For those of you in Richmond, this Friday is the annual Judges Happy Hour with the Richmond Ad Club. Come out and meet the people judging this year’s show:
I posted about a year and a half ago about Photosynth, which is a pretty wild technology, basically it’s a program that can handle 300 mega-pixel images with no delay. It can also build environments based on public photos on Flickr. So say you wanted to see a 360 degree view of Times Square. Photosynth can basically search Flickr for photos of Times Square, then build them into a 360 degree panorama in virtually no time at all. But click the link to find out more about Photosynth. Now imagine taking technology like that and overlaying it on a mapping program. Kind of like a street view on steroids that also has the ability to update in real time. Check out Blaise Aguera y Arcas’ TED talk about it below. It is some pretty awesome looking technology.
Life has up a slideshow of 30 Dumb Inventions and I’ve got a bone to pick with them about it. Here’s a few of the things they’ve got up.
What’s so dumb about the mini TV? Sure it’s small, but in the 60’s, to get a TV that size seems like a hell of an accomplishment. The screen size is comparable to modern day mobile phones and a lot of people watch TV on those without getting called “dumb.”
Great blog that posts up old letterheads. Letterheady.
Pretty cool way to let people know what you were up to last year, the Personal Digital Annual Report. I’m not sure how this guy really tracked all these things and how many of them are “about” the right numbers. But either way, pretty interesting. Oh yeah, and I totally just made up PDA+R, feel free to steal that sweet term. And thanks to Boingboing for pointing this one out to me.
I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t heard “Down Under” by Men at Work. I believe that song is credited with introducing the world to Vegemite. Anyway, this story about the song is ridiculous. Apparently part of the song is a bit similar to a song that was written in 1935 called “Kookaburra.” In 1990, music company Larrikin bought the rights to “Kookaburra.” Now, 20 years later, Larrikin is suing Men at Work(and at this point has won). Men at Work’s Colin Hay had this to say about it:
“Mr Lurie [Larrikin] claims to care only about protecting the copyright of Marion Sinclair, who sadly has passed away. I don’t believe him. It may well be noted, that Marion Sinclair herself never made any claim that we had appropriated any part of her song Kookaburra, and she wrote it, and was most definitely alive, when Men At Work’s version of Down Under was a big hit. Apparently she didn’t notice either.
Here’s one I forgot to put up on the blog a month or two ago. The first friday of every month in Richmond, all the art galleries present their new shows. I think it was in December, but one of the galleries had a huge show from the people at Cannonball Press. From what I could gather at the show, it’s basically a woodcut/letterpress collective from NYC that does tons of ridiculously awesome prints. Each of the pieces below are currently available on their website. Click here for their site, or click each one of the images below to learn more about that specific print.
You may remember when I posted about the Pantone chip coffee mugs a month or two ago, and while making fun of those I also made fun of those type coasters that Veer has(and yes, I do actually own these). Well here’s one more to add to the collection, Helvetica cookie cutters. You know you want them.