Moments to remember are just like other moments. They are only made memorable by the scars they leave.
Watch this. It’s very good.
All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.
- Susan Sontag in On Photography, quoted in Alexis Madrigal’s Dance as Algorithm: What Happens When an Animated GIF Springs to Life via Kevin Slavin.
It’s only long after the fact that I’ve come to really appreciate what an art school education provided me with. Here, at Eyebeam, I’m looking at a piece that’s nicely done, but then runs these cables to the floor carelessly and with duct tape. I remember doing something similar as a freshman at Cooper Union, and Hans asking what it was supposed to mean, the way I laid the AC cables across the floor. I said, “that’s just infrastructure, it’s not part of the work.” Hans said: “so you are saying that there’s part of this I *should* look at, and part of it I *shouldn’t* look at?” I nodded, and he shrugged and said “it would be a shame, if you understand that to be what artists do.”
- Thought: next Apple Display to incl. AirPlay receiver functionality? Would that even be practical, lagwise? Then I'd be down to power cord. #
- RT @kellan: "computer vision, dataviz, linear algebra, graph theory, machine learning and topology are the new liberal arts." – @atduskgreg #
- RT @hotdogsladies: B2W 77: "Sadness Harmonica"
"Young people like to feel important, and old people like to feel young. … #
Air Aroma created a fragrance that resembles the scent of unboxing a new Apple product. Unfortunately it’s not for sale.
Geza Schoen & Gerhard Steidl created Paper Passion, a fragrance that resembles the scent of a freshly printed book. You can buy it here.
I’d say every designer should design a clock at some point. There’s a lot of ways you can design a clock, and it’s surprisingly difficult to design something so attractive that it is remarkable, yet neutral enough to be liked by a very wide audience. One only has to look at the market for watches to see how intensely personal clock design is. I am still not quite content, and I’ll probably never be: I’ve found designing clocks to be a rather consuming affair.
Chirp is a new system for connecting devices. It works by turning web links into audio. Those little noises you get if you press the yellow button? Those are chirps: and that’s the sound of a link being chirped.
In contrast to this concept demo, this “swipe files across devices” concept by Natan Linder and Alexander List actually seems to be a working implementation. Doesn’t look nearly as nice though.