Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Lightspeed”: Stop-motion light painting

Enormously patient photographer Darren Pearson spent a year journeying around California to create his latest film:

Each of the 1,000 frames in it is a separate light-painted photograph that was captured in various locations across California. […]

“I’ve spent many nights in the middle of nowhere with coyotes howling in the distance while I look like some idiot at a rave waving around an LED,” he says.


Google Fiber is coming to 18 new cities

Bringin’ the fast:

Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we’ve started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities […]

[T]oday, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds.

We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year. 

Now, excuse me while I go try to cut in line—I mean, generously offer my testing services—to get access in San Jose… 😉

“520 Teleporter”: Immersive photography atop the Space Needle

Seattle’s Stimulant teamed up with Microsoft to offer a novel way to explore Seattle landmarks via Photosynth technology:

This giant interactive photo wall also looks interesting:

The SkyPad’s 20’ x 8’ high-definition touchscreen helps you explore the Needle’s past, present and future like never before. Make your mark on the global guest book or upload your Needle memories to share with the world.

[Vimeo 1 & 2] [Via Dave Cohen]

Call for submissions: White House Student Film Festival

I wish I’d known about this project & could have promoted it sooner, but I mention it now in case you are/know a kid who’d like to participate:

The theme of this year’s festival is “The Impact of Giving Back”, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. So tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens.


  • All films must be shorter than 3 minutes.
  • All films must be made by students in grades K-12.
  • No film may use copyrighted material including music, TV shows, or movies.
  • All films must be uploaded to YouTube.
  • All film submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 2, 2015.

[YouTube] [Via]

Yo dawg, I heard you like some hair in your hair…

Hair Highway is a gorgeous, if slightly icky, look at how human hair can be used to make artwork & tools:

Investigating the global hair industry in the Shandong province of China, Studio Swine followed the journey of the material from the people who sell their hair through to the hair merchants, markets and factories. The project documents this journey in a film and a collection of highly decorative objects.

The resulting pieces are rather terrific, as is the rationale for their creation:

China is both the largest importer of tropical hardwood and the biggest exporter of human hair. By combining hair with a natural resin, Studio Swine has created a composite material that provides a sustainable alternative to the planet’s diminishing natural resources with an aesthetic that evokes the palettes of tortoiseshell and a grain resembling that of polished horn or exotic hardwoods. The result is a unique collection of exquisite objects inspired by the 1930’s Shanghai-deco style.

As the world’s population rises, human hair is one natural resource that is increasing. Asian hair regenerates the fastest, growing 16 times more rapidly than tropical hardwoods; it is also incredibly strong – a single strand can take up to 100 grams. Hair Highway reflects on China’s relationship with the rest of the world, while exploring the idea that trade has the ability to not only transport products but also values and perceptions.

Watching this with Finn let me explain the concept of hair extensions. He now wants a lion’s mane!

[Vimeo] [Via]

“Mac to the Future”: The original Mac, reimagined for 2015

Super fun stuff from Curved Labs. Khoi Vinh writes,

This concept design from Curved Labs pays tribute to the original 1984 Macintosh design by reconfiguring a MacBook Air into a novel, beautiful new form factor. […]

I particularly like the way these product photos are shot with a gauzy, full-color sheen and dark background that’s very reminiscent of similar commercial photography from the 1980s. That’s follow-through.

Check out the whole story. I still want to hug that original Mac, built as it is like my little fireplug of a son.