Scopitone 2014 @scopitone_fest


Scopitone is a type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component. Scopitone films were a forerunner of music videos. The Italian Cinebox/Colorama and Color-Sonics were competing, lesser-known technologies of the time.

Pour la 13ème édition, les festivités scopitonesques s’étaleront sur une semaine complète, sept jours et six nuits pour se frotter aux rendez-vous multiples, festifs, digitaux, sensoriels, toujours avec Stereolux comme camp de base. En attendant l’ouverture d’un « vrai beau » site internet annonçant une programmation riche, complète et détaillée, voici quelques noms piochés tant du côté des expos que des concerts.

Info pratique : ouverture du site complet et de la billetterie le 8 juillet


Shame on you #mitessenspieltmannicht #djfood


Frisbeel is a crossover between the Frisbee and the vinyl LP. It can fly and be played on a turntable… The whole installation is made of a hand-press device, a collection of  LP’s and a mobile set-up to perform in venues and festival.

It has been presented for the first time in the festival Sonic Protest in Paris, in April 2014.


Chromoscope is an accessible, easy tool that anyone can use to explore and understand the sky at multiple wavelengths.

Chromoscope has been created using public-domain datasets from a number of all-sky astronomy projects. It lets you easily move around the sky and fade between wavelengths using a simple user-interface to illustrate the similarities and differences between what is visible at each wavelength.

There are currently seven included: gamma ray (Fermi), X-ray (ROSAT), H-alpha (WHAM), optical (DSS), infrared (IRAS),microwave (Planck) and radio (Haslam). You can click on the credit information, shown at the bottom-right of the Chromoscope screen, to learn more about each survey.

Time Crystals …

Bildschirmfoto 2014-05-23 um 11.10.06

This is just a stone. Not a photo of a stone with a Hubble Space Telescope image pasted over it. Not a hologram made inside some piece of glass. Not a portal to another dimension. Just a stone. It’s like a some spacetime wizard captured a piece of the Universe and trapped it inside.

The stone is an opal. A “very fine American contraluz opal found” in Opal Butte, Oregon, according to Bonhams, the auction house that sold it last May for around $20,000. Their description says that the 4.6 x 4.4 x 1-centimeter gemstone is a “clear, transparent crystal body having a fine, firey play-of-color that is gem quality. The piece has a botryoidal jasper formation which forms a unique inclusion.

— via Gizmodo

Stranded at an airport?


Designer Chien-Hui Ko has a created a solution for stranded travelers in the form of a floor mat called RESMO, which can be folded and unfolded in several ways to let the user sit back or lie down comfortably in any surface.


Chien-Hui Ko developed RESMO as part of her diploma project at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weisensee. The design has won a Red Dot Award for Design Concept 2014.

Solar Roadways

What if roads and parking lots were solar, fueling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities as well as electric vehicles? Scott and Julie Brusaw, the inventors/creators have the answer.


Did you know you can make concrete with hemp? Hempcrete might not be a pretty word, but it’s a non-toxic carbon-negative building material …

[via treehugger]

Kill your phone!



Why can’t I just turn off my phone?
Yes, of course you should but nowadays we can’t really say any more if a phone is actually turned off when you power it down. The alarm still works, right? Also, you can’t take out the battery any more of most current devices. Read this to get an idea what s going on.

Does the pouch work?
Yes, it does! It works very well for a whole bunch of frequencies depending on which material you got. If you want to make sure it is also strong against close up wifi signals I recommend sewing a double layer pouch. Test it!

How does it work?
The material is a copper or silver coated cloth or fleece especially developed for electromagnetic protection. As a pouch it forms a Faraday cage which blocks all eleoctro magenetic radiation (radio waves). Usually it is used in military or aviation . When you sit next to a strong radar antenna you better want to isolate the wall to not get grilled.

Does the material also shield RFID chips in passports?
Yes, it does. Since the RFID ships are usually powered passively the signal strength is much lower. RFID is in general much easier to kill than GSM and other signals.

Where to get the material?
Search for RF Shielding Fleece, HF+LF Shielding Fleece, RF Shielding Cloth, Electromagnetic Field Shielding Fabrics or Metalized Fabrics ! You will find these and similar materials in stores which are into electromagnetic protection. The fleeces usually have the best absorbing properties but cloths work as well. Everything with 99,999% damping for 70dB and higher (for a broad range of frequencies 1-5Ghz) should work very well. There are many different online shops offering these products. Some examples below. If you find a good supplier in your country please let me know, I ll add links below… Example shops:

[via Aram Bartholl]