Celebrating creativity, what we have in common, and taking a stand

Chromatophore choreography

July 10th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

Michael Bok set the pulsing chromatophores (the pigment-producing cells of squid) of the Longfin Inshore squid to classical music. Don't get hypnotized:

Two laps – a short movie for a rainy Sunday

July 8th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

Every morning, for 17 years, Val and Pete go for a swim. And once a year they have a race: who is the fastest swimmer?

Owen Trevor wrote and directed the story.

Sterling Johnson – The bubble smith

June 30th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

Sterling Johnson makes blowing bubbles into an art form. As his event planner says: He pleases 100% of the people 100% of the time

Tom Scott

June 27th, 2012 Posted in Creativity, Smart thinking | No Comments »

The outview from some of Tom Scotts videos is a bit gloomy, but I praise his creativity.
Here is his science fiction story about what you see in the future when you die:

Tom has a keen eye for possible developments around the web, and the accelerating pace of (its) change: "A talk about a flashmob gone very wrong":

and "I Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago":

Handspring Puppet Company

June 24th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

"Puppets always have to try to be alive," says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a troupe of human and wooden actors.
Puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones tell the story of the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse:

I read it on the Internet so it must be true

June 24th, 2012 Posted in Smart thinking | No Comments »

"The greatest strength of the internet is that it gives everyone a voice, and the greatest weakness of the internet is that it gives everyone a voice".

So how do you know that some claim (and any claim will have its supporters) is true?
At Lifehacker, Alan Henry wrote a very clear article about all this:

How to Determine If A Controversial Statement Is Scientifically True

SmileTrain – Powerful advert

June 19th, 2012 Posted in Taking a stand | No Comments »

I was following a link to a website that suddenly had this advert:

Very powerful.

If someone is born with a cleft in the 'developed' part of the world, we generally know what to do about it, and we do it. But if you have to choose between feeding your kid or giving it surgery, that decision is made for you. It's great that SmileTrain is stepping in to provide that service.

The actual surgery:

Other Smiletrain videos on Youtube.

Toys for health

June 17th, 2012 Posted in Creativity, Taking a stand | No Comments »

This is smart!
Jose Gomez-Marquez & his group Little Devices at MIT use toys to make portable medical devices for developing countries:

There is a longer two-part interview on Vimeo:

 

NYC Phoneharmonic

June 16th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

An orchestral medley of ringtones:

Performed bij CDZA.

Background info about CDZA in this article.

Here is their 'Pianists in Paris' Opus 4:

And 'Zuckerberg, the musical':

The Cassini ballet

June 9th, 2012 Posted in Creativity | No Comments »

The Cassini spacecraft has been dancing her ballet around Saturn for almost 8 years now, far longer than originally planned.

Nahum Mendez Chazarra made this beautiful movie from images from the Nasa JPL Space science institute (I suggest you click the movie and play it full-screen):

 

1.5 billion miles away from us, in big dark void, a 7 by 4 meter spacecraft is still taking photos and sending them home. That is 10 times the distance from the sun and the signals take 70-80 minutes to arrive here.

Here are two more (one, two) of these beautiful composite videos.

Cassini was launched in October 1997, and arrived at Saturn in July 2004 after traveling 3.5 billion km.