4-year-old Russian girl speaks and reads 7 languages


Four-year-old Bella speaks 7 languages and does improvisational dancing at the same time. Read the rest

Last call for the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition!


Are you jonesing for a dose of optimism and possibility? In the mood to contemplate the cosmos? Want to experience a musical message for extraterrestrials the way it was meant to be played? The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition, a project I launched with Timothy Daly and Lawrence Azerrad, is a lavish vinyl box set containing the contents of the phonograph record launched into space in 1977 and now 13 billion miles from Earth.

Our Kickstarter ends at 8pm PDT tonight (Thursday). Once we fulfill the rewards from this campaign, we'll never produce this deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition again.

We are so thankful enthusiasm and excitement about our project and the incredible Voyager interstellar mission. The curiosity and support is infectious. We're deeply grateful that a project that has been on our minds for so long has resonated with so many people around the world. Ad astra!

For more on the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition, please visit our Kickstarter page here.

And here's an excerpt from an interview with me about the project, from The Vinyl Factory:

Ultimately it was a utopian vision for Earth as much as an actual attempt to communicate with extra terrestrials… Wasn’t it?

Yeah I think the idea is that if there is a civilisation that is intelligent enough to actually intercept it, they’ll be able to follow the instructions on how to play it. And I think that’s true. In some ways though, it doesn’t even really matter if it’s ever played or not by an extra-terrestrial civilisation.

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“Nasty Woman vs. Bad Hombre,” by Jonathan "Song a Day" Mann

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“Nasty Woman vs. Bad Hombre”  is a nifty new number on the nutty 2016 presidential campaign by Jonathan Mann, who writes and publishes a new song every single day, as he's been doing for the last 7+ years.

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Hillary vs. Donald Debate Remix from Eclectic Method

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Remix of the 3rd un-presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from with a hip-hop "Hail To The Chief" backing track, by Eclectic Method.

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Hilarious 1994 "Guardian Angel" phone hotline infomercial


Hilarious infomercial from 1994 for a guardian angel phone hotline.

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Nintendo announces new hybrid portable game console


Nintendo's Switch is a touchscreen tablet with removable physical controls that turn it into a traditional handheld game console. It comes with a chunky dock to hook it up to a TV set for high-definition couch action; also announced is a traditional wireless gamepad to match the squared-off dark gray design: it's what disassembles to become the tablet's own controls.

Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

Switches use cartridges instead of discs: suggestively retro, especially in the promise of instant-on gaming, but also reflective of the general decline of optical media in favor of flash and high-bandwidth internet connections.

The promo video depicts intriguing social game cultures that don't yet exist—think kids toting their no-nonsense, easy-to-use Switches around to the pub and competitive event alike. For me it lit up dormant arcade-era neurons that Sony and Microsoft (and Apple, for that matter) never get close to.

It's out in March. Read the rest

Wizard Rock the Vote: help the Harry Potter Alliance get out the vote


The amazing Harry Potter Alliance (previously) -- who harness fandom for social good -- are raising funds for their Wizard Rock the Vote campaign, to get new voters into the polling booth this election. Read the rest

Dog sounds like a Tie Fighter


Beagle mix Geraldine visits the vet. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be any information about this wonderful dog or her career as a foley artist at ILM. Read the rest

Mario theme performed with trumpet and handgun


Charlie Cook performs cover versions of songs with a gunslinging twist. Read the rest

Reviving an Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal


JWZ documents his adventures in bringing a 1982/3 vintage Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal (a rare portrait-orientation terminal) back into service -- fitting it with a Raspberry Pi and a new power-supply and getting it to boot its beautiful green-screen. Read the rest

The King of the Hill intro reanimated as pixel art

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Mauri Helme made a pixel art "cover version" of the King of the Hill intro, and it's incredible: perfectly faithful to the original, yet completely translated to a different medium.

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Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Wheelchair Costume


Ryan Scott Miller outdid himself with this terrific wheelchair costume that Jeremy will be sporting this Halloween: "This year we put it to a vote and our friends choose the Ghostbusters Ecto-1!" Well-played, sir! Read the rest

Watch traditional Cook Islands tattooing techniques


Croc Coulter works with an apprentice to revive the lost art of tātatau, traditional tattooing done with sticks and bone. So that's how they made such straight lines in geometric tattoos! Read the rest

Interactive clothing via dynamic projection mapping


Technically, cloth is a "deforming non-rigid surface," so projecting a stable image onto clothes is a big technological challenge. To solve it, Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory combined two new techniques that allow stable projection of an image onto clothes even as they move. Read the rest

Projection mapping on a moving surface with a high-speed projector


Projection mapping is one of the most profound visual effects that computers can generate; themepark fans will have seen it in effect on the revamped opening scene to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and in the night-time shows that involve painting the whole castle with light (projection mapping is also used to generate the rear-projected faces of the animatronic figures in the new Snow White ride). Read the rest

A magician debunks the Great Wall of Drumpf


MagicPeaceLove writes, "Magician Justin Willman makes the case for why Donald Trump's proposed border wall between America and Mexico is a bad idea -- physically, emotionally, spiritually and (of course!) magically." Read the rest

Tractor pull goes amazingly wrong


Wow! Maybe tighten down those bolts next time?

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