Friday Links!Leading off, because you really have nothing to do at work today, it's Shane Courtrille with YouTube's 50 Best Videos. Lots of very, very entertaining stuff here, but in particular, if you want to know how Recursive Panda came about, watch #16.
From Ronny Mo, a Wired article that's terrific reading. Its Art of the Steal: On the Trail of World’s Most Ingenious Thief. Personally, I think as soon as you're caught (and he has been), you lose that title, but it's a fascinating article.
I've been wanting to write about this week, but it's so surreal that I've given up--I can't say anything worthy. So without further adieu, from Sirius, a story about people who are paying a service to care for their pets after the Rapture.
Here's a fantastic story: how a car bought for $500 off Craigslist finished third in a World Rally Championship race. And here's an article from the co-driver.
From Andrew B, a story about a forgotten method of camouflaging ships in WWI: razzle dazzle (really, you need to see this)
From Randy Graham, a real world Turing machine. Plus, a video of it in action.
From Brian DeyErmand, a link to the music of Emily Howell. Emily happens to be a computer program, and her music is quite wonderful.
From Josh Catania, a video about an upcoming Photoshop feature: Content-aware fill. It's amazing.
From Steve Davis, a story about a space enthusiast named Robert Harrison who used a helium balloon and a load of ingenuity to take pictures from 20 miles above sea level. Also, from Matt Vanner, the website of Harrison's project, known as The Icarus Project.
From Scott Ray, a link to an extraordinary painting system prototype called Project Gustav. Why is it extraordinary? The brush-simulation algorithm (watch the videos).
Also from Matt, a link to a wonderful Rube Goldberg machine, although I admit I'm a little suspicious of the multiple camera shots (I'm not sure they did this in one take).
From DQ reader My Wife, it's The Most Badass Alphabet Ever.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a beautiful bit of architecture called Habitat 67. Also, it's white strawberries that taste like pineapple.
From Rob Cigan, a link to to the epically bad commercials of Crazy Gideon.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a story about Mills End Park, which is the smallest park in the world.