Oculus Drone:

Netter Oculus Rift-Hack: „Integrated Oculus Rift head tracking and video feed with the AR Drone to make a head motion controller.“ Download auf Github.

Frogs croak higher because Climate Change:

Frösche in Puerto Rico quaken anscheinend in höherer Stimmlage, weil Klimawandel: „[Scientists] have found that the pitch of male coqui frog calls in Puerto Rico has changed over the twenty two year period between 1984 and 2006, which appears to correlate with the amount of air temperature increase the frogs have been exposed to due to global warming.“ (Vorher auf NC: My Voice is higher than your Voice).

The Death of Social Media:

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Doc Martens Spraycan

Aus Antonio Braskos Spraycan-Serie Brandalism. (via Notcot)

Living inside a Bear for 14 Days

Abraham Poincheval lebt seit dem 1. April in einem ausgestopften Bären im Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. Irgendwas mit Nachempfindung tierischer Empfindungen während des Winterschlafs. Naja. Man kann dem Mann auch dabei zusehen, wenn man das will: Hier der Live-Feed.

just like the mammal during the winter months, poincheval remains within a small enclosure, keeping with him all the basic things he might need to survive throughout the weeks spent inside; food, water, activities and even a place to relieve himself are all contained inside the makeshift unit. by residing within the species, poincheval aims to understand his own physical limits and experience animal nature, a symbolic image of the ‘inside out’ of a bear during hibernation.

abraham poincheval lives inside a bear for two weeks

Dude wears 1000 Band-Shirts on 1000 Days

Isac Walter hat in den letzten 1000 Tagen 1000 verschiedene Band-Shirts getragen und sein Tumblr-Archive mit den 1000 Postings zu der Aktion ist eine reine Goldgrube voller großartiger Shirts. Ich brauch’ dieses Butthole Surfers-Tee.

So this is what 1000 days of band shirts looks like. with the exception of a few non band shirts but art related ones in the begining + a bunch of bonus shirts when i changed or wore a long sleeve they are here. it has been fun doing it.

I wanted to show in perspective what a 1000 blog posts look like in reality. so i imagined up this idea to fill a photo studio wall and this is what it looks like.

Minor Thread: „A Band T-Shirt Archivist who crushed a 1000+ Days in a row with out wearing the same band shirt twice.“

Eye-Tracking Conservatism

Ich hatte hier schon oft Postings über psychologische Unterschiede von progressiven und konservativen Menschen. Ich wusste allerdings nicht, dass sich das ganz konkret in Kognition und sogar Augenbewegungen manifestiert:

Liberals and conservatives were fitted with devices that tracked their gaze, and were shown a series of four-image collages containing pictures that were either “appetitive” (e.g., something happy or positive) or “aversive” (showing something threatening, scary, or disgusting). The eye-tracking device allowed the researchers to measure where the research subjects first fixed their gaze, how long it took them to do so, and then how long they tended to dwell on different images. […] The results of Hibbing’s study were clear: The conservatives tended to focus their eyes much more rapidly on the negative or aversive images, and also to dwell on them for a lot longer. The authors therefore concluded that based on results like these, ‘those on the political right and those on the political left may simply experience the world differently.’

This Machine Can Tell Whether You’re Liberal or Conservative

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Science: Conservatives are stupid
Neuroscience of Politics
Neuroscience of Politics explained
Konservativ vs. Liberal, psychologisch betrachtet

Indian Horror Comic Cover


Großartige Cover-Scans von Horror-Comics aus Indien auf Monster Brains, hier das Flickr-Set dazu.

A Maze Festival 2014 heute abend in Berlin

Heute abend beginnt das A Maze-Festival rund um Indie-Games mit jeder Menge Ausstellungen, Vorträgen, Chiptunes und natürlich der Verleihung des A MAZE Awards. Ich werde da sicherlich mal vorbeischauen und ich habe hatte hier 2 Tickets für den Abschlussabend am 11.4. zu vergeben, first come, first serve. [update] Die Tickets sind weg.

3rd International Independent Video Games Festival in Berlin – From April 9 to 11, 2014. A MAZE. / Berlin brings together international independent game developers, creatives and enthusiast in Berlin.[…] You can expect two days of inspiration, skill, celebration and play. Talks and workshops give you insights and help your craft evolve, while exhibitions and game showcases give plenty of opportunity to play and enjoy your favorite art form. The Urban Spree is a fertile ground for face time. So bring your game. We are also proud to award the 3rd A MAZE. Awards.


6 Habanero Chili Peppers cause School Evacuation

 Youtube Direktchili

Das hier passiert, wenn man einfach so sechs Habanero Chili Peppers in der Gegend rumliegen lässt. Dann verbrennen sich ganze Klassen von der Luft und die Schule muss evakuiert werden.

Police cars and fire trucks surrounded Jefferson County Open School in Colorado Monday, as hazmat crews decontaminated students outside — spraying them down, fully clothed, in cordoned-off sections under a blue tent.

Students coming in after recess had reported eye and skin irritations. Thirty kids and a teacher’s aide were eventually treated for symptoms similar to an allergic reaction, according to CNN affiliate KUSA. A handful were taken to the hospital. The rest were evacuated to a church down the street.

The K-12 Colorado school remained closed on Tuesday as investigators tried to figure out what “toxic irritant” had been released on the playground. They quickly figured out that it wasn’t fertilizer or pepper spray, KUSA reports. Six habanero chili peppers caused this hot mess.

Investigators found the spicy fruits scattered in the wood chips near the playground, school district communications director Lyyn Setzler told CNN.

