Using something as innocuous as tape, Mark Jenkins is able to incredibly lifelike figures. His public installation pieces are whimsical, funny, and even a little unsettling.
Max Zorn does some amazing things with some ordinary tools. He’s able to make incredibly textured and detailed images using just plexi-glass, tape and a plain razor. He then places these works high above the street, using street lamps as both a canvas and a source of illumination.
Shirky does a remarkable job articulating the history and the problem of copyright violation, and why measures like SOPA/PIPA are incredibly problematic. He is clear, concise, and is able to summarize a complex topic and make it digestible. More than that, he’s able to describe the inherent problems way better than anyone else I’ve read or heard.
Sebastian Schmieg found a novel way to use Google’s Image Search: he started with a transparent .png file, asked Google to return similar images, and kept feeding the top result back into Google for another search. For those who don’t work with image files every day, a transparent .png file is comparable to a pane of glass. It is nothing more than a square of transparency… which makes the search results all the more fascinating.
Whenever you’re filling out a CAPTCHA (those blurry, wavy words they sometimes force you to type on web pages), you should think of Luis von Ahn. He was involved in the early days of CAPTCHAs, but ended up starting a company called reCAPTCHA that revolutionized this seemingly mundane task.
Liz and I watched this video with Paige and Audrey several times. This was one of their favorites, and it was uncanny (and a little scary) how well they knew all the words.
Moran Cerf had an incredibly interesting day job: breaking into banks. I don’t want to say anymore, so I strongly, strongly encourage you to watch this video and to listen to his story. Say “yes” to watching this – I promise, it’s well worth your time.
Having one of those days full of sad rainclouds, where nothing’s quite going right? Well swing on over to the nicest place on the internet, and we’ll see if we can’t make you feel a little better.
Made entirely from user submissions, the site features a rolling display of people hugging their webcams – and is surprisingly moving. Users can also create their own videos on YouTube and submit them to the site for possible inclusion.
Shot by David Ellis, this first person view of an alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria is pretty spectacular. If you can, I highly recommend watching it full-screen – you’ll be gripping your seat as he careens down hillsides, over and through bridges and tunnels.
“Hey. Hey Berle.”
I love that someone as crazy and as dedicated as Hervé Attia exists. Taking older, iconic films… he revisits the original filming locations, juxtaposing snippets of the film with contemporary footage. It’s hard to describe – it’s a bit like watching a movie age, before your eyes. And since he tends to favor movies from over 20 years ago… the aging effect is doubly so.
The Grandfather Paradox is part of a six video series by the Open University, entitled 60 Second Adventures in Thought. The clips are a bit like the Post-It Note Diaries – but themed around concepts of philosophy and physics. It’s pretty great stuff.
El Camino del Rey runs along a gorge in El Chorro, Spain. And it is, in a word: terrifying.