Brainings, Free Range Technology, Idiotic or Inspired?

3-Bit Video Abstraction Project

My employer makes a nifty little 12-volt LED light that contains separate RGB (red/green/blue) diodes. It’s  3/4-inch in diameter and intended for rugged, outdoor environments — specifically decorative use on carnival rides. The cool thing is that it can change color on command. It has four separate wires — one power plus three separate ground leads — so that the three colors are independently controllable. The result is that the unit can display the eight colors of the 3-Bit RGB palette by powering the diodes alone and in combination.

I began thinking about taking the technology for driving LED matrices and scaling it up to use this light. I thought an LED monitor of sorts made from the company’s products might be an intersting promotional tool, such as at trade shows. The larger lens size and greater viewing angle would make it more akin to an incandescent scoreboard than a desktop circuit board. That would be fairly well suited to scoreboard-style scrolling text and simple animations, but what if you want to display video?

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What Ever Became of…Painting Portraits?

In numerous movies, one of the ways to show that a character has a ridiculous ego is to have him walk into a room with a giant portrait of himself on the wall, often doing something mildly absurd.  This always seems all the more out of place because nobody gets such things done […]

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User Input: Creative Vandalism

Yesterday, sometime in the very early morning, someone went around to all the signs welcoming visitors to the City of Edmonton, and… modified the signs. Where they had formerly read “City of Champions”, the signs were replaced with various different messages: “City of Speed Traps”, “Road Construction City”, “City of Potholes”, among others. But […]

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User Input: World Championship Parenting


David LaFerriere started doodling on his kids’ sandwich bags about five years ago. It’s gradually grown into something of a tradition; a daily ritual that he used to get his creative juices flowing for his work-day ahead became a beloved surprise that his kids looked forward to. He started this ritual back in 2008, when his two children were nine and ten years of age; he’s drawn one miniature masterpiece for each of them for every school day since, totalling well over 1,000 bags — and counting!

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Concepts of the Space Shuttle

One of the best uses of the internet, other than pr0n, is the amazing collections of old images that can be found on various sites. Flickr, in a bid to stay relevant, has been working with various museums to get the museum’s image collection hosted on Flickr’s servers. One such museum is the awesome San Diego Air & Space Museum. You can see their whole Flickr photostream here. Buried among all the great images, are some that are truly special. I know you’re busy, so I’ll show them after the jump.

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Startup: Puff the Magic Barista

Like most of our visitors, I like to kick off the morning with jolt. I won’t begrudge people cream & sugar, or even a flavor shot; but this is almost sacrilegious. Props to the barista but nobody watches Formula 1 for the paint jobs, do they?



Startup: Starry Pac-Man

I’m starting to think that van Gogh wasn’t in love when he cut off his ear: he did it because he couldn’t get the constant “WOOoooWOOooWOOoo” background siren out of his head.


Startup: Deskzilla!

The people of Papercliptown were eaten in their sleep, and Post-It City was completely decimated. Though tragic, the citizens of Too Much Spare Time at the Office had warned them for months that this was coming.



Startup: No Autographs, Please

Chen Forng-shean is a very talented lunatic. The Taiwanese bank employee spent 3 months carving the smallest tiger in the world. He then valued this thing at just a little over the equivalent $100,000US, which would make carved micro-tigers possibly the most valuable substance known to man – more than Americium, Crystal Meth, or […]


Startup: Metashop

I thought this was fantastically meta, but might only make sense to people who have used Photoshop. Have you not used Photoshop? You really should try. It’s really expensive and super hard to figure out, but there’s no reason for you not to be as frustrated as the rest of us.

Image credit to Jim somebody. […]