Astounding 3D effects projected onto a building's facade

This LG mobile phone ad "event" projected a startling and well-conceived montage of 3D effects onto a building's facade in Berlin. It's all very spectacular and beautiful -- pretty amazing for an ad (though I can imagine that if a whole city were taken over by this sort of advertising every night, it would be rather tedious). Meanwhile, I seriously covet that projector, which is blasting out enough lumens that I wonder if it incinerates small insects that stray into the path of the beam. I could get into serious mischief with one of those.

LG Optimus Hyper Facade in Berlin - Long Version

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Using a miter box to make straight cuts in wood

I wrote an article in CRAFT about making straight wood cuts with a cheap miter box.

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The future of energy and the future of risk

I got to have another great conversation with synthetic biologist and blogger Christina Agapakis on Bloggingheads.tv's Science Saturday. Christina and I chatted about some of the issues that came up at an energy conference I spoke at recently, examined the possibility of using synthetic biology to create fuel, and talked about how we navigate the often-confusing questions of technology and risk. Read the rest

Ask physicist Brian Greene anything

Last week, physicist Brian Greene answered a lot of questions—including a few submitted by BoingBoing readers!—at a live event in New York City. If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the event online now.

But wait, there's more! Dr. Greene only had an hour to talk, and a metric crap ton of very good questions—including, again, some from BoingBoing readers—went unanswered. That's why I'm pleased to announce that the World Science Festival has added a new column to their website, called Ask Brian Greene Anything. For the next month, he'll be sifting through leftover questions from the live event as well as new submissions to answer a physics question every day.

Here's the latest:

Q: If nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, then how did the universe become so big and vast in the blink of a micro-second during the big bang? — Carlos Cordoba, Queens, NY

A: You have to be a little careful when invoking the notion that “nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.” Einstein’s special theory of relativity actually shows that nothing can move through space at a speed greater than light speed. But the process that makes the universe “so big and vast” does not involve objects moving through space. Instead, it arise from the swelling — the expansion — of space itself. And nothing in special relativity constrains the rate at which space itself expands. Indeed, in the early moments of the universe, the expansion of space can rightly be said to have exceeded the speed of light, meaning that regions of space were driven apart via the expansion at a greater-than-light speed.

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News of the World had victims' lawyers followed

After phone hacking allegations started hurting last year at U.K. tabloid News of the World, it placed its victims' lawyers -- even their children -- under surveillance. [BBC] Read the rest

Asteroid close encounter tomorrow night!

Don't forget that a 1,300 foot asteroid, about the size of an aircraft carrier, will fly by Earth tomorrow even closer to us than the moon. Don't worry, it won't hit. It'll be tricky to catch a glimpse, but you might spot it if you have a telescope with at least a 6-inch mirror, says Scott Fisher, the director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences. From Space.com:

"It turns out that YU55 is going to be pretty faint when it flies by," he explained. "To make it even more difficult to observe … it will be moving VERY quickly across the sky as it passes."

"The best time to observe it would be in the early evening on November 8th from the east coast of the US," Fisher said. "However! It is going to be VERY faint, even at its closest approach. You will need a decent sized telescope to be able to actually see the object as it flies by."

The event marks the first time since 1976 that an object as large as asteroid 2005 YU55 has passed this close to Earth, Fisher said. The next time an asteroid of similar size will approach close to Earth will be in 2028.

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Simulations of galaxy collisions prove accurate… also amazing video

In September, I posted about Bolshoi, the most accurate computer simulation of the universe in the world. (Visualizations from Bolshoi were also seen in Bjork's Biophiliar performance.) Bolshoi's co-creator, UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist Joel Primack, has now emailed me this thrilling news confirming the accuracy of his computer simulations. Joel says:

By comparing Hubble Space Telescope observations to our simulations, we have for the first time accurately measured the rate at which galaxies merge with each other in the universe from nearby out to when it was about 1/3 of its present age. Such mergers play a crucial role in galaxy evolution.

"Astronomers Pin Down Galaxy Collision Rate" (NASA)

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Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters

These student protesters in Bogota, Colombia have really got it going on, makeupwise.

Student protestors in Colombia know how to get attention

(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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Burning Man opera soundtrack now available

A couple years ago, I posted that BB pal Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis and Visionary State, wrote the libretto for a critically-acclaimed rock opera about Burning Man. How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera returns to Los Angeles on November 20 while Reno and Vegas (!) staging are in the works! Erik informs us that CDs are also available of all the music available as MP3s and a CD for sales at CDBaby. I like how on CDBaby, it says that the soundtrack is recommended if you like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar! Git yer freak on!

