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Saturday

Hobbit Trailers

Ohhh Bilbo, you've done it again! 

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Impersonate a Celebrity with Web Cam Performance Capture Puppetry

Okay, can you do a celebrity impression but you don't look exactly like them? Well, now you can look like them too.  This software allows you to sample gestures and facial movements of whomever you like, then puppeteer their face by using your own facial expressions captured by a web cam. Don't wait till April 1st to skype your brother as Cameron Diaz.

And to see something really different, the video below ends with a celebrity unintentionally controlling another celebrity.  Cameron IS being John Malkovich.  Just watch it.
 
From the website - Given a photo of person A, we seek a photo of person B with similar pose and expression. Solving this problem enables a form of puppetry, in which one person appears to control the face of another. When deployed on a webcam-equipped computer, our approach enables a user to control another person’s face in real-time. This image-retrieval inspired approach employs a fully-automated pipeline of face analysis techniques, and is extremely general—we can puppet anyone directly from their photo collection or videos in which they appear. We show several examples using images and videos of celebrities from the Internet. 

grail.cs.washington.edu/malkovich/
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A Real Immortal Creature


These guys are amazing creatures, like little aliens living on our planet.  The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth.  Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Scientists say the hydrozoan jellyfish is the only known animal that can repeatedly turn back the hands of time and revert to its polyp state (its first stage of life).
The key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders,which can regrow limbs.


Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.
Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters.  "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.


Source: Yahoo News and MNN
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Monday

Top 5 Best Kindle Fire Cases

These are the best, most unique, and all around coolest cases for the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.  From handmade kitsch to sleeky cool, yea that's right the word sleeky is home made, just like the first case.  After all, wouldn't you rather have a copy of a bad book lying in your car seat when you go in the mall.  Really, what kind of barney is gonna break your car windows to steal a book with a picture of an ugly bird on the cover.  (Note to thieves, look for the book with the ugly bird on the cover.)

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Tuesday

MacHEADS The Movie

Okay MacHEADS, here's a documentary film for you.  It's made by a few foreword thinking filmmakers that I really admire.  If you would like to support the them directly, please use the paid version.  There is also an ad supported version below via Snag Films.  If you are looking for something in more of a bite sized portion, check out the 60 Minutes piece on the late Steve Jobs at the bottom of the post.
"MacHEADS : is a feature length documentary which explore the loyalty of Apple Fanatics and their obsession. "


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Wednesday

How to Quantum Levitate - Super Levitation.

Okay, does this mean I am finally gonna get my flying saucer?  It might.
Moller Saucer

Quantum Levitation, or Super Levitation as it is sometimes called, in this example starts with a thin sapphire crystal disc that is covered with a superconductor and a little gold for protection.  It is then wrapped in plastic and cooled with liquid nitrogen.  Once chilled, when held near a magnetic field the disc may be "locked" in a spacial positioning using quantum trapping.  Amazing, imagine the new version of ice hockey, the new pinball machines, the new Silver Surfer surf boards, let's get inventing.  Yea science.



If you want a further explanation, check this out.






And since I was bummed out today after listening to NPR and hearing how automated killing robot war drones will destroy our future. It was nice to find this video, from the same convention that brought you the Quantum Levitation, it's... dancing robots. (Updated dancing robots have the option to kill cats with their lazer eyes.)



In case you haven't heard of the Moller Saucer, it's some old tech that sure could use an update.  And so could the the music from this video.



UPDATE: Just found the video below.
Looks like someone is already working on a Silver Surfer Surf Board, well... sort of...




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Tuesday

Best Etsy Steampunk Gadgets



The iRetrofone Base is a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset and complete compatibility with USB cable. Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and hand-cast in urethane resin. The iRetrofone base is made of heavy-duty, half-inch thick urethane resin creating a stable, functional work station that routes voice communications through the included handset. Designed to be compatible with all iPhone's (iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4G), it accommodates sync and charge functions via a USB cable (not included). The iRetrofone base also helps eliminate concerns about radiation.
$350



This antique typewriter has been modified to work as a USB Keyboard for PC, Mac, or even iPad! That's right -- its a beautiful and fully functional keyboard! (Note: it is shown here with an iPad, but it will work with any computer, just like any other USB keyboard).  The USB Typewriter can type all letters, numerals, and punctuation marks, and it also includes shift, space, backspace, and return carriage (which is literally activated by the typewriter's return carriage!). Many non-standard keys, such as F1-F12, esc, ctrl, and so on are available with a special toggle key.  The modification is very clean leaves the typewriter looking, feeling, and working like a regular typewriter -- And yes, it still writes beautifully on paper. A beatiful, functional, unique addition to your home office.
$799



















This steampunk modified USB drive is made with brass, copper, glass and watch parts. The metal connections are brazed with silver. This is very strongly built with a nice solid, heavy feel. This is a very rugged piece that will not be coming apart. It's even 100% waterproof!  It features a large glass window to view the inner workings of the drive. The detailed clockwork inside gives the illusion of a mechanical device. It also has glass windows in the tail and on both sides that display more detail. The windows on the sides are made with curved glass.  
The interior glows blue while plugged in. The interior, tail and side windows flash red while transfering data. 
$215


















A One of a Kind 20" Widescreen Flatpanel Monitor -
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Custom Built Combo
Choose a style Keyboard .. the monitor will be built to match
Offering another special full desktop setup.. Will work with Windows ,Mac or Linux
Hand made and Custom Built
Vintage Typewriter look ..Built in the early Victorian style...Steampunk



$1439


Etsy is like the ebay of handmade goods.  For more goodies click here.

