Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The 'First Lady of ISIS'

Published on Nov 3, 2017

Tania Georgelas, the ex-wife of the highest-ranking American member of ISIS, reckons with her extremist past and attempts to build a new life. An original documentary from The Atlantic. More:

" Samsung trolls every generation of the iPhone in one video

Samsung Galaxy: Growing Up

Friday, November 3, 2017

"How PowerPoint was created

How PowerPoint was created
In 1987, a company called Forethought, founded by two ex-Apple marketing managers, rolled out PowerPoint and business meetings have never been the same since. Over at IEEE Spectrum, David C. Brock tells the story:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"The history of the web in 20 seconds

The history of the web in 20 seconds
Webflow's history of the web is a Bayeaux Tapestry of obsolete virtues and current vices, a superimposition of new and old bad things. It's a clever and very 2017 way to market a web design app that lets normal people keep making worthwhile mistakes on the web -- a gateway to free expression -- as it becomes increasingly technical and forbidding.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massive robot dance - Guinness World Records

Published on Aug 17, 2017

The robots were Dobi models who along with being programmed to dance can also sing, box, play football and execute kung fu moves. The robot display broke the previous record of 1,007, achieved by Ever Win Company & Ltd. in 2017. Read more: ► Subscribe for more: The most robots dancing simultaneously is 1,069 and was achieved by WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Welcome to the official Guinness World Records YouTube channel! If you're looking for videos featuring the world's tallest, shortest, fastest, longest, oldest and most incredible things on the planet, you're in the right place.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting and clicking "express" to file your comment.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Unusual computer ad from Japan

Unusual computer ad from Japan


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1973 AT&T Film The Far Sound

Published on Feb 6, 2017
1973 AT&T Film The Far Sound
This Funky film, The Far Sound, examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. It depicts how the various fields and departments at the Labs came together in this singular enterprise, culminating in common service for all. The film’s title, The Far Sound, is the alternate translation of the Greek “Telephone.”

1973, the year this film was made, was a very exciting time to be at Bell Labs. Telstar was under development. BellComm was about to be spun off, to work with NASA on the moon project. Technologies involving the transistor, laser, and the solar cell were underway. Scientists were just starting to explore what a computer was and what it might accomplish. In the middle of this wave of innovation was the Bell System’s core business—providing telephone service to almost the entire country.

A decade earlier, a few cities had been given direct dial long distance telephone service. Now, 10 years later, direct long distance was a novelty in some communities, while taken for granted in others. But this film showed how au-courant technologies at the time like the “electronic central office” (later to become the ESS), the optical MASER (aka laser), and satellites would later converge to form the modern telephone and data network.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator

The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator (Part 1 of 3) | Adobe Creative Cloud

Published on May 14, 2014
When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, the new product not only altered Adobe's course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. See how Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first conceived of Illustrator as a PostScript drawing tool and how PostScript's Bézier curves could be applied to the shapes illustrators painstakingly created by hand. This is Chapter 1 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.

Ami Capen

Executive Producers
Jeffrey Severtson
Terry Hemphill
Dan Cowles

Co-Director/Director of Photography
Christian Bruno

Ami Capen
Louanne Ponder

Associate Producer/Music Supervisor
Kristin Tieche

Post-Production Supervisor/Additional Editor
Christine Steele

Chris Dunn

Sound Mix
Jeffrey Fuller at PLAY

Sound Recordists
Luis Granados
Lauretta Molitor

Andy Olson
K.C. Smith

Additional Camera
K.C. Smith
Motion Graphics
Jayson Tang

Andre Seibel

Opening Titles
Ben Child

Production Assistant
Joe Zolnoski

Jenny Chu
Jamie Omar Yassin

Creative Consultants
Tony Coleman
K.C. Smith

Technical Consultants
Kathleen Dargis
Debra Schaffner
Erik Espera

Historical Research/Story Arc
The History Factory

Justine Jacob

Archival Video & Images:
Doug Menuez/Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
TIME Magazine
Norm Cox

Bruce Damer/DigiBarn Computer Museum
Shayna Butler
Murray Elliot
Michael Evamy
Carl Johnson
Henning Krause
Sam Millen
Thomas Tieche
Raffi Kojian

Dylan Roscover

"Spring Duet For Piano And Cello"
Written by Tom Erba
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

"Illustrator Beat" by Tony Coleman

"Tragic Overture"
Written by Johannes Brahms
Arranged by Keith Blainville
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

Written by David Treahearn
Arranged by David Treahearn and Robert Haggett Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

Written by Iain Roberton
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

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"The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium"
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"Pamgaea" by Kevin MacLeod (



Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world's best creative apps so you can turn your brightest ideas into your greatest work across your desktop and mobile devices.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Introducing Handle

Published on Feb 27, 2017
Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

Radio Shack Tandy Computer Commercial (1991)

Published on Feb 26, 2017
1991 Radio Shack commercial for the Tandy 2500 SX/20 386 and the Tandy 1000 TL/3 286 computers.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if Machines Become Conscious?

