Butterflies, Batteries and Grids, Building and Acquiring and Mouse Furniture



Tesla is a battery company!

Google are building and buying. As well as remixing classic old adverts. Finally, Invite Media were a critical purchase – I always think of Google’s secret plan being the biggest classified ads company in the world.

Finally, I tracked down the company that made all the furniture that I grew up with, Mouse! Such brilliant whimsy.


Cosmic Sounds, Time Machine Orchestra, PTA and Canon

I was listening to the Interstellar soundtrack recently – great work from Roger Sayer – who is resident at the Temple Church in London. Watch the making of on the DVD if you can – great characterisation of the breath of all those artificial voices coming together and some really proper bass.

Grumbling Fur are a great band and they’ve been doing some recordings under the name of “The Time Machine Orchestra“.

Skip the first 10 minutes, but the rest is a great interview with Paul Thomas Anderson.

Thanks to Conor Gibson for the tip. Bonus – Larry Grobel interview – the Playboy interviewer for much of the 70s.

The Vignelli Canon – for free! A great book from the master of typography – you only need twelve typefaces according to this article.


Looking for help at the upcoming Kinecthack London Event

James Bentley of Hellicar&Lewis and I are planning to attend the upcoming Kinecthack London event.

We’ll be working on an upcoming open source installation for the Circulate project – “Remembering The Future”. We’ll be challenging young people from five areas of London to come up with costumes and architecture of the future.

We are planning to build an app that allows for Kinect V2 skeletons to be augmented with 3D content in real time – and we need help to make it happen! This app will then be installed in five locations over the summer of 2015, with workshops to make content proceeding them.

As mentioned before, the project will be completely open sourced – our aim is to make a complete workflow from 3D asset creation to augmenting the skeleton and fixed background in real time. We’ll be using openFrameworks throughout.


Eyegroove, Quadtrees, Furby Mask

How Quad Trees work. Great visualisation.

You can hack your Furby’s face.


PiPhone, iBeacon and Oculus FPV

Yay PiPhone! £90! By David Braben!

iBeacon is going to shake things up in the local interaction space.

FPV for Occulus.


TED Binge – Hammers, Flowers, Limbs and the Pantheon, RPi for Digital Signage

Seems like RiseVision is a good open source digital signage application. Does it work with Raspberry Pi? Via Sam Chada.


Aeropress, JS Computer Vision via JSFeat, SimpleCV and Vision in the Cloud

I’ve managed to avoid getting addicted to Coffee. The Aeropress is a lovely way of making it. How it was invented.

Interesting startup that aims to recognise everything.

JSFeat is a library for doing computer vision with JavaScript.

SimpleCV is a library for doing computer vision with Python.

Image processing on the cloud using OpenCV and Node.js.

I can’t wait to get WebRTC going for multiple camera Computer Vision in the cloud.


Non Incremental Change, Vortex Surfing, The Arrow of Time and What Happens When Vine Starts Streaming Live?

Burst of notes by me:

If you want to do non incremental change you have to use the tools of tomorrow. Big data with computer vision is it. Clothes matching apps are just the start. Guardian today. Most of the public can only handle little ideas incremental. Technologists reject too. Intel and Motorola rejected it. Programmers rejected it too. Object orientated that weren’t object orientated in the 90’s. C++ isn’t. The cache of labels. Designer jeans guitar hero syndrome. Humans hate learning curves. Marketing hate even more. Not just themselves. My difficulty with Nike is that they want an idea that is already perfectly tested. Cave person would be satisfied. Something that in our genes that makes it interesting. Would the bike be accepted if it was invented today. Regular world is a low pass filter. iPad doesn’t have a help or an undo. 5 % idea tools. 85% care about other opinions. 1% inner idea tools if you combine too. Human universal things – hardly have to be marketed if you want to make money. The ghost – the stuff that’s here in the dark. We are hallucinating  the whole time. Size illusion with thumbs at double distance. Seems the same size. What the ghost knows and the dream is seeing is the mix. What is in our ghost is important! Normal means almost asleep. And we don’t even think we are. E.g. you can just dick around with Linux all day – it’s just a bunch of bad ideas, but it feels useful. Reading and writing is hard. Model based science. Democracy. Equal rights. Perspective drawing. Progress! Only 18th century did progress get invented. Are hard things. Ford made engines. Leonard’s couldn’t. Ford innovator. Leonardo inventor. Mostly knowledge dominates IQ. Issac Newton changed the context of how humans think. A new way of thinking. Unimaginable amount comes from Newton Silicon Valley. Present is least important time we live in! Now is just a construction. That’s how USA got built. We don’t need a king. Screw the present. The past opens up. Let’s us look at more history and also new present. Sample past to make vision to combust to make new things. Problem solving is what we are built to do. Problem finding is what you want to do. Finding good problems. Wayne Gretzky did this. 30 year Wayne Gretzky curve. Put the puck 30 years out. It’s just something that would be cool or important to have. In 1968 thought laptop and pad computers were inevitable. Because it’s 30 years out. What would that be 10-15 years out? Hmmm. How do we get hardware and software for a new kind of thing. You can get that by paying. Moores law in reverse, double every year from now for cost. Alto was that machine. That cost in the future.  80,000 machine in 1983. UI in experiments. Need to do 100,000 of experiments to get good UI. Didn’t need to optimise. Drink beer and experiment. Didn’t save code!

“The United States Air Force (USAF) is taking flying lessons from geese and spiny lobsters. This may seem like the mother of all bureaucratic errors, but there’s actually some pretty solid science behind it. In exploiting a phenomenon known as “vortex surfing,” the USAF has found that by having C-17 cargo planes flying in formation, it can reduce fuel consumption by up to ten percent.”

Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.”

What happens when Vine starts streaming live?


Scala Fun, Space Colony Artwork, Micro Robots and Visual Programming Environments

How Twitter uses Scala

A treasure trove of high resolution images from NASA’s vision of the future in the 1970’s. I’d like a t shirt of some of these please. Surely there should be an app for that?

Micro robots FTW from SRI International and DARPA, via Kottke.

Loads of visual programming languages, via Kyle.


Five Common Mistakes, Real Time Music, A flying Whale and Working Terms

Five common usage mistakes by David Foster Wallace.

Chuck for real time music.

The future of storytelling? I always wanted to make a whale that vomited rainbows. For reals!

Rachel’s terms for working would be great for lots of freelancers and the like. Useful education for clients too.