WIN! Owl Transforms Into Battle Mode

Owls are generally pretty cool but this Southern White-faced Owl is like a final boss in a video game. When he sees potential enemies, he transforms into one of two battle modes.

In the first, he puffs himself up, bugs out his eyes, and squats like some kind of battle tank.

But when he’s facing a really big foe, he stands up straight, squints his eyes, and brings one wing around him like Dracula’s cape.

Trust me, you’ll say “Whoa.”

Transformer Owl, I choose YOU!

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Acid Washed – Snake (feat. Barbara Panther)

Acid Washed – Snake (feat. Barbara Panther) from Record Makers on Vimeo.

Snake is the latest from Acid Washed, a collaboration between by Anthony Burrill, Jack Featherstone and Paul Plowman.

Simple and a little bit hypnotic. I’m into it.

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ARM Powered LEGO/Nokia 4x4x4 Rubik’s Cube Solver

A Rubik’s Cube solver designed and programmed using a Nokia N95 mobile phone, a LEGO Mindstorms NXT and lots of LEGO technic pieces!

Very cool. I think I was rushing a bit in the office listening to that trancefest.

Robot design by David Gilday.
Produced by Stuart Waldron for ARM Ltd.

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Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching

Carl Cox eat your heart out.

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.

In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.

In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.

Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.

A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.

She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.

More about Delia:

A newly found dance track – 20 years ahead of its time:

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Ataque de Panico! (Panic Attack!)

YouTube link.

A 5min short film produced, directed and animated by Fede Alvarez.

Made in Uruguay on a budget of $300 (£186).

Uploaded to YouTube.

He received a Hollywood contract for $30,000,000 (£18.6m).


Take 5 minutes to watch and enjoy…

Read the full story on BBC News.


Getting Creative with Google

As clicks on banners diminish, the challenge for agencies is to find new and interesting ways of engaging people in their different spaces. Recently there’s been a definite move towards taking an application / service and wrapping a creative experience around it.

I’ve picked out 3 new(ish) bits that I’ve spotted… all using services provided by Google.

1 – Google Wave

Launched on a wave of hype (geddit), with people scrambling on Twitter to get invites. Google Wave is meant to be a gamechanger. I got an invite. It’s not that great with only 5 people to talk to.

To show off the potential power of Wave – Joe Sabia (a person who may have a bit too much time on his hands) recreated Samuel L Jacksons’ epic Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction.

Have a look at this:

YouTube link.

2 – Google Maps

Next up is a nice hack of Google Maps. The Editors created a microsite where you whizz around London finding places of interest to them, unlocking content from the new album as you go along.

This kind of stuff used to be mindblowing but there were some interesting comments on Adverblog about it.

I very much like the idea of integrating real and virtual life. But to be honest, my feeling about this execution is “smart, cool, well done” but not “wow” in the sense that this kind of wise approach to digital tools should be the norm (and maybe it’s beginning to be the norm) and not the “wow” exception. What do you think?

I feel the same way. Nicely done, enjoyable, but lacks some of the wow.

However since 14th October, when the campaign went live, 35,000 people have engaged with the app. What’s more, each visitor has spent an average three and a half minutes interacting with it, dipping in and out of an average number of three tracks.

Have a look for yourself:


The Editors – Google Street View Hack / Mashup

3 – YouTube

As Google continues to try and monetise YouTube, opportunities to do something a bit different are popping up regularly. To highlight what’s possible Google Creative Labs send out a doc called 87 Cool Things.

Spend some time looking through this. It’s bound to trigger some ideas:

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87 cool things, even a few from us. (Google Docs link)

So there you have it.

I’ve written this pretty quickly so haven’t had time to fully expand on all the ideas, but if you’ve read this site a bit you’ll be used to that.


An hour after I posted this, Tom Ajello from Poke NY sent this link round Twitter.

Goolery: A Gallery of awesome Google-related projects from around the world


Toxiclibs. An Immense Computational Design Showreel

Showreel of projects & experiments created by current users of the toxiclibs library.

Cool music too.

toxiclibs showreel from postspectacular on Vimeo.

toxiclibs is an independent, open source library collection for computational design tasks with Java & Processing.

After 2.5 years of continuous development & refactoring, the collection consists of >14k lines of code, 124+ classes, 18 packages bundled into 7 libraries.

The classes are purposefully kept fairly generic in order to maximize re-use in different contexts ranging from generative visuals, data visualization to digital fabrication, use as teaching tool and more.

More information & downloads: