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WWW - Toshio Iwai (TENORI-ON) @ Artfutura05 - Electroplankton

Excellent performance by Toshio Iwai at Artfutura05. He is the guy who released electroplankton for the DS. In this video, he plays the Tenori-On, some kind of sensitive and interactive LED keyboard, generating sounds and samples, as well as simple but still cool looking light effects. Passed the first 30 second warm-up, the demonstration becomes amazing.

Artfutura05 demo - Tenori-On - Yamaha


WWW - Digital Domain - Making of Motorola "Pebl"

Woa, that’s a nice one! Especially when it comes to the discovery of all the precomped layers, for all the shots, before watching the ad assembled.

That’s lovely crafted and very well directed (David Fincher). Some of the shots were certainly very tricky to do (fluid and cracks involved), even if the overall impression is (falsely) simplicity.
I loved the early shots on earth, with the smoke slowly fading in the oxygen deprivated atmosphere, or the rain pouring along that rough asteroid rock…

Digital Domain - Making of Motorola Pebl


Tips & tricks - Running Ubuntu under Windows XP

Well, I’m ashamed. It’s not even a tip as the whole trick will take you less than 10 minutes to perform (assuming you already have the files handy). VMWare did an astonishing job with their freeware player. It basically lets you run simply any virtual machine build with their workstation application. By virtual machine, read “Another OS”. To make things understandable, imagine running a linux OS in a window on your windows XP desktop.

Nothing new here, but their application is so neat, running flawlessly, that it’s becoming user friendly enough for your grandma. In a nutshell, it means launching Ubuntu (”Linux for human beings”, based on Debian) while running your Windows XP in the background, as usual. No sweat.

  • Here’s the link to their page where to find the free VM player to install : VMware player page (Choice for Win32 or Linux).
  • And here’s the link to their Ubuntu prebuilt virtual machine (Easily modifiable using the password “ubuntu” when sumo is invoqued… : Ubuntu virtual machine
  • Here you go. Launch the first. Load the second… Here comes the hard on… :)

You’ll also find pretty virtual machines to launch, like Mandrake, Debian, Fedora or even the Damn small linux 2.0 (50Mb zipped) VM distros (I’ve got a DSL ready on my USB dongle now). Have fun !

Note that it’s possible to create virtual machines (.vmx files) running Windows 95, MSdos or Tiger MacOSX, but you have to own both the VMware workstation and the specific OS licences.


WWW - Recordable DVD quality guide

A guide that is worth reading for sure. Rating all the brands, from premium, recommanded, to budget (watch for the “made in Japan tag” on the verbatim packages) and even the “landfill” one, we are used to see everywhere… DVD buying guide on CDRzone.


WWW - Cool tools

I’ve been browsing this collaborative site for a while and found numerous interesting products, goods, ideas and materials. It’s a gem among more shiny and specialized gadget blogs that I’m brosing regularly. Cool tool

The picture on the right may seem very prosaic but illustrates perfectly one of the goods dwelling into this site. The water you use to wash your hands is used to flush.
These fixtures were standard items everywhere in Japan until a few years ago. They are gems of green sanity, cleverly designed, easily retrofitable, and impossible to find in the US.

There are also interesting bits about hiking, backpacks, commuting goods, travel stuff, home made furnitures, glue, electronic hardware and so on…


Perso - Joyeux noël !

  • Juste un petit message à tous, envoyé de France pour les fêtes: Joyeux noël et bonne année! :)
  • Just a few words to all from France: I wish you a merry Chrismas and an happy new year! :)

We’ll spend the holidays visiting my parents, familly and friends. We’ll be back to Canada in a few days, then. Cheers!


WWW - Five days with Katrina

He was there, downtown New Orleans. He simply took numerous beautiful pictures during the 5 first days and then added comments. No sensationnalism here, just the views of a simple pedestrian, living here, about what happened to his city. Five days with Katrina


WWW - Razzle Dazzle camouflage during WWI

The Razzle Dazzle Camo of World War I
The Brits called it “Dazzle Painting,” and the Yanks called it “Razzle Dazzle.” It transformed ships of war from plain gray hulls into brightly colored, floating works of cubist art. British, American, and French forces adopted the wild, colorful designs, and the patterns became commonplace in World War I navies. Witnesses were heard to comment on the striking, dramatic scene that met the eye upon seeing a convoy of dazzle-painted ships. It must have been a sight. The warship cubism was not intended as an artistic statement, however.[…]
found in DamnInteresting

Related links : Example pictures of razzle dazzle boats and designs


WWW - Early color pictures from Russia

Color Photos From the World War I Era
Color film was non-existent in 1909 Russia, yet in that year a photographer named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii embarked on a photographic survey of his homeland and captured hundreds of photos in full, vivid color. His photographic plates were black and white, but he had developed an ingenious photographic technique which allowed him to use them to produce accurate color images.
found in DamnInteresting

Related links : The empire that was Russia & WWI color photos


Techno - Resources for building snowboards - Grafsnowboards

When reading this diary of these guys creating their own board from scratch, I’m almost eager of this winter. Hum, not really, but when you live in Quebec, you need to find ways to entertain yourself by minus 30 celcius. :) Note to self : Need to sharpen my board, quick…
It’s very interesting by itself, as you discover what a board is made of, what technics are involved, etc. They even created the pneumatic press from scratch! Worth the read, for sure (I won’t bother type a whole entry about that anyway, if it wasn’t good.). The diary is here : Grafsnowboards
For my own, I’ll try to spend what’s left of the summer happily, waiting for upcoming weather conditions like the perfect snow we had in february when riding with Oleev (Cheers!).
Source Hack-a-Day


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