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Groundbreaking Cameras

This company has made a device that captures the entire light field around an object. That means you can focus after the fact. There’s a sample image at the bottom of the post linked here, and if you click on different regions of the picture, you can bring objects into and out of focus.

I’m imagining tons of possible applications for storytelling.


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Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
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Where Children Sleep… and How They Measure Their Dreams

The striking thing about this is not just the beautiful, soulful photographs, nor only the chilling juxtaposition of wealth and poverty… but also the stories that accompany them. Regardless of wealth or poverty, these children all sleep somewhere and all have dreams. They create and measure those dreams according to the yardsticks or rulers — just or unjust — that they find at hand. -NateWorking

Out of sight, out of mind, the phrase continues to plague my perspective. I suppose that’s why traveling’s so important. A collaborative project between American journalist Chris Booth and photographer James Mollison, Where Children Sleep is a photo exposé aimed to present the differing sleeping spaces of children around the world. - Wine and Bowties (click the picture for a link to the full post)

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disrupt on Broadcast Live Free
 I was at TC Disrupt in NYC when they demoed on Startup Battlefield, and Ujam blew my mind — my favorite demo there. I got in on the closed alpha and have had fun playing with it… now it’s open to the public!
Jump to about 6:00 in the video to see HANS ZIMMER AND PHARRELL talking about Ujam.

Jump to about 8:30 for the beginning of the walkthrough.

(Source: TechCrunch)

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Creativity + Math

YouTube - Doodling in Math Class: Snakes + Graphs

(Thanks to @rosscatrow and friends for finding this on YouTube)

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This Is Lovely, You Should Listen To It of the Day: Brian Williams’s honey-timbred daughter Allison performs Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” to the tune of RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine” (AKA the Mad Men theme music).

According to the video’s description, the entire performance was recorded live — “no cuts, dubbing, lip-syncing or auto-tuning” — and filmed in one shot.


Not British, and no thumping bass, but nonetheless sublime. Allison Williams sings “Nature Boy” to Mad Men theme music (RJD2).

Sorry for breaking theme.

(Source: thedailywhat)