimaginable that something like this could happen. Whatever the intent of the terrorists actions, they may not have accounted for what happened during the course of events during and immediately after the attacks. Unity. Rescuers worked tirelessly and determinedly sought out unlikely survivors. Families came together in hope. Strangers lent a helping hand to one another. I hadn’t been to New York prior to 2001, but I made my first trip there in 2006 and then again in 2008. Even then in 2006, five years on, I felt a palpable sense of community in such a large city. The residents and workers in the city appeared to have formed a bond with one another and the city in itself. Quite remarkable.

So, now 9 years on, we remember those harrowing events and the men and women who lost their lives. God bless, you will not be forgotten.

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