In a 21st century take on the traditional Zen sand garden, artist Bruce Shapiro invented the Sisyphus Machine, an elaborate kinetic drawing machine that uses magnets to drag rolling steel marbles through a thin layer of sand to create complicated mandala-like patterns.
Kyle McDonald walked around Amsterdam with his laptop & a webcam, recording what a neural network can identify in realtime:
All processing is done on my 2013 MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA 750M and only 2GB of GPU memory. I’m walking around with my laptop open pointing it at things, hence the shaky footage and people staring at themselves.
I’m somehow reminded of how, when our kids were very small, they’d run around simply blurting out the names of anything they could identify (“Living room! TV room! Lion!”). To wit (’cause why not?):
Review restaurants, tourist spots, etc. to get free cloud storage and more. The Verge writes,
Guides who reach level two will get early access to new Google products and features, while level three participants will get a badge next to their name, indicating when a review or piece of information has been contributed by a trusted guide. But it’s level four that offers the most appealing prize, gifting Local Guides who reach that rank with 1 TB of Drive storage for free, an amount that’s worth $9.99 a month. In the wake of Microsoft’s recent rollbacks on OneDrive storage, this is one of the few ways to get a terabyte of cloud space for free. Those who ascend all the way to level five, after accumulating 500 points in the program, will be able to apply to attend the first Local Guides summit in 2016.
Performance of drawing in Photoshop seems almost too good to be true—but longtime Mac graphics developer Gus Mueller says, “It’s GD Amazing.” [Update: I feel dumb for not having noticed that the laggy Cintiq demo uses a 2013 MacBook Air while the performant iPad demo uses a 2014 MacBook Pro. That’s hardly apples-to-apples.]
I fondly remember being in first grade when in walked a class of eight graders (giants! gods among bugs!) charged with collaboratively creating a storybook with each of us. Seven years later I got to return the favor, and now The Monster Project aims to pair kids with grown-up artists. They’re seeking your support over on Kickstarter. Check out the quick video:
Cripes—I remember when we lifted the 30,000-pixel/2GB file size limit in Photoshop. Of this monster undertaking DP Review writes,
Researches from German university Ruhr-Universitat Bochum spent half a decade creating the largest astronomical image created to date, a 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way, which is now available via an interactive online viewer. The image is made up of 46 billion pixels, and the file weighs in at a hefty 194GB in size… 22,000 Full HD TV screens would be required to display it at its full resolution.
Check out the not-so-easy-to-navigate interface here. [Via Steve Mansfield]
On November 15, 2015 Théo Sanson walked nearly 500 meters on a slackline rigged from The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, Utah – likely a new world record. Rigging the line is perhaps as significant a feat as walking it.