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“The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity. Weekend Diversion: The First Relativistic Video Game! “There is no such thing as magic, supernatural, miracle; only something that’s still beyond logic of the observer. Terence Mckenna - How to understand reality. Live Tron video remix. 27 Inspiring Blender Animations That Will Make Your Jaw Drop. Recording Your Life, Allowing Others To View It As Virtual Reality World: Lifelogging. [Source: Alan Kwan via Vimeo] It’s called Bad Trip, and it certainly feels like one.

Recording Your Life, Allowing Others To View It As Virtual Reality World: Lifelogging

Alan Kwan has been recording every moment of his life since November 2011 and he faces the same problem that other lifeloggers do: what to do with all that video footage? Needing a way to organize the rapidly accumulating footage and to provide a way for he and others to easily navigate the data, Kwan has made a game of it. Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing.

By Maria Popova In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments.

Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing

After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman: WritePut one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.Put it aside. Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking? - Technology. Imagine your street passing you a note.

Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking? - Technology

It says “Do you like me?” And asks you to circle “Yes” or “No.” There's no “Maybe” or “Kinda” or “Yeah, but… .” This should be an easy answer. The best interface is no interface. The actual work-flow of the NFC enabled Google Wallet is actually already much simpler than what you present. 1.

The best interface is no interface

Unlock phone, 2. Tap NFC enabled payment device with your phone, 3. Wallet auto starts, enter Wallet PIN, 4. Pay using default payment method" @Matthew: Thanks. 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English. Approximately 375 million people speak English as their first language, in fact it's the 3rd most commonly spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish).

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

Interestingly enough it's the number 1 second language used worldwide - which is why the total number of people who speak English, outnumber those of any other. But whilst it's the most widely spoken language, there's still a few areas it falls down on (strange and bizarre punctuation rules aside). We look at 25 words that simply don't exist in the English language (and yet after reading this list, you'll wish they did!) 19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards. If you’ve ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort — you’re not alone.

19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards

Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the same thing. French science fiction novelist Jules Verne During that time, one of the most influential science fiction writers ever had been busy letting his imagination run wild with all the possibilities that the age of science was opening up. That writer was Jules Verne, whose collection called Voyages Extraordinaires contained 55 novels, including the well known ”20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” and “Around The World In 80 Days”. Against recreativity: Critics and artists are obsessed with remix culture. Illustration by Laura Terry.

Against recreativity: Critics and artists are obsessed with remix culture

Some years ago I visited the Tate Modern in London with my young son. Then aged 5, he had lately been drawing pictures of a fantastical nature, so as we approached the threshold of a Surrealism retrospective, I suggested that he might want to check these paintings out. “It’s really weird, this stuff,” I said, giving it the hard sell. [1111.1567] Generalization of Conway's "Game of Life" to a continuous domain - SmoothLife. Do Not Despise Your Inner World: Advice on a Full Life from Philosopher Martha Nussbaum. How the Invention of Walls Gave Rise to Eavesdropping. By Maria Popova A brief history of personal opacity and public space.

How the Invention of Walls Gave Rise to Eavesdropping

In Eavesdropping: An Intimate History (public library), biolinguist John L. Locke takes a fascinating look at the ubiquitous yet largely unexamined cultural phenomenon, from medieval voyeurism to Hitchcock’s Rear Window to Twitter and Facebook, by way of chimpanzee behavior and bird calls. The Office of Letters and Light Blog - Who Are You, and What Do You Write? Here at NaNoWriMo, we believe in writing in all its forms—all the better if it’s available for the world to see.

The Office of Letters and Light Blog - Who Are You, and What Do You Write?

That’s the same idea being celebrated during tomorrow’s National Day on Writing. Writers around the world are encouraged to share their scribblings (of any sort) with the hashtag #WhatIWrite today. Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop. By Maria Popova Two-headed daguerreotypes, Dadaist photomontages, and how the subversion of optical reality got its start.

Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,” Susan Sontag famously asserted in On Photography. But in the quarter century since, the rise of digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in which believing is seeing. Still, image manipulation dates much further back — in fact, to the dawn of photography itself. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (public library), the companion book to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the same title, traces the evolution of image manipulation from the 1840s to the 1990s, when computer software first began to revolutionize the alteration of photographs. The Office of Letters and Light Blog - How to Write the "Impossible" Michelle is a Wrimo of great, terrifying, admirable ambition. Writing 50,000 words in a month is a feat, doing it every month for a year is the stuff of legend.

