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Bring the HAL 9000 home w/ this live-model replica with Amazon Alexa built-in

Bring the HAL 9000 home w/ this live-model replica with Amazon Alexa built-in | 9to5Toys

Bring the HAL 9000 home w/ this live-model replica with Amazon Alexa built-in | 9to5Toyshttps://9to5toys.com/2018/03/09/hal-9000-alexa/It seems that Alexa is making its way into just about everything. There are tons of smart speakers out with it, some car manufacturers are including it, and it even made its way into a few phones. Now, however, Alexa is making its way into a classic, the HAL 9000 computer.

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future - WSJ

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future – WSJhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/how-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey-saw-into-the-future-1520609361?mod=trending_now_4Now 50 years old, the famously opaque science-fiction classic anticipated flat-screen technology and artificial intelligence. Fifty years ago next month, invitation-only audiences gathered in specially equipped Cinerama theaters in Washington, New York and Los Angeles to preview a widescreen epic that director Stanley Kubrick had been working on for four years.

“A Christmas Carol” for Small Screens

“There have been at least 19 big-screen adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol since 1901. Nearly every one has bombed. A fable this individual and homey doesn’t fit the scale of old-time movie palaces or megaplex cinemas with stadium seats. But on 10-inch screens, the Dickens classic knits an alternately cozy and terrifying magic.”

“A Christmas Carol” for Small Screens : App Store Story

“A Christmas Carol” for Small Screens : App Store Storyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/story/id1324220865Tap for the three best movie adaptations of the Dickens classic.

Science turns paintings into photos because Prisma is so 2016

Science turns paintings into photos because Prisma is so 2016

Science turns paintings into photos because Prisma is so 2016https://thenextweb.com/photography/2017/04/04/science-turns-paintings-photos-prisma-2016/Ever thought the work of the masters didn’t look realistic enough to you? Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a way to make classic paintings look frighteningly close to photographs. The researchers used a process called “image-to-image translation,” which reconstructs paintings as pictures, among other things. According to the article’s abstract: We present an approach …

Neo-origami sculptures to be displayed at the artist’s alma mater

by Sharee Ann Narciso-Tolentino @ designfaves.com

Claremont McKenna College is home to many talented artists. In the past years, it has been renowned for its alumni’s exceptional work, many of which have been displayed in its very halls and exhibits. The latest alumnus to be featured is Lawrence Beall, whose new piece is entitled “Digital Odyssey”. The piece uses what the artist calls neo-origami sculpture, and aims to retell the classic tale of Odysseus’ twelve-year journey, but in a more contemporary manner. The piece was placed at the Roberts Pavilion and was funded by the Dean of Students Office and the CMC Student Art Council.

He wants to create and spread awareness to the students using his work, representing the classic concepts of wandering but interpreted in a digital world. Beall also has upcoming works to be featured at the Riverside Art Museum, where he will participate in the artist residence. While waiting for his future exhibit, take a peek at his Digital Odyssey.

Norway’s new passport – already a design classic?

by Will Coldwell @ theguardian.com

If the passport is a symbol of national identity, then the new design for Norway’s travel documents has undoubtedly cemented the country’s reputation as a land of sleek, minimalist beauty.

The winning entry, by Oslo design studio Neue, features beautifully simplified depictions of Norway’s natural landscapes drawn with fine lines in pastel shades. The cover features a modernised version of the national crest, stamped in gold on unusually bold colours: either white, turquoise or red for immigrant, diplomat and standard passports respectively.

Blade Runner 2049 first footage revealed

It’s been a long wait since 1982, but now we have our first real tantalizing look at Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the classic sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott — adapted from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — about Rick Deckard, a “blade runner,” who must hunt down rogue replicants (human-seeming androids). The film will arrive in theaters on October 6, 2017. [by Sara Vilkomerson @ Entertainment Weekly]

The Movies You Don’t Want To Miss Over Christmas

From Star Wars Rogue One to quote-along screenings of Elf

by Gary Ogden @ coachmag.co.uk

Christmas and movies go together like new toys and unsupplied batteries. Whether it’s the annual viewing of a festive classic you could recite in your sleep, