Flash Mob Gone Wrong by Tom Scott

From Ignite London comes this great talk that makes you think about the speed of online social interaction.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock November 9th, 2010 — No Comments


Casteller on Vimeo

In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. It requires astonishing strength, finesse, and balance. Not to mention courage.

Casteller on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Coudal.


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A Post-Apocalyptic Tour of the Abandoned Six Flags In New Orleans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4DmNf251CA&feature=player_embedded

Teddy Smith takes us on creepy, post-apocalyptic tour of the abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The video was shot in October 2010 and the park is scheduled to be demolished in January 2011. This reminds me of one of the levels in Left 4 Dead 2.

What really drew me into this video was the fantastic camera work. Every shot was moving, and really pulled you in. Going to be using this in my animation classes.

via A Post-Apocalyptic Tour of the Abandoned Six Flags In New Orleans.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock November 5th, 2010 — 3 Comments


Parrot AR. Drone…

Who doesn’t get a kick out of a video streaming Wifi controlled flying toy? A friend of mine recently picked one of these Parrot AR. Drones up and I had the chance to fly it around. It’s really tons of fun! Kids can easily learn to fly these things. The Parrot AR Drone is a remote controlled Quadricopter that streams real time video to it’s controller so you can see where you’re flying. The Wifi controller can be an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (the iPad is really cool with it’s large screen). It’s easy to sync up once you’ve downloaded the Free remote application from the Apps Store. First turn on the AR Drone, and then turn on the Wifi on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Connect to the AR Drone (it will appear as a WiFi hotspot). Once you’ve connected, go and launch the application and it will connect. Very simple and fast.

I want one for Christmas…

via Parrot AR. Drone Video Equipped Remote QuadriCopter » CheesyCam.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock November 3rd, 2010 — No Comments


Telling Stories about Superweapons; or, There’s Only One Way This Can End

Fantastic article comparing Iron Man and Godzilla. Some surprising similarities…

So foreign powers can’t be trusted with the suit; and the US government can’t be trusted with the suit; and arms manufacturers can’t be trusted with the suit; and even Tony Stark probably can’t be trusted with the suit. A certain rift thus runs all the way through Iron Man 2. Visually, the movie continues to treat the suit as a techno-fetish or bucket full of whizbang, staging its best action scene in Monte Carlo and thereby ensuring we will spend the remainder of the movie seeing its hero as a kind of human Lamborghini. But in plot terms, the suit is less magic armor than monkey’s paw, a cursed object that produces more instability than it prevents. Iron Man 2 simply cannot work out a good relationship to its super-technology or to the dominion that such technology conveys.

via » Telling Stories about Superweapons; or, There’s Only One Way This Can End Christian Thorne • Commonplace Book.


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How to Fry a Turkey and Is the Whole Thing a Sham?

Of course, theres yet one more theory, and the one which actually might be the most likely: It’s just plain cool. People don’t fry turkey for the flavor or moisture. They fry turkey because frying sh*t is cool, and frying really big sh*t is really cool.

via The Food Lab: How to Fry a Turkey and Is the Whole Thing a Sham? | Serious Eats.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock November 1st, 2010 — No Comments