The Winter Olympics offer us a great lesson in GIFs--specifically, the power of a well-made GIF to condense much longer-form content into its highest-impact few seconds. Where you've got weeks of serious content and coverage, the GIF has to focus on what brings you the most oomph. Wipeouts.
4chan's worksafe GIF section has been collecting the best of the wipeouts from the 2014 Winter Olympics for the last week. It's an impressive thread. Not only is it emotionally wrenching to see these athletes try so hard and fail, but the wipeouts highlight the magnitude of what they're trying to do. One big crash puts all the perfect runs and tenths-of-a-second into perspective. Here are some of my favorites.
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Robot Turtles– the board game for little programmers –is the most-sold board game on Kickstarter, and it's still going crazy as it nears 25,000 sales! All the backer copies have been sent out and the last thousand or so copies are available on Amazon, with just enough time to snag one for Christmas. I'm a huge fan of the game: the first backer on Kickstarter and an advisor on the project, grab it while you still can.
For those unfamiliar, Kerbal Space Program is a realistic spaceship building and flight simulator game based closely on real rocket engines and physics. It's an open-ended game with lots of asteroids and planets to explore, and some people develop a Minecraft-esque obsession to accomplishing wilder and wilder feats. My rockets mostly just make the Hindenberg look like a damp sparkler.
In the spirit of Hanukkah, CupcakesLanders flew to another planet, built a custom menorah out of rocket engines and fuel tanks, then ferried in a collection of Kerbins to watch the lighting ceremony. Now that's some real chutzpah!
KSP Hanukkah Special, Oy Vey!
This evening San Francisco's DNA Lounge is hosting 8bitSF for crashfaster's new album release
at 8PM. Chiptune legends Trash80
if you want a challenge. If you're coming to see the show, bookmark this link on your phone
for our set. [Facebook event] — Dean
This puzzle– a whopping seventeen-foot-long, forty-two-pounder that comes with its own hand truck –is clearly meant to be used for some form of existential penance. If you carry deep-seated hatred for yourself or are planning on departing from your sanity, you might take on the "extra challenge" of a puzzle that only has six colors, not counting black and white. And it's only $194.
Keith Haring: Double Retrospect – 32,000 piece puzzle
This dramatic video from Bot and Dolly shows off their robotic camera systems by projection mapping a 3D animation onto two screens as they're waved around by one and a half ton robotic arms. In July, Boing Boing co-sponsored the Robot Film Festival held in their incredible studios. There I learned that while this film appears to be shot from a hand-held camera, it's probably made with a camera on a robot arm following a recorded path made by motion tracking a hand-held camera to a tenth-of-a-millimeter precision. Bot & Dolly had no comment on whether or not that's the case in this film.
Robot Turtles is "a board game you play with your favorite 3 to 8-year-old that sneakily teaches programming fundamentals." Created by entrepreneur Dan Shapiro and inspired by classic kids' programming language Logo, the board game lets kids ages 3-8 write programs with colorful playing cards. The game is brilliantly simple: kids play a row of action cards to control their turtle on the board, as moved by the adult game master.
Dan designed the game for his 4-year-old boy/girl twins, because "people who can program are going to be writing the future, and everybody else is going to be reading it." With 10,000 backers, Robot Turtles is nearly the most-backed board game on Kickstarter. It's available until Sept 27 for $29 and is scheduled to ship in time for Christmas.
Dan's a good friend of mine (I'm Robot Turtles' first backer), and we spent months discussing the strategy behind both Robot Turtles and my recent Kickstarter. If you're interested in some of the lessons Dan and I learned, he's got a great post up on the subject.
The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They're part of a collection of over a thousand photos, stereographs and their negatives
that my family has been saving for a century. This is an unusually large and complete collection, and I've taken on the task of preserving it and printing it so other people can experience this history too
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The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They're part of a collection of over a thousand photos, stereographs and their negatives that my family has been saving for a century. This is an unusually large and complete collection, and I've taken on the task of preserving it and sharing it with you as I believe it deserves.
These photos have never been published before.
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Photo credit: NOAA
NOAA's Arctic division maintains a couple of webcams at the North Pole, and one of them is showing a pretty impressive meltwater lake forming around it. Previous years show small ponds forming and refreezing throughout the summer, but this year nearly all the snow in view of the camera has melted into a lake-sized slush.
Check out this time lapse video of the lake forming. Much more photos and videos from this year and previous years at NOAA's website.
Ardent Industries, the crazy people behind such large art installations as Dance Dance Immolation and SYZYGRYD, are building a giant 3D Mario cloud stuck to the top of a forklift so they can rain on people's parades. Their Kickstarter is fully funded and they're starting production and getting their forklift licenses! Rad!
Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform on Kickstarter
Chorebot, one of my favorite RFF submissions
Boing Boing is proud to be a media sponsor of the Robot Film Festival's premier in San Francisco this weekend. Join us tomorrow at Bot & Dolly for a series of three film screenings, live performances, and the Botskers Award Ceremony. It's an all-day event starting at 11:30 with lunch and dinner included, so prepare for a massive overdose of robots!
Today is your last chance to get tickets. Check out the full schedule of events on the Robot Film Festival website. See you there!
The 3rd annual Robot Film Festival is coming to San Francisco this weekend and Boing Boing is proud to be a media sponsor! This Saturday and Sunday (July 20-21), come explore the relationship between humans and robots through a series of film showings, live performances, and a day-long film workshop.
Here's why Robot Film Festival is a must see:
• It takes place in Bot & Dolly's incredible robotic camera equipment workshop
• BeatBots, maker of the adorable Keepon robot, is organizing the event this year
• Famed comedy robot Data is getting a new sidekick, Scotty
• Robots, people dressed as robots, people doing the robot, robots filming movies, robots robots robots!
Obviously it's bound to be a blast. Come welcome the Robot Film Festival to San Francisco with us!
Tickets available on Kickstarter
Robot Film Festival
UPDATE: Kickstarter finished successfully! You can still get tickets on EventBrite.
On May 10th, a completely naked man entered the 16th street BART station in San Francisco and began attacking people, spitting, urinating and doing gymnastics moves on railings and turnstiles. BART police eventually shut down the station to arrest the man.
Yesterday, this NSFW video of the incident hit YouTube. Be warned that it's no joke: it's a naked man attacking vulnerable passers-by in public.
The folks at Dollar Shave Club have a new product out: One Wipe Charlies, a peppermint-scented toilet wipe they claim is better than normal toilet tissue. Their video sure is flashy, but how much more will it cost me? Is this worth the cost?
One Wipe Charlies are selling for $4 for 40 wipes. That's a dime a wipe, and I'll buy the claim that it only takes one. At my house we order our TP in bulk from Amazon: Ultra Plush 3-ply double rolls from Quilted Northern for $25.94 per 48 pack. Shipping included. It's surprising how convenient it is to just have this show up at the door.
Each roll has 176 sheets, and with 48 rolls that comes to about $0.0031 per sheet. If you're allowing a dime a dump, you can run all the way up to 32.5 sheets before you match the cost of a One Wipe Charlie. That's a fifth of a roll! You're probably managing to get the job done in 10-12 sheets, around 3 cents per.
Sorry, Charlie. No fancy marketing is going to get me to triple my budget in this department.
Quilted Northern Ultra Plush 3-ply double rolls, 48 pack at Amazon