Archive for the ‘artificial life’ Category

Orson Welles Gets Freaky With Jim Henson

April 14th, 2011 by frankie23

Once upon a time, Orson Welles taped a pilot for a talk show. This show, unfortunately, did not get picked up, but we do have an amazingly creepy little clip from it here, where he waxes all profound on Kermit & Co. while interviewing the late, great Jim Henson, and Frank “Yoda” Oz. One can only imagine how much better reality would be if this had gone through.

Orson Welles Creepily Interviews Jim Henson and Frank Oz [The Stranger]

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OMG Dinosaurs!!

October 6th, 2009 by frankie23

Simply awesome! This video clip from a German TV shows shows a pair of T-Rexes, mother and child, facing down a triceratops. Totally real construction, no CGI, and simply amazing. You can really get a feel for the scale of these gorgeous monsters. So damn cool.

Dinosaurs Disrupt German Television Program [Geekologie]

Love In This Club

July 7th, 2008 by frankie23

In one of the more delightful things I’ve ever seen in my life, some enterprising soul has done something almost unthinkable: made Usher bearable. Outside of my realm of experience, appartently Chuck E. Chhese used to have a competitor called Showbiz Pizza, and Showbiz had their own in-house animatronic band The Rock-afire Explosion. I’m not sure of the source of this video, but in a nutshell it’s Usher’s “Love In This Club” as preformed by said talking animal stage show… and it’s brilliant. I hope this affects your day as much as it has mine.

Usher – Love In This Club [YouTube]

The Automaton Harpist

October 10th, 2007 by frankie23

Beuatiful. Haunting. Creepy as fuck. All these terms can be used to describe this nightmarish little bit of clockwork. Her vacant, yet active, dollface looks around the room as she plucks away at her invisible harp. Her bady is old, broken; the holes are visible, and one wonders how this marvel has stayed intact for so long. How old is she? Where did she come from? Her enigmatic, slack-jawed stare provides no answers. Luckily, YouTube does. Made by Gustave Vichy, she was born in Paris in 1880. Truly haunting, truly wonderous.

Automaton Harpist by Vichy [Bruce Sterling, via Ectoplasmosis]

The sculpture! It walks!

July 25th, 2007 by frankie23

Amazing piece of art here. Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor who lives in Holland. Using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands to power his works, he builds these giant skeletons which are able to walk. According to his Wikipedia article, Jansen is “dedicated to creating artificial life through the use of genetic algorithms”. He tests the survival-fitness of his pieces by studying their ability to survive on the beach while moving around within enclosed areas of both wet and dry sand. He then “breeds” his structures together, and grades the “offspring”. By doing this, complex designs emerge on an almost evolutionary scale. So damn cool.

Kinetic Sculpture [glumbert.com, via Bioephemera]