Posted tagged ‘iPad’

Eye/Brain Candy: Light Painting/Stop Motion animation with an iPad as the light source.

September 14, 2010

Really beautiful stuff. The first 1:38 of the video at the link give you a quick how-it-was-done account, and then the really lovely video unfolds.

I got this through a retweet of @GreatDismal’s twitter stream — and as Mr. Dismal resolves to William Gibson in meatspace, I suppose my reaction — that Hubertus Bigend is smiling somewhere — makes a kind of sense.

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

My Favorite iPad Hater Nonsense so far

April 7, 2010

From commenter zyodei at Cory Doctorow’s blog at BoingBoing (h/t @jasonpontin’s twitter feed):

Of course, I will still never buy one, because as has been pointed out by its design I still see it as something that is designed primarily for consuming information, not creating it. And who needs that?

Uhhh…those of us who create not “information,” but works of communication, craft, art, whatever.

I mean, I don’t know about anyone else, but I hope that folks actually, you know, read what I write, not to mention see or hear the other works I create.  Consuming that stuff, again, not information but composed, intended works, is something for which the iPad, among other devices, is just a dandy platform.  More of this please.

Not to mention that there are lots of hours in the day when I — I, and not a seraph, not an avenging messenger of the Tech Lords — find myself consuming other folks’ good work, and don’t need or necessarily want to haul my lapbeast.

I’m not saying that there is any affirmative necessity that should send all tech-happy folks into Father Jobs’ arms.  There are lots of reasons not to buy another thing.  I haven’t got mine yet, and didn’t get swept up on a wave of gadget-lust when I briefly toyed with one in an Apple store yesterday.  And choosing to save one’s pennies because it doesn’t perform the functions you require, as it appears it doesn’t for zyodei,, is sane, perfectly reasonable.

It’s just the “who needs that” tag that harshed my mellow.  No writer that I’ve ever known lays down words for a game of solitaire. Even as we — or at least I — write, the words seem to me to be leaning toward a reader.  Who needs “consumers” — an ugly, misleading name?  I do; every last line I write does.

Image:  Antoine Wiertz, “The Reader of Novels,” 1853

iPad Whiff

April 3, 2010

So — even with gadget lust surging through my geekocampus, still, at the last minute, I cancelled my reservation for an iPad.  Decided to wait for 3G, based on my experience using my iPhone as guide to travelling around rural Ohio the week before last.  That GPS functionality that comes with cellular as well as WiFi connectivity was persuasive.

So:  dumb or not?

Image:  Jules Cheret, “Eulogy of Lust,” 1896-1900

Stephen Colbert’s Salsa Recipe/iPad App.

April 2, 2010

Presented, without further comment, for your viewing pleasure.

In Which I Godwinize the iPad — alternatively titled, “Fun with subtitles.”

January 28, 2010

Via Twitter’s #JimMacMillan, I learn that there is a very uncomfortable bunker somewhere beneath Berlin in which the presumed shortcomings of the iPad are being discussed.


Words Matter: High Tech, “Feminine Products” division

January 27, 2010

Most of the way through the Greatest Apple Announcement Ever and the#ipad twitter series is deeply fixated on the awesomeness of the fail in giving the new device a name that is such a short leap from a product that has little to do with computing, and a great deal to do, as one of the Twitterers noted, with the desperate shortage of possessors of double x chromosomes in the tech biz.

Just saying….

Image:  Margaret Carpenter, “Ada Augusta Byron King (Ada Lovelace),” 1836