Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Splendid 1953 video of the Ordnance Survey at work. When I was drawing maps for the DOE in the 70's things really hadn't changed that much.....during training we had weeks mastering the art of hand lettering (a full week of my working life was taken up writing the single word MOONMAN with a mapping pen getting to grips with the concept of 'negative spaces'!) and how to use proportional dividers, scribing was still seen as cutting-edge technology. Notice the distinct lack of female presence and the prevalence of the necktie and sensible specs. Happy days!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Hoshi Saga is a simple game of discovery. One part point-and-click and one part puzzle game, the objective in each stage is to find the star. How you go about doing that is different for every level. The task is up to you to figure out how." (Part 3 has just been released)
"interactive artist daniel rozin works in a very particular artistic milieu, making mirrors from unreflective surfaces. one of his creations, 'the wooden mirror' is a testament to his skill in this area. the mirror uses 830 square pieces of wood which are hooked up to an equal number of small motors which move the wooden blocks according to a built in camera. the camera picks up movement in light and somehow transfers the signal to the wood. the result is an eerie representation of reality depicted in tiny wooden pixels. since building 'the wooden mirror' rozin has experimented with a number of other materials."
"A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
But to be honest, I still got well and truly lost about half a minute in....maybe you'll do better! In the meantime I think I'll get myself a t-shirt with this on the front....Available from the Neatorama shop
"ICONS is a rich resource of material about our lives and cultural heritage. Teachers use it to stimulate classroom learning. Inspiring content continually sparks visits to arts venues and events. It whets the appetites of tourists and provides valuable reference material for students. The content for the site has been created by the ICONS team and our partner organisations, as well as valued contributions from you - the public."
via Blue Tea
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
"Radio 4 joins CERN on 10 September 2008 as scientists attempt to discover more about the origins of the Universe by recreating the aftermath of the Big Bang.
The experiment is one of the most complex and significant of modern times - and one that raises a lot of questions!"
Check out the website to find out what's on. I'll definitely be listening in to some themed drama in the afternoon, "Torchwood comes to Radio 4 in a specially-commissioned drama. Martha Jones, ex-time traveller and now working as a doctor for a UN task force, has been called to CERN. Join Captain Jack and friends in a series of strange events around the activation of the world's largest particle accelerator." Link (also available as a podcast)
And here's a repost of McCay's 1911 (1911!!) animation of some of the characters. If I remember correctly, the individual frames were hand painted on rice paper.
GONE WITH THE WIND by Claire Morgan
.....until 19th October 2008
"Representing an individual's journey through a large crowd, Gone With The Wind is made from over 10,000 wild flower seeds and a Kittiwake Gull."
No other way to describe it but mind-boggling!
See more of Claire Morgan's work at her website
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Another picture from the Treasure Hunt on Tuesday. Interesting fact...the window to the left of the robot's ear probably belongs to the Swedish Consulate (according to the nameplate on the door)
ps...though for an "Arts Centre" their website could do with an injection of style and new technology!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
But Heritage Open Days aren't just a northern affair, visit the National website to see what's on offer elsewhere. It's a great chance to visit places that aren't normally open to the public.