Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mini Performance

Fresh from recording all 205 National Anthems to be played at this summer's games, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with MINI for one more performance. All stand please for conductor Gareth Newman and the London 2012 Limited Edition MINI's unique tribute to Team GB.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Billion Euro House

Ever wonder what happens to misprinted currency? In the case of decommissioned Euro notes, the money gets shredded and formed into a papery brick. The blocks hold no monetary value and are likely viewed as useless hunks of paper by the masses, but not to Irish artist, Frank Buckley.

Buckley collected the pulped bricks totalling over 1 billion euro’s worth of paper shredded to build his art installation. The Dublin-based artist was unemployed thanks to Ireland’s economic crisis and as he watched friends and family lose their possessions and homes over nothing more than a lack of paper currency to call their own, he decided to channel his frustration until, the house made of shredded currency was born. Buckley built the house, which he dubbed the Billion Euro House, with the help of a local hardware store that donated some basic building materials to get Buckley started.

At this point, the house serves as Buckley’s residence during weekdays, and he lives in the garden shed of his family homes (that he is no longer able to live in) on weekends. After having opened the house to the public, Buckley received more than 300 visitors in just a couple of days. His goal to make something out of nothing has been reached as far as he is concerned, and thankfully, the mint who gave him the money bricks in the first place has decided to let Buckley treat his allotment of shredded bills as a loan that will be disposed of when he is finished with them. Buckley plans to add a kitchen to his Billion Euro House in the near future.


Face Forming Animation

Your pretty face wasn't always so pretty: the first animation of a face forming in the womb reveals how different features morph during development.

The time-lapse, produced for the BBC series Inside the Human Body, is based on human embryo scans captured between 1 and 3 months after conception, the period during which a face develops. Virtual sculptures were created at different stages, then combined by mapping hundreds of points to corresponding dots on the other models. "It was a nightmare for structures like the nose and palate, which didn't exist for most of the animation," says David Barker, the graphics researcher on the production. "Their formation is a complicated ballet of growth and fusion of moving plates of tissue."

A close look at the animation reveals that a face forms from three main features that rotate into place, meeting at the philtrum, the groove above the top lip. The transformation occurs with very precise timing and delays can result in a cleft lip or palate.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

100 Riffs

The history of rock and roll according to Alex Chadwick

 1 Mr. Sandman - Chet Atkins
 2 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
 3 Words of Love - Buddy Holly
 4 Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
 5 Rumble - Link Wray
 6 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
 7 Pipeline - The Chantays
 8 Miserlou - Dick Dale
 9 Wipeout - Surfaris
 10 Daytripper - The Beatles
 11 Can't Explain - The Who
 12 Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
 13 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
 14 Black Magic Woman - Santana
 15 Helter Skelter - The Beatles
 16 Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
 17 Crossroads - Cream
 18 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
 19 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
 20 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
 21 Funk 49 - James Gang
 22 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
 23 Bitch - Rolling Stones
 24 Layla - Derek and the Dominos
 25 School's Out - Alice Cooper
 26 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
 27 Money - Pink Floyd
 28 Jessica - Allman Brothers
 29 La Grange - ZZ Top
 30 20th Century Boy - T. Rex
 31 Scarlet Begonias - Grateful Dead
 32 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
 33 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
 34 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
 35 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
 36 Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
 37 Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
 38 Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas
 39 Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones
 40 Barracuda - Heart
 41 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
 42 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
 43 Message in a Bottle - The Police
 44 Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young
 45 Back in Black - AC/DC
 46 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
 47 Spirit of Radio - Rush
 48 Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
 49 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
 50 Holy Diver - Dio
 51 Beat It - Michael Jackson
 52 Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
 53 What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths
 54 Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
 55 Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
 56 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
 57 The One I Love - REM
 58 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
 59 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
 60 Sweet Child 'O Mine - Guns N' Roses
 61 Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
 62 Cult of Personality -Living Colour
 63 Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
 64 Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty
 65 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven
 66 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
 67 Twice as Hard - Black Crowes
 68 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
 69 Enter Sandman - Metallica
 70 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
 71 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
 72 Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
 73 Even Flow - Pearl Jam
 74 Outshined - Soundgarden
 75 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
 76 Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
 77 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
 78 Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
 79 Possum Kingdom - Toadies
 80 Say it Ain't So - Weezer
 81 Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
 82 Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
 83 Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
 84 Smooth - Santana
 85 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
 86 Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
 87 Turn a Square - The Shins
 88 Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
 89 Hysteria - Muse
 90 I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
 91 Blood and Thunder - Mastodon
 92 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
 93 Reptilia - The Strokes
 94 Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
 95 Float On - Modest Mouse
 96 Blue Orchid - White Stripes
 97 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
 98 Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs
 99 I Got Mine - Black Keys
 100 Cruel - St. Vincent

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bloom 2012

During the weekend of 7 July 2012 the Ostend Thermae Palace Hotel was turned into a flower oasis thanks to the skills of dozens of florists.

I was one of the first people to enter the exhibition on 7 July and did some filming. A lot of cutting took place afterwards, for it was impossible to bundle all the floral splendor I saw into a short video in which I tried hard to steady my camera and avoid people. Some of the exhibition space was kept in the dark or the shade to protect the flowers. What you see is an impression of my Bloom visit. Enjoy.

It is possible that the quality of the video is not 100% yet. YouTube is still processing it at the moment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Slow down, fast eaters!

Research presented at the International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology shows that people who eat fast have a 2.5-times higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, compared with slower eaters.

"The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is increasing globally and becoming a world pandemic. It appears to involve interaction between susceptible genetic backgrounds and environmental factors," study researcher Dr. Lina Radzeviciene, of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, said in a statement. "It's important to identify modifiable risk factors that may help people reduce their chances of developing the disease."

For the study, researchers examined the eating habits of 468 people without diabetes and 234 people who had just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Everyone answered a questionnaire, where they explained whether their eating habits were slower, faster, or the same as others. The researchers also noted their waist and hip circumference, height and weight.

After adjusting for other factors like body mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight), smoking status, diabetes and education, the researchers found that Type 2 diabetes risk seemed to be linked with eating faster.

This is certainly not the first time research has suggested a link between eating speed and health risks. A previous study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that speed-eaters are more likely to be obese than slow-eaters.

And the faster people ate, the more their BMI rose - 2.8% for each "step" increase on the five-step eating-speed scale (equivalent to an extra 4.3 pounds), researchers found.