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Thank God he didn't try to dance. [YouTube]
A German television reporter launched into a rendition of Happy Birthday, Liebe Bundeskanzlerin (dear chancellor) at a news conference in Brussels early on Thursday – but got no backup from his colleagues.
Merkel laughed and said: "I should have sung along, then it would have been better. But thank you."
Tim Moynihan: "The most incredible super-slow-motion videos you’ve ever seen were probably shot with one of Vision Research’s Phantom cameras. They’re as high-speed as they are high-priced; past models have cost more than $100,000 and shot video at frame rates up to 22,000 frames per second at 1,280 x 800 resolution and a million frames per second at a teeny tiny 128x32 resolution."
Turns out using audio effects on image files can have startlingly harmonic results: see the echoed fence here. "A semi-complete documentation of Audacity Effects on image files." [via Kottke]
Ren Ri (Weibo) creates sculptures in beeswax.From HuffPo:
Ren Ri began keeping bees in 2008 and two years later felt his knowledge of honeybees had grown enough to start working on “Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry”, a collection of maps made of beeswax. And for "Yuansu III" he pressed bees to his face—being stung many times—for a performance piece that explores the relationship between humans and animals. While his chosen medium is sometimes hazardous, it's not just about shock value or gimmicks: “I didn’t intend to do anything viol ent or visually provocative, I just wanted to underline the relation between the human body and bees."
Photos by Alessando De Toni:
Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them. The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.