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Obama vs McCain: The top 150 terms

September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

Created using wordle.net

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Octocat revelation at Pictoplasma.

September 6th, 2008 · Comments Off

RGBXYZ by David Oreilly

I’ve just had a fantastic day at the Pictoplasma conference in NYC watching hours of character art and design, from the rampantly hallucinogenic visions of David Oreilly and Friends With You to the simplified forms of Akinori Oishi and the prodigious output of Studio AKA.

One of the more interesting talks was David Oreilly’s, where he showed a number of unseen animations and outed himself as the creator of the Octocat meme, before showing us the final episode. I won’t give anything away, but try see it if you can.

And I thought he was just the guy that created the fake iPhone hologram video:

iHologram – iPhone application from David OReilly on Vimeo.

BONUS: Alba and I scored a box made by Motomichi for the apartment – sweet!

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It’s not the user’s fault.

August 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off

Software is for humans, not for computers.

Most people do not want a computer.

To the user, the interface is the product.

Choice quotes from a thoroughly excellent user-focused manifesto on software development and interface design.

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my del.icio.us tags

July 26th, 2008 · Comments Off



my del.icio.us tags, originally uploaded by michaelsharon.

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Radiohead’s “House of Cards” video

July 14th, 2008 · Comments Off


Probably one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen in recent memory, made all the more memorable by a conspicuous lack of traditional equipment.

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

On top of all this, Google open sourced the data and Processing code used to generate it. Spectacular work, chaps (Aaron, Google and Radiohead). via overstated / elatable

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