Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Evolution of the Geek by Flowtown

I have seriously been neglecting my blog lately...I just don't have time to update it anymore! I've decided the solution is to buy a laptop and start updating it on the train as I spend nearly 4 hours a day commuting.

Anyway, here's a brilliant chart that I read about on Penn Olson's blog, which I highly recommend reading if you have the time. This infographic is by Flowtown and goes some way in addressing the many 'social substratas' (to quote Mark Corrigan, possibly a hybrid of a Book Geek and a Politics Geek) which have now evolved from the rather patronising 'geek chic' label that has been paraded around over the last few years.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Sofa Stadium by Virgin Media

If you're struggling to afford the astronomical prices charged by top football clubs to watch your team play, you should check out Sofa Stadium. It's available to anyone with an internet connection (not just Virgin customers) and lets you chat to your mates about the current game on TV. It shows live stats and analysis of the game and is an essential download for any football fanatic!

Check it out here.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Human Pacman by Guillaume Reymond

Taking just 4 hours and using 111 cinema seats, French artist has taken his human tetris one step further by replicating Pacman with people.

Via Digital Buzz Blog.

Bestimix 33 - The Nextmen!

I was pretty gutted that I couldn't go to Bestival this year, despite having a good time go-karting. So I was chuffed to come across this mix by my favourite DJ duo, The Nextmen. I wanted to replicate the experience so much that I filled my bedroom with mud, pitched up a tend, didn't shower for 3 days and blasted this out of my hifi.

Download it here.

Smart Finger

I love this concept from Korea. Everyone has experienced being in Korea and thinking that space between the wall and your bed is about that big only to find when you get home that your bedside table is going to have to be 'adjusted' with a hacksaw. I won't bother explaining how it works (using LED) as it's a concept and so therefore is only really a thing of science fiction but I did like the accompanying diagram below, which shows different cultures interpretations of distance.

Via Yanko Design.

Speed-tie Your Shoes

Here's a really impressive viral by Sprint, whose business strategy is centered around the speed of their network. The video has over 2 million views on YouTube and was featured on Lifehacker. It's part of a series of videos called SprintCuts which all offer ways of speeding up everyday tasks. Apparently, by doing said tasks you'll save 4 days of your life, which is by no means linked to their 4G network. Check it out here.

Cardboard Warfare

I've been meaning to post this for a while since Mr. Fisher showed me it a few months ago. It has some pretty awesome sound engineering and special effects which are juxtapositioned by the use of cardboard guns. It reminds me of the scene in The Dark Knight, where two young boys think their imaginary guns cause the huge explosion caused by Batman.


Xbox 360 Autumn 2010 update...LEAKED!

Due to some sloppy security surrounding the development of Kinect, the new update to the menu system of the Xbox 360 and the first one that the new Slim model will be subjected to, has been leaked on YouTube. By the looks of things, the update means that the angular design of the Slim has been translated into the UI. I'm not sure I'm too keen, but it's not that much of a big deal to me to warrant posting the stream of absurdly strong emotions that now adorn the videos YouTube page.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The future of touchscreen

The prevalence of touchscreen devices has rocketed in the last few years. With smartphones now allowing us to carry mini-computers in our pockets, whilst also touting HD cameras, GPS applications and the all important telephone function, it's sometimes difficult to picture how much further manufactures can go.

Cue Swedish design firm, The Astonishing Tribe, who have conjured up this crazy vision of the not-too-distant 2014. Innovations include a fancy version of the iPhone app 'Bump' as well as an interactive mirror. However, all this innovation seems a tad intrusive; a view shared by Charlie Brooker. As the video perhaps unintentionally illustrates, we are bombarded with information from the moment we wake up. The disgruntled young woman in the film doesn't even have time to brush her teeth without being reminded of her event invitations. I mean if you can't look into the mirror and recreate the astronaut scene from The Truman Show, how else can you have fun?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Don Draper checks his iPhone

I'm sure that you're aware by now that series 4 of Mad Men will be hitting British screens on the 8th September - a full 4 months ahead of schedule. This is glorious news and once again raises the issue of delaying the release of award-winning American shows this side of the pond. Waiting to see the new series undoubtedly means one is privy to all manner of SPOILERS on the socially connected web of 2010.

One sneak peak that I wasn't aghast to see was these pictures of the cast using modern tech, captured by Rolling Stone magazine.