Yacy is a distributed open source search engine. Interesting as a way to avoid the censorship, surveillance and centralized control of Google & co.
PySide is a new set of Qt bindings for Python. LGPL licencsed and supported by Nokia.
ffmpeg2theora seems like the easiest way.
Firefox 3.6 supports WOFF embedded fonts. Designers rejoice! You can finally stop using Verdana for everything. Now be prepared for a flood of web sites with bubble letters.
Caleb Larsen's A Tool to Decieve and Slaughter is a device and piece of conceptual contract art that automatically sells itself on eBay. (via slashdot)
Article, in German, about the DDR (former East Germany) computer industry. The slideshow has some fantastic photos, even if you can't read Deutsch.
Of several historic methods for copying documents, one of the oldest is the Pantograph. The device finds its modern incantation in the Autopen device which is designed for the mass production of sincerity. Artist Theo Jansen applies the same principles of mechanical tranlation of motion to produce strange air powered beach creatures.
William Deresiewicz has written a polemic arguing that the whole social networking thing has a tendency to debase the meaningfulness of friendships as well as being symptomatic of a general modern tendency to turn all relationships into "friendship". Now go twitter about it.
Two interesting approaches to avoid giving up privacy every time you search or look at a map:
Some good suggestions with comparisons of standard web fonts and typical open source alternatives installed on most Linux distros.
This board is from a little company here in Germany. They support open source development. Quite a decent price too.
Simple design with just a few cheap parts. Works for dimming lights and other
30 15 Moog - music blog with lots of blown out 70s synth jams, library music, bad-but-good new age stuff, etc.
Two approaches to catching joystick events:
And here's a good overview on hacking MIDI/Joystick ports on standard PCs:
Wayne Clements has a nice explaination of Markov Chains.
Claude Shannon's original paper "A Mathematical Theory of Communication".
Music From Outer Space has quite a few plans, boards, etc for various modular synth components.
Quite a dancefloor hit at the moment; Blaue Moschee (Blue Mosque):
Very clever argument for the notion of marriage, specifically, as relates to the debate on gay marriage.
Amazing article in Playboy (yes, er, actually) about some crazy dude who conned quite a few powerful US officials into thinking that he could pull secret messages out of Al Jazeera's satellite TV feed. The desire to believe these phony results was great enough, among high ranking officials, to result in several major Orange Alerts despite there being no corroborating intelligence.
Some Australian friends have gotten into doing experiments building boats, in the bustling seaport of Linz, Austria!? They have a nice blog about their research and travails.
- Lightweight USB Framework for AVR (LUFA)
- German Atmel USB AVR Vendor
- Dr. Stefan Salewski's GPL AVR USB Firmware
Update: more links from Martin Howse:
My esteemed colleague Johannes Osterhoff has put together an amazing set of talks at the BTK on the collision of design, interface and pop-culture: The Drop Shadow Talks. If you're in Berlin, don't miss it. And get the T-Shirt!
Uzebox is an 8-bit RISC computing core with an NTSC video output signal. It was designed to be an Open Source NES/SNES equivalent 80s video game console but folks seem to be into hacking it all sorts of different ways. There's even a black and white version that only needs a cpu and a few external parts.
So reassuring to see that extropian nutso stuff is still on the internet. Come to think of it, in 1994, half the web pages on the Internet were like this.
Bibliodyssey is a fantastic little blog that collects and links scans of often uncany scans from old illustrated books.
Creative Capital - Arts Writers Grant Program
Tony Humphries, true old school master of garage and house. He's still going strong.