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3.6.13

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A lot of research and effort has gone into hyperlinking this week, guys, so hit'em long, hit'em hard.  This is for the ten-year old in you whose sense of wonder hasn't yet been jaded. 



film - Ruairi Robinson has had quite a buzz surrounding his work for a while now, mainly because of his short films Fifty Percent Grey (2001, a 3D short made on his PC), and The Silent City, a live action from 2007 where he gets to show off his VFX skills.  Originally slated to direct the live-action American version of classic graphic novel Akira, which ended up falling through, Robinson then turned yet again to short film.  Blinky has been eagerly anticipated since 2009, when animation tests first came out online, and was well worth the wait.  In this 13-minute piece set sometime in the future, an angst-ridden boy in a well to do family in crisis gets a robot for Christmas.  In visual execution the short is truly amazing- I offer only one disclaimer: this film has to be watched to the very end to get its full impact. Trust me.

design - Trekkies, the replicator lives (well, almost).  The first 3D printers came with a hefty price tag, but recent developments in the technology have made them more accessible for the consumer market.  Food, sugar sculptures, sneakers, buildings, guns, glasses, and musical instruments are either in development or final stages of production.  With regards to clothing, though much was made of Dita von Teese's printed number early last month, Iris van Herpen has been designing 3D clothing since 2010.  This year's F/W collection, Voltage, uses the signature sculptural quality of her designs to explore the electricity of the body.  Working with Neri Oxman and Julia Koerner, van Herpen printed two out of the eleven outfits she showed as a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture.

art - The thought of humanity venturing beyond the confines of Earth and living in outer space feels like such stuff as dreams are made of.  The 1970's NASA Ames Research Center used to imagine on a grand scale, visualizing a future where massive space ships orbited around the Earth with a population of 10,000.  Kudos to Don Davis & Rick Guidice, for daring to dream in epic proportions.

music - At the risk of alienating all his legions of devotees out there, I confess- I'm not so much of a fan of Bowie the interpreter as I am of Bowie the composer.  Having stumbled upon this rendition of Space Oddity from the International Space Station, 220 miles above the Earth, I admit the choice was tailor-made for the occasion: the 1st music video from outer space!  Astronaut Chris Hadfield is no stranger to the public eye or to musical composition, having made a series of videos about how stuff works in space and co-written a song with fellow astronaut Catherine ColemanCanada, we forgive you for Justin Bieber, but only on the strength of Mr. Hadfield's unique brand of geeky cool.


itemLifecaching, the collection, storage and sharing of one's life events in a public forum, is increasingly becoming more and more common.  For those who want to live a more intense version of the exposure on Facebook or Twitter, I give you Memoto.  Funded through a Kickstarter campaign gone wild in which the Swedish design company raised 10 times the $50,000 they asked for, Memoto is a small, clippable camera and GPS that takes a picture of your life every thirty seconds, coming to just under 3,000 photos a day.  Virtually all your day would be easily accessible from a cloud-type database, enabling you (or someone else) to track every move you makeFeatures include a long camera life, no buttons and the terrifying thought that you have effectively become spiritual kin to Ed Harris in The Truman Show.