Extracting Audio from Pictures

Three years ago, a survey team identified a staggering 569,148 time-based media objects on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University—that’s over half a million sound recordings, video recordings, and reels of film. The earliest items documented in the survey report date back to 1893.

However, that report doesn’t mention what might be considered IU Bloomington’s oldest time-based media of all. That’s not because we didn’t do a thorough job. Rather, it’s because the items in question don’t look or behave much like the media we were surveying—discs, reels, cylinders, cassettes, and so forth. Instead, they’re pictures in books. And pictures in books seem well outside the scope of the Media Preservation Initiative.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t play them back—and some of them are pretty exciting.

via Extracting Audio from Pictures | media preservation.

Access and preservation of historical media objects looks to make “history” a more applied profession.

See also…this article on restoring the color of Greek statues.

Warhammer Intro Movie

via Warhammer Online

You know…I’m starting to think that some of the real art in the game making business revolves around intro-movie making.   The Warhammer Online one linked above is awesome.  The one at the beginning of “Lost Odyssey” is amazing. 

“The Witcher” begins with animated execellence.

Have to find a few more of these, but the Witcher and Lost Odyssey ones pretty much blew me away.  I think the Warhammer one is up there as well.  Some of these should be submitted for “digital short” awards.  Heck, you put together 10 or 15 in a series and you have an updated Aeon Flux-style phenom.

Obama’s 50 State Project Complete

Obama bumper-stickers for every state project now complete – Boing Boing.

Nice work, folks. Remember to tip your waiter and then vote.

I think “Re-Elect SENATOR McCain” is a pretty good one for Arizona.

Best anecdotal comment on bOING bOING…

(Hopefully Related)
Last night we got a call from an Obama volunteer who asked us who are we planning to vote for in November. We got talking and she said she has spoken with people who like Gov. Palin, but not Sen. McCain.

She said she tells them to write in Gov. Palin’s name on the ballot, and not to vote for Sen. McCain. Clever.

The Flying Rays of Mexico (and Planet Earth Live Mini-Review)

The great ocean migration… thousands of majestic stingrays swim to new seas | Mail Online

Like autumn leaves floating in a sunlit pond, this vast expanse of magnificent stingrays animates the bright blue seas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Taken off the coast of Mexico’s Holbox Island by amateur photographer Sandra Critelli, this breathtaking picture captures the migration of thousands of rays as they follow the clockwise current from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to western Florida.

Measuring up to 6ft 6in across, poisonous golden cow-nose rays migrate in groups – or ‘fevers’ – of up to 10,000 as they glide their way silently towards their summer feeding grounds.


Arc: The rays, swimming in a long line, was spotted by amateur photographer Sandra Critelli

Some pretty amazing pics there and a cool phenomena.

On a slightly related note, I spent last night in Downtown Big D watching this special…

The Blue Planet Live rolled into the Meyerson Symphony Center for the first of three shows Tuesday night and delivered big in offering one of the coolest, most creative escapes yet to the summer doldrums. Under the baton of composer-conductor George Fenton, it makes deft use of the 76-piece Dallas Symphony Orchestra in carrying 2,000 viewers on an oceanic expedition.

It does so with a mesmerizing score that swings from calming to exhilarating to terrifying, only, in the end, to return home again. Mr. Fenton composed the music and flew in from London to conduct the DSO, which makes splendid use of horns, strings, percussion and a trumpet soloist to enhance the emotional current.

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A good show that could use a couple tweaks (the preaching at the end needs some “action items”) but overall a very moving experience.

As a pirate with long experience dealing with unregulated Nature, it was fun to see some of the incredible images highlighted by professional musicians and air-conditioned joy.

Fixing the World With Legos

Jan Vormann – Dispatchwork

This work was done in Bocchignano, Italy, a village close to Rome, as part of the group project “20 Eventi”. The group of artists developed projects for 4 villages of the Sabina region and decided to create a compilation of drawings, for collectors to purchase, and to support this project.

Great stuff out there, Italians.  See if you can use those blocks for that tower which is about to fall over.

American Anime on Wood

Matthew Buchanan • Delia Merchant: Audrey Kawasaki [is a]…

Audrey Kawasaki [is a] 26-year-old, Los Angeles-based painter and erotic artist, known for her distinctive, erotically charged portrayals of young, adolescent girls. Her works are oil paintings painted directly onto wood panels, and her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga.   Couldn’t resist reblogging this. Love her work.

Delia Merchant:

Audrey Kawasaki [is a] 26-year-old, Los Angeles-based painter and erotic artist, known for her distinctive, erotically charged portrayals of young, adolescent girls. Her works are oil paintings painted directly onto wood panels, and her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga.

Some curious art stuff I ran into the other day.

Fight Against the Dying of the Magnet

A Brief Message: No Resistance Is Futile

Six1 words2 can3 tell4 a5 story6 while five is too small. Constraints write without the letter “e”; use only one-syllable words; make every sentence exactly N words [see Oulipo and Georges Perec] can force me and you out of windbaggery and make certain things possible. Not long ago, tasked to review 763 songs at a swoop, I cut the review length to six words and suffered not at all.


Awwww, Look at the Cute Little Evil Robots

Visualizing Viruses

Visualizing Viruses
By Ryan Singel
04.12.08 | 12:00 AM

This scary looking guy is MyDoom, a virus that debuted in January 2004 and replicated faster than any previous worm. MyDoom opens a backdoor in a user’s system, and spreads itself by mining e-mail addresses found on compromised computers. Dozens of variants still roam the net.

And yes, little electronic bits of computer code are still robots.  If they are good enough to replace retail workers, they are good enough to be called robots.   This group of renderings happens to be a bunch of little evil robots that infiltrate and compromise computer systems.

Very neat stuff.  Especially since it is a robot photographer that is making the pictures.

You should check out how the full grown versions too, as they have the same kind of beauty, just more of it.

I Can Draw Quite Well, Thank You

Elephant paints an elephant – Boing Boing

Elephant paints an elephant

In this video, an elephant is led to an easel, picks up a paintbrush, and paints a picture of an elephant holding a flower. Or at least, that’s what appears to happen — there are lots of cuts in the video and it’s hard to say what’s really going on. Fake or real, it’s a great way to spend 8 minutes. Link See also: Elephant artists

It’s a Race Race (part 2)

Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck News – NDSU investigates skit

FARGO — North Dakota State University officials are investigating after complaints about a skit in which a black-faced white student portrayed Barack Obama receiving a lap dance.Presidents of the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and sorority Alpha Gamma Delta publicly apologized for the skit at an NDSU town hall meeting this week.

The skit was performed March 18, for 500 people at the Mr. NDSU Pageant, which raises money for diabetes research.

People who attended said a pageant contestant from Saddle and Sirloin dressed as a woman from the Internet video “I Got a Crush on Obama” and performed for another student who was wearing dark makeup and an afro wig.

In the background, two male students dressed as cowboys simulated anal sex while holding an Obama sign that one student ripped at the conclusion of the 30-second performance.

Malika Carter, an NDSU assistant director of multicultural student services, said students complained the skit was racially insensitive and homophobic.

That bolded stuff is kinda like Sinead with the Pope, eh? I don’t know about this one, a hard core artist would get their face tattooed black.