A Burning Opera: "CDs are Done; Shows Coming in LA, Reno & Vegas!" Read the rest

GAMA-GO holiday sale

Our pals at GAMA-GO are hosting their big holiday sale in San Francisco this Saturday. Have a cocktail! Save some money! Harass co-proprietor Greg Long about his incendiary comments on this site!

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Die Antwoord: "Fok Julle Naaiers" (music video)

[Video Link]

The song, and the video, which apparently led to Die Antwoord's divorce from Interscope to go independent. This will be the first single to be released off their soon-to-be-self-released album TEN$ION.

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Photographer shot by Oakland Police with "less-lethal" round, for no apparent reason

An Oakland Police Department officer shot blogger and videographer Scott Campbell with a projectile (a "bean bag" round or rubbber bullet, it's not clear which) while he was recording video during Occupy protests this weekend. Mr. Campbell was not threatening the officers or engaged in any violent activity that required this response. Is it legal for police to shoot photographers in a public place simply because they do not want to be photographed? [Video Link] Read the rest

Lego army invades Chalkfestival to "Free" Ego Leonard

"Free Ego," a chalk painting designed by Leon Keer, was inspired by Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army "in honor of the arrival of Ego Leonard and to support his release out of his custody." [Submitted by Planet Chalkpainting] Read the rest

Die Antwoord leave Interscope, will release "TEN$ION" on their own new indie label

[UPDATE: Here's the video that led to the "divorce."—XJ]

Anyone can not sign with a major label (see there? you just did it yourself!), but to sign with one and then sign off abruptly when the label tells you your work needs to be reworked for more mainstream appeal? That's news.

And that, according to those close to the matter, is what just happened between South Africa's Die Antwoord and Interscope/Universal Music Group.

The zef-rockers have a new album in the can, TEN$ION. It was to be their second release on Interscope, and due out within the next few months. The band chose a track to lead with as a single, titled Fok Julle Naaiers ("Fuck you all," loosely). The label heard it, perceived it as too hard for a single, and according to our sources, wanted the entire record to be reworked for more pop appeal (think Gaga or Black-Eyed-Peas). Ninja and Yo-Landi would have none of it, and asked their attorneys (one of whom was Michael Jackson's former rep) to sever all ties with Interscope, forgoing a million dollar guarantee on the new record and choosing complete creative independence.

From the band's online diary:

So anyway... Interscope offered us a bunch of money again to release our new album TEN$ION.

But this time, they also tried to get involved with our music, to try and make us sound like everyone else out there at the moment.

So we said: 'U know what, rather hang on to your money, buy yourself something nice...we gonna do our own thing.

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Multitool cigarette case, 1933

Ah, the good old days, when it was de rigeur to stick a knife-blade onto every single object one carried, back before the era of aviation confiscation totum:

Eight distinct purposes are served by the versatile pocket case, illustrated above. A cigarette compartment occupies the center, supplemented by a concealed writing tablet, a telescoping pencil, and a stamp container. In addition the case contains a five-inch rule, a lighter, a pocket knife, and a watch. The entire outfit folds flat into small enough space to fit the palm of the hand and is so small that it can easily be slipped into your vest pocket exactly as an ordinary cardcase is carried.

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Eyal Ophir on the Science of Multitasking

Photo: Eyal Ophir with his daughter Sahar, courtesy of the subject.

Eyal Ophir was primary researcher on the pioneering Stanford Multitasking study. He now designs information interfaces for the browser RockMelt.

Avi Solomon

How did you get to studying multitasking at Stanford?

Eyal Ophir

While I was at Stanford, Cliff Nass (my advisor, and a global expert on human-computer interaction) introduced me to some great ethnographic work done by Ulla Foehr and Donald Roberts at the Dept. of Communication looking at media consumption among youth. They saw that young people were reporting more media-use hours than actual hours, and figured out these same young people must be consuming multiple streams of media simultaneously in order to fit it all in. This is where I was introduced to the concept of Media Multitasking. I came from a cognitive psychology background, and I was inspired by Anthony Wagner's work on memory and cognitive control (Anthony was my reference for all things cognitive, and ended up being the third author on the paper). So for me, the interesting question was simply how these kids are managing to process and control so much information all at once. Read the rest

Gweek podcast episode 025: Michael Kupperman

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In this episode of Gweek, Ruben Bolling and I are joined by the cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, who has a hilarious new book out, called Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. Ruben interviewed Michael about his work and then the three of us went on to talk about the folllowing things:

I got rid of my standing desk last week and am looking for a better solution.

Using an hour-timer as a self-check throughout the day

Esther Williams' autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

Cul de Sac Golden Treasury, by Richard Thompson

Orchid

Twitter

Uni-watch: The Obessive Study of Athletic Aesthetics

Secret Fun Blog

The Walking Dead TV show

The Last Man Alive

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