Archive for December, 2011

Mercedes-Benz SF1 Concept Car

I’m not sure where I originally saw this concept, but the Mercedes-Benz SF1 concept car is the handiwork of graphic designer Steel Drake. It’s truly a breathtaking concept, so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

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via Behance

As this is my last post of the year, I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year!

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Ira Glass on Motivation

NoFilmSchool is one of my favorite places to read up on film news and tutorials for aspiring filmmakers, like myself. A (relatively) recent post features a quote from Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life. It’s a great quote for anyone involved in creative work, and it’s something I need to keep in mind moving forward with my writing career.

Source: NoFilmSchool

via NoFilmSchool

Painting with Light

Have you always wanted to make a light painting video like this:

 

Well then here’s some good news. Vimeo has put out a tutorial on light painting just like in the video above! It’s quite an extensive tutorial that I have yet to try myself (my previous attempts have been complete failures). As soon as I get a chance, I’ll give it another shot and post results here.

In the meantime, head on over to Vimeo and check out their tutorial yourself: http://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/42/painting-with-light.

 

Synthetic Cells Made of Metal!

Source: University of Glasgow

As an avid fan of sci-fi, I’ve seen plenty of shows that speculate about lifeforms made of something other than carbon. Usually they take the form of silicon-based lifeforms. Although I’m not a chemist or biologist, from what I’ve learned from college chemistry (both inorganic and organic) and biology, there’s no scientific reason that lifeforms made of something other than carbon can’t exist.

Imagine my surprise when I find out that scientists from the University of Glasgow have created “cell-like bubbles” composed of tungsten, oxygen, and phosphorous. As DVICE puts it,

These bubbles can self-assemble, and they exhibit many of the same properties that allow biological cells to do what they do, including an internal structure and a selectively porous outer membrane that can let other molecules pass through. It may even be possible to set the metallic cells up to perform photosynthesis.

It’s amazing what we’re doing with science these days. Apparently the next step is to give these cells DNA-like materials, which may give them the ability to replicate and evolve. This would surely prove that non-corbon lifeforms can exist, and maybe do exist somewhere out in our huge universe.

via DVICE and University of Glasgow

Android Wacom Tablet?

Source: Yanko Design

I love Yanko Design because it showcases some amazing concept art, and not just for gadgets. This time around they’re showing off a design for an Android powered Wacom sketching tablet. I’ve always wanted a Wacom tablet just because it’s so cool, but I’m not much of an artist, so I don’t really need one. I also really want an Android tablet (a Transformer Prime, preferabbly), but one thing has always bothered me about Android tablets: they’re not exactly designed for sketching or drawing, particularly because they lack a pressure sensitive interface. Continue reading

My Phone: HTC Sensation with MIUI

I thought it was about time to post something about my phone itself, for a change. As I’ve mentioned before, my current phone is an HTC Sensation 4G from T-Mobile. When I first got the phone, it was very laggy. HTC Sense UI is a horrible ROM for Android. It took me a while to finally root and change the ROM, since I waited until a permanent root method became available. What I chose was something that I had never tried on Android before: MIUI. I love MIUI. The lag is gone, and I have a blazing fast and functional phone. Continue reading

Android: Google Currents vs. Pulse

When Google Currents first came out, I was really excited. I had never read news a lot on my phone, but I thought Currents would change that. In a way, it did. I do read more news on my phone now, but I’ve abandoned Currents for Pulse. Here’s why.

1. Updating Articles

I completely understand that it takes time to update all the articles from all the sources that I’ve added to Currents, but why does Currents update on its own? I know that Android kills off background tasks to save memory, but I wouldn’t mind if Currents kept a small task that checked every 30 minutes or so for new articles. When I open currents, it doesn’t even update on its own anyway! I always need to hit the refresh button. Then I put away my phone and come back 10 minutes later to see what’s new. It’s ridiculous. Pulse at least keeps posts updated for you. Continue reading