Have an hour to spare and want to learn some code? Checkout this tutorial on drawing, color, and mouse interaction. It is comprised of video tutorials that play alongside a code editor and HTML5 canvas which executes via Processing.js.
Via nieman lab
The Guardian is experimenting in the craft newspaper business and getting some help from robots.
That may sound odd, given that the company prints a daily paper read throughout Britain. A paper staffed by humans. But the company is tinkering with something smaller and more algorithm-driven.
The Guardian has partnered with The Newspaper Club, a company that produces small-run DIY newspapers, to print The Long Good Read, a weekly print product that collects a handful of The Guardian’s best longform stories from the previous seven days. The Newspaper Club runs off a limited number of copies, which are then distributed at another Guardian experiment: a coffee shop in East London. That’s where, on Monday mornings, you’ll find a 24-page tabloid with a simple layout available for free.
If you could lick the Internet, what would it taste like? Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a simulator that uses electrodes to fool taste receptors by reproducing salty, sweet, sour, and bitter sensations.
Bitcoins.com provides a simple explanation of the virtual currency that saw the value of a single bitcoin hit a $1000 dollar value this past week.
"Bitcoin is a digital currency you can use for personal transactions or business at high speed and low cost." READ MORE
Awesome long read on designing for screens. Frank Chimero expands upon his talk at the 2013 Build Conference.
The past two years were a wild goose chase for answers. I read books, looked at art, listened to my heroes, and sketched out scratchy thoughts of my own to search for any sensible response to a question that had been lodged in my head for months.
What does it mean to natively design for screens?
Via Fast Company
Biotechnology startup BMC Labs recently offered famed filmmaker David Cronenberg a staggering eight-figure sum to license the cutting-edge fictional biotechnology in his films to develop the next generation of biotech implants. BMC Labs’ first product to come out of this partnership is the POD implant, a personal, on-demand recommendation engine that uses artificial intelligence to understand what you want, desire or need before you do. Cronenberg, a supporter of vanguard biotechnology, will be the first recipient of this innovative human enhancement.
BMC Labs is in fact a bit of fiction itself, a fabricated entity at the center ofBody/Mind/Change. A collaboration between TIFF and the CFC (Canadian Film Centre), B/M/C is a digital experience designed to be the connective tissue between the elements of David Cronenberg: Evolution, a sprawling exhibit of artifacts and re-issued films from the filmmaker’s career at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Almost exactly six years ago, Apple launched the first iPhone. It was a small device that many dismissed as a toy. In reality Steve put a supercomputer in our pocket — we just didn’t know it. And like super computers before, it came with immense capabilities and brought about an opportunity to rethink, reimagine and reinvent how we live, work, create and consume. Today, smartphones sell by the hundreds of millions and with that they bring what Chris Anderson (True Founder, former editor of Wired, best-selling author and Chief Executive of 3D Robotics) describes as the “peace dividend of the smartphone war.”
Cheap processors, cheaper memory, and even cheaper sensors means it’s a great time for people who like to tinker with hardware to tinker. Platforms like Kickstarter and Quirky de-risk production, identify features and customers, and do so before the first tool is made. Wireless broadband is ubiquitous, and military grade technology is available at RadioShack. The manufacture and design of products and devices has changed forever. Building factories is no longer a prerequisite for building products. Add to the mix emergent technologies such as 3D printing and inexpensive laser cutters that put prototyping capabilities onto a kitchen table, and we suddenly are facing an extraordinary revolution in hardware-based innovation.
The Sunlight Foundation has released an interesting open data discovery app called Sitegeist. Working from a host of open data sets, the app helps to provide another view of a neighborhood, town or city.
Here’s a few of the data points the app provides.
- Age Distribution
- Political Contributions
- Average Rent
- Popular Local Spots
- Recommended Restaurants
- How People Commute
- Record Temperatures
- Housing Units Over Time