A collection of stuff, things, nonsense, rants, raves, pretties, sillies, and gee-gaws from Rev. Hugo Nebula, Ordained Minister of the Church of the SubGenius.
(And boobs. Sometimes there are boobs. Just like in real life.)
Thank you for reading.
"The single-use device is gone—-and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried… Gadgets come and go from our lives. Technology marches forward so rapidly that even if you could replace a broken part—which often you can’t—doing so just wouldn’t make any sense. Other times, the networks and services those gadgets depend on to keep running go away entirely. Gadgets die, even the ones we love…"
"When sound hits an object, it causes small vibrations of the object’s surface. We show how, using only high-speed video of the object, we can extract those minute vibrations and partially recover the sound that produced them, allowing us to turn everyday objects—a glass of water, a potted plant, a box of tissues, or a bag of chips—into visual microphones."
“Money does not exist outside of what we have invented. Darwin’s evolution is a kind of accounting, there are species that live and species that die, all depending upon how they manage the resources that are available to them. For example, if you’re an insect, you give up something to have flight. You become lighter, allowing flight, but then you don’t have the protective armor that an earth-bound insect would have. This cost analysis is not done by a human, its also not done by a god (for me), it’s done by the pressure of the environment, where over time a species makes trade offs. Birds can fly, but their wings are hollow, and that puts them at other disadvantages.”
“Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, The Blue Room, using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.
"Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?"
“Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond…”
“Both Samsung and Sony, leader and major player in TVs respectively, have huge amounts of money invested in 4K. Right now, 4K TVs represent potentially big profits, not costing that much more to make than 1080p LCDs, yet selling for much higher prices.
"One of the main reasons 4K adoption is slow is the lack of content. The same was true with 1080p. So what to do? Well, offer people 4K content. That’s logical. And Sony and Samsung are doing just that.
CGI technology has brought the late Audrey Hepburn back to the screen, as she stars in a TV advertisement for the chocolate company, Galaxy. Hepburn’s sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, said regarding the project: “Our mother often spoke about her love of chocolate and how it lifted her spirit, so we’re sure she would have been proud of her role as the face of Galaxy.” (watch the commercial here)
I wanna bring this back and remind everyone that the entire commercial is in CGI, not just Audrey.
Well, that’s.. Really, really creepy. Even if she loved chocolate more than anything, which, sure, I can give to that because chocolate is great bringing back people from the dead to advertise is just really, really creepy.
I’ve found this process disturbing ever since Fred Astaire danced for a vacuum cleaner company.
The whole advert is *terrifying*. It’s the whole uncanny valley issue. The CGI is excellent, but Hepburn is especially dead behind the eyes. I mean, she was pretty wooden in real life, but as a CGI character she looks like she’s about to rip off the rubber mask that is her face and start the robot revolution.
Technologically, this is brilliant. Ethically, no. Especially not for advertising, which is morally bankrupt in almost all respects anyway. You can’t speak for the dead in this way. It’s wrong.
“Spritz’s mission is to change the way people read and make communication faster, easier, and more effective…
“The time consuming part of reading lies mainly in the actual eye movements from word to word and sentence to sentence. In addition, traditional reading simply takes up a lot of physical space. Spritz solves both of these problems. First, your eyes do not have to move from word to word or around the page that you’re reading. In fact, there’s no longer a page – with Spritz you only need 13 total characters to show all of your content. Fast streaming of text is easier and more comfortable for the reader, especially when reading areas become smaller. Spritz’s patent-pending technology can also be integrated into photos, maps, videos, and websites for more effective communication…”
"We live in an era of accelerating technological change, and with it, accelerated rates of obsolescence. Here are 22 antiquated technologies that are actually quite young — and which people thought would be around for much longer than they were…"
Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we’ve been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.