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Matchbox Cars 1965

Regular readers will know that I love a behind-the-scenes look at manufacturing processes, whether that’s Apple or a pair of scissors.  But it’s even more true when it comes to a product that I’ve owned many of during my childhood.

I’m also willing to bet that most people (certainly in the UK at least) have owned, played with, or collected many a Matchbox car over the years (they now look like this by the way).

My Dad was an avid collector with hundreds, if not thousands, of models so Matchbox is a very familiar brand that fills me with nostalgia even today, so this insight into their design process and production line is fascinating.

No 3D renders or CAD, just drawing boards and handmade wooden prototypes as part of the design process and production line to show how they were manufactured in mid-60s Hackney, London.

Many thanks to British Pathé for posting this online.

Cockpit Timelapse

With the number of flights I’ve taken this year well into double digits this incredible timelapse really resonated with me.

Not that I’m ever likely to see this view from a plane, so it’s all the more brilliant that pilot (and film producer) Sales Wick decided to capture it on a redeye flight from Switzerland to Brazil and share online.

And in case you overcome the pure awe of viewing it (full screen and HD a must!) and you wonder which areas you might actually be flying over he has kindly overlaid the information!

For those of you paying particularly close attention those moving specks of light are not always other planes, some are indeed shooting stars!  Stunning!

Full info on the video and recording technique on the Beyond Clouds site here.

10K Video

I’m just getting my head around how incredible 4K video looks (not that I’ve got much hardware that will actually display it accurately), and along comes photographer Joe Capra (aka Scientifantastic) with videos shot at 10K resolution!

Yes, 10K!

Highly recommend full screen viewing for this.

The video footage was shot on a Phase One IQ180 and is comprised of hundreds of 80 megapixel images.  Starting at 14% scale (to fit on a typical 1920×1080 display) the video zooms out to stops at 50% and 100% zoom.

The detail at 100% is incredible, though you’d expect it to be when each individual raw frame is 10328×7760 pixels!  Woh!

 

 

 

 

Le Petit Chef – Bouillabaisse

Something fun for Friday – a combination of 3D animation and motion capture to project onto a dinner table.

As dining environments get more immersive and offer multi-sensory experiences this is definitely something I can see a lot more of.  Great work from Skull Mapping.

Bon appétit!

London Air Traffic Visualisation

More than 50% of the 2 million flights in UK airspace every year arrive or depart from one of the five airports in (and around) London.  That’s well over 5,000 flights using just Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, and Luton every day!

I appreciate that being able to imagine all of those flights is almost incomprehensible, but fortunately for us NATS have put together a superb visualisation showing exactly that.

Information is beautiful.

Watch the equally impressive air traffic videos for the whole UK here or the whole of Europe here.

 

What Happens If All The Bees Die?

The weather is turning increasingly summery outside, allowing me to ride to work without a waterproof coat (for the most part) and sit outside in the garden with a few beers at the weekend.  Inevitably the warmer weather brings with it insects, specifically bees.

Before you curse them for lingering around the BBQ food and buzzing around your pint of cider in the afternoon sun just remember that without them things would be very different.

In being “directly responsible for 70% of the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts we consume” they actually form a rather critical element in our human lives.

Without bees “our diets would consist mainly of corn, rice, and wheat”, not that appetising I’m sure you’ll agree.  Oh, and a it looks like you’ll also be a good deal poorer and possibly naked too due to a mass decline in the availability of cotton.

So, let’s look after the bees and definitely don’t confuse them with wasps.

Thanks to AsapSCIENCE for the video.

01 April 2015

Another April Fools’ Day and another chance for companies to try and catch you out with increasingly believable and creative jokes, and this year was no exception.

With efforts spanning across the spectrum from the likes of  Kiss FM (who didn’t really seem to understand April Fools’ Day), to Santander who seemingly forgot and hashed together a last minute Photoshop effort (albeit not a bad idea!), to the usual big contenders that demonstrated superb efforts.

The Guardian
One of the first stories to break this morning was the announcement that former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson had joined the Guardian team backing the campaign for fossil fuel divestment.  Following the recent “fracas” Clarkson is hoping to “regain the trust of the British public” by “dedicating his time and financial resources to sustainable energy, road safety and forging mutual understanding and tolerance between people of different cultures and religions”.  Very good!

clarkson guardian


Google
As ever, Google lead the way in brilliant April Fools releases.  My day started with the introduction of com.google for a suitably confusing stunt before I even realised what day it was!

com google geek

 

com google bbc

Then building on the success of the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge last year the real winner of today comes in the form of Google Maps – Pac-Man.  Head over to Google Maps, click the Pac-Man icon in the bottom left et voilà!  I wonder how many hours people lost today playing that – it really is superb!

google maps pac man2

You can play anywhere in the world that has enough roads to constitute a level and, as Wired pointed out, the Taj Mahal even offers a Pac-Man-esque level layout.

google maps pac man1


Virgin

Another big name brand that took part today was Virgin.  After discovering that his great-great-uncle founded the city of Branson, Missouri, Richard Branson has announced that he is moving the Virgin Group back to the American city where it all began.

The plan includes moving Virgin America, Virgin Hotels, and Virgin Limited Edition.

A number of other jokes caught my eye throughout the day as well.

Marmite Clear
A mere 15 years in the making and we now have a clear version of everyone’s favourite love it or hate it spread.  Apparently, psychologists say “eating dark-coloured foods for breakfast can provoke feelings of negativity” whereas this “light” and “positive” version “will keep you feeling chirpy all day long”.

Marmite Clear


SketchUp

Google’s SketchUp announced an improved user experience with the addition of Adventure Mode.


Monument by Fabian Cancellara
Pro cycling Team Trek Factory announced a new scent for the top step of the podium with Monument by Fabian Cancellara aka Spartacus!  Prepare to smell like victory.

Monument

 

The Kimsicle
The rather disturbing “Kimsicle” was announced this morning as a new “buttock-enhancing” marshmallow ice cream lolly inspired by “Kim Kard-ass-ian” from The Licktators.

Kimsicle


Left-Handed Bike Horn

The When I Was A Kid toy store in Cambridge announced the development of a left-handed bike horn.  Available for a mere £5 “at last all cyclists are equal when it comes to their safety”.

left handed horn

 

Hailo Piggyback
For when a taxi is just too much why not get a piggy back around town?

Hailo
How many fooled you?

 


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