Such an amazing short film from the European Space Agency (ESA) about human ambition and space exploration. Check it out!
“Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.”
An Interview With Mink CEO Grace Choi, Who’s Taking On The $55 Billion Beauty Industry With A 3D Makeup Printer
Though it was Vurb that took home the winning “Cup” from the Disrupt New York 2014 Startup Battlefield competition, there’s no question that Mink is the company that hit the biggest nerve this past week with a mainstreamaudience.
Mink, a personal 3D printer for making custom cosmetics, is such a strikingly clever yet simple idea, just like the greatest products and modern art — something that seems so simple that you wonder why you didn’t come up with it yourself. The Mink (which is currently in early prototype form) is a $300 device that will purportedly let anyone create completely customized makeup shades any time they want, from the comfort of his or her own home. In a world where an eyeshadow compact can cost anywhere from $5 to $78 a pop and color trends change each season, the Mink is a pretty disruptive thing.
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This is just a quick post, but I would like to stress the importance of open source material and defending the ideals of creative commons licensing. In a previous post about open sourcing, I mentioned a software program called Blender, which is a program where you can model and animate in 3D and easily rivals those like Maya and 3DS Max. They created a fully open sourced project and included all of its assets free for public use. That film was called Sintel, a fantasy drama involving a very cute dragon.
With corporatism gaining more of an iron fist on our daily lives, Sony Pictures took it upon themselves to use some of Sintel to advertise their 4K media. That’s fine for them to do that. It’s their prerogative. But they never credited the Blender community for that use and they even reported copyright infringement on the film on YouTube. It’s a new blow to the system and shows all of us that YouTube is using a “shoot first, ask later” policy. Definitely a sickening feeling.
Sintel has been reinstated now. Watch the film here:
So, perhaps the world is starting to pay attention to dire and impending collapse of our civilisation. Recently, a study from NASA was released in which they give us a couple of decades before our civilisation will collapse if we were to continue the trajectory we are currently on.
In the past, civilisations have risen and fallen from the Roman Empire to the Han Dynasty and even the advanced Mesopotamian Empire. It shows us that even the most technologically stable empires are fragile and impermanent.
“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” ~Winston Churchill
Russell Brand has recently caused a bit of a stir when he advocated a global revolution to change the way governments run their countries. He spoke specifically of the system in Britain and how his refusal to vote is an example of how the current form of democracy doesn’t work. Brand explains in a tweet, “Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party. #MillionMaskMarch“. Perhaps voting is futile. Perhaps we need a massive change to the system so that every one of us has our views fully represented. Russell Brand was Read More…
“[We are] building a world with free education without language barriers.” -Duolingo
I have recently come across a new open source and free language learning site that just has me in awe and wonder to myself “Where has this been??”
Back in an earlier post found here I mentioned wanting to put Rosetta Stone out of business. I love languages. I love the challenge of syntax. I guess I am a linguist by hobby. I can read Greek, Cyrillic, Hangeul, Kana and of course the Latin alphabet. It doesn’t mean I understand what I’m reading though. I’ve been wanting to improve my language skills for so long but I don’t want to pay the extortionate prices that Rosetta Stone charges. So my goal was to teach myself how to code and get a website online to offer free language learning and tell Rosetta Stone to suck it. Well, it looks like Duolingo has beat me to it and I’m impressed. The website is amazing and as you learn, you progress through different levels, score points, compete against the clock and even translate documents which people can upload to get translated. Currently, only Read More…
Awesome documentary called “Revenge of the Electric Car”
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