Archive for February, 2011

What is the future of touch UI? According to Joe Moon, the bridged smartphone interface doesn’t work for tablet computers.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 1:09pm by mnp


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What does it mean to cargo cult? Edward Z. Yang explains the act that by definition can’t be reframed.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 1:06pm by mnp


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How do you hinder performance? Christophe Pettus presents 10 ways in his February 2011 pdf.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 10:34am by mnp


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What can entrepreneurs learn from skateboarders? Celebrate the stokedness possibilities of catching a rail and reflect on your skate experiences to encourage advancement says Dan Martell.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 10:28am by mnp


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Who wrote the first computer program? Ada Lovelace covered in Today I Found Out did- she used the Analytical Machine as inspiration and translated Luigi Menabrea’s maths into a valid algorithm.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 10:21am by mnp


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What is the value of a college degree? Justin Kan of Justin.tv reveals the modern merits of secondary education.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 10:16am by mnp


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The Star Wars Effect

From ILM to Pixar to Photoshop and back to Finding Nemo (don’t forget Willow!), in 1971 Lucas Film inspired generations…

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 7:58am by mnp


Categories: music,art,too good to be true,games,robots,film,weaponry,design,science,development,internets,americana

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Solar-Powered Art - Craig Colorusso

A solar-powered art exhibit?  It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve covered something of that sort on the vaunted pages of mnp, but it could be the coolest.

Creating the effect of an enchanted forest of singing trees, Craig Colorusso’s "Sun Boxes" installation can be walked through in a leisurely manner, or run through at full speed in a last ditch and extremely risky move to avoid the approaching enemy.

Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

Basically, I imagine this to be one harmonious but constantly changing, amplifying, and diminishing barrage of sound that keeps on rocking (God forbid it’s cloudy out).  Although not billed as such, I find this to be a potentially very interesting and mesmerizing marriage of sound and mathematics.  Plus, this ninja is from Beantown!

Craig will be at the IMA from March 18-20, for what we hope are 3 beautiful days.  We recommend you wander amongst the enchanted sound-forest, put don’t pick the flowers!

We are all reliant on the sun. It is refreshing to be reminded of this. Our lives have filledup with technology. But we still need the sun and so does Sun Boxes. Karlheinze Stockhausen once said "using Short-wave radios in pieces was like improvising with the world." Similarly, Sun Boxes is collaborating with the planet and its relation to the sun.

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 6:34am by Black Ock


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What happens to lost shipments at sea? Guy Adams measures the effect of dispersed plastic ducks- better known as "Friendly Floatees."

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Posted: February 27th, 2011
at 2:33pm by mnp


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