Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The brutal, balletic test crash of a Lego Porsche

Like a Tracy Jordan joint, this is Hard To Watch: ADAC, “the German equivalent of AAA… usually crash tests real cars at their facility in Landsberg, Germany,” but in this case put a 2,700-piece Lego Porsche to the test at 28mph:

“The challenge was now to test this small car in the normal crash system and still produce the most realistic damage possible,” explains Johannes Heilmaier, head of the crash system at the ADAC Technikzentrum. “We developed a crash set-up like for any other car – just in mini format.” [details]

Enjoy (?):

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[YouTube] [Via Tom Hogarty]

Google Photos introduces better sharing for terrible people

Tell me you can’t relate. 😉 (I know I can.)

The team writes,

Using our machine learning technology, Google Photos will not only remind you to share—it will automatically select the right photos, and even suggest who you should send them to based on who was in the photos. Just tap send, and your friends and family will see all your photos, and get a reminder to add theirs too.

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A high-speed preview of the imaging hotness due at SIGGRAPH 2017

Days of miracles and wonder—always. (Editing audio just like a text doc is particularly spooky, especially in light of voice simulation on demand.)

The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2017 brings together thousands of computer graphics professionals, 30 July – 3 August 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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What happens when a VFX guy sells his car

In a word, genius:

To sell his ’96 Suzuki Vitara, and spoof the absurdity of car commercials, Eugene Romanovsky put together an epic video showcasing the heroic powers of his clunky 20-year-old car. This car has been everywhere. There are cameos from Jurassic Park, Mad Max: Fury Road, and even a scene on the moon. This is perhaps the most convincing ad we’ve ever seen–just try to watch it and not come away feeling that this is the car for you. [Via]

Tangentially reminds me of when my friend (and compositing hoss) Dave Werner got a hold of our son Finn’s “Dancing Robot” preschool dance moves:

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