Some love for Toxi

Check out the incredible array of work made with the open source framework ‘Toxiclibs’.

2010 Showreel

toxiclibs showreel 2010 from postspectacular on Vimeo.

2009 Showreel

toxiclibs showreel 2009 from postspectacular on Vimeo.

Great work by Karsten Schmidt and the community.

toxiclibs is an independent, open source library collection for computational design tasks with Java & Processing (and soon other languages). After over 3.5 years of continuous development & refactoring, the collection consists of >25k lines of code, 270+ classes bundled into 8 libraries. The classes are purposefully kept fairly generic in order to maximize re-use in different contexts ranging from generative visuals, data visualization to architecture digital fabrication, use as teaching tool in these fields and more…

For more information please visit: www.toxiclibs.org

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ASDA Shopping Smartness

More shopping smartness, this time from ASDA. Their new Price Guarantee lets you compare the price of your shop against the other supermarkets. Enter 6 set of numbers from your receipt and the system does the rest. If it’s cheaper elsewhere ASDA refund the difference.

It’s being supported by a nationwide ad campaign showing those good old ‘regular mums’ trying it out.

The price check is powered by mySupermarket.co.uk

http://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/

Google. The Beast

It’s so easy to forget about how much personal information we hand over to Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. My mind was sharply focused again today when I read today that MySpace has taken a bold step and allowed a large quantity of bulk user data to be put up for sale.

The truth is that we really have no idea how these companies will use our data for in the future.

Here’s a video which makes Google look a bit scary.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9925756&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

THE BEAST FILE: GOOGLE from Hungry Beast on Vimeo.

Using Last.FM data to put Lady GaGa in perspective

Lady GaGa cleaned up at the BRITS last night. Within 20 minutes this appeared on Twitter. It’s a list of the most frequently deleted tracks / scrobbles by the Last.fm community in January 2010.

Are people embarrassed to admit they like her, or is she a bit shit? You tell me.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

flight404 at Decode / V&A

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Robert Hodgin aka flight404 posted this video of an app he’s working on for the Decode event at London’s V&A. He’s reworking his older Solar piece so that it’s audio responsive in real-time.

This is unbelievably good. Visually and sonically.

REWORK

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7578615&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=59a5d1&fullscreen=1

Solar rework from flight404 on Vimeo.

I have been working on a real-time version of the Solar piece from a couple years ago. Since it is going to be responding to people’s voices and ambient noise instead of music, I started listening to podcasts while I was developing it. I made this video to commemorate my new found love for WNYC’s RadioLab podcast. Thanks to Branden Hall and Bill Lindmeier for introducing me to it.

ORIGINAL

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=658158&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=59a5d1&fullscreen=1

Solar, with lyrics. from flight404 on Vimeo.

Made with Processing. Audio by Goldfrapp (“Lovely Head” off her first album).

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