With nearly ten novels under her belt so far, she tells us what she’s learned about what makes for an enjoyable creative journey: I began this year with a simple, terrifying goal: to write one novel every month for the whole of 2012. I wanted the rush of NaNoWriMo full time, to study what it is to write and keep writing. I wanted to dive into my own stories and not come up for air until 2013. A Google Surprise — Worldwide Alternative Reality Game Ingress Revealed. Google is venturing again into the realm of augmented reality with its reveal of a new mobile game called Ingress. Though the multiplayer game is currently in closed beta, Google has built a marketing campaign around it that entices players who were drawn to TV shows like Fringe and Lost. In the game, a mysterious energy has been unleashed on Earth which can influence the minds of people.

Two groups form, the Enlightened who seek the benefits of this new energy and the Resistance that aim to preserve humanity. Mars and the Mind of Man: Carl Sagan, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke in Conversation, 1971. By Maria Popova. Introducing Literary Jukebox: A Daily Book Quote Matched with a Song. The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain, Animated. Nick Harkaway on the Evolution of Books. I like to tell people that the future of the book is genetically modified giant tortoises. Showtime: Jonpasang, "Making of the Hyper-Matrix"

Theriomorphous Cyborg - Simone Ferracina. Blog + News » “Radically Local” Presentation at the World Economic Forum. Ways of Seeing: John Berger's Classic 1972 BBC Critique of Consumer Culture. Jason Silva - Filmmaker - Futurist - Epiphany Addict. Video DJing, Part 6: Where to Get Music Videos & VJ Loops. Jenny Odell: The skeleton man on Google StreetView. David Byrne: My love affair with sound. This is your brain on the Internet. Future - Technology - Cats, memes and internet schemes. Rod Serling on Where Good Ideas Come From. David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work.

Space tower: could we build a stratosphere scraper? Stuck In A Brainstorm? Try A Bodystorm Instead : Innovation. Reframing “UX Design” : The Role of "Ripeness" in Creativity. The Histories of the Universe: 29-Year-Old Patti Smith's Poetic and Irreverent Monologue, 1975. Android-Based Game Console Closing Out Record-Breaking Kickstarter Campaign. What Is Art? Favorite Famous Definitions, from Antiquity to Today. Significant Objects: How Storytelling Confers Value Upon the Vacant. United we fail, some advice on rollercoasters and shit. 10 wildest electronic music festivals worldwide. Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon on Engineering Creativity in the Age of Remix. Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects.

Showtime: Kyle McDonald, 'FaceShiftOSC Tutorial' Interface Aesthetics: An Introduction. Hyperdrama: An Introduction. Noah Creshevsky: Hyperrealism, Hyperdrama, Superperformers and Open Palette. Happening. Multimedia grad students make innovative 360-degree film. Futurism. Phyllotaxis: Peter Thiel as Visionary. Zizek-The Parallax View.pdf (application/pdf Object) A Few Don'ts for Those Beginning to Write Verse from Ezra Pound. Columns Index. Paging Dr. Wasteland: One man’s crusade to heal DayZ’s zombie victims. Game Balance Concepts. Rhythm platformer Sound Shapes is shaping up for its Vita debut. Dix - The Mill Visual Effects Studio. Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The Algorists. THE ALGORISTS. Close to the Machine: Code and the Mesmerism of Building a World from Scratch.

Programming. Ideal Bookshelf. High-Speed Photography Captures Art In Drops Of Water. IWDRM. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Voice Messages Become 3D Paper Waveform Sculptures: Paper Note. Goodbye, sewing machine: couturists are now designing on 3D printers. 'Assembly' by Kimchi and Chips (@mimi_son @elliotwoods) and 5,500 physical pixels illuminated by digital light. Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs. 18-Year-Old Sylvia Plath on Loving Everybody and Living with Curiosity. Jack Kerouac's List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life.

William Gibson on Cultivating a "Personal Micro-Culture" Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work, Animated in Kinetic Typography. For a creativity boost, think outside the box...literally. Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled "Visual Theft," Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve. Connectome: A New Way To Think About What Makes You You. A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939. 10 Tips on Writing Well from David Ogilvy. 10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing.

Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story. Henry Miller's 11 Commandments of Writing & Daily Creative Routine. Feeling Lost? Let a Blogging Roadmap Lead You to Success. 13 Steps to Being the Worst Blogger on the Planet.

52 Types of Blog Posts that Are Proven to Work. 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue [Infographic]