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Passing Clouds Play Piano [Video]

cloud piano from david bowen on Vimeo. This installation plays the keys of a piano based on the movements and shapes of the clouds. A camera pointed at the sky captures video of the clouds. Custom software uses the video of the clouds in real-time to articulate a robotic device that presses the corresponding keys […]

8 Life Lessons I Learned on the Internet (Including How to Make a Bad Headline)

For the last eight months I've worked as a viral curator and reporter for The Huffington Post. Aside from being an incredibly fun dream job filled with fantastic co-workers, it was also a job that required a lot of time on the Internet -- like, way more time than most people spend on the Internet. Show More Summary

Comcast Employee Admits It Will Only Issue Refunds If Customers Record Their Calls

Tim Davis, a YouTube user who usually makes videos about philosophy and religion, has discovered the one surefire way to get Comcast to refund a billing error: Record the call in which a Comcast employee made the promise of free service in the first place, and then blackmail the company into honoring its promise with the recording. Show More Summary

13 Amazing Places That Will Make You Feel Tiny

It's easy to forget just how small we really are in this giant world. When you're comfortable in your own shoes, it's hard to stop taking selfies and realize that there are over 7 billion people in the world, and maybe you're not soShow More Summary

Microsoft Takes a Jab at Apple With New Surface Pro 3 Ads

Microsoft has a trio of new Surface Pro 3 ads, and they all have the same goal: to prove Microsoft's ultra-thin tablet/laptop hybrid is better than Apple's MacBook Air In one of the ads, titled "Crowded," Microsoft highlights the Surface...Show More Summary

Microsoft Launches Three New Surface Pro 3 Ads Targeting the MacBook Air

Microsoft today launched three new ads targeting Apple's MacBook Air and comparing the notebook to its new Surface Pro 3 tablet. All three commercials emphasize the Surface Pro 3's touchscreen multitasking features and expandable hardware, with each showing how the MacBook Air lacks similar functionality. Show More Summary

A Beverage Cooler with a Stereo

If you are looking for a way to spice up your summertime parties, try following [Pastryboy's] lead. After letting the idea rattle around in his head for a few years, he finally built himself the cooler he always dreamed of. [Pastryboy] was originally inspired by a YouTube video he found a few years ago. Show More Summary

Which tech exec did the best job on the Colbert Report? The complete ranking

Earlier this week, Airbnb founder Brian Shesky appeared on The Colbert Report to explain to Colbert precisely how Airbnb “is different from home prostitution.” But Chesky is far from the first tech founder or senior exec to guest on the Comedy Central show, and wasn’t even in the top ten best appearances. Show More Summary

Watch PM Tony Abbott Justify Government's Data Retention Scheme

“The threat to Australia and to Australians from this is real, and growing. So this week, the government announced a series of measures that will strengthen our national security.” Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed...Show More Summary

Vin Diesel’s Voice Plus Sam Smith’s Video Equals Perfect Internet Creation [Watch]

The internet can give you the weird, the awesome, the happy, the cute, the terrible, and then the pure perfection. While at the Guardians of the Galaxy press day in the U.K., Vin Diesel was asked by Capital FM radio to sing Sam Smith’s latest hit “Stay With Me.” The 47-year-old actor belted out the […]

3D Elastic Storage

If all goes according to plan we’ll close the sale of our house on August 27th and begin meandering across the country, visiting friends and relatives enroute to Santa Rosa. We’ve thrown all the cards up into the air. When we arrive we’ll look for an apartment in which to live for a year while […]

Tsumikore EVO! Attack on Titan Playset: Fun for the Whole Gigantic, Skinless & Man-eating Family!

Japanese toy maker Happinet has a series called Tsumikore, which consists of figurines that are on all fours. Aside from looking silly – or naughty – the figurines are posed that way to facilitate stacking. The…

The Science Behind Flying in V Formation [Video]

NPR explores the science behind why groups of birds often fly in a V formation while migrating. [NPR]

Doing is knowing: “Sweet Jane” and the Web

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In 2006, Lou Reed played for the architects of Web 2.0. It did not go smoothly. But his song and the Web preach the same message: "Anyone who ever played a part wouldn't turn around and hate it."

The “Sweet Jane” museum: riffs by the score

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The song has played many parts through the years -- by the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed solo, and in the hands of a host of devoted admirers. Herewith, a catalog.

Nitro Warriors 2: AFTERBURNER [Stop Motion Action Film]

The chase continues after the epic events of the critically-acclaimed ‘Nitro Warriors – A Stop Motion Animated Film‘ and takes to the skies in ‘Nitro Warriors 2 – Afterburner’ The gadget-laden Ford Mustang finds itself again under hot pursuit as it ducks, dives and rolls from skyscraper to skyscraper to outsmart hoards of police cars, […]

Why Everyone Should Purposely Sit In The Wrong Seat On An Airplane At Least Once

A lot of people are afraid of doing things that are unconventional. This fear holds them back from achieving more. They might be too uncomfortable to ask for a raise, for example, or unwilling to start a business because they're afraid no one will use their product. Show More Summary

Java Posse #457

Roundup ‘14 - Open Sourcing Corporate Code Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at http://javaposse.com NetFlix OSS http://netflix.github.io/#repo CapGemini OSS https://github.com/Capgemini GPL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html Apache...Show More Summary

Here's What Two Famous Movie Critics Had To Say About Apple's Commercials In The '80s (AAPL)

Apple is famous for its commercials, which usually feature their flawless products against a white background. In fact Apple made waves with its latest commercial for showing used MacBooks with stickers on them. But we rarely see Apple ads held up to a critical lens. Show More Summary

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