complement reality with their 'interpretation of the most important
factors of restructuring urbanized areas.
ID student Adam Wendel’s Immersed Senses scuba helmet changes the way the diver sees, hears, and breathes underwater, allowing better integration into the surrounding environment.
Dean Francis has created a concept Canon EOS 3D, to be used traditionally or for 3D photography by attaching an additional module. A grip can be added to the end to facilitate 2 handed shooting.
File under flashy: this 24K plated and crystal bicycle from Aurumania is handbuilt in limited edition and costs $103K. For you matchety-match types, there’s a 24K plated bike rack too.
Tron Legacy is still seven excruciating months away. To tide yourself over, you can either watch the trailer for the millionth time or ogle at gorgeous concept art of lightcycles and other vehicles.
Here’s the mindbending winner of the Best Visual Illusion Contest 2010. Wooden balls roll up the slopes as if they are magnetic, but really are rolling down, due to oppositely perceived orientations.
Land shark! What better way to catch some zzz’s, than inside the mouth of a 7-foot Great White. Perhaps if you sleep in one of these at the bottom of the ocean the other sharks will leave you alone.
In Ratatat’s video for “Party With Children”, we are introduced to a bird bro, who I will call RattyTat. RattyTat isn’t asked to do much, they basically tell him ‘Do your bird thang.’ There are no trippy visuals, and no ginger genocides. There is no over the top violence, and no sexuality. There are no free spirited, alt-looking kids roaming around a relevant part of town getting in to trouble + making out with one another.
It is just RattyTat, being a bird. Existing. Not understanding technology. Just wanting to survive, live life like an animal who isn’t even a part of a collective. It seems like bands are in a tough place these days when they make music videos, like they have to try to make it seem like they are ‘aware of the modern world’ or something. Sorta just want music videos that aren’t meant to get the attention of mainstreamers who are ‘just passin by’ on the internet.
Just want to be a bird
without a computer
not understanding what music is
sounds are just sounds
no ‘labels’ assigned 2 sounds, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ don’t exist
just eating bird seed
For a while, I was kinda ‘pissed’ at Ratatat, because their new song sounded the same as their old song, but now maybe I ‘get’ it. They are trying to use animals to represent the animalistic existence of buzzbands. All buzzbands are in some sort of alternate ecosystem where they are fighting against natural selection to ’stay relevant.’ Their previous song WILDCAT represented the beast inside of them, clawing for survival in an everchanging world.
Now their evolution to house-pet bird serves as a metaphor for the insulated life of an accepted band with a brand. We expect great things from buzzbands, but ultimately, they are just ‘being gawked at’ while they are inside of a cage, being asked to repeat the same sounds over and over again.
Sorta feel like all buzzbands are ‘prisoners’ / ‘domesticated animals’. Some sort of relationship has formed where we feed them, and they ‘do whatever we ask of them.’ Seems like there is a lot of pressure on them, or else they won’t metaphorically get fed with album sales/youtube views/concert tickets/etc. Wonder if buzzbands who have evolved beyond their first album get pissed about consumer expectations, and how commerce can hold back ur art.
Does n e 1 know what kind of bird is in the Ratatat music video? I sorta want to say he is a parrot, but maybe that is because I only have ‘mainstream knowledge’ of birds. I did some google image searches, and feel like it might be a cockatoo.
Is it the tanimbar cockatoo?
Maybe it is the Little Corella (aka the Little Cockatoo)?
I feel like this cockatoo is ‘too alt’ to be featured in a video, since his crown of feathers is sorta a ‘look-at-me’ type of bird meme
What kind of bird is RattyTat?
Should I get a ‘mascot’ for my blog, to sorta represent how we are all fighting for survival?
Are ‘birds’ the new ‘bears’?
Is RattyTat the Bird one of the most important alternative celebrities of 2k10?
Will Ratatat bring their cockatoo on tour with them?
Will it fly around the venue, interacting with Ratatat fans in order to strengthen their brand?
Are music videos still ‘relevant’ / ‘artistic’, or are they just marketed bullshit?
Should Ratatat change their name to R@@@ in order to fit in with the post-twitter world?
Known for their focus on safety, Volvo invited the press to show off the new S60’s collision detection system, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent a crash. Theoretically.
Whether or not these are images of Tron Legacy’s evil villain and henchmen, or just some cool Tron fan art, we’re digging these guys’ bad-ass light-up black outfits and killer frisbees.
FixPix is one of the coolest little games we’ve seen, and it’s very easy to play: fix the picture by tilting the iPhone or iPod Touch so that everything lines up perfectly. An online demo is available here.
There’s a reason they want upstart Jedi Knights to go to the Academy. Get a load of what happens when you let a couple of immature Jedis run amok with their lightsabers.
OK, so, Gareth may not like it, but this video of Honda's prototype U3-X omni-wheeled personal vehicle my brother just sent me is rather more persuasive than the shaky hand-cam footage of nervous American riders Gar posted back in 2009. Although I agree the butt-pads are kind of creepy. From IEEE Spectrum:
The U3-X uses a balance control system that derives from Honda's research on human walking dynamics for its famed ASIMO bipedal humanoid robot. When the rider leans his or her body, an angle tilt sensor sends data to the balance control system, which in turns moves the wheel, maintaining balance.
Also, is it just me, or does the U3-X look a lot like the Graystone's house servitron from the BSG spin-off Caprica? [Thanks, Glen!]
Lord Vader commands you to take the second exit, then arrive at the Dark Side with the new Star Wars voices for TomTom navigation systems. Vader’s voiceover video here is pretty amusing.
People Too’s intricate paper model of a tiny airplane cabin will blow your mind. Check out the weensy french fries and airline mystery meat on the food trays. There’s even “coffee” in the mugs.
Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich created this installation, simply called The Swimming Pool, for The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. A 10cm layer of water over a piece of glass separates above from below. It must be a pretty serious piece of glass; some back-of-the-envelope math based on the published dimensions gives 1,100 kg (2400 lbs) of water that it has to support. Plus its own weight. [via Dude Craft]
Released by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence, this first-person video shows a team of Dutch Marines boarding the cargo ship Taipan to capture 10 Somali pirates who have taken over the ship.