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Vinyl Killer

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:
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(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.


Singularity... soon

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

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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.


Putin, bye-bye!

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:


Mystery model

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

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Blogger Unknown said...

Azumanga FTW.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what that spider is? It isn't quite as horrifying as an Australian Clock Spider, but it's pretty close.

Blogger alvarhillo said...

Did you know the USSMacon was a aircraft carryer dirigible?

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

alvarhillo, thanks for the info, updated


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