5 Intriguing Things Like a 12,597-Painting Homage to Blade Runner

"Never before has someone made a paraphrase on a movie like this, with thousands and thousands of aquarelle paintings."
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1. Swedish artist Anders Ramsell made 12,597 tiny paintings into a 35-minute homage to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner

"Never before has someone made a paraphrase on a movie like this, with thousands and thousands of aquarelle paintings."

 

2. The Google Books judgment could be read as a guide to creating new forms of narrative that go beyond everything we've seen in e-books

"It’s as if on a printed page you have letters and words functioning one way, and then underneath it, as a kind of a trace, is an  entirely separate code system that contains meaning temporarily invisible to the reader. It’s a palimpsest of code!

 

3. An app filled with geolocated stories and poems, if you're lucky enough to live in San Antonio. E.g:

"An exploration of luck by Mark Menjivar, creator of The Luck Archive. Menjivar visited 13 businesses in San Antonio with “Luck” in the name, and left verbal documentation of his interactions at each location."

 

4. Precision agriculture marches on!

"The Leaf Wetness Smart Sensor, which offers plug-and-play performance with Onset’s HOBO U30 and H21 Weather Stations, provides accurate leaf wetness data in a number of growing and research applications... includes direct data offload in the field using a HOBO data shuttle or laptop computer, or remotely accessing the data over the Internet via Cellular, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet communications."

 

5. Browse the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's collection by color

"The colors have been selected by our robotic eye machines who scour each image in small chunks to create color averages. These have then been harvested and 'snapped' to the grid of 117 different colors."

 

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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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