Tony sez, "Attached is a stop-motion video my filmmaker friend Justin Grizzoffi and I made a couple of years ago. It was super easy to make - we simply edited together a couple hundred still photos of Post-Its stuck to a wall and scored it using samples from an old Casio SK1 keyboard."
Baby poop: A visual guide (via Neatorama)
This photo guide to baby poop will give you a good idea of what's normal and what's not as your newborn grows, drinks breast milk or formula, and starts eating solids. You'll find out when not to worry and when it's wise to be concerned.
As a general rule, if you see anything completely out of the ordinary in your baby's diaper, play it safe and call the doctor.
Fair warning: These are pictures of real baby poop! Please view only if you're comfortable with that. If not, you can read this description without photos instead.
(Image: Diaper pail, a Creative Commons Attribution photo from Ingamun's photostream)
MakerBot LOVE (Thanks, Bre!)
The ring I printed, and then used to propose to my girlfriend.
I printed it with black ABS, and then printed a small white cube and set it with some magic glue eagleapex left at Hive.
I drew the 2d shape in gimp, then had a friend render it in 3d using sketchup (I fail at 3D). I made some adjustments using Blender for the final print.
She said yes! Now to get our MakerBot to print with white gold.
Saturday is Litquake Day! And we have a very special reading for you.Saturday is Litquake Day
Color Me SF: The Science Fiction Worlds of Octavia Butler and Carl Brandon
Our guests reading will be Jewelle Gomez & Claire Light. There will also be discussion on Butler and Brandon,and Q & A moderated by Terry Bisson. We will be charging $5 at the door, with all of the money going to the Octavia Butler Scholarship. Bar proceeds for the night will also go to the Scholarship. Tips, as usual, will go to Variety Children's Charity of Northern California.
At The Variety Preview Room, The Hobart Bldg., 582 Market St. @ Montgomery, 1st floor of The Hobart Bldg. Entrance is between Quiznos and Citibank
Doors Open 6:00pm
Readings start 7:00pm
Seating is limited; first come first seated; we will have the event miked so that you can hang in the lounge and listen.
- Boing Boing: RIP, Octavia Butler, "genius" science fiction writer
- Octavia Butler memorial tomorrow night at Seattle's SF Museum ...
- Transcript: Octavia Butler's conversation with Delany at MIT ...
- Octavia Butler scholarship will send people of color to Clarion ...
- Boing Boing: Octavia Butler's "Fledgling": subtle, thrilling ...
- Boing Boing: Octavia Butler memorial tomorrow night at Seattle's ...
Hands, Eyes Convey Emotions For Disney's Audio-Animatronics Technology
Imagineers realize that the eyes convey emotions and a two-foot eye prototype showcases our newest concept. It's a new type of mechanism that uses electromagnets to create realistic eye motions. There is only a single moving part -- the eye itself -- and no wear points. That means faster, more realistic movement and longer life.
As Disney Parks continues to experiment and innovate, as with our newest Autonomatronics technology, we'll certainly be talking about it on this blog. Stay tuned.
- Singapore's second-creepiest animatronic exhibit - Boing Boing
- Animatronic zombie that rises out of your garden and chases people ...
- HOWTO make an animatronic lion mask with superpowers - Boing Boing
- Roomba with animatronic chimp head - Boing Boing
- Video: documentary on Showbiz animatronic band - Boing Boing
- Animatronic Steve Wozniak comes to Epcot Center ride, animatronic ...
- Hussein Chalayan's awesome animatronic fashion - Boing Boing
- Animatronic band on eBay - Boing Boing
I had the good fortune of receiving a choreographic fellowship from the Maggie Alessee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) to support the research and initial development of Punk Yankees, which is the title of our anniversary concert. While at MANCC, I began working with the ensemble to address my research questions: What defines "fair use" in dance? Is it permissible to "borrow" choreographic devices if the movement is reinvented? If the dancers can't execute the movement in the way it was originally intended, is there something interesting about that failure? If someone "stylistically" references a choreographer, should it be acknowledged as a derivative work, or is it what naturally occurs through dance education and lineage? Ultimately what we created was a work-in-progress that experimented with meta-theatrical devices and formal conventions to elucidate these provocative questions with transparency and humor.How do appropriation and copyright inform your work?
The title Punk Yankees came from some research I was doing online about piracy and art. Matt Mason, author of the book The Pirate's Dilemma, talks about the fact that piracy and appropriation (in the sense of intellectual property) has historically been linked to the creation of new markets, which he calls a form of "punk" capitalism. He also traces the word "Yankee" to an old Dutch slang word "Janke," meaning pirate. Ironically, Matt Mason was recently a keynote speaker at Dance/USA's Annual Conference in Houston, TX (June 3-6), in the session "Fair Use and Piracy: How They Each Support a Sustainable Dance Field."
Warren Ellis has put an open call out to Whitechapel readers who have Etsy stores for their crafts to pimp their offerings for early Xmas shopping. So far, we've got wool candy, steampunk jewellery, surreal paintings, paintings of demon cats, handmade jewellery, custom toys, fashion, goggles, felted dissected animals, hand-dyed wool, chainmail, etc etc. Instant clicktrance!
