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…It’s Movie Monday: Elephants Dream?

Elephants Dream

Elephants Dream is another great short from the Blender Foundation (the guys behind Big Buck Bunny) about two strange characters exploring a capricious and seemingly infinite machine. The elder, Proog, acts as a tour-guide and protector, happily showing off the sights and dangers of the machine to his initially curious but increasingly skeptical protégé Emo. As their journey unfolds we discover signs that the machine is not all Proog thinks it is, and his guiding takes on a more desperate aspect”.

    Elephants Dream is a story about communication and fiction, made purposefully open-ended as the world’s first 3D “Open movie”. The film itself is released under the Creative Commons license, along with the entirety of the production files used to make it (roughly 7 Gigabytes of data). The software used to make the movie is the free/open source animation suite blender along with other open source software, thus allowing the movie to be remade, remixed and re-purposed with only a computer and the data on the DVD or download.

[Elephants Dream]

…Cups can still be used to communicate?

Cup Communicator

The Cup Communicator by Duncan Wilson is an interesting mix of old and new, bringing together the modern day walkie-talkie with the olden day cup and string method of communication. What’s it all about? “The design of the Cup Communicator is focused around a series of physical actions and gestures that create a poetic etiquette of use and a tactile intimacy between user and object”. Artsy stuff aside, it’s a cool looking concept with a cool idea behind it, and definitely unique. DYH approved.

[Cup Communicator]

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…English should be plain?

If you scored an 800 on your SATs and still use the words you memorized in the process, The Plain English Campaign would like you to stop. Since 1979, the PEC has been “fighting for crystal-clear communication” through the elimination of excessive verbiage and complicated sentence structure. Though I’ve never considered my grandiose, ostentatious, pretentious, flamboyant, pompous, and turgid writing style to be too much, I guess some people could use a few reminders to be just plain old understandable sometimes.

[Plain English Campaign]

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