3. February 2008

Making Money – The 36th Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett (Book Review)


Terry Pratchett - Making Money

I recently finished reading the latest book by Terry Pratchett, Making Money. “As usual”, it is a story from the Discworld series.

Content

Central character is Moist von Lipwig (his second appearance after “Going Postal”). He is – not quite voluntarily – put in charge of the Ankh-Morpok Royal Mint and the associated bank. Soon he finds himself in the crossfire between bloodthirsty relatives of the former chairman, neurotic employees and last but not least the madness of economy.

Review

» read on!

Keywords: bookDiscworldmoneyreview

Freaky Tentacle Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage


Tentakel-Kronleuchter

Chandeliers have a reputation of being antiquated. They just aren’t trandy anymore. Maybe Adam Wallacavage can help this kind of lighting to new fame. He builds chandeliers in tentacle designs.

There is a tentacle for every taste. Black tentacles. Bright pink tentacles. Thick tentacles. Slim tentacles… :)

The only downside ist he pice: The pinc tentacle chandelier costs 10’000 dollars. The other ones probably aren’t much cheaper. Looks like tentacles are only for the wealthy class… *sigh*

» Adam Wallacavage at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

(via kreativrauschen.de via Boing Boing)

Keywords: artlighttentaclesweird

Photos of Flying Bed Sheets by William Hundley


William Hundleys Stoffhüpftuchbilder

Again a simple idea with a stunning effect: William Hundley makes people jump into the air, covered in large sheets of cloth. The “models” are completely covered in cloth, so only a ghostly flowing piece of cloth remains in the photo.

William developed several photo series from this idea. In some photos the sheets are the only subjects; sometimes there are also visible human models in the shot.
Here are some of the series:

» Entoptic Phenomena
» Funny City
» THE REDCOATS ARE COMING!!
» FRIENDS

» William Hundley

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Photojojo via Boing Boing)

Keywords: clothinspirationphotographyphotos

30. January 2008

Subway to Sally – Bastard (Review)


Subway to Sally - Bastard

Subway to Sally have been one of my favourite bands for a long time now. Most people would call their style folk metal, but somehow this does not feel right for me. They are definitely using a lot of folk elements and also use several classical instruments (shalm, violin, bagpipe, mandolin and more). Their use of guitars is also very heavy – but I think metal is something else. :)

My personal favourite of Subway to Sally is their album Herzblut from 2001. Everything that followed was a downwards trend (from my perspective, there are probably also a lot of people who think otherwise). The bottom of this trend was Nord Nord Ost – the only album by Subway to Sally which I do not have.

Last year appeared Bastard, the album that finally started the upwards trend again.

» read on!

Keywords: musicreview

19. January 2008

Building a Cheap Multi-Touch Whiteboard using a WiiMote and a Projector


Yet another cool thing to do with a WiiMote: Build an electronic multi-touch whiteboard.

The WiiMote includes an infrared camera which can be used to track points which reflect infrared light. Johnny Chung Lee used this feature to work with self-made infrared pens on various surfaces (primarily projections):

The descriptions sounds as if it should be relatively easy (and cheap) to build something like that yourself. All necessary software is available on Johnny’s website.

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Fefe)

Keywords: DIYinteractiveWiimote

14. January 2008

Elementary Zombie Survival Strategies


In times of global terrorism you can easily overlook the real danger in the world which threatens us all: Zombies.

The urgently needed information to this topic can be supplied by the important propaganda documentary “What To Do In A Zombie Attack (2006)”. It gives important instructions how a responsible citizen should behave in case of a zombie attack (and also makes an effort to demonstrate why it’s all the fault of the communists).

The movie is published under a Creative Commons licence. It is available in several download and streaming formats and can also be embedded (as above).

» What To Do In A Zombie Attack

Less multimedial, but at least equally informative is the article „How to Survive a Zombie Attack“. It suggests simple precautionary measures, shows which potential hideouts offer are strategically best, what you should do first and how you can manage survival in the long term.

» How to Survive a Zombie Attack

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Keywords: survivalvideozombies

10. January 2008

thesixtyone – Digg-Styled Music Discovery System


the sixty one

thesixtyone is a platform on which you can listen to and rate music and rate it. Musicians upload their music for everyone to listen to. If you like it, you can “bump” it, giving it a vote. The music which gets voted the most is posted to the front page. So basically, it works for music like the famous social news platform Digg works for news.

» read on!

Keywords: discoveringinternetmusic

18. December 2007

Controlling Need for Speed with a Spring Horse (and a Wiimote)


Again, someone finds a creative and weird use for the Wiimote: Need for Speed, controlled with a Spring Horse.

According to the creator, it took him 10 to 15 minutes to “upgrade” the sping horse. Here the shortened short instructions:
1.Connect WiiMote to PC
2.Attach WiiMote to Spring Horse
3.Install GlovePie
4.Load joystick script included with GlovePie
5.Config controls in Need for Speed by moving the horse during key assignment

» WiiMote Horse Riders Page

See also

wiiwiiwiiwii – Using the Wiimote as Drum Kit or Piano

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Yigg)

Keywords: gameweirdWiimote

14. December 2007

Panographies – Panoramas with Creative Chaos


Usually you see panoramas only as cleanly cut photos in ultra wide format (like this one for example). They are commonly created from several separate shots, but overlapping parts are removed.

Panographie von Photojojo

Not so with “panographies”. They utilize the creative chaos as distinctive element. Hard intersections are deliberate and essential. The more, the better.

There is a short tutorial at Photojojo which shows how to create such panographies. Following this tutorial, you more or less have to puzzle the images together in photoshop.

I hope there are easier ways. Some panorama programs (like hugin+autopano for example) can align panoramas automatically and output them as photoshop file with seperate layers. I think this could save some work with panographies – I did not test that, though.

More Panographies

» Photojojo
» Flickr group „Panography“

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Keywords: chaospanographypanoramaphotographyphotos

13. December 2007

A History of Religion and it’s Conflicts in 90 Seconds


At Maps of War there is an animated card which shows the spread of the most known religions over the last 5000 years.

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world’s most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted.

Unfortunately, my layout can hold the map only scaled down. Better watch it in full resolution:

» History of Religion

My knowledge of history is not detailed enough to judge how correct this map is. This topic being kinda… heated… I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of spin in it. Please leave a comment if anything seems suspicious. :)

(via Kreativrauschen.de Yigg via netzpolitik.org)

Keywords: historymapreligion

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