Scroll down for today's pictures & links.
Yokomono - the Staalplaat Mono Erosive Surround Sound Installation.
Yokomono consists of 10 small car-shaped record players, a corresponding set of FM radios and two mixing desks. The cars, known as "vinyl killers," have been customised with wireless FM transmitters. As they spin around the vinyl, they transmit their signal to the FM radios tuned to a special Yokomono frequency. This transmission is then mixed, edited and manipulated in real-time by members of the Staalplaat Soundsystem.
(image credit: staalplaat.org)
Today's pictures & links:
Click to enlarge images.
(photo by Alexander Dzhantimirov)
Stephane Halleux Futuristic Art Deco
Stephane Halleux now has a book available for purchase on this site
We wrote about his work before, but we urge you to check for updates often, every sculpture is whimsical and unique.
This is the computer simulation of the rat's brain
(upper layer and one column only)
(image courtesy Alain Herzog/EPFL)
Pretty complex... but read this article about "The Blue Brain" supercomputer - the first model of the brain that has been built from the bottom-up.
The first slice of brain containing approximately 10,000 neurons has been built and it runs - "Now we just have to scale it up", says Henry Markram, the Father of the Machine.
How about self-consiousness? "If we build this brain right, it will do everything"
Quite a long cry from these computing blocks from 1948:
As good place to read your news as any
Mixed fresh links for today:
San Francisco in 2180 - [futurist] - via
The Worst spider I have ever seen - [photo] - via
7 Insane Conspiracies that actually happened - [weird]
Editor's Pick: Portrait Photography - [photos]
Jeff VanderMeer: Interview and latest free download - [books]
Size of Alaska, in comparison - [interesting]
You don't want to do this - [wow video]
SciFi Placement Agency - [fun video]
Spies! Take notice: how to fake accents - [wow video]
New Issue of the "IdeaFixa" magazine
IdeaFixa is an international magazine about design, photography, illustration and visual arts. (some nsfw; ignore "log-in" on front page)
(art by Nelson Balaban)
Don't miss a showcase of works of Kris Kuksi in this issue!
In the same dark surrealism vein is the work of Erlend Mork. He's got a couple of new images up recently, here is one called 'Experiment":
(the other one is called "End Credits")
(image credit: Erlend Mork)
Similarly sophisticated "portraits" from Random Elements:
(thanks Kimo Easterwood)
(image credit: Random Elements)
Art Deco Bus Design
This goes well with our "Vintage Concept Buses" article
Wonderful retro-future site "Modern Mechanix" has scans of this Drive Movie Bus from 1935
(image credit: Modern Mechanix)
Check also the "First Robot in History" on same site.
Not a president any more.
Reading the "Book of the Good Deeds":
Dmitry Medvedev: Russia's new president -
(images credit: AP Photo, Dmitry Astakhov)
Make your cakes quick enough to properly greet unwanted guests:
Ads for Planetaria Mixer:
Zeppelin? Aircraft Carrier?
UPDATE: (info thanks to the miniatures page)
US Navy actually built zeppelin aircraft carriers (see our recent article):
USS Macon (info) and USS Akron ZRS-4 (shown below: these tiny dots at the bottom are people)
Akron could carry four airplanes, Macon five, and the further models were designed to carry up to 22 airplanes!
All culminating perhaps in this idea:
(see full info at this page)
(image credit: modernmechanix)
Azumanga Daioh for a pet
Permanent Link......+StumbleUpon ...+Facebook
Dark Roasted Blend's Photography Gear Picks:
Visual Caffeine #5
Visual Caffeine, Issue 5
A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology
DRB Feel-Good Issue #38
Loads of cool and rare imagery
||The Best Of DRB in 2015
"Weird and Wonderful Things" Overview
"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"
DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB
Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus; make sure to subscribe to our updates.
SF ART & BOOK REVIEWS:|
Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office
READ OTHER RECENT ARTICLES:
||Hellish Weather on Other Planets
Wild, Untamed, and Uncut
||Medieval Suits of Armor
Metal Body Suits vs. Weapons of Medieval Destruction
||World's Strangest Theme Parks
Amusement to the (twisted) extremes!
||Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art
"Then world behind and home ahead..."
||Adorable Pedal Cars
Collectable Pedal Vehicles Showcase
Japanese Arcades: Gundam Pods & Other Guilty Pleasures
These machines have gone up to the next level
Modernist Tallinn Architecture
Delicious blend of old and new!
Early Supercomputers: A Visual Overview
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons"
Futuristic Concept Cars of the 1970-80s
French, Italian & Japanese rare beauties
Epic 1970s French Space Comic Art
DRB Time-Slice: Valérian and Laureline
The Trees Are Escaping! The Abandoned Prison in French Guiana
"Great Escape" from the Devil's Island
Videophones from the Future Past
Skype? Smartphone? Google Hangouts?
||The Best of DRB in 2014
Weird & Wonderful 2014 Overview
(with previews, fast loading):
Feel-Good & Biscotti Issues
Feel-Good! | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | funny pics | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | history | humour | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | sports | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird | abandoned