(Image: Knitted Fetal Pig Biology Project)
Spotted in the wild by the inestimable Fipi Lele, a modded US dollar bill with extra juvenile hilarity. I've seen lots of variations on this theme, but these two gags are new to me.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
German expressionism meets film noir meets Saturday morning cartoon funnies. Quickdraw Noir. "The rare noir episode of Quickdraw McGraw that featured Peter Lorre. With music by Andy Prieboy." Created by the great Merrill Markoe, who is perhaps best known as David Letterman's original head writer -- she won 5 Emmys for the show. She oughta get one for this, IMHO. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin)
The groovy video for this new track "Sunlamp Show" by The Aliens is Yellow Submarine-esque madness. A Scottish band, The Aliens feature Gordon Anderson, John Maclean, and Robin Jones, formerly of Beta Band. The Aliens' new album, Luna, was released in the US today by Birdman Records. The Aliens (Thanks, DKN!)
I downloaded public data from Hipparcos, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency in 1989 that accurately measured over a hundred thousand stars.Sean Bonner, upon whose blog I discovered this, says, "I highly recommend fullscreen and the use of headphones. Listening to this is hypnotic. I want it to play constantly in the background of my life."
The data I downloaded contains position, parallax, magnitude, and color information, among other things.
I sure like Booker White's slapping technique!
As a huge fan of FlowingData, NPR and electricity, I'm super excited about this interactive map that gives you a clear view of the structure of the U.S. power grid. Clicking through, you'll see how areas of the country currently are (and aren't) connected to one another, what's in the works to improve the system, and why that matters (a lot) when you start talking about alternative energy sources. Good stuff.
In this picture, you can see the yellow lines that really seem to do a good job of efficiently linking up the whole country. Those power lines haven't been built yet. In the interactive part, you can take those off, revealing a clearer view of our current transmission infrastructure that looks more like a series of occasionally connected river systems than a grid.
A massive 6 x 3 foot drawing (that's 72 x 36 inches, woo!) that Gary Baseman created while visiting Chaing Mai, Thailand is being auctioned on eBay. All proceeds will go to Cultural Canvas Thailand, a Chiang Mai-based organization that uses visual arts, dance, music and drama to give a voice to struggling and marginalized social groups in the local community.Giant-sized Gary Baseman drawing for charity
Treatment commenced using trifluoperazine and clopenthixol. RESULTS. The patient underwent remission during neuroleptic treatment, despite previous evidence of genuine possession. CONCLUSIONS. Many cultures give rise to apparently genuine cases of ghost possession. Neuroleptics may relieve symptoms of exorcism-resistant possession.While searching for the whole paper, I found a great analysis of the case by Vaughan over at Mind Hacks.
"Exorcism-resistant ghost possession treated with clopenthixol." (Br J Psychiatry)
Read the rest
Say you're an average medieval Euro-Joe and you want to have sex with your wife. But first, you need to know, IS IT SINFUL? Digging through all those manuscripts of canon law can take forever (plus, as average medieval Euro-Joe, you can't read, anyway). Luckily, James A. Brundage has prepared a handy flow chart for sexual decision making the summarizes the medieval Christian church's take on when sex was OK (Think: In the dark, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only), and when you were totally going to go to hell.
Unfortunately, I'm not cool enough to figure out how to gank a picture from a Google Books page, so you'll have to follow this link to see the flow chart in all its glory.
Last month, Xeni blogged about the photoshop disaster that is this Ralph Lauren advertisement, in which a model's proportions appear to have been altered to give her an impossibly skinny body ("Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis"). Naturally, Xeni reproduced the ad in question. This is classic fair use: a reproduction "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting," etc.
However, Ralph Lauren's marketing arm and its law firm don't see it that way. According to them, this is an "infringing image," and they thoughtfully took the time to send a DMCA takedown notice to our awesome ISP, Canada's Priority Colo. One of the things that makes Priority Colo so awesome is that they don't automatically act on DMCA takedowns. Instead, they pass them on to us and we talk about whether they pass the giggle-test.
This one doesn't.
So, instead of responding to their legal threat by suppressing our criticism of their marketing images, we're gonna mock them. Hence this post.
As Wendy Seltzer from the Chilling Effects project said, "Sounds like a pretty solid fair use case to me. If criticism diminishes its effectiveness, that's different from the market substitution copyright protects against. And I've rarely seen a thinner DMCA form-letter."
So, to Ralph Lauren, GreenbergTraurig, and PRL Holdings, Inc: sue and be damned. Copyright law doesn't give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:
a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;
b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and
c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.
Update: Looks like Photoshop Disaster's ISP caved to a similar notice.
Update:: Ralph Lauren accepts responsibility for the dodgy 'shop, but no word on its DMCA takedown.
Teen Brit ukulele sensation Rocky and Balls have a new song, called "Love Cake."
We love cakes. We love eating cakes and making cakes, so we wrote this song to sing whilst making said cakes.
Femke Hiemstra's Haniwa