Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive

Boomeranged Metaphors

8-Butt

These pixel panties! True pixel-nostalgics might want to match them with the 8-bit Icon Watch. Peculiar image of the week.

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Anthropomorphobia

Show Dem Guts

Sexy girls and organ meat was never a good combination to me, but the people from Black Milk Clothing that created this swimsuit seem to think it makes a pretty nice product. Am I too post-human already to understand, or is it just my anthropomorphobia that plagues me?

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Anthropomorphobia

Flying Through Your Brain

They say the map is the territory. Hence, when scientists manage to map your brain in a real time video, this will have an impact on one of the most uncultivated territories known to man: the territory of your inner space.
Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.

Via National Geographic.

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Fake-for-Real

Welcome in the Real Unreality

Here is one for our Dutch readers. This Sunday our editor in chief and next nature maven Koert van Mensvoort is interviewed in what is arguably the finest show on Dutch television: VPRO Tegenlicht.

While playing a game of Fake For Real, the documentary investigates our Society of Simulations and its impact on journalism. An English version of the documentary should be online soon and we will of course post it once it becomes available.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam next wednesday you might also want to attend the Tegenlicht Meetup at the Zwijger. Keep it real unreal folks!

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Symbolic-Overdrive

Scan Yourself With Your Digital Doctor

There seems to be a high demand for the ability to self-diagnose. Consider Scanadu, a company developing a medical device for self-diagnosis, has become the highest funded project in the history of Indiegogo, the crowd funding website similar to Kickstarter. The desire of the average consumer to have more control when diagnosing and checking their health, as well as removing the doctor as an intermediary, has lead to the company amassing more than $1,378,545 for its Indiegogo campaign, aimed at developing the Scanadu scanner.

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Image-Consumption

The Sunrise is Now Televised in Beijing

According to the Daily Mail the smog in Beijing has become so thick that only place to hail a sunrise is on the huge digital commercial television screens across the city.

Last week the reading for particles of PM2.5 pollution was 26 times as high as the 25 micrograms considered safe by the World Health Organization.

In response to the poor air conditions Beijing’s mayor pledged to cut coal use by 2.6 million tonnes and set aside 15 billion yuan to improve air quality this year as part of the city’s ‘all-out effort’ to tackle air pollution.

Thanks Andrea Graziano.

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Brand Territory

Leaves & Logos Identification Quiz

Nowadays most people know more logos and brands than bird or tree species.
Go test your own knowledge. Take a look at the leaves and logos above and see how many you can identify without looking them up.

1. How many logos do you know?
2. How many leaves do you know?
3. Which 2 logos were the most difficult?
4. Which two leaves were the most difficult?

Answers after the jump.

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Digital-Presence

Pixel Nostalgia Leads to Digital Pointillism

For years, we have assisted in the war of megapixels. Smartphones, cameras and tablets do battle offering the most powerful, detailed and high definition displays and pictures. Nevertheless, around the web the opposite trend is spreading: returning to the digital image essence, the pixel. Through an app (I Pixel U) is it possible to transform our snapshots in dots, choosing the subject to blur and leaving the rest intact. It’s a sort of nostalgic action that reminds us at the same time of the painting technique of Pointillism and the oldest video games. Progressive Nostalgia, indeed!

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Digital-Presence

Spy Agencies Infiltrate in Online Games

Gamers in on line environments like World of Warcraft and Second Life may have had encounters with secret agents. The Guardian reports American and British spy agencies have infiltrated into major online environments, suspecting that terrorist were hiding among the elves and goblins.

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