Amazing Animation!: Anvil

This music video for the song “Anvil”, by Lorn, is actually a visually stunning cyberpunk short. It wasn’t until the final shot that I realized that I had actually watched a short narrative play out and not just a series of beautiful psychedelic sci fi images. I immediately had to watch it again. Stunning  

Theo Jansen’s Living Sculptures

The work of Theo Jansen exists at a truly unique crossroads of art, science, and biology. The mechanical ingenuity at work in his creations is truly staggering, and the end results are breathtaking, literally breathtaking. No, really. Theo Jansen creates art that actually breathes, drinks, walks, and steers clear of danger. His work even “evolves” in a very real sense, continuously giving…

No Man’s Sky & The Power Of Procedural Generation

We are mere days away from the release of No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of the year. It is a supermassive space exploration game that might also be one of  the most ambitious game worlds ever created. When I say massive, I mean truly, unimaginably massive. According to the developer there…

Through the Mind’s Eye of A.I.

In the last year or so we’ve seen major leaps in the types of things that computers can do better than people. We’ve known for decades that they can crunch numbers faster, but today, neural networks and deep learning systems are beginning to perform more abstract and complex feats like winning at games like Chess, and…

Tillandsia

Often, we collect knowledge, but we do not foster the understanding necessary to apply that knowledge. For example, imagine a redwood seed planted carefully in the ground and properly tended. After a year, it is a sturdy sapling, and each year after that it grows a little faster. After two decades, the tree is as…

VR Review

This article will be a continuously updated resource list of virtual reality apps, experiences, and related content. Some we have experienced with our new ViewMaster VR , and others we can only drool over in anticipation. First-gen (Google-Cardboard) VR   The official Google-Cardboard App is one of the most impressive initial VR experiences. The opening demo…

Technology – Design = ARmageddon

We love technology, but it is important to consider the principles of need, purpose, function, and design. Otherwise, with new technologies like AR and VR, we are heading towards disaster…

The Art Of Rap Deconstructed

This awesome video by Vox shows the nuts and bolts of what makes great rappers great. It’s easy to dismiss various forms of art as being created by people who just have a knack for churning it out, but there is always a process and a set of rules that artists start from This video is…

Infographical Transmission #2: The Histomap

This amazing Historical infographic shows the ebb and flow of world dominance by various  Countries and Peoples over the last 4000 years. This is actually a very old infographic, like around 1931 old, but it is fascinating to look at nonetheless. I find it interesting at how comparatively small the power of the USA is in…

Infographical Transmission #1: The Evolution of the Dog

All diabolical masterminds need a small furry friend to gently stroke as they sit in their armchair looking out over the city, contemplating their next move. For me, that furry companion will always come in the form of Canis Lupus Familiarus, also known as the “dog”. Descended from wolves, these noble creatures make the ultimate…

Winning Data Stories

Check out the winners of Science’s 2016 Data Stories Competition. There is something beautiful about compressing data and analysis using a visual medium to allow our puny human brains better rapid cognitive intake. Mmmmmmmm. Datalicious.