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The video below makes some of the weird ways of mathematics very visual for people with a mind that’s less mathematically developed, like my brain. There’s a woman in the video that sounds a bit like Deanna Troy, explaining the really weird stuff to a guy that plays dumb for the movie. Somehow the explanation of the subject is oddly interesting, although its real worldly application seems completely irrelevant. Although I must admit I still not rationally understand what it’s all about, I did get some kind of a sensation of understanding something that’s quite complex and outside my regular of the area of interest. How cool is that?

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As you might or might not know, I am an incredible fan of the real-time visualization tools (especially Arc) of Digg, that really makes the web feel much more lively and current. Now there’s Flickrvision, a really nice visualization tool that shows current postings of photos on Flickr. It even has a 3D view. Personally, I prefer the ‘Classic View’ as they call it, because it serves its purpose: showing photos.

These are the images that people all over the world are currently investing some of their time in to share them with anyone who cares to look. I sometimes wonder what this tells about the world. How objective is the idea an alien gets about the earth, just by looking at many photos people voluntarily share with the world? First of all, I think we do not wish to share ugly things, or photos we consider to not be so aesthetically pleasing. We probably have the tendency to point our lenses at things of interest and or beauty and we will always try to find some sort of a composition, even if it is not more than aligning the object in the center of the image.

More than an honest look into the lives of people, through photography we are looking through their eyes. If the photography of lots and lots of different people are combined in a single place and you look at them flashing by, what are we really looking at?

The video below is NOT a 3D rendering, but shows a project called Morpho Towers by Sachiko Kodama and is an amazing combination between art and technology. The towers are created with Ferrofluids. Makes you wonder how environmentally this kind of art is.

What could this be? A plow? A lawnmower? An anti-alien device? Look how tiny the people look on this photo… Where’s the wheel? Hand it over now and let me have a ride!

Is it art? Is it Photoshop? It supposedly isn’t either. Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool!

Full story here.

You’ll never guess how logical it is. But where did he slip the numbers?

Han Hoogerbrugge, who almost holds a patent on the vectorized man in the suit, has made a wonderfully weird ‘interactive tale’ called “Hotel”. There isn’t much more to say about than just: go see it now. Tip: give it some time, the interaction design of it is sort of … well, artsy.

A personal favorite, especially for its visuals. This video is designed and made so well, it made me almost cry the first time I saw it. There’s a storyline and so much symbolism in it, there are no repetitions, it’s factual, cynical, colorful, technical, detailed, despressing, familiar, crisp, clear and just totally lovely!

Watch it more than once, because you’re likely to miss a lot the first time you see it!

This is a really cool concept, especially usefull for creative people, that need heaps of weird, uncommon or totally logical associations to words that you couldn’t come up with yourself. It’s initiatives like these, that take us to a World 2.0 and the development of the Homo Digitalis.

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