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A video without cameras

Of course Radiohead again. Their latest video, “House of Cards” uses real time 3D recording instead of cameras, “utilizing highly technical structured light and Lidar laser-enhanced scanners to model lead singer Thom Yorke and provide an otherworldly narrative accompaniment to the song.”

An interview with the director James Frost, behind-the-scenes footage and all the information about this complex, innovative process, can be found here. Also, visit the video’s interactive component, where you can actually control the 3D data of Yorke’s head.
How not to love them.

You’re not smart

Computer problems? Duh can help, but before, they have something to tell you:
“It’s better if we just clear this up before you hire us. Clients are stupid. All of them. No exceptions. If they weren’t stupid, they wouldn’t hire us. The only smart thing they ever did was to hire us. So perhaps they’re not completely stupid. But they’re not not-stupid enough to be considered anything less than stupid. And you’re not us. You’re not smart. You’re the client. That makes you stupid.”
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“Clients are always calling us with stupid questions. We hate that. But we charge them a lot of money, so we have to pretend to like them. And we have to pretend they’re not stupid when they’re saying really stupid shit. And that’s not easy. But we make it look easy because we’re so smart.”

Ending Aging Forever

Here is a funny interview with the genius Aubry De Grey (and his magnificent beard) on The Colbert Report talking about his research on life extension with the Methuselah Foundation.

Also check out his talk on the TED website.

Where are our priorities?

From the Wired Magazine blog:
10 Sci-Fi Techs We Could Build If They Weren’t So Damn Expensive

Mind control

An interesting article about a “device emits an ultra low radio frequency that helps decrease employee tension in the workplace, thus raising effectiveness and productivity.”
Read more here.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
(Thanks Michael.)

BugMirror

Genius Oriol Ferrer Mesi

Future things again

Oh no, the future keeps coming and it keeps coming too quickly.
Microsoft’s magic table thing, where you can use your fingers to resize things and things like that:
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Google’s street thing, where you can zoom into streets and things:
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Philips, you’ve done it again

Paint with light and then animate it… with magic?

The Great Fire Wall

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With this new web site you can check if your website is available in China… or if the Great Fire Wall has censored you… www.greatfirewallofchina.org

Report: Man dies after ‘marathon’ online session

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An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a “marathon” online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday. Link



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