“iPhone 6 Sydney Apple Store queue…” [#geekgirl]
[Via Seamus Byrne] “Over 1200 people were in the queue and it took 4.40 to walk the length. Here in hyperlapse form for your rapid viewing pleasure.”
Beyond the #Interface Exhibition [#Geekgirl] [#BlowingOwnHorn] [#ISMAR2014]
Organisms In Space? [#geekgirl]
[From this article at mic.com] “…Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space Station: living organisms.
The microscopic creatures appeared during a space walk intended to clean the vessel’s surface, and were allegedly identified — incredibly — as a type of sea plankton. This is big: According to Sploid, Russian scientists are both “shocked by [the] discovery and can’t really explain how [it] is possible.”
“Results of the experiment are absolutely unique,” Russian ISS Orbital Mission Chief Vladimir Solovyev told the ITAR-TASS News Agency. “This should be studied further.”
Life in space: While not exactly alien life forms, experts are having trouble explaining how the plankton ended up on the station and survived — possibly even grew and multiplied — 205 miles above Earth’s surface.”
“…Ferguson. It’s not on a single TV station.” [#geekgirl]
Future of news: I’m sitting in St Louis glued to Twitter to see what’s up in Ferguson. It’s not on a single TV station.
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) August 13, 2014
REMUS Sharkcam [#geekgirl]
Call: Papers on TechnoShamanism [#geekgirl]
“CALL FOR PAPERS FOR BOOK ON TECHNOSHAMANISM
From July 1st till October 30th we are accepting materials for our forthcoming publication Technoshamanism. It will be a bilingual edition (in Portuguese and English) and is published as a collaboration between editors in Brazil and Denmark.
We are inviting papers on the subjects of technoshamanism, animism, indigenous people’s culture and rights, shamanic practices, biodiversity, agroforestry, permaculture, retelling of shamanic experiences, hallucinogenic plants, indigenous struggle, DIY culture, science and technology, art and electronics, transhuman interfaces based on technological gadgets, and any other topic related to the broader concept of technoshamanism.
The publication will discuss the issue of ancestral knowledge and new technologies and will pursue ecological alternatives as well as models and aesthetics to obtain new parameters for acting in the world in an era where not only the water supply, but also the very existence of forests and their peoples, of nature itself, are at risk.
We are accepting articles as well as fiction or techno fiction, images, comics, photonovels and any other suitable means of expression, as long as they are no longer than ten pages for each person or group. The publishing, in print as well as online, will be taken care of by the technoshamanist network. We will accept submissions in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Please send your material to the following email address: [xamanismotecnologico@gmail.
“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.”
(#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
Horror Films Directed By Women Wanted [#geekgirl]
Entry is free and only online screeners are accepted.
To qualify your film must be:
- directed by a woman
- produced in the last 2 years
- a horror film (broadly defined, and dark fantasy, thriller, Gothic melodrama or similar may also be considered)
You may submit films of any duration but note that only short films will screen competitively and only a handful of feature films will be programmed. If you have a feature film you would like us to consider, please submit or contact the festival about it as as soon as possible.
Unless your film is unambiguously horror, comment in the bottom field as to what genre or sub-genre it belongs to and why you feel it may be suitable for the festival.
Note that we may consider films that are older than 2 years under special circumstances.”
Google’s Self Driving Car [#geekgirl]