The epic Bjork Biophilia experience includes a live show, studio album, a new web site, a documentary, and a collection of iPad apps.
Part of the Biophilia project sees Bjork commissioning the creation of new instruments, including the Gameleste. Part Gamelan, part Celeste, it’s the first of its kind. The mutant instrument can be played remotely via a MIDI keyboard. Watch the making-of below.
This week Google announced the ambitious Google+ project, their latest foray into the social web. This provides me with a great opportunity to encourage you to read two very relevant books that will influence how you feel about Google+.
In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, And Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy
Steven Levy is a Senior Writer at Wired Magazine. In The Plex reads like the biography of Google, made possible by the rare access granted to Levy. In the book he reveals with clarity how Google came to be and in turn shows how the company works. He even describes the beginnings of project Emerald Sea, the code name for Google+. Levy also wrote an in-depth overview of the project on the day it launched.
The Filter Bubble, What The Internet Is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser
Eli Pariser noticed differences in search results based on an individuals past online history and set out to investigate why this was happening. In the following TED Talk from last February he shares what he discovered, giving you an overview of the book's content:
Splitscreen, by commercial director JW Griffiths, is a wonderful short film shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone and is the winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011. Below is the original pitch video, which is equally wonderful, and a short making-of video of the Paris shoot.
A couple of weeks ago while reading Jerome Lettvin’s obituary I noticed this gem:
“At MIT, his office in Building 20 was crammed with books, most overdue from the college library. Dr. Lettvin claimed he did not return them because the library would send him the students who wanted those books, and he would interview them as potential assistants.”
Jerome was gaming the library. He was holding onto resources that like-minded individuals desired in order to make professional connections. Cool.