Neal Stephenson and the best stuff on the internet

Neal Stephenson is my favorite living author. Cryptonomicon is a modern classic and his baroque cycle swept me away. He also a  predicted Second Life in 1992! Futurismic has a post that details his new book. He’s not for everyone as the books can often get rather complicated and are definately sci-fi.  

TED
is a conference
and sadly I’ve never been able to go. From what I’ve
seen and heard it should be quite the experience. They have a lot of
videos on their site. These videos are some of the most inspiring,
awesome and exciting things you can find on the internet. And I do not
think I am overselling them. They are all presentations, sometimes by
politicians but also by doctors, other academics and regular people.
They are aboutoutlining research, stories of people’s experiences and a lot of them are simply mindblowing.

To kick off, “Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures
that he calls a new form of life. His “Strandbeests” walk the coastline
of Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water.

If you want to see just what is possible with Shapeways, look at what
he has made with standard plastic tubing and think what you could make.

Think poverty and data visualisations are boring? This is amazing. You will also not believe the end of the video, it is ridiculous, in a good way.

This is an awesome hack where Johnny Lee makes some simply stunning stuff using a Wii.

Philippe Starck, the namesake of one of our servers, has a very funny presentation here titled, “Why design?”. It is also a wonderful look into design.

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