Habanero peppers cause school evacuation (via Death and Taxes)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Sriracha Hot Sauce-Factory causes Chili Smog
The Fire Eaters
Arms Race for the World Hottest Chili
Hot Pepper Game Reviews
Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage with Jalapeño
Sriracha Chili Sauce Lollypops
Chili Gummy Bears
Great Balls of Fire: Ghost Pepper Candy
How to insert the world hottest Chili into your Anus
Hottest Chili in the World grown with Worm Juice
The Psychology of Chili

Doraemon at the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games

 Vimeo Direktakira, via MeFi

Neo-Tokyo is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E!

a= Tokyo’s bid committee for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games appointed Fujiko F. Fujio ‘s famous robot cat Doraemon as a special ambassador.
b= Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games way back in 1982.
a+b= I had to make this video.

Junge Union Poster-Meme

Die Junge Union hat sich dieser Tage mal wieder vollständig zum Horst gemacht und bedankt sich artig für die Räumung des Flüchtlingscamps am Oranienplatz, wo sie für 550 Tage lang protestiert haben.

Die gute @mykke_ hat das Poster jetzt endlich vom eklig-konservativen Law&Order-Müll befreit, daraus habe ich grade ein Photoshop-Template mit Masken und Schnickschnack gebastelt: http://www.crackajack.de/JU.psd (8,5MB). Ein Tumblr gibt’s auch schon (Danke Jay!), die Shops könnt Ihr dann an fakkjuberlin@hivemind.re schicken. Enttäuscht mich nicht und lasst sie Kuchen fressen, bis sie platzen. Haut rein!

[update] Hier ein weiteres Tumblr: Die Familie JUschild.

We Will Live Again: Mini-Doc about Cryonics

 Vimeo Direktkryo

Tolle und auf so ‘ne retrofuturistische Art auch sehr tragische Minidoku von Brooklyn Underground über Kryonik, die Konservierung von gestorbenen Körpern – die haben auch einen Behälter für Hunde und Katzen – in flüssigem Stickstoff.

We Will Live Again looks at the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. Follow Ben Best and Andy Zawacki as they maintain the ninety-nine deceased human bodies stored at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. Meanwhile, cryonics movement founder Robert Ettinger, long-retired from overseeing operations at the Institute, still lives nearby, self-publishing books on cryonics, awaiting the end of this life and eagerly anticipating the next.

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Cryonic Photography by Murray Ballard: The Prospect of Immortality

Bio-Computer created inside Cockroach with Nano-Bots

Wissenschaftler haben Logic Gates (AND, OR, NOT etc, die Grundbausteine von Prozessoren) mit Nano-Bots (DNA-Stränge, die auf bestimmte Proteine reagieren) in einer Kakerlake nachgebaut und arbeiten nun daran, das ganze zu einem 8-Bit-DNA-Biorechner hochzuskalieren, der einem C64 gleicht. RUN, COCKROACH! RUN!

The Team […] injected various kinds of nanobots into cockroaches. Because the nanobots are labelled with fluorescent markers, the researchers can follow them and analyse how different robot combinations affect where substances are delivered. The team says the accuracy of delivery and control of the nanobots is equivalent to a computer system. “This is the first time that biological therapy has been able to match how a computer processor works,” says co-author Ido Bachelet of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar Ilan University. […]

The number of nanobots in the study – more than in previous experiments – makes it particularly promising, says Bachelet. “The higher the number of robots present, the more complex the decisions and actions that can be achieved. If you reach a certain threshold of capability, you can perform any kind of computation. In this case, we have gone past that threshold,” he says.

The team says it should be possible to scale up the computing power in the cockroach to that of an 8-bit computer, equivalent to a Commodore 64 or Atari 800 from the 1980s. Goni-Moreno agrees that this is feasible. “The mechanism seems easy to scale up so the complexity of the computations will soon become higher,” he says.

DNA nanobots deliver drugs in living cockroaches (Bild via Shutterstock)

Multimillion Dollar Camping-Van

Das hier ist Bran Ferrens (FX für Altered States, Little Shop of Horrors und Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Multitouch-Pionier, Präsi von Walt Disney Imagineering etc) Campingwagen. Das Teil hat nur drölf Millionen Dollar gekostet und mit dem Ding und seiner vierjährigen Tochter will er nun um die Welt fahren. Und ich hab mich damals mit dem Standard-Campingdings und dem Odenwald zufrieden gegeben.

Ferren and his team have gutted most of the original [Unimog] equipment, leaving only the steering wheel and a few smaller components. Among their numerous additions are a series of custom-made, overhead- and dash-mounted touchscreen cockpit displays, which monitor the vehicle’s health and navigational progress; a joystick-operated situational-awareness system, which allows passengers to see the view from any one of the vehicles’ 22 cameras and provides infrared thermal imagery of the road’s temperature; and an emergency-beacon locator-transmitter, which goes off automatically in case of an accident—if, say, the vehicle flips over. (With his radio direction-finder subsystem, Ferren can also track nearby vehicles that might be in trouble.)

There’s more: A joystick for the truck’s hydro-drive system, for switching from four-wheel drive to six-wheel drive. Passenger-side display units that allow riders to monitor everything from tire air pressure to battery problems. And a communications system that turns the vehicle into a mobile command base and allows Ferren to communicate and coordinate with nearby aircraft. “It’s basically as if we’re an airplane, just stuck to the ground,” he says. Every form of communication imaginable is on the truck—from walkie-talkies to UHF radios to high-powered GPS systems. “I always want to know where I am,” Ferren says. The KiraVan can send emails from under a triple-canopy rain forest.

The Most Insane Truck Ever Built and the 4-Year-Old Who Commands It