Don’t even think about smiling politely and quietly saying “Thanks Mom” this year. Show some emotion when you open up your _______ (socks, Gift Certificate to Bed Bath and Beyond, Tony Robbins books on tape).
In the ceasefire of July 27, 1953, the DMZ was created as each side agreed in the Armistice to move their troops back 2000m from the front line, creating a buffer zone 4km (2. 5 miles) wide. However, this area has not been without its share of conflict since. Here, we examine the strange border relationship between North and South Korea.
Click here or on the image below to view the full-size interactive (and to view the interactive graphic on your iPad)
As the story develops on a daily basis, we now see giant companies either granting or (more often) withholding support for Julian Assange. It is remarkable to think about how dependent we are on a small handful of companies to be able to send/receive and deposit/withdraw money, and how simple it is for a company or individual to be frozen out of the system, whether via government pressure or from a PR-driven desire to avoid controversy (perhaps rightly so, depending on which side of the fence you are on). Whether you love him or hate him or sit somewhere in between, this is a monumental event, with implications for the security of people around the world, the rights of journalists, the relationships among governments and for the freedom of speech as we think we know it. For more insight into some of the foundational thinking that led to this martyr/hero/villain/freedom-fighter, you might enjoy the archive of his old blog (at least until it is deleted from the Internet). We decided to take our best crack at figuring out how his head has been wired. Click the image below or here to view the full-sized graphic. [Read more...]
This mashup combines RJD2’s brilliant track “A Beautiful Mine” that has burned its way into our brains over four seasons of Mad Men with a cover by “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. It was filmed in one take (as they mention, their 29th take specifically) without cutting, dubbing or lip-synching by Videos Recorded Live.
I was driving home today and casually noticed that Verizon had expanded it’s equal opportunity definition to allow green people to work for them as well. It’s a nice early sign of economic recovery and he was doing a great job, especially since Charlie Day (co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) mentioned in the most recent issue of Vice that you literally cannot see a thing in the Green Man suit (unless this guy is a phony).
This video contains some cool Easter eggs, and leads us down a bit of mathematical mystery using QR Codes and some fun scientific details. It basically has a lot to do with the 4th dimension (we think) and we will keep you apprised of what is coming next as it unfolds, but in the meantime, here are some M&Ms for you and ET to pick up on your way to outer space.
Many of us remember setting up our first Nintendo (or in some cases, Intellivision) and for some of us, it was our first welcome to the world of being a consumer. It wasn’t long before we were begging Mom for the Sega Genesis, then the Sony Playstation, and so on. Below is a preview of the Bits War, and click through to view the massive full-size breakdown of the battle to dominate our wallets.
Perhaps you remember the early computer-aided drawing program in Logo, where you had a little turtle and told him to move and as he did, he would create your drawing. And of course, ultimately you would end up making him run around on crack making diagonal lines everywhere. Kim Asendorf is the turtle all grown up, and he makes use of automation and computer glitches among dozens of other methods to create some really cool art, where you can’t tell if an aerial photo is a random data string spitting out an image that he is telling you to think is an aerial photo or if it is really an aerial photo from a digital file that he corrupted. Because I was having a hard time putting it into words and still do, let his own words (via email) and images tell the story properly.
Kim Asendorf: Basically I try to find my inspiration in any kind of abstraction. I look for behaviors, systems or characteristics. That’s probably the reason why I like data visualization, too. I love statistics and I love to play with them, re-organize them and then be surprised by the results. But of course i get also inspired by other artists, mainly graphics, Anton Stankowski, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Theo van Doesburg, Ilya Bolotowsky or Josef Albers to count just a few. I am completely into geometric abstraction.
I guess my first experiment with generative graphics was “rect” (http://kaubonschen.com/rect/). It was a drawing tool with some animation features. In the process I discovered that generative strategies came much closer to my ideas than any manual means.
Check out Kim Asendorf on Twitter where he has the appropriate bio consisting of a quote an excerpt of a quote by Prof. Allan Snyder:
Creativity is the act of rebellion by definition. You have to be downright subversive to break the rules and to confront conventional wisdom, don’t you? And if everyone accepts what you are doing when you are doing it, you’re obviously not on the forefront and you are doing something that is within the paradigm. If every accepts what I am doing, I’m in the wrong field.
That is exactly what I think about art, that is Avant-garde, that is what I am.
Make sure to get lost in his site over at kimasendorf.com