Death by brownie.

January 30, 2009

Cardboard Obama Flickr Group

January 21, 2009

I’ve started a new Cardboard Obama group on Flickr, curating the various situations people find themselves in when faced with a smiling, life size, two dimensional version of our new president. Please feel free to join and/or contribute your own photos of cardboard Obamas. A few highlights so far:

arguably the best seats


Civic Center, Jan 20, 2009


January 20, 2009

This was a total revelation to me.  I hadn’t really known what kind of music was used in DJ/Rupture’s “No Income Tomorrowland,” and then driving home my friends Brent and Mariko from the airport last night KPFA (same excellent station which hosts Negativland’s “Over the Edge” weekly live broadcast) rocked me.

Anyway, here it is. The first track is kind of not as rocking as I would want you to have as your first track, but tracks two and track are awesome.  Then it sort of slides in and out of awesomeness and newageness.

Any SFers want to go when they play at Yoshi’s?

Inauguration Photosynth

January 20, 2009

Via flowingdata, a Photosynth piece is now up for photos taken from the inauguration platform. So this is roughly what Obama et al were seeing, albeit with like 3 million people out there.

Photosynth at Inauguration

Photosynth smartly and automatically stitches together user photos to create an explorable 3-D environment. It gets better as more photos come in. See also the map of other synths from the inauguration.

Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present

January 20, 2009

The New York Times published a great interactive piece a few days ago allowing readers to explore the salient and new terms in all past U.S. inaugural speeches.

Inaugural timeline

For a similar visualization of a much nerdier domain, check out my yummy tag timeline.

Old timey 3D photos

January 20, 2009

Apologies in advance if this post makes you nauseous. Via Burak’s twitter feed, these wonderful old animated photos offer a real sense of three dimensionality simply by flipping between two close perspectives:

Makes me wonder what we could do with two cheap digital cameras mounted a few inches apart. Also, I dare someone to create a 3-D interface using this technique. See more on ffffound and cursivebuildings.

Captain Kangaroo lives!

January 16, 2009


And if that isn’t enough to  whet your appetite, here is a snippet of dialogue:

Black Dynamite, that was the best lovin’ I ever had.”

“Me, too.”

“That goes triple for me.”

“Shh — you’re going to wake up the rest of the bitches!”

(Work-friendly trailer link here.)

Can. Not. Wait.  Genius new film premieres at Sundance. I think we can safely assume it’ll get picked up for nationwide distribution.