Archive for March, 2007

from the cakepiland

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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Today I got a parcel with yummy looking cakes piled up in two tin boxes. Unfortunately the senders adress is unreadable, so I actually don’t know whom to thank for this nice gift. The tin boxes carry nostalgic swedish and british designs. Its a sunny spring day today in Berlin so I will eat from them now.

->for modern ornament see e.g. Karim Rashid here and here

Elegantes 3D Stadtmodell Berlin

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

If it comes to 3D in google earth most cities are still more or less little grey bricks. Berlin however has lately provided a quite detailed view of itself. The software based on the LandXplorer technology was developped by the Potsdam Company 3D Geo GmBH together with the Hasso-Plattner Institute. It was produced by Berlin Partner GmBH and works with the newest version of google earth together with a link to www.3d-stadtmodell-berlin.de.

via Berliner Zeitung

PoinGcaré

Monday, March 12th, 2007

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Again a bit retro design today.
It is interesting to observe the historical development of some companies and products. During my life I had to work with several visualization programs and graphics computers (starting with a bobcat in 1987). In the beginning of the nineties this was e.g. a Stellar. Or in 1996 this was a SGI workstation.

For a little training on the SGI workstation and the software XSI I visualized in 1996 an idea which I had for a product design, namely a kind of chair which I called sometimes PoinTcaré, sometimes PoinGcaré.

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Wiitality

Friday, March 9th, 2007

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->A funny script for the Wii remote called Wiitar by Jordan Sanborn available at WiiLi.org (see also this old randform post)

->another sportive Wii remote application: Tennis with a Wiibot

if you dont have a wiimote but just a brain then this artistic communication with an industrial robot may be interesting:
->empathizer by robotlab

focus and context, part IV: A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

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out side in side out

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
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show me your prefrontal cortex

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

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Together with collegues from London and Tokyo neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes did an experiment (however up to now only with 21 test persons as it seems), where a person had to choose wether he/she wanted either to add or to substract two numbers. And even before the test persons saw the numbers and before they started to compute it was possible – by using a MRI brain scan – to tell with a 70% chance, what kind of desicion the person was going to make, or in other words: using the MRI the scientists could “read the mind” of the test persons (with a 70% chance). Freely chosen decisions are usually happening in the prefrontal cortex.

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Le manoir du diable

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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update 22.02.2011: the above image is a mashup of a photoshopped poster for the below referenced film starring at theatre Houdin from an unknown author and some fotoshopped rainbow colors from some astrophysics film.

In 1896 Georges Méliès produced with “Le manoir du diable” the first horror movie in film history. And even more this 2 minute stop-motion special effects film was also the first colour film in film history. The colouring in this film was done by hand on each single image. Colouring black and white films can be seen as a kind of “branding” . It actually took quite a time until it was possible to automatically color films with a -more or less- full color spectrum. This was achieved in 1932 with the Three-strip Technicolor process in the animation “Flowers and Trees”. The first colored feature film in film history was then “Becky Sharp” of 1935 displaying the typical bright technicolor colors.

I was always wondering why films and images of cosmological events like e.g. about the big bang or supernovae look as if they were shot in technicolor, although they were digitally processed.

The reason for this is that the unvisible light spectrum (and the brightness) gets transferred into a visible spectrum via a human interference:
-> Where do those images come from

shadow of the earth – shadow of the moon

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007


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While we all await the total lunar eclipse (here in europe at least), astronomy picture of the day has a solar eclipse video from STEREO B, one of the two solar examination space observatories (guess how the other is called!).

For all of us who can expect to have a cloudy sky tonight (the moon will enter the deepest shadow about 22:30 MEZ) I made a look-alike illustration of what to expect: scattered light from earth will dye the moon red.

concrete matter

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

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a little comment on materials, matter and their perception. artwork by Uta Naumburg:
->chronos chromos concrete