On July 3, an unusual exhibit will open up at the Barbican arts venue in London. Called "Digital Revolution," it's billed as "an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music, and videogames." It will feature the work of established artists, including will.i.am and Zach Lieberman, but it also will introduce the world to a new artist chosen by Google.
You walk into a store, your virtual wallet full of bitcoins. You see a nice shirt and check the digital price tag dangling from the collar. You know exactly what fraction of a bitcoin it will cost you to buy it. That's the dream of the BitTag, a wireless, constantly self-updating price tag looking to bridge the gap between the virtual and real worlds.
The BitTag is the creation of designer Samuel Cox. He describes BitTag as "a physical price tag for digital currency." Each tag shows the name of the product, the price in local traditional currency, and the price in bitcoins on an OLED display.… Read more
Blogging communities are often full of trolls and ruiners-of-fun, so legal documents like terms of service, community guidelines, and privacy policies are standard not only to protect users, but also to protect companies from an army of lawyers descending on their doorsteps.
Popular blogging site Tumblr is no different in that it posts these documents and updates them regularly, just as any community-driven site would. However, they also reflect the personalities of their users in the most entertaining way possible.
Facebook has been with us for a decade now, forever redefining the meaning of "social" in the process. With all the tributes and looking back going on, we came across one parody of Facebook's own "A Look Back" feature that seems to capture what the social network is really all about -- hilariously inappropriate and not really safe-for-work photos.
Perhaps most disturbingly, I recognized at least one of these crude images from having also shared it on my own Facebook photo stream at one point. I refuse to tell you which one. … Read more
There's sadness and liberation in realizing that one of your heroes is also just a normal, fallible human. That's how I'm feeling today about LeVar Burton, a man I've looked up to at just about every stage of my life, but who tweeted something pretty tasteless and tacky about the tragic passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (another talented person I've admired for years) this week from an apparent heroin overdose.
Here's what Burton tweeted shortly after news of Hoffman's death broke:… Read more
Move over, Jim Moriarty and Charles Augustus Magnussen. Sherlock Holmes has a nemesis -- and he's adorable! "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch recently visited "Sesame Street" to discover that there's a new villain in town -- a Muppet named Murray-arty!
This isn't the first time "Sesame Street" has paid tribute to the Great Detective. In the past, Sherlock Hemlock has tackled mysteries in episodes of "Mysterious Theater," which spoofed the PBS series "Mystery!" Not to mention, "Muppet Sherlock Holmes" -- a comic book featuring Gonzo as Holmes, with Fozzie Bear as Dr. Watson, Kermit the Frog as Inspector Lestrade, and Miss Piggy in various female leads including Irene Adler. … Read more
The "Great Detective" is more than just a giant brain covered by a mop of brown hair and the occasional deerstalker hat. While it may seem like he's in control of every situation and everyone in it, Sherlock Holmes still manages to learn a few valuable life lessons in the latest season of the hit BBC show "Sherlock," and they're lessons we can all benefit from.
As little humans on this big planet, we can feel the impact of something like the infamous polar vortex. We can see the snow outside and notice the wind blowing the trees, but it can be hard to put it into a global perspective. That's where supercomputers can be a big help.
A supercomputer-powered Web site project sporting the humble name "earth" is a fascinating look at global weather patterns. It comes from software developer Cameron Beccario and it will suck you into a world full of weather-induced curves and swirls viewable at different levels in the atmosphere.… Read more
When you first see the severed-heads wedding cake Natalie Sideserf created for her wedding, it's difficult to know whether to scream or clap. The bride and groom wedding cake shows their heads in such gory, vivid detail it looks more like a scene from a horror film than the happiest day of their lives.
The wedding cake, created by Sideserf's baking company Sideserf Cake Studio, is made from confetti cake with cream cheese icing, with an outside layer of white modeling chocolate that Sideserf used to sculpt all the incredible details including the pair's facial features, hair, beard, and blood splatter. … Read more
Nothing is cuter than a little-girl version of Princess Leia lovingly hugging Darth Vader's leg after cutting out hearts from his cape. Then again, a young Luke Skywalker giving Darth Vader a tie is pretty adorable too.
"Star Wars" fans will be able to buy these statues, available from Gentle Giant Studios, depicting precious scenes from author and artist Jeffrey Brown's best-selling kids books "Darth Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess." … Read more