Published on Feb 23, 2017
What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Internet As It Was In 1996

Uploaded on Dec 29, 2011
Transferred from a VHS video tape, this 1996 video shows how to use a PC and how to use the PC to access the new "world wide web." I had my first website that year. It was a one pager which got an average of one visit per day, which wasn't too bad back then. I'm guessing the average 1st grader knows more about using a PC and the internet than this professional instructional video is teaching. You won't believe how backwards the state of PC and internet use 15 years will seem to you as you watch.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Minecraft isn't just a game. It's an art form.

Published on Feb 6, 2017
Minecraft maps are unique worlds, but they can also be an art form.

Thanks to Blockworks for sharing their process:

The images come from Beautiful Minecraft:

We used a wide range of maps in this video. In addition to maps you can find on Blockworks' website, you can explore some of the maps we used here:

Explore the VoxAlmaworld we made (nothing happens beyond the main island, and the construction is nothing to stare at. It's like how you put a 5-year-old's artwork on the fridge: it's terrible, but they tried their best):

Map of London by Known the Ranger:
Canada Flag by Xidorn:

Blockworks Maps:
Deconstructed Lego Plane:
Climate Hope City:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Coded - Trailer- a documentary on hackers

Published on Jan 16, 2017 There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Encrypt the Web

Published on Jan 4, 2017
EFF is working to encrypt the web and switch every website from HTTP to HTTPS. Two powerful tools are helping us get there: HTTPS Everywhere, a browser plugin for users, and Certbot, a free and easy-to-use tool for webmasters.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hidden History of Virtual Reality

Published on Jan 12, 2017
✱ Introducing 'The Possible,' a new virtual reality series that explores groundbreaking technology.
✱ Watch now on the Within app ⇨

Virtual Reality might be the hottest new thing in tech, but surprisingly, VR has a long history before today. Mashable explores the various false-starts, influences, and oddities in the Hidden History of VR.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Max Cooper - Order From Chaos (official video by Maxime Causeret)

Published on Dec 21, 2016
From the new album 'Emergence' out now
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I'm really excited about this video project, after the first live show it was the part that everyone was asking about - It is a beautiful humanised exploration of life and emergence, by Maxime Causeret. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The idea for this part of the story started on a day when there was really heavy rain hitting the roof window at my old flat. I got out my binaural mics and put my head right up by the window with the big raindrops hitting all around. They made nice individual percussive noises, with great spatial positioning, so I decided to use them to seed a piece of music.

This track is the most explicit representation of the idea of emergence in the album, because the rhythm of the track is created by the raindrops in an emergent manner - I took the audio samples, mapped the transients for the raindrop hits, and then forced the mapped points towards the nearest drumming grid positions. This meant that the random raindrops were pushed into a quantised grid, and the result was that a percussive rhythm emerged, one that I hadn't created myself, but was the closest rhythm to that particular section of rain.

I then played the sansula over this rain rhythm, and added lots of pads and saturation layers, finally with some vocal snippets from Kathrin deBoer to complete the track. Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form.

His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life. This develops into a visualisation of the idea of endosymbiosis, where simpler smaller organisms can live inside larger cells, each providing a benefit to the other, and eventually forming parts of the same organism as they evolve to be entirely dependent on each other. The video also shows competition between organisms for resources, which spurs on their evolutionary development, as each species tries to keep up with the innovations of the others. He also visualises the emergent ideas of flocking behaviour, where groups of individuals form beautiful dancing-like patterns.

Maxime also shows us a section of animated reaction-diffusion patterns, where simple chemical feedback mechanisms can yield complex flowing bands of colour - these forms of system were originally thought up by Alan Turing, and were part of the early seeds of the field of systems biology, which seeks to simulate life with computers, in order to better understand the systems producing the complexity we see in the living world. They were also the starting point of my main research area many years ago before I got lost in music! (where I began with the question of what patterns could be produced via reaction-diffusion forms of system as opposed to gene-regulatory network controlled patterning).

So it's a rich visual treat from Maxime on many levels, I can see why so many people were asking about it after the first live show. Lots more amazing video content to come over the next few weeks.

Some words from Maxime about his process (translated from French):

I firstly made a lot of small experiments with dynamic systems around my main idea of living micro organism. It was hard to then put everything together. It was now time to experiment with editing. I also ask for opinions, ideas and tests of few friends, specially Leslie Murard. Then i just have to do the real shots from my experiments.

In terms of tools, I work with Houdini. It's a software which gives you a lot of freedom. You can easily customize tools or build your own tools. It's famous for vfx but you have the same freedom with modelling or animation tools for cheap when you're a freelance.
I always start with few sketches on paper for ideas. I also search for références drawings/photos/painting. In Houdini i try to setup something fast to Cook or at least fast to preview in order to animate the shots in good conditions.

The major challenge was to put everything together. There's nothing very hard but it's never easy to get something who "works" so it needed time to adjust things. This production was made this summer on 4 months but not at full time. I also had few other projects.

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