Archive for the ‘geek’ Category

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Like most people that grew up on Saturday morning and after school cartoons I have a favorite in the after school category and I am happy to hear that Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have teamed-up to create an original animated series based on the 80’s after school favorite Voltron!

The best part is when the individual cats of Voltron lock together and that is what you’ll see here in the teaser trailer announcing that the first season, consisting of 13 episodes, will premiere June 10, 2016

Voltron: Legendary Defender


 

The website is also quite cool!
http://www.voltron.com/

World’s first 3D Printed Car by Local Motors

Sunday, September 7th, 2014


Understanding the Mandelbrot Set

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Here’s a bunch of math and equations that create beautiful looking stuff. Fractals! I love finding and sharing nicely made instructions like these so that other teachers have the tools to teach about fancy stuff like this.

Understanding the Mandelbrot Set:



Find more amazing science and math at Numberphile.

Seeing Film Vertically

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Our new mobile technology has people sharing photos and videos in a vertical format but not all video players take advantage of this option for creative outlets. Don’t resist the new possibilities but demand that your video players of choice are open to the idea of a flexible canvas.

As various formats become viable creative outlets based on their spaces it will be fundamental to introduce a vertical canvas for expression. We are already seeing the square format hinging the canvas to go either way as it should.

This video is a perfect example of enjoying new storytelling possibilities with a vertical canvas.  Watch how the horizontal world is referenced and the vertical is enhanced.  Storytelling is going in every axis; embrace it all!

Everything I Can See From Here


Local Motors – An Open Source Car Company

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

We’ve been visiting the build teams at Local Motors for the past couple of weeks and I just think this is the coolest concept.  The model of developing a community collaborative using open-source and Creative Commons design that supports the local economy while remaining green and sustainable is quickly becoming the model of the future.  This is our working model at STW because it seemed obvious but would you think an automotive manufacturer could change the game too?


 

The Chandler ‘micro-factory’ builds the Rally Fighter, an off-road/street legal bad ass piece of machinery, because Arizona has lots of great off-roading spots. But other factories are being built in cities that require a different kind of vehicle.  Instead of buying next years’ popular model from some big auto maker in Detroit, you purchase from a local motor company that designs vehicles made specifically for your region.

As part of the Shell GameChanger DRIVEN Design Competitions they are collaboratively submitting designs of relevant and innovative vehicles for energy needs.  For Amsterdam they are developing a motorized/pedal bicycle made of bamboo, a helicopter for Sao Paulo and a hybrid electric street vehicle designed for the streets of Boston.

As a designer and 3D modeler I was quickly drawn to “The Forge” where Local Motors provides a collaborative online forum to work with other designers and vehicle enthusiasts to work on developing the next cool thing.

In the Local Motors conference area they have a white board with a list of the types of vehicles they design and it reads: Land Sea and Air vehicles. They don’t know it yet but last week I added the word ‘space’ to their list.

So, I may get my feet wet with some car body designs or graphic skins to start but I’d really like to take some of my space vehicle models and experiment with the community to find solutions for space travel, planet exploration, satellite recovery/replacement and more.

 

Photos of Rally Fighters Custom Skins


 

A Car Story: The Rally FIghter Takes Flight (11 Episodes)


 

Star Wars Uncut

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of Internet users to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 they won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

ENJOY!


Bacon, Chocolate Ice Cream and Bees

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I’ve been craving some bacon and chocolate lately so I went to the grocery story with ten bucks to get a quart of chocolate ice cream.  With any luck I hoped to find a deal that I might be able to acquire two quarts so imagine my joy when I get there to find a huge variety of chocolatey delights for only $1.99 each!!

I stand in line with my four, count ’em, 4 quarts of chocolate chunky frozen goodness and ten dollar bills.  The line’s moving quickly but all I can think about is pouring bacon crumbles over this stuff.  My turn at the register comes and the cashier quickly works up my total, which looks like it’s going to be over 25 bucks, then he swipes my “club card” and the final total is … $15.85.

