I’m so glad I found Yooouuutuuube. I’ve been wanting a thing that does what it does for ages.
What does it do? Well it creates an amazing animated grid out of the key frames from YouTube videos. It’s pretty 80s, but it’s cool – and you can get a really interesting flavour of the content just by looking at it. So I thought I’d capture a bunch of 80s pop videos to see what would happen.
Surely this James Jarvis film (supported by Nike) deserves more than the 50k views it’s had on YouTube?
[EDIT: I just spotted that it's all about Vimeo for this one where it's had 201k views]
It’s bloody lovely. And if you’ve ever run for more than a bus you’ll spot some genuinely insightful moments in there. The switch to night at about 3.45 is totally beautiful. And the soundtrack is superb.
Thank you Mr Featherstone for the tip off.
And while I’m doing some Nike loving I like this SB spot too.
It’s very crisp and very clean. But that’s what makes it feel so very west-side. And I’m pretty happy about the cameo at the end :-)
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I was chatting last night and someone asked what most of my records were. I couldn’t answer. I just said, um, well they’re pretty random. And that’s true. I’ve been picking up bits of vinyl for years on and off. And none of it gets played any more. So I thought it’d be interesting to do a Random Box Dipping Experiment…
Every few days I’m going to go and randomly dip into the random boxes of records in the loft and blog them. The rule is that I’m not allowed to censor or edit what comes out. If it’s a terrible bag of nonsense (and there’s a lot of that up there for sure) I’ll just have to deal with that.
I’m digitising them straight off the vinyl with all the pops and clicks and slurs, which I hope will add to the whole thing.
I’ve no idea how long I’ll keep it up for. But I’ve queued a load of stuff up and I’m having fun with it :-)
A camera with a built in projector sounds pretty cool. I’m sure you could do some interesting things with that. So how come Nikon have made a video that makes it look like a piece of shit from the 1980s? I can’t sense any irony in the video whatsoever…
This image of Jim Henson and Kermit – posted here – has over 440 notes (at time of posting). That’s 440 people who’ve either re-blogged or ‘liked it’ on Tumblr. That’s a lot of kudos and viral spread going on. Mind you, it is a bloomin’ lovely picture.
Tumblr, I’m watching you. Like a hawk. A hawk with a lazy eye.
Pano – the panoramic photo maker for iPhone is great. I was pretty much hooked when I saw the image above on their website. That one image is such a brilliantly powerful and simple bit of design. And the app doesn’t disappoint. (OK it’s a tiny bit sluggish – but I’m trying not to forget that ‘everything is amazing‘).
Here’s a couple of shots I took yesterday – they’re far from perfect but I was taking them in bright sunlight so doing the joining on the iPhone screen was pretty tough. But that’s the fault of sunlight, glass, and my eyes not the application.
And the Crazy Golf.
There’s some incredible photo apps on the iPhone, some of my favourite gizmos are:
Camerabag is ace – it mimics a bunch of vintage toy cameras.
Photo FX – does a bunch of image processing thing (including crop and rotate which I find invaluable).
Quad Camera takes multiple shots in quick succession. A bit like this…
I can’t really remember why. I think it was because I’d found myself nodding along with of a bunch of sniping about the Apple announcements. People were moaning about the fact that not much happened. Some stuff got a bit better and a tiny video camera got added to the back of an MP3 player or something like that. Yeah, big deal.
In response @felixturner sent me a link to this wonderful clip: Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy. I think the original has probably had about 1 gazillion views on YouTube but I’ve never seen it before:
But thanks to the wonder of people – here it is in a UK friendly format! Yay!
He’s right you know. And that little iPod with a colour screen, video camera, radio, pedometer, etc. etc. etc. That’s serious witchcraft.
My dad refers to it all as ‘Alien Technology’ because for him it’s totally unfeasible that humans could have made such things. He could just about get his head around the phase of development between LED watches and the ZX Spectrum – he was actually a bit of an electronics tinkerer and OMNI magazine reader back when I was a kid. But when you show him something like an iPhone he is genuinely flabbergasted. He can’t comprehend the massive leap that’s happened between flashing LEDs and the crazy connected HD-quality computing firepower we have now.
I think we should all take a step back every now and again and let ourselves be a bit flabbergasted at what’ve done, and what we’re lucky enough to have at our disposal.
I had a bit of a moment a couple days ago, I suddenly realised that we were working on something that had just a whiff of the awesome infinite potential of technology. Obviously we were applying it to something really pointless. But it did make me stop and think for a second…
Original compositions made with heavy borrowing from films. Nice stuff…
Looks and sounds a bit like LemonJelly meets Hextatic (or something like that).
EDIT: The third video wasn’t broken last night. But it is as of this morning [10.09.09] – I thought I ought to leave it in as an artifact of ‘the man’ exercising his right to shut stuff down. I wonder how long the others will last?