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Saturday

Captain of the Mount and the Music of Another Earth


"He's going to be pretty sexually frustrated when he realises that mountain is a backdrop..."


The above song was created by Fall on your Sword, a side project of Phillp Mossman's along with Will Bates and producer Lucy Alper.  Phillip is one of the founding members of LCD Soundsystem.  Fall on your Sword has also contributed the score to the hit indie film Another Earth.   Congrats again to the creators of the film Britt and Mike on their amazing accomplishment.  Go see this film.  


If you like the song from the trailer, then check out the full version, and more of their music.  Here they are, Cinematic Orchestra.

http://fallonyoursword.com/ or click the pics below - for the albums.
Another Earth [+Digital Booklet]EPCaptain Of The Mount
Live At The Royal Albert HallRemixes 98 - 2000Motion
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Tuesday

Top 15 College Commencement Address Videos

Call me crazy, but I'll take a great college commencement address over most television shows. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. They are inspiring, heart warming, brilliant, and hilarious. And if you're here researching how to write a commencement speech, well this is a great place to start plagiarizing.  Enjoy.

The 15 Best College Commencement Address Speeches

CONAN O'BRIAN


STEVE JOBS


STEPHEN COLBERT


OPRAH WINFREY


JON STEWART


BRAD DELSON


ELLEN DEGENERES


DENZEL WASHINGTON


WILL FERELL


CHRIS SACCA


TOM HANKS


JFK


WHOOPI GOLDBERG


MERYL STREEP


SASHA BARON COHEN - ALI G


Please feel free to comment about your favorite, or post a link to one that we might have missed.

























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Thursday

Bacon Vs Toast

Okay,

It's been a while since we have had a truly kitschy post.  So here are the top five kitschy bacon and toast items on the net.

At number
5. The old stocking stuffer - the "Toast Wallet." $10.06
DELUXE photo PRINT plastic BUTTER toast WALLET novelty GAG gift

4. Bacon shaped bandages! $5.46
BACON shaped themed Adhesive Bandages
3. Working toaster that leaves an imprint of Jesus. $22.50
The Jesus Toaster
2. Bacon Gumballs. $4.80
Bacon Gumballs 22 Pieces Novelty Product Gag Gifts Meat Breakfast
1.  Inflatable Toast Mattress. $169






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Tuesday

Einstein vs Stephen Hawking





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Wednesday

Artist Leon Botha Dies at Age 26

This Sunday, June 5th, 2011, Leon Botha passed away of complications due to his progeria. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Leon, planning to display his art and the video below.  Although maybe one of the oldest survivors of progeria, it is unfortunate that he is no longer with us, a wise old soul for only 26 years old, Leon you will be missed.  Here are a few things  that Leon has left behind.



Warning, this is the uncensored NSFW version.







www.leonbotha.net





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Friday

Make Home Movies in Ultra HD 4k, for less than $400k

What is Ultra HD 4K? Well it's about 4 times that of 1080p, to be more specific it's "4096 x 2160 pixels." 

What will you need? *

1. Buy a decent home movie video camera, you know something you can get sand in at the beach, like this RED ONE camera for around $16,500 bucks (you might want to buy some lenses and accessories too, maybe an extra $10,000).
RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera

2.  No need to use an expensive Avid editing system, you can use Apple's less expensive Final Cut in tandem with Red's own proprietary software, FCP Suite, List $1299.  Soon to be about $299.
Final Cut Studio



3. You are going to need at least one of the latest graphics cards like the updated 4K Kona 3G, a few 6TB G-Raid drives, maybe a Samsung 6 screen display, and a fast computer system, together around... $6,000-$10,000.  (Click pics below for prices and details.)
AJA KONA LHi HDMI, 3G SDI, LTC, 10-bit Digital and Analog PCIe Capture and Output CardApple Mac Pro MB871LL/A DesktopNEW G-RAID 6TB (Gen 4) (Hard Drives & SSD)23" 6 Screen Multi Display

4. A nice monitor to display your Ultra HD 4k output like the $70,000 Panasonic 152" television, or one of the $100,000-$200,000 projectors on the market.


http://www.gizmag.com/panasonic-hd-3d/13842/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d69e5d4b8a-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

5. Microwave popcorn $4.99
Pop Secret Homestyle Flavor, Microwavable Popcorn, 10-Count, 35-Ounce Box (Pack of 2)
*as of todays date, if you are reading this in the future, I'm sure you can do it on your phone.





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