“God takes care of old folks and fools,” said Chuck D, and after miraculously not parking my drone at the bottom of Three Mile Slough thanks to high crosswinds & power lines, I’m grateful to somehow get it back with this footage. (Hat-tip to the presumably freaked-out bird who makes a cameo & who didn’t try to peck my bird out of the sky.)
Google’s been working on interesting approaches to solving the classic “cocktail party problem,” i.e. isolating specific human voices in a noisy room. You can read all about how it works, or just check it out in action:
Here’s how it can improve otherwise tangled transcription (bring on the Robert Altman movies!):
Sure, it’s a little OT for this blog, but I found Saturday Night Live’s take on high school graduations funny as hell—especially in their depiction of photo-taking. Enjoy:
Heh—having wrapped up my Adobe career working on an unsuccessful “storytelling!” tool (complete with its own storyteller 🙄), I had to laugh as I winced at this one. Stefan Sagmeister craps on “the mantle of bullshit” adopted by people trying to embellish their work with some stolen valor. (Bonus & unremarked irony: This beatdown was apparently sponsored by “Crafted Stories: Brand Storytelling.” Puzzle on that one.)
Old Man Nack would’ve killed for this back in his designer days:
As Design Taxi writes,
“Material Theming” effectively fixes a core gripe of the original “Material Design”: that virtually every Android app looks the “same,” or made by Google, which isn’t ideal for brands.
The tool is currently available on Sketch, and you can use it by downloading the “Material” plugin on the app. Google aims to expand the system regularly, and will roll out new options such as animations, depth controls, and textures, next.
I’m oddly intrigued by the immediacy of this 107-year-old archival footage showing New York City. As Khoi Vinh explains,
The footage has been altered in two subtle but powerful ways: the normally heightened playback speed of film from this era has been slowed down to a more “natural” pace; and the addition of a soundtrack of ambient city sounds, subtly timed with the action on screen.
The open-source Lantern project promises to transform any surface into AR using Raspberry Pi, a laser projector, and Android Things:
Rather than insisting that every object in our home and office be ‘smart’, Lantern imagines a future where projections are used to present ambient information, and relevant UI within everyday objects. Point it at a clock to show your appointments, or point to speaker to display the currently playing song. Unlike a screen, when Lantern’s projections are no longer needed, they simply fade away.