“Featuring over 2,000 flags in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven.”

Film of Flags

#Art

Tue, Mar 19th, 2019 11:05 by capnasty NEWS

Playing to Beethoven, Daniel McKee puts centuries of flags together by design elements that connects them.

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“By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes.”

Die-O-Rama!

#Art

Mon, Mar 18th, 2019 10:41 by capnasty NEWS

This short documentary by Kevin Staake looks at Abigail Goldman, who creates 1:87 scale dioramas of murder and dismemberment.

By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.

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“It’s taking orders for a real-life flying motorcycle powered by five modified jet engines.”

It's called the "Speeder."

#Travel

Sun, Mar 17th, 2019 11:22 by capnasty NEWS

The Washington Post brings to attention the Speeder, a $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft capable of travelling at over 240km/h for a distance of 72 km.

“This is a compact machine, like a motorcycle, that can take off vertically from your front lawn or driveway and land on the other side of the city in a similar position,” said Mayman, who famously made a jet-pack flight around the Statue of Liberty in 2015. “That kind of convenience and size is what we’ve all dreamed about, but this idea has always been treated like science fiction.”

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“Without ads, how does Netflix manage to make money?”

Getting into debt to make more money

#Television

Sat, Mar 16th, 2019 08:08 by capnasty NEWS

As a Netflix-only home the question came up: how does Netflix make money if it doesn't show advertising? Someone on the Internet unsurprisingly answers that question.

In this video, we’re going to break down exactly how Netflix’s unique business model allows it to capture such a sizable audience, and how its vision for the future could cement the streaming disruptor as a bona-fide media titan.

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“How easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities.”

The Internet knows you better than you know yourself

#Privacy

Fri, Mar 15th, 2019 10:50 by capnasty NEWS

With privacy being constantly eroded in more and more places in a constant quest for data mining just to sell you more stuff, Scientific American offers a link to https://applymagicsauce.com/demo to see what algorithms can inference about you just by your online activity. The world is starting to notice but it may be too late.

Examining the psychological profile that the algorithm derives from your online traces can certainly be entertaining. On the other hand, the algorithm’s ability to draw inferences about us illustrates how easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities—and potentially invade our privacy. What is more, psychological inferences about us might be exploited to manipulate, say, what we buy or how we vote.

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Where Drones Bark

Drone barks like a sheep dog

#Robots

Thu, Mar 14th, 2019 08:55 by capnasty NEWS

According to Radio New Zealand, farmers are embracing drone technology to handle jobs deemed dirty, dangerous, or dull.

"Winter time it's ideal for flying it sitting at home on a cold day I don't want to go outside, so I fly my drone round, have a look make sure all my stock are behind the wire.

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“Line Paper Anamorphic Drawing.”

Drawing a 3D city

#Art

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019 07:58 by capnasty NEWS

The Circle Line Art School has a series of fascinating tutorials on drawing. Above, how to draw a 3D City.

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A Bicycle Made of wood

With wooden bearings

#HowTo

Mon, Mar 11th, 2019 10:16 by capnasty NEWS

William Osman and his team build a bike made entirely of wood — down to the bearings — and haphazardly discover that while functional it could use some improvements.

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“Nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves.”

The Selfie Arm

#Art

Sun, Mar 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

This has apparently been around for a while but I have only just seen it: the Selfie Arm, a fiberglass light-weight arm designed by artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe as a sarcastic social commentary on the selfie-stick.

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“The takeoff point is the robo-taxi.”

Peak Automobile

#Driving

Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bloomberg Businessweek notes that we are not too far from reaching peak car, that moment when owning a vehicle is no longer financially appealing, and mobility services will take off. The tipping point will be when robo-taxis become functional, financially feasible, and safe.

The tipping point worldwide will come at the end of the next decade, when self-driving cars start gaining traction, predicts Mark Wakefield, head of the automotive practice at consultant AlixPartners. Replacing a taxi driver with a robot cuts 60 percent from a ride’s cost, making travel in a driverless cab much cheaper than driving your own car. “The takeoff point is the robo-taxi,” Wakefield says. “By 2030 we have a pretty substantial amount of sales volume coming out [of vehicle sales] because of that.”

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