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Awesome opportunity for rock fan/video artists

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Via Mashable: Panic at the Disco Asks Fans To Submit Clips for New Music Video

Instagram for video” Viddy may have only just launched, but it’s already been seized upon by dapper rock band Panic at the Disco. The band is asking fans to download the app and help create the video for its new single, “Ready to Go.”

“We had been discussing the idea of creating a crowd-sourced video on our upcoming tour, and when we stumbled upon Viddy a couple weeks ago it sounded like it could be exactly what we were looking for,” the band tells us.

If you recall, Viddy is a social video app that lets users apply filters and other effects to short clips shot on their iPhones. Panic at the Disco is asking fans to follow their account, PanicAtTheDisco, and film the band performing on tour — as well as the crowd, venue, etc. Fans can then tag #readytogo, so that the band can aggregate the clips for the upcoming video.

Viddy might just be for iPhone users, so Android users might be left out of this loop..? But I’m sure there’ll be an Instagram/Viddy app for Android soon..

Written by marypmadigan

May 19th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Posted in Design,Life

3D Printing comes to Brooklyn

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The NY Times reports on the MakerBot

As it turns out, there really is a great future in plastics.

“There’s nothing like working with plastic!” Marius Watz announced to an appreciative crowd at the start of a talk in Brooklyn recently. Mr. Watz, a Norwegian-born artist, was describing his work with MakerBot, a new consumer-grade, desktop-size 3-D printer. With some assembly and do-it-yourself tinkering, the MakerBot makes, or “prints,” three-dimensional objects from molten plastic, creating a piggy bank, say, or a Darth Vader head from a computer design at the touch of a button.

“I’d heard about 3-D printing in the ’90s, but at that time it sounded like some sci-fi technology, like laser guns,” Mr. Watz said. “Basically, it sounded totally awesome.”

“Awesome” was sort of the buzzword at MakerBot’s inaugural open house, held at its warehouselike offices in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where Mr. Watz, its first artist in residence, showed off his sculptural forms (“We just started doing some blobby objects — vaguely disturbing but also awesome”) to a few dozen admirers and MakerBot owners, mostly guys in various stages of nerdy bliss. (“Aaawwwe-some.”)

After a burst of invention by three friends, the company was formed two years ago— “built on caffeine,” said a founder, Bre Pettis — and has since expanded to 32 employees and thousands of MakerBot kits sold. Three-D printing has existed for years, but the machines were cumbersome and expensive, relegated to art and engineering schools, often monopolized by specialists. The MakerBot, which tops out at about $1,300, gives anybody with a computer and an idea the same creative horsepower, and artists are beginning to take notice.


I haven’t seen them in action, but they may be like a pre-assembled Rep Rap?

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May 13th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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Laptop band “Project Jenny” and artist Hikmet Barutçugil create painterly music video

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April 18th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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The Milky Way; beautiful time-lapse photography

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This film by Terje Sorgjerd was shot on Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide *:

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Want to try making a time-lapse video of your own? Take a look at Photojojo’s “Ultimate Guide to Time-Lapse Photography”

* link thanks to LGF

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April 18th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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Be your own souvenier

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What happens when you bring three Kinects and a Rep Rap (open-source self-copying 3D printer) to La Rambla in Barcelona?

(no, they didn’t get stolen)

Be Your Own Souvenir! from blablabLAB on Vimeo.

You get the most wonderful street art…

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April 12th, 2011 at 11:03 am

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To dream of appearing in the New Yorker…

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Via Incidental Comics:

Just as most teenage boys go through a Led Zeppelin phase, most young cartoonists go through a New Yorker cartoon phase. This was an early attempt at drawing in that trademark style. I’ve mostly recovered from my Led Zeppelin phase, but I still have visions of my drawings appearing in the same hallowed pages as a Roz Chast or Charles Barsotti cartoon – ideally in the middle of some impenetrable article on Mideast foreign policy.

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March 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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