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Rhino Guru

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Andrew Kudless just sent me a couple of links recently to the websites of Stylianos Dritsas and David Rutten after I asked if he could recommend me a Rhino expert. Stylianos’s site has an extensive library of projects he’s developed over recent years as well as a few downloadable scripts. He also scripted dECOi’s Miran Gallery.

David site is a wealth of information and tutorials - click the programming category and you’ll see a cascade of links to talks, lectures, tutorials and downloadable scripts. I highly recommend a visit to both sites for anyone wanting to learn more about scripting in rhino.

hampster powered phone

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

This is a second-hand link via julia set: apparently a 16 year old boy invented a hampster powered mobile phone charger. too good to be true!

nano radio

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

I’ve finally gotten into the swing of the whole podcasting movement. When Brett came back from Japan he brought back a couple of iPodnanos which conveniently meant I had to upgrade my version of iTunes. Now with the new podcasting feature, I find i’m listening more to news radio broadcasts on my bus route to and from work than music. I’ve mostly been downloading the broadcasts from npr and the bbc but there are also some really great music broadcasts to download from some ultra-hip slovenian radio stations. I’ll post the link soon.

Love(grove)ly lights

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Went tonight to the launch of Ross Lovegrove’s new modular lighting system called System X at the Museum of London.

Manufactured by Yamagiwa, the lights are x-shaped and can be reconfigured in a grid formation, circular, or randomly with a series of linking components. A key innovation of the light is that it actually incorporates bent florescent tubes which allows for an even distribution of light. The images below show 2 versions of the light - on the left with infill panels and on the right as a wall-mounted installation.


Open House London

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

London’s Open House will take place this Saturday and Sunday (17th & 18th) and is a great opportunity to see buildings and spaces normally closed to the public. The full list of buildings can be found here and some may need to be pre-booked as they tend to fill up really quickly. Every year the Bank of England queue’s tend to wind around several blocks - and I remember when Foster’s Swiss Re building had an open house it drew a crowd of thousands.


Monday, September 12th, 2005

My cousin Zak just showed me this nifty little online service called RASTERBATER that will turn your images into ginormous rasterized images. It says it can go up to 20 meters - i tried one yesterday that pdf’d to 128 A3 pages and still haven’t printed it, but here’s today’s mini-version.


Another excuse to shop

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Apple launched it’s new ipod yesterday called the ipod nano. After reading endless recent articles documenting a new collaboration between apple and motorola, I was hoping this one would have some communication technology - but it appears to (just) be a new slimmer, more beautiful ipod.

If you’re desperate for an mp3, there are several out there - but if you want to use iTunes, for now you’ll have to be satisfied with the Motorola ROKR.

Still, the new ipod nano is nothing to sneeze at. it’s mighty handsome.