One of my favourite artists has released a new music video, and it’s a bit creepy! – Röyksopp: The Drug
My new favourite TED Talk – John Underkoffler points to the future of UI
BevShots have discovered what you’d call a niche: they take your favourite alcoholic drink, crystallise a single droplet of it in an airtight container, photograph it at 1000x under a microscope, and then sell the resulting image on a printed canvas.
And man, are these things selling! Since August last year BevShots estimate sales of over 20,000 prints ($24.99-$549). The product is aimed at the ‘hedonist with a mind for science’ segment: those who appreciate good photography, laboratory conditions and a damn-tasty cocktail now and then.
Here’s my favourite image, the classic Vodka and Tonic:
The shots are taken in Florida State University’s chemistry department, where founder Lester Hutt developed the approach, which can take up to three months to produce an image.
“What you can see in the magnified pictures are the crystalised carbohydrates that have become sugars and glucose. With my background in chemistry, I saw the potential in these kind of pictures and am so glad to be able to offer them up as art works. It is a pleasure to show people what makes up their favourite drinks and how beautiful it can look.”
Most alcohols are blends, with varying levels of carbohydrates, sugars, acids and glucose, so each shot taken is entirely different from the last. Some favourite drinks are so pure that when they crystallise into their component parts, they fall apart or don’t dry out properly. So, not unlike the perfect Margarita, they’re pretty hard to get ‘just right’, sometimes taking up to 200 attempts.
Here’s some more of their work – click through for the full images or visit BevShots.
I’m thirsty! Who’s for a drink?
Ok I get it now. You upload your photos then share them around with people with similar interests to you. It’s not just a portfolio site, it’s all about connecting and exchanging.
Why isn’t Flickr used by more people? It’s fantastic!
Here are my reasons why:
- Very easy to find images you were looking for
- A good group function that gives creators a high level of control
- Open-to-all ‘pools’ of images to bundle related photos together
- A great search tool that sorts results by ‘interestingness’
- Well-adopted API which links and syncs with other sites
(not Facebook of course)
- A large community of helpful and insightful photographers/commenters
- Uploading is a dream and meta-data from photos are autoprocessed
(ie. it knows images were shot with an N95)
- Digital rights management to give users true ownership
- Geotagging support linked with Yahoo! Maps
- Highly secure login through Yahoo! authorisation
(ok – tenuous but important)
- A great visual identity, history and brand currency etc etc…
The point is, I’m sold. Gush over.
One other thing though is that once photos are up there, you can share them in all sorts of ways. My favourite is through the slideshow, which lets you grab an embed code to place elsewhere – how cool is that?
Here’s an example, taken from the lifesforsharing group pool being used by photographers who were in Trafalgar Square last night, best watched fullscreen:
Cool right? I’m going to be taking my camera out more often, so expect a spot of photo-blogging very soon. Now then, where’s my memory stick…
New feature film from Pixar is announced –
As always the trailer looks gorgeous, but I can’t help but feel that since Disney bought Pixar some of the magic has been lost.
This looks like a really fun kids film, but I see none of the clever humour or subtle tones of their past successes. Wall-E was a particular favourite of mine in 2008.
What really strikes me though is those balloons. Just like the PS2 / PS3 demonstrations of rendering power (video here) using rubber ducks, I can easily believe that some animator just said “we can make thousands of helium balloons look really cool, really easily”, and a plotline was born.
Technology should be applied to showcase great content, not to drive the content’s existence in the first place.
Come on Pixar, release a new trailer and blow my mind!
Just found this image, which to be fair sums up Pixar pretty well I thought: