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Theo Jansens Fantabulous Contraption

Friday, September 28th, 2007

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMqftVhOuTw[/youtube]

If you dig the above clip, check the inventors talk at the TED talks here,

How nuts is this, not only does he look like Robert Duvall from the Godfather got cast as a wacky Belgium scientist but he’s also come up with the coolest use yet for use cable ties.

I struggle a little with his use of the word “life”, but really, this is off the hook. What blows me away the most, more than this incredible feat in engineering and more than the mesmerizing organic way that the creatures move is the fact that, if this guy found himself born in or transported one thousand years into the past, with-out too much effort he could re-create the whole project. And based on his progress i doubt the lack of modern technology would hamper him one bit.

And then we’re would be today? Some kind of science fantasy wind and steam driven super world, thats where.

Also, his “brain”, if it were developed with this application in mind before computers had been created would more than likely result in an Azimov style Positronic brain being around today, there may not even be computers, just a world of highly developed engineering customized to each applications, merged with fine artistry.

Just think, no more loading time….

Props to Sam for the link

3d Breaking Action – The Preview

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Heres a sneak preview of some of the 3d breaker action show at Wooden Shadow last tuesday. 0ff hook you say? Well yes, i agree.

We can’t wait to see the other 100 or so takes.

New-tek from the deep receses of the in-ter-Net

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I found myself in the uncommon position of being stuck with my laptop and nothing to do for most of the day yesterday. It was a rare op to delve deep and find some new programs. Thought I’d share some findings with you.

picture-3.pngShiira, this web browser makes firefox look as dated as all over prints, lightning bolts and mikey mouse. Shiira is sheer-a browsing bliss, straight out of japan.

And the Icon is cool too. Kills Firefox hands down. The best feature is that tabs are preview windows, it also lets you bring all the tabs up on screen at the same time. What’s more the rss and history windows float on a slick transparent box. There’s still one or two bugs, but i’m down, as it develops these guys will nail it. Get it here

picture-4.pngI’m a massive advocate of RSS browsers, they essentially let you check every blog that your following at once. I was a big fan of News Net Wire however my adulation strangely wained around the same time that the trial expired. Strange that.

Enter Vienna, open source RSS reader that’s practically identical to NNW. Highly recommended. Download it here.

Koan

Cognitive Dissident.

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