Friday, 31. August 2007
Blog Action Day 2007What would happen if every blog published on the same topic on the same day? Blog Action Day aims to find out. On October 15 2007, bloggers around the world unite for one day to change the conversation.
To find out more and get involved visit Blog Action Day.
The Online Music FactoryLots of fun! Create your own tracks with this online music generator. It has different instruments, like guitar, piano, drums, etc on different loops so that you can just choose your chords and hear it. Fairly simple.
Agatha Christie: Death on the NileTo all of you hidden object game fans, this is one you are going to enjoy!
With nicely designed scenes, this is a way to kill a few minutes on a Friday. But be warned: It's very addictive!!
Acting as famous detective Hercule Poirot, it's up to you to investigate the ship room by room seeking hidden objects, conducting interviews, and collecting clues which will lead you to the culprit.
"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ... @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ .
Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records.
As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings."
Paul passed away on June 25, 2007.
He was, and is, an inspiration for all.
Check also this video, originally aired March-April of 1976 on KOIN-TV in Portland Oregon.
The 12 Master Formats of TV AdvertisementsI recently ran across this Slate TV episode exposing the 12 Master Formats of Advertising, as classified by ad guru Donald Gunn thirty years ago. Slate's ad critic Seth Stevenson presents this crash course in the formats, using some of today's best ads.
See also The Slide Show: The 12 Kinds of Ads. With YouTube Videos.
Thursday, 30. August 2007
Songs of Insects
In a culture where knowledge of insect song is pale in comparison to the interest in the songs of birds and frogs, we are determined to bring singing insects into popular focus. We will accomplish this by sharing the resources we've collected and by communicating our passion for these marvelous fiddlers of the forests and fields.
Online Guide to Insects Songs, don't miss to listen all 77 species at the song book. Maybe you like to have Singing Insects as Pets ...
The Sand Castle / Le Château de sableA true classic in the art of film animation, directed by Jacobus Willem "Co" Hoedeman. Hoedeman has earned more than 80 international awards and honors throughout his career. "The Sand Castle" alone garnered 24 awards, including an Oscar in 1978 for best animated short.
A fable of great humor and appeal, The Sand Castle is the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Under his direction, they build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. The wind blows, and the castle crumbles. The filmmaker leaves the door open to various interpretations. Sound film without words.
More @ National Film Board of Canada.
The Renaissance Connection
With the simple click of a mouse button, travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown Art Museum's Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art.
Be a patron of the arts. Design your own innovation. Investigate Renaissance artworks in depth. Discover how past innovations inform life today. And more, all enhanced with quirky visuals, irreverent humor, and engaging interactivity that reveal the ways that Renaissance life and culture resemble our own.
Welcome to The Renaissance Connection
I suggest to choose the Flash version.
Wednesday, 29. August 2007
Perhaps this is the new standard for online brand communication.
The Internet TV service features a weekly news magazine hosted by Tanja Bülter, a society reporter from the RTL television network.
The program offers news, facts, and background information from the world of Mercedes. Internet viewers are also be able to watch programs on the service’s five Web channels for lifestyle, cars, engines & sports, history & legends, and innovation.
Mercedes-Benz WebTV (in English and German)
Starring You!The Funny Site of the Day!
The popular Internet animators JibJab are ready to put you into the movies! Simply upload your beautiful head. Then you're twinkle-toeing your way to stardom in numerous dance videos. Choose a celebrity as your partner or upload a friend's face, too.
Here is my movie: The Chiquita
Dynamic Painting by San Base
The Dynamic Paintings can be considered a generative art - an art that has been generated algorithmically by a computer system. However, they are more than that. First of all, they are exceptional art design concepts brought to life using the latest in computer technology. Unlike all other generative art examples that account for just a few basic artistic principles and require very little artist input, the Dynamic Paintings by San Base are truly creations of an artist. This is what sets it far apart from any other works in this area. One can think of Dynamic Painting technology as a new medium - a new form of canvas and paint.
Dynamic Painting by San Base
Also some info can be found here:
Tom's Hardware: Computer Graphics Avant-Garde
Women In FilmDo you remeber the clip Women in Art?
Here is Women In Film:
Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Ruth Chatterton, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Lauren Bacall, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Janet Leigh, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Ann Margret, Julie Andrews, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry ...
Tuesday, 28. August 2007
Live Streaming of Moon EclipseMost Americans didn't get a chance to see the year's first total lunar eclipse back in March - but we're in a much better position for the year’s second lunar eclipse, taking place in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
On the East Coast, the moon could be close to setting just when the show is getting good, with totality beginning at 5:52 a.m. ET. The timing is somewhat better for the West Coast, where the eclipse will play out during the middle of the night. But even if you're outside the prime eclipse zone, or clouds get in the way, don't despair: You can get a taste of totality by tuning in real-time Webcasts from around the world. And if you sleep through the whole eclipse, you can still catch the replays in the morning.
The University of North Dakota has done eclipse Webcasts for years, and this time they've set up their telescopes on the roof of the physics building at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. -- Source: Cosmic Log
Clouds obscure the moon during the partial phase of a lunar eclipse,
as seen lateMonday from Hawaii's Kailua Beach.
See also: Multimedia - Your guide to the moon's eclipse by the Herald Sun.
Update @ 2.50 pm: The live stream of the Moon Eclipse has finished.
But if you miss seeing the eclipse in real time, either in person or on the Web, Young promises to make an archived video available.
So stay tuned!
UPDATE: 31.08.07 @01.00 am
Nothing happens till now - no replay or something like that ... bad ... or do you find something? Please report in the comments ...
The progress of the lunar eclipse on Tuesday,
as seen from Chongqing, China, via Getty Images
Michael Shpuntov Photography
Whatever I tried to do to make the shots of roses interesting, I always felt some kind of frustration that they did not convey the beauty of the subject. Shoot roses is difficult, they are mostly not that rainbow-like colored like many other flowers, but they are all about a shape.
Don't miss the Tulips:
Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, may be second one after the roses. They are very elegant and colorful. Unfortunately not living in Holland it's hard to get really big variety of them. I spend some time in different gardens in Toronto shooting them and result is this gallery.
Next is from the gallery Winter in Niagara Falls:
... First night -20C and wind with mist all over the place. I could not get close to the Canadian Falls, so I shoot plenty of American Falls and night city. But second day was amazing, mild and sunny. And the mist was only above the falls bottom, so I could get as close as possible and shoot them both in day and in the night. All Falls illumination colors are real, no filters and no tweaking in PS.
I do not like winter. But I live in the country, where winter takes at least quater of the year and it will be shame to to leave it without any picture taken. It is such a cold but beautiful time with great potential for photographer. In those three long winter months I tried to capture the beauty, whithout trying to get too cold.
53 galleries and 1953 images online: All galleries by Michael Shpuntov.