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Friday Links

I’ve always wanted to write Friday Links, but the other Berglets have always appeared reluctant to hand over the keys to the links cabinet. So I snuck in, after hours, broke down the door, and compiled a list of what’s been keeping the studio entertained and educated this week.

1. Helen shared an ever-changing map of Europe’s borders. The dates should be taken with a small pinch of salt, but the transformation is stunning and the soundtrack suitably epic.

2. Phil recommended TileArray, which takes a photo and recreates it as a photo mosaic made from album sleeves. So here’s a picture of Phil, in which his face is literally made out of Elton John, Westlife and more. Nice one, Phil!


3. I liked this visualisation of European air traffic over a 24-hour period. The video was made by NATS, who describe themselves as “the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services”. Judging by the amount of traffic in the video (it’s quite terrifying, frankly), I’d say they were doing a very good job indeed.

4. Nick liked this video so much he posted it onto the twitters.

This, of course, was shared just two days before news broke that Facebook had purchased Oculus Rift for a fiver, prompting an unparalleled gnashing of teeth throughout social media. Personally, I think the outcome could be a) bad, b) good, or c) somewhere in-between. But what do I know?

5. Finally, a bit of music. This is Essa. He’s very good, and he’ll be performing at the Jazz Cafe in London’s swinging Camden precinct on 23 April. I’ll see you down the front.

Bonus track. Joe insisted we include this. “Really cool vid”, he says. “I can’t get the song out of my head”. Timo likes it too, and he’s well hard, so I’m not going to argue.

Friday Links

The slightly out-of-date rota on the wall indicates that it’s my turn to collate the links that have floated round the office this week, my first and last “Friday Links” post. So, with the further ado now done…

Link one: There’s always news about other new tools for the Internet Of Thingummies, and this week we saw this Fast Company article, whose lede is “The littleBits Cloud Module – debuted at TED – lets you create your very own objects that are part of the larger Internet of Things.”

Link two: Those of us who drink coffee sometimes drink coffee from the beans that arrive regularly from Pact Coffee. But that’s not the link! This is the link… they use Typeform (that’s the link) to make their online surveys and we like how simple and attractive it looks.

Link three: One of our Little Printer (no, not that link) publications is the Mr Men & Little Miss (no) publication and we liked this photo (yes) of a collection of coloured-in printouts by “jujudivine”.

A picture: The following image was shared with the office email list this week:


Most people have now been gently coaxed away from their screens, showered, fed, and will soon be back among the productive population. If you gaze into this hard enough you can, I think, see a unicorn flying over a double rainbow to an internet-connected pot of gold.

Friday Links

Hello everyone! This is my first Friday Links. Although this week you could be forgiven for calling them Andy Links! Three out of the four have his name on em. Here goes…

First up we had these Roentgen objects - amazing transforming furniture recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beautiful hidden mechanism on show in the video. It made Denise think of a real life version of The Room.

Next was a fantastic video showing a robotic arm in action – in this case doing a little bit of large scale multi axis 3D printing in metal!

You might have caught this already but here’s a link to a great Horizon programme summarising the ideas of Daniel Kahneman. His book, Thinking Fast and Slow, is a good read too. 

And finally, a smart way to increase the graphical real estate of a sign, by illuminating with red, green and blue to bring out different elements. As shown in this billboard for IKEA. Nice!

Have a lovely weekend.


Friday Links

Gentle Reader,

Since joining Berg in January 2010, I have written 30 blog posts on the Berg London blog. This is my first and shall be my last entry on the BergCloud blog, since today is my last day as Studio Manager. New adventures await me, but I shall leave you with a little taste of what’s been grabbing the attention of my esteemed colleagues (whom, it must be said, I shall miss terribly) over the last week or two.

I have been having a great time experimenting with this play-in-your-browser theremin that Adam alerted us to.

Joe found this collection of gifs made to look 3D by simply adding a vertical white line or two.

Andy brought to our attention this nifty door. (Shame about the creaky floorboards…)

And because the studio list has frankly been a little quiet lately (we’ve been BUSY and preoccupied), I’m going to round this out by stealing a couple of links that came over the Twitters from former Bergians.

Via Simon Pearson, a first edition tiny engineer superhero emergency kit for all those times when you desperately need a 1KOhm resistor to fix an amplifier at a party. The kit was made by another friend of Berg, Saar Drimer.

And finally, via Tom Armitage, a very cool Arduino thing: using a piano keyboard as a controller for an XBox360.

It’s been real, y’all. Enjoy your Friday and peace out!


Friday Links

Being told, “Durrell, it’s your turn to do Friday links”, reminds me of being the uncool teenager queuing to get in to a club in 1980.

There’s no point in pretending I know the cool and interesting web links, so instead…

I loved a small exhibition by Barber Osgerby at the Design Museum called In The Making. It shows the beautiful half-formed stages of products being manufactured, and followed up my curiosity with videos of the processes in action. It reminds me of Corneilia Parker’s Embryo Firearms.

The other thing that keeps bouncing around in my head (and keeps me up late at night) is the possibility of bringing drawing to life in Algodoo. I think the aesthetic potential of this program is amazing despite all the examples looking like school experiments in a physics class.


Friday Links

Last week’s redux of Friday links ended with a tube map, so I’ll start this week’s with one…

A map of London cafes near tube stations.

A somehow not rapidly cooling cup of coffee

…followed by a slightly less useful but ever-so-pretty video. Here is an in-depth explanation and wonderful render of the pale blue dot we live on, accompanied by the music of Zoë Keating.

If you’re looking to extract some data from places on the web you frequent and are lamenting the demise of RSS, Kimono might be able to help.

Given Bieber’s infamy this week you may have already seen this, but if you have a webcam (and who doesn’t nowadays?) you can stick Justin’s or the Queen’s face on your own with this Face substitution demo.

The Jade Rabbit on the lunar surface

Ending on an incredibly sad note, the Chinese lunar rover Yutu suffered a rather crippling problem and can’t enter sleep mode to survive the freezing -40° night on the dark side of the moon. It live blogged it’s final moments.


Friday Links are Back!

We’re kicking Friday links off again! (I know, it’s Monday… I have no excuse). So, as an introduction, here are some interesting links that were floating around the office mailing list this last week.

Illusion songs — A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.

3D Printable kids’ book — Leo the Maker Prince is a twee tale about a Brooklyn-based engineer-in-training named Diana, and Leo, a 3-D printer robot that transforms her drawings into functional objects.

Japanese Bike Storage

Incredible paper sculptures

Little Printer in Selfridges

Clearleft’s Chune

And, as I like to do at the end of Friday links, this week (well, today) I’ve mostly been listening to ‘An auditory tribute to Harry Beck’s Underground map, the skeleton which has long lent shape to the city in the minds of Londoners. Here, sounds were collected from along London’s canals and lesser rivers. Completed in March 2012.’

Until next time…