May 22nd, 2016

Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio

From Aetherforce:

“Tesla’s Spirit Radio uses a simple crystal radio circuit connected to a computer sound-in jack to generate spooky sounds from all kinds of electromagnetic sources. As you will see, it creeped the hell out of Tesla himself.”

“My first observations positively terrified me as there was present in them something mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at night.”
– Nikola Tesla 1901

“The sounds I am listening to every night at first appear to be human voices conversing back and forth in a language I cannot understand. I find it difficult to imagine that I am actually hearing real voices from people not of this planet. There must be a more simple explanation that has so far eluded me.”
– Nikola Tesla 1918

April 26th, 2016

Motion them with breath

Collaboration with Jesse Vanden Eynde (guitar) to translate the rhythm of a poem into sound.

June 10th, 2014

Shakespeare and Love



Stephen Fry at the 2014 Hay Festival, speaking about Shakespeare’s sexuality, sonnets and the disputed authorship of his works.

December 1st, 2013

Studley tool chest


Toolbox envy?

November 30th, 2013

Michio Kaku

Kaku tells a good story.

November 7th, 2013

I know I don’t need to believe, I know

August 24th, 2013

Apollo computer

A fascinating insight into how astronauts would have interacted with the Apollo’s computer. (via kottke)

June 14th, 2013

story structures we enjoy

A charming Kurt Vonnegut visualises the story structures we enjoy. (via reddit)

June 13th, 2013

the mechanism of moviemaking

An interesting look at how soundtrack production fits into the mechanism of moviemaking (in this case for Star Trek: Into Darkness).

June 8th, 2013

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 (Mov.1 Moderato)

Cécile Ousset (piano)
Simon Rattle (conductor)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

April 28th, 2013

there’s too much directing around here

An amusing and insightful recording of an attempt to direct Orson Welles on a voice over for a Findus frozen foods commercial. Welles gets more obnoxious the more frustrated he gets.

April 28th, 2013

war of the radiowaves

From radio fax in 1938 to Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast, also in 1938. Here’s some excellent footage of Welles responding to the press after the broadcast.

April 27th, 2013

radio facsimile

1938-finch-machine-sm

I’m in love with this invention and the appearance of this prototype… It’s an elegant idea, probably too much before its time to really catch on. And now it’s pretty much obsolete as a concept. A newspaper delivered by radio as you sleep, printed in your home. And in 1938!

This invention of a wireless fax, as it were, was credited to W.G. H. Finch and used radio spectrum that was otherwise unused during the late-night hours when most Americans were sleeping. The FCC granted a special license for these transmissions to occur between midnight and 6am, though it would seem that a noisy printing device in your house cranking away in the middle of the night might have been the fatal flaw in their system. It wasn’t exactly a fast delivery either, as the article notes that it takes “a few hours” for the machine to produce your wireless fax newspaper.

The Smithsonian’s online magazine has a nice write-up on the invention here. And here’s a video of it in action (you need Quicktime to view it).

March 22nd, 2013

emotion produced by machines

This machine makes paper planes, but it also produces delight in certain people. Or is it the human innovation it represents that makes me smile? Hard to look at a machine like this and not see the person who made it.

February 6th, 2013

how fungi saved the world

There was apparently a time in our planet’s history when plants evolved into trees (in order to be able to grow taller while still supporting themselves structurally) but there was no type of fungi yet evolved that could break down the trees when they died. So for a long period trees just piled up. This interesting BBC documentary on decay explains the Carboniferous period. (via reddit)

January 23rd, 2013

olive oil production

The fascinating traditional process of making olive oil.

January 2nd, 2013

NASA cribs

(via kottke)

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December 18th, 2012

what is colour?

Simple explanation of colour perception.






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