Cellulose nitrate was used to make dice from the late 1860s until the middle of the twentieth century, and the material remains stable for decades. Then, in a flash, they can dramatically decompose. Nitric acid is released in a process called outgassing. The dice cleave, crumble, and then implode.
From Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck by Ricky Jay and Rosamond Purcell, 2002.
Game installation by Jorge Nuno Coutinho where computer and human compete in a game of arcade classic Breakout - the difference being real players use actual balls to eliminate bricks - video embedded below:Revenge of Revenge of Doh (RoRoD) is an interactive installation based on the video game Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh (Taito, 1987). Just like in any other Breakout clone, the player’s goal in this game is to break bricks on the top of the screen using a ball.Revenge of Revenge of Doh isn’t different in any way, but it does expand this concept. Players are playing “against the computer”, competing in each level to see who’s able to destroy the biggest amount of bricks. The computer uses the classical method of bouncing a ball with a paddle. The players, on the other hand, employ the much more natural method of actually throwing a physical ball against the wall where the screen is projected.
Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.
Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:
Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo of….
Be sure to watch the video:
This is amazing.
Star Wars Trailer Made With Blooper Footage
As I sashay through the valley of the shadow of death
I believe this piece is by Natalie Shau?
Two dissected reindeer eyes, showing the tapetum lucidum. The left one comes form an animal killed in winter; the right one, in summer. The bit that actually changes colour is the tapetum lucidum or “cat’s eye”—a mirrored layer that sits behind the retina. It helps animals to see in dim conditions by reflecting any light that passes through the retina back onto it. In dark conditions, muscles in your irises contract to dilate your pupils and allow more light into your eyes. When it’s bright again, the irises widen and the pupils shrink. The same thing happens in reindeer, but the interminable Arctic winter forces their pupils dilate for months rather than hours.
Photo credit: Glen Jeffrey