Saturday, 26 April 2008

Cooking Computers

I liked this little piece in the SMH by Annabel Crab Anyone for Crabb Apple. She weaves a lovely little tale of the coming together of her iBook and her oven.
These laptops do fight hard, I'll give them that. When the Baked Apple returned to room temperature, it worked!

Wooden Pixels

The Watchismo Times Blog is a fascinating place that is well worth a look. It may be time-piece-centric, but it has enough juicy tangents to spark the imagination.

The watchismo article on the Opus8 watch explores the amazing peg-mirrors by Daniel Rozin. I love the way it is a juicy blend of the digital video, with giant pixels and hand crafted beauty. I would love to have one of these. Check the sites for more videos and things, but this short version is inspirational:

Dinosaurs 3D

I was looking forward to seeing a CG 'natural history' IMAX film. The medium is just so good for showing off size - and with Dinosaurs on the menu - thats exactly what you want. Dinosaurs 3D is concentrated around Pategonia-Argentina and a particular set of giant dinosaurs that evolved there. In weaving this tale we see alot of the palaeontologists, their dig sites, museums and even trucks interspersed with helicopter footage over today's landscape and the CG dinos themselves.

Producing the doco this way means that we walk away with alot less dinosaur than we would have liked, but that said there are some nice sequences. I particularly liked the flying pterosaur-like dinos, having them swoop around and at us while the camera whipped along high above a valley is pretty neat. There are a few nice bits to scare and enthral the kids here and there just to make sure they are paying attention. Even the not-so-spectacular shots are still in full 3D up on the huge screen - the effect is gorgeous.

Narrated by Donald Sutherland we actually get a nice vision of evolution, adaptation, natural selection and the way scientists have to fill in the gaps in their understanding. I thought the link with birds was strong, with dinosaurs caring for their eggs and other bird-like behaviour. The shots near the end showing 3D sequences of birds as the ancestors of the once dominant dinosaurs was nice.

I was hoping for a bit MORE in the way of big CG, more kids squealing would have been great for them and the rest of us.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Engadgets PS3p

Keeping with the gadgets theme, those kooky lads at Engadget (specifically Ben Heck) have created a portable PS3 in something of laptop formfactor (ignore the size perhaps). The workmanship looks awesome, polished and actually pretty rugged and it comes together into quite a sane piece of kit. The whole thing is for charity and Engadget have a bit more info on their beast here and here.

[Images of the charity PS3p from Engadget]

The video perhaps says it best: Engadget Video of the PS3p in action

Urwerk's uberwatch and cg vid

Not that anyone really needs a watch any more, all our phones tell the time remember, they can still be neato 'jewellery'. So if we take that approach, then the sexier the watch the better. Not sure how much a piece of machinery like this from Urwek would cost - but it should set you back a couple of bags o' gold for sure.

[Image of the Urwek UR-202 from Engadget]

I love the way each 'hand' comes around to the minutes section rotating to reveal the right hour. It is kinetically powered rather than solar like the Citizen ones, I guess that is more in keeping with the machine aesthetic anyhow. It wouldnt be a dynamic watch to actually at normal time - but check out the video to see all the fun in some pretty slick CG to boot.

The Watchismo Blog as the first report on this actually. The same page has a vid on Urweks first watch which has the 'Wandering Hour' - another nice piece of design. More from Watchismo soon!

Sunday, 20 April 2008

The Dell crystal again

When I first saw press about this sweet looking monitor from Dell I was pretty excited. Dell have done a great job of bringing us high quality monitors for excellent prices - so hopes were up. The latest news seems to show that it is a bit pricey and that the stunning sheet of glass gives the display a whole world of problems. It is still stunning to look at as an object - but they need to make the monitor part good.

[Dell's Crystal Monitor from engadget]

Engadget again