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Month: May 2020

Star Wars Trilogy as radio drama

Star Wars Trilogy as radio drama

I love driving and doing chores while listening to radio dramas and audiobooks.

Back in the ’80s NPR produced a series of broadcasts that retold the original Star Wars trilogy as a radio drama. Using original audio recordings of the series, combined with movie music and sound effects, Nigel Langes compiled all of the episodes into a playlist of three videos, running about 11 hours in total.

CRT instruments

CRT instruments

Japanese electro-punk group Electronicos Fantasticos is known for making music with unusual instruments. In this clip, musician Ei Wada shows off an electronic guitar known as the “CRTelecaster” that uses feedback created from the screen of an old CRT television set to produce sounds.

Here’s a concert they made with an electric fan harp, CRT-TV Drums, air conditioner harp, and other strange creations.

Find out more on their website:

https://www.electronicosfantasticos.com

Beating splosh-kaboom minigame in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Beating splosh-kaboom minigame in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

It took them about 10 years to build this tool, but here it is. How it helps you win is even more fascinating than the minigame. It’s a beautiful example of how a computer scientist would break down and solve a problem.

I think I might use this question in future interviews…

Unreal engine 5

Unreal engine 5

Simply astounding – really looking forward to reading how they did this.

What if we flipped things on their head and had more triangles than pixels on the screen? How would that engine work…

The gig economy is unhealthy

The gig economy is unhealthy

Patrick Willems does a great reflection on Kiki’s Delivery Service and how it speaks to many of the issues that small, independent content creators encounter.

I remember in the late 2000’s hearing tons of young people never wanting to work at some ‘stodgy’ old company that made you work 9-5, come into actual offices, etc. The gig economy is where it’s at! Work whenever and wherever you want!

Fast forward a bit, and we’re see the problems with the gig economy. Gig jobs have very little security, often lack basic benefits like medical, 401k, retirement contributions, stock plans, etc. As time has shown, these jobs have increasingly become a race to the bottom. A gig worker can be replaced by countless others doing the same task easily and efficiently. Anything you can do, there’s almost certainly someone out there that can do it cheaper.

On top of that, we’re increasingly seeing streaming stars burning out, suffering mental health issues, taking breaks and even calling it quits.

Another sad reality is that the promise of working whenever and wherever you want has actually turned out that you work ALL the time in my circle of friends that tried it. You are constantly connected online and need to constantly be doing your job, along with the additional job of selling and branding yourself. You’re doing 2 jobs at the same time. My gig friends were always on their phones and laptops, even when out supposedly having a good time.

In the end, all those friends of mine that did gig economy jobs have quit and joined established companies. It turns out, ONLY working 9-5, M-F means you have time for family and weekend fun. It means you can have kids. It means you know the mortgage will get paid each month. It means retirement, benefits, and exposure to professional interactions, equipment, and advancements you can’t have as a small independent.

collywood house – sweeping views across los angeles

collywood house – sweeping views across los angeles

Olson Kundig designed this high-tech west hollywood retreat to take in sweeping views across los angeles, from the san gabriel mountains to the pacific ocean. Located just above the sunset strip, the residence offers spectacular views from all parts of the house, while taking advantage of the climate of southern california. as they client enjoys spending time outdoors, the architects sought to blur the boundaries between internal and external space — encouraging outdoor living as much as possible.

olson kundig's hillside 'collywood house' presents sweeping views across los angeles
olson kundig's hillside 'collywood house' presents sweeping views across los angeles
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olson kundig collywood house
olson kundig's hillside 'collywood house' presents sweeping views across los angeles
olson kundig's hillside 'collywood house' presents sweeping views across los angeles
olson kundig's hillside 'collywood house' presents sweeping views across los angeles
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Giant LED Wave

Giant LED Wave

The Gangnam-gu area in Seoul is the Korean version of Times Square and it’s the country’s first outdoor advertisement zone. Mega-size LED screen displays have been installed on the walls of large buildings which create an electronic display for 18 hours a day.

One of the best known buildings is the COEX artium, also known as the mecca of K-pop. Featuring an electronic display measuring 80 meters in width and 23 meters in height, this massive screen wraps the building and is currently showcasing the korean wave designed by District.