Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Links!

Yes, I'm 47 today. I'm hoping I won't be 47 tomorrow, but that's unlikely.

Today we have one of the strangest and most compelling sets of links ever.

First off, from Phil Scuderi, a link to a video that left me speechless. It's an eight minute video of an elephant painting. Seriously, it's absolutely stunning.

From Tim, a link to a wonderful PBS site called Story Corps. It's an archive of audio recordings of people telling stories about themselves and others, and they're fascinating--funny, poignant, and sometimes painful.

From Nate Carpenter, a link to International Dance Party, a music system that uses radar to detect--well, here's an excerpt from the website:
Through its dance activity radar, the International Dance Party detects and evaluates motion input from surrounding people in realtime. Several sophisticated transforming mechanisms let the flightcase turn into a powerful and boosting party machine, once the visitors start to dance within the machine's range of perception.

Dance Activity Radar FTW, baby--talk about a great name for a band! Oh, and be sure to check out the video, because it's priceless.

From Ken of Popehat, a link to an outstanding and classic April Fool's Day prank. I hope I never have to hear the phrase "Can I take the shot?"

From Mark Lahren, a link to another hoax video, this one called Swiss Spaghetti Harvest 1957. It's absolute genius.

From Chris Meyer, a link to an article about a high-tech grave hunter.

Several of you sent in a link (Scott Zimmerman in particular) to a video of "Big Dog," Boston Dynamic's amazing "quadruped robot that walks, runs and climbs." It took me a few days to watch the clip, but holy crap, it's incredible, and you should definitely check it out.

From Craig Miller, a link to a video titled Richard Dawkins-Beware the Believers. At first, I was outraged by the clearly science-bashing tone of the video, but damn, it's funny. In spite of its viewpoint, it is tremendously clever.

From the Edwin Garcia Links machine, a link to a series of photographs titled America in 1960. Clearly, it's not 1960--these are almost all from the 1940's, I think--but the pictures are still fantastic. Next, a short video about Jill Sobule (best known for the song "I Kissed a Girl" a while back) and how she's financed her next album entirely via Internet donations. And here's a link to Old Photos of Japan, which is both spectacular and slow-loading.

From Shane Courtrille, a link to a story at Wired about ZAP Corporation, a "green" carmaker with a very low promise/delivery ratio.

From Sirius, a link to a story about how tooth regeneration may replace the dentist's drill in the future. Next, an awesome link to a story about scanning pieces of amber at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble. The ESRF basically has Superman's x-ray machine, and scientists are finding some incredible things in the amber that were previously unseen: 360 fossil animals in all.

From Jeremy Fischer, a link to a video of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, which is a troupe of 21 dancers (all deaf) performing together. I can't really describe the dance very well, but it's beautiful.

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