“Wait”, I say.  “I think these are supposed to be $1.99 each … does that seem right?”

The cashier pulls out his store circular and checks.  Sure enough, that’s the deal-eo!  But there’s a limit on two quarts per purchase.  There’s always a catch.  Okay, fine.  I just really need some chocolate.  He takes two of the quarts and removes them from the total.  And from my bags.  But I need to check which ones I’m allowed to purchase because one of the four isn’t as chocolately as the others and sure enough, it’s in my bag already and needs to be swapped asap.  The bacon to chocolate ratio is very important.

Suddenly, a manager pops up out of nowhere and overrides the action, then he’s gone.  Bam, these guys are fast, but I actually want one of the flavors he’s taken out and I tell the cashier while I attempt to swap it with one in my bag.

He abruptly says, “May I have your club card again sir!”

I try to tell him about my swap idea while fumbling through my wallet and pockets looking for the precious club card that grants these $1.99 chocolate wishes, then he realizes that he still has my club card and swipes it for me.  Now I can see he’s barely paying attention and certainly unaware of my choco-baco dilemma.  So I try to explain again, “I’d prefer one of these flavors over the one already in the bag.”

“That’ll be $3.98, sir.”

Damn!  Why is he battering me like this?  I hand him the four bucks and try to explain my preference in flavor once again.

ZIP! ZIP! DING! … Ca-Ching!  Lickity-Split!  My dollar bills go into the till, the change dispenser spits out my two pennies and the cashier hands me my receipt and says, “May I have your club card again sir!”

Okay, now I’m thinking, WTF?!  Does he know how to work this frakkin thing or what?  This guy is about to drive me completely bacos!  I’m usually soft spoken and tend to mumble but now it’s clear there’s some hearing impairment or selective judgement at work here.  I mean, this guy is going so fast and he’s not even looking at me.

So just as calmly as before, I repeat myself,  “I’d really prefer one of these flavors instead, please.”

Then at last!!  He reaches for the other quart.  He grabs it.  BEEP!  Then the other one.  BEEP!  The second pair of quarts go into my bag.

“That’ll be $3.98, sir.”

So, finally, I’m like, “Oh, I see what you did there!”

So now I’m chuckling, and I say, “I’m sorry, I thought you weren’t listening to me and it turns out you heard me just fine”.

THANKS MAN!

I bet he knows a thing or two about how bees can cause water damage.  Hmmmmm.

A New Exquisite Corpse

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I joined this little art community called Exquisite Corpse (pre-automation ~ 2002) but was never delivered a slice until after it’s automated reintroduction. I worked on about 10 corpses and then the site founder closed up shop.  The gallery is still there but the community has moved so now I finally found my way over to ‘Shae and Company’.  A New Exquisite Corpse.  Good things will come of this.

Perceiving Space-Time

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

It’s difficult to talk about the abstract so we have to invent a special language to talk about the things we cannot perceive.  If these dimensions of space-time require imagination to perceive, then is all of reality an illusion?

Watch these two great videos to have your mind blown.

Understanding The Fourth Dimension


Net Neutrality

Friday, June 6th, 2008

When the newspaper first emerged it acted as a democratic voice until the press was owned by early corporations.

Then the radio became the transmitter of the free mans voice, until it was taken over by powerful corporations and federal bureaucracy.

The television, a modern media channel owned by corporations that sell you the news they want you see.
Then suddenly, something so huge and free emerges that brings liberation to the whole world as a true democratic beacon…the internet. And if that isn’t enough, the internet takes over the radio and the newspapers and clearly, the television is quickly becoming the internet.

Unless we let the corporations get control of the internet and turn it back into the TV and the remote control that corporations want of your lives.

KILL YOUR TELEVISION

Stop watching TV.
Stop buying CD’s and DVD’s
Stop listening to the radio and reading newspapers

Start using torrents and the pirates bay
Start downloading and streaming your music and video entertainment
Start tuning in to independent channels

The TRUTH is out there!

AND IT’S FREE!!!

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