My erstwhile next door neighbor Dave just sent me an email with a link to the most AMAZING video on YouTube – this one literally had me saying “Wow!”
As an aside, I just heard that the 2011 issue of the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook (which is scheduled to hit the streets on July 26, 2011), has finally decided that the abbreviated term for “electronic mail” is losing a hyphen. That is, instead of saying “e-mail”, henceforth the officially sanctioned moniker is “email”. Which means that once again I’ve been ahead of my time for several years now [grin]. (Click Here to see an article on this).
But we digress… Are you familiar with Wallace and Grommit? These are stop motion clay animation figures created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. If you haven’t seen their short films – especially The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave then you are missing a real treat (Click Here to bounce over to Amazon to see the complete collection of four short films – these are WONDERFUL for kids of all ages).
Eeeek… I’m wandering off into the weeds again. The point is that, in November 2010, the BBC in the UK premiered a new science show called Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention in which our two heroes take a light hearted and humorous look at the real-life inventors, contraptions, gadgets, and inventions (which, of course, reminds me of my recent The inventor of the bagpipes blog; don’t you think it’s amazing how all of these things seem to come together, almost as if there were a master plan ?)
Anyway, episode one of this series featured Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. This guy is amazing. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands.
As you will see, Theo’s animated works are a fusion of art and engineering. Personally this just blew me away. I think his works are absolutely beautiful. I only wish I could see them in real life.
Wow! I can't believe these are wind powered. Truly phenomenal. They should make smaller versions of these as some sort of model for youngsters (and us older - I mean "mature" - engineers that just can't stop helping ourselves).
Thanks for posting. This video is going to have legs around the office. Quite literally apparently!
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.