I’ve seen Samsara referred to as the sequel to Baraka – a film that I bought a long while ago, but never got around to watching. It’s been sitting in a drawer, unopened, and I’m now kicking myself as I have to wait for my PS3 to get returned, before I can actually watch the thing. Serves me right for waiting so long.
So something happened near the 5th innning. The other team had tow people on base, and the person up at the plate just belted the crap out of the ball. It was a harder kick than we’d seen the entire game, and got further to the outfield than expected. By the time we got the ball back in our hands, they were already rounding the bases.
Bringing the score in their favor, 5-6. We held on for the next two innings, and I think it was in the bottom of the 7th when something absolutely amazing happened.
Built by Berlin studio ART+COM, the Kinetic Rain sculpture at Changi Airport Singapore is composed of 1,216 individual rain droplets. Each one dangles by a thin, steel rope and is controlled by a computer and individual motor.
You’ve likely already seen this by now, but it’s a great bit of video editing by Jeremiah McDonald. As a kid, he created a video for his future self… and this video is him, talking with that younger version of himself.
Pointer Pointer is a brilliant site, designed to do one very specific thing. It absolutely does what it says on the tin, and I’ll leave you to explore the link and see what it does.
This project represents one of those “I love the Internet” moments, where someone had a whimsical idea, and executed it in a totally awesome/geeky way. It’s simple, delightful, and for me… surprisingly entertaining.
The Awesome Foundation is about one thing: forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. The foundation awards $1,000 grants each and every month to projects they deem awesome.
Recently, von Ahn’s latest project, duoLingo went into public beta. It’s massive in scale, and his goal is an ambitious one: help to translate all the documents on the web, one word at a time. To pull off this feat, he created a structure that breaks the task down into small chunks. And he’s going to get you and me to help him out.
Journey to the End of the Night is an urban street game that takes place on one night, across all of Chicago. Imagine a massive game of tag between you and 800 of your closest friends – it’s a hell of a lot of fun, and as awesome as it sounds.
I went into this video not exactly sure what it was, but after a few seconds… found myself smiling, ear to ear. Looks like a Con of some kind, based in Poland. Everyone just looks like they’re having so much damn fun.
And when I get that feeling in my stomach… you know the feeling when all of a sudden you get a ball of energy and it shoots down into your legs, and up into your arms, and it tells you to get up and stand up and go to the refrigerator and get a cheese sandwich? That’s my Cheese Monster talking. And my Cheese Monster will never be satisfied by cheddar… only the cheese of accomplishment.
When I first saw this link, I clicked it thinking it would be a passing thing – a quick peek, the close the window. But after 30 seconds, I got sucked in and just couldn’t stop watching/listening.
Dug North makes some seriously freaking amazing automata. The ones featured in this video are playful, beautiful, and incredibly complex.
Turns out Will and Josh were friends who lived in the neighborhood. Both of them were incredibly friendly and patient with me, as I peppered them with questions. Up until now, I had only seen videos, but had never encountered a actual slackline before.
The next time I get nervous about doing something, I’m going to have this young girl’s voice in my head. This, THIS kind of stuff is why I freaking love the Internet.
Phil came by my desk yesterday morning, asking if I remembered a link I had sent him many many years ago, back when we were still at the Merchandise Mart. It involved cars and a cross-country race, but neither of us could recall the actual title. Funny thing – we both remembered the website being yellow. I did a little…