This is a nice mix of religious and technological cultures …
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Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. God’s Eye View portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth. Above, The Crucifixion.

It’s the work of Sydney-based “creative collective” The Glue Society. The project was commissioned by Eric Romano of Pulse Art, New York for its Miami art fair. Romano had seen the group’s Hot with a Chance of a Late Storm installation (below), a comment on global warming in which a melting ice cream van oozed across the promenade and onto the sand at Tamarama in Australia last year as part of Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea event, and commisssioned them to create this new work.

God’s Eye View depicts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,


Noah’s Ark


And Moses parting the Red Sea

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The duelity web site has a nice feature that places both short origins-of-the-universe clips side by side. The voiceovers are done in a style contrary to the typical religious vs. scientific metaphors.
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a compelling split-screen infographic animation that tells both sides (in reversed visual styles) of the story of Earth’s origins in a provocative journey through human history & language.

while also enjoyable separately, the trick is to see both movies in parallel, either below each other (try to start both youtube movies simultaneously), or side-by-side on the duelity website.

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Human Brain Cloud

December 12, 2007

This is a cool little distraction, but mostly this clip is a test of the new browser add-on and Facebook application
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Human Brain Cloud
Kyle Gabler’s Human Brain Cloud is a masterful time suck.

As if I needed another distraction … enter the Human Brain Cloud.

Although billed as multi-player, HBC is really an individual exercise—one that can quickly turn minutes into hours. You see a word or short phrase from the 530,000 already suggested by other players, and you enter the first response that enters your head. Although you type alone, you benefit from the wisdom of the masses. The word associations you make are scanned for matches and listed with the rest of your recent work. You can view the cloud, which is really a visual thesaurus kind of weighted network showing the connections to a given term.

Marketers could conceivably enter a term and check the related words, in part to avoid ambiguity and semantic competition, and partly to steer clear of easy targets for derogatory associations. Designers might peer into the brain of specific users to see how they make sense of certain words.
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Maybe R2 can still be salvaged for the big ceremony.

The launch attempt came on October 6, but this was a nice little write-up from Wired.

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The Force must be strong with these geeks. (It would have to be.) This is an actual, working Star Wars X-Wing, built by the San Diego Tripoli Rocket Association. Of course, in this context “actual” means it exists and “working” means it’s able to get off the ground. At 23 feet long, it’s impressive but not the kind of craft you’d want to take into battle against a Death Star. Sure, the R2-D2 beeps, but the laser cannons don’t work.

Amateur rocketeer Andy Woerner led the 2,500-hour, $7,000 effort to get the thing airborne.
seconds after liftoff the fighter pitched wildly and blew up – just like Red 10. And Red Leader. And Biggs (poor Biggs). The wings, built to the proportions of the model, just couldn’t take the force. “We were afraid the wing panels would fold up,” Woerner admits. On the bright side, prior to its flight to oblivion, young Rebels got to clamber around the cockpit. “We do this for the kids,” Woerner says.
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A great use of humor in a 45-second ad for the environment
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Greenpeace is making its first attempt to get lads to go eco-friendly with a risqu viral ad featuring men and women who literally have light shining out of their rear ends.

The viral ad, which features a voiceover by The Office and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy star Martin Freeman, aims to get the “lads’ mag” audience of 16- to 24-year-old men to think about energy-efficient light bulbs.

Greenpeace’s 45-second ad, made by production company Park Village and agency Escape Partners, features people illuminating everyday situations by dropping their pants and providing a spotlight beamed out their backsides.

In one scene a man aims the beam from a lightbulb in his posterior under a car bonnet so a friend can fix an engine.

Freeman’s voiceover finishes with the line, “Until the sun shines out of your arse, use an energy-efficient light bulb instead”.

The viral ad will be seeded on websites and blogs to target markets including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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The Buck stops here.
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Head feminist “Buck” McGowan leads a march on Washington for women’s rights.

WASHINGTON—After decades spent battling gender discrimination and inequality in the workplace, the feminist movement underwent a high-level shake-up last month, when 53-year-old management consultant Peter “Buck” McGowan took over as new chief of the worldwide initiative for women’s rights.

McGowan, who now oversees the group’s day-to-day operations, said he “couldn’t be happier” to bring his ambition, experience, and no-nonsense attitude to his new role as the nation’s top feminist.
McGowan, who was selected from a pool of roughly 150 million candidates, made eliminating sexual harassment his first priority

“And don’t get me started on how disorganized and scatterbrained their old fundraising methods were,” McGowan added. “Let’s just say the movement never really had a head for numbers.”

The whole movement just seems more legitimate with Buck in charge,” leading feminist Gloria Steinem said at a gala dinner Friday
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Death by Cell Phone

November 28, 2007

What’s the Korean equivalent of an X-File?
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An exploding cell phone battery is suspected by police in the death of a South Korean worker Wednesday, though the phone’s manufacturer said it was highly unlikely.

The man, identified only by his family name Suh, was found dead at his workplace in a quarry Wednesday morning and his mobile phone battery was melted in his shirt pocket, a police official in Cheongwon told The Associated Press.

“We presume that the cell phone battery exploded,” the police official said on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.
Kim Hoon, a doctor who examined the body, agreed.
“He sustained an injury that is similar to a burn in the left chest and his ribs and spine were broken,” Yonhap news agency quoted Kim as saying. “It is presumed that pressure caused by the explosion damaged his heart and lungs, leading to his death.”
An LG official confirmed its product was involved in the accident but said
such a fatal explosion would be virtually impossible.
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