geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “Vantablack: the darkest material ever made…” [#geekgirl]

    [Via a Digital Journal article] “A company has produced a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light. This has set a new world record.

    The new material is called ‘Vantablack’ and it has been developed by Surrey NanoSystems, based in Newhaven. The remarkable thing about the material is how dark it is; no other material has been made that absorbs so much light. The lack of light reflected back accounts for the intensity of the blackness. The “super black” material is a type of coating made of carbon nanotubes (each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair), developed onto sheets of aluminium foil.”

  • Interview with Constant Dullaart [#geekgirl]

    [Via Happy Famous Artists]

    [Via Happy Famous Artists]

    [From Happy Famous Artists] “Entering Constant Dullaart’s show Stringendo, Vanishing Mediators at Carroll/ Fletcher is like stepping into a Matrix. An immersive world where Photoshop filters, brushstrokes, masks and marching ants come to life in unexpected forms, where Google search box recites its Terms of Service in a seductive voice and where a lonely piano plays an autistic version of Together in Electric Dreams.”

  • @AphexTwin Releases Lost Album [#geekgirl]

     

  • (#Glitch) Music for a Computer Classroom [#geekgirl]

    Idea / design / programming: http://sergemaheu.com

    In a classical music orchestra, there is a maestro conducting in front of the musicians, in some kind of Master-Slaves relation, the musicians following what the maestro is deciding. It reminds me to the way computer networks function, where the data flow and the communication is often made with this Master-Slaves configuration. The idea here is to repurpose the classic school computer classroom and to reinterpret the space following this inspiration. Could it become a space for sound and music instead of a place for teaching and individual student work? What the classroom has to offer in term of sound / visual: quite crappy projection system and sound system. But if we think outside the box, the classroom has 24 individual speakers system and 24 screens spread almost equally into the 3D space: the computers. Nice setup for cool interactive and gltichy projects.

    keywords: Max/MSP, Kinect, Glitch, Interactive, sounds, orchestra

  • “Oculus wants to build a billion-person MMO with Facebook” [#geekgirl]

    [From The Verge] “Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe just told an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt about one lofty possibility for the pair: building a massively multiplayer experience for one billion simultaneous users. “This is going to be an MMO where we want to put a billion people in VR,” he told attendees.

    While Iribe admits that a billion-person MMO is “going to take a bigger network than exists in the world today,” he says Facebook’s network makes a great place to start, and suggested it could be a Metaverse that joins disparate virtual worlds.”

  • Tant de Forêts [#geekgirl]

    Tant de Forêts – trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

  • A Gorgeous Cafe For Birds [#geekgirl]

  • PHD Examination Exhibition – Nancy Mauro-Flude

    “Tenebris in Lux : The Performance of Code and the Aesthetics of Transmission in contemporary art through practice-orientated research.”

    Summary Tenebris in Lux
    Start Date 7th Mar 2014 5:30pm
    End Date 17th Mar 2014 5:30pm
    Venue Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart
    RSVP / Contact Information Open 12 noon – 5pm, six days per week – closed Tuesdays.
  • “Be My Eyes: Connecting Blind & Sighted” [#geekgirl]

    [Image from "Be My Eyes"]

    “The non-profit app Be My Eyes will connect blind people with a community of normal sighted volunteers. Both parties install the app and when the blind person needs help he/she uses the app which calls out to the network of volunteers and sends a live video stream from the blind person’s device to the screen of the volunteer’s device. This way the volunteers can “be the blind person’s eyes” over the smartphone – therefore we’ve named it Be My Eyes!

    Want to know more about the story behind Be My Eyes?”

  • “Expired” Food is Good for You [#geekgirl]

    [Via salon.com] "Last September, a major report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School squashed the long-standing myth surrounding “sell by,” “best by” and “use by” dates on food. It revealed how those dates, which are mostly unregulated and surprisingly arbitrary, tell the consumer next to nothing about how long a product will stay fresh. Yet 90 percent of Americans are under the mistaken impression that they do – and that they are inviolable – causing us to needlessly throw away food.

    The problem, however, begins even before such food reaches people’s refrigerators: It’s against most supermarkets’ policies (including that of Trader Joe’s) to sell food once it’s aged past these mystical dates. Dana Gunders, who co-authored the NRDC report with Emily Leib, sees Rauch’s project as the logical next step in freeing us from the tyranny of date labels. “Just the fact that he’s doing it, I think is a huge proof point to indicate that what we’re calling ‘expired food’ is in fact still good to eat,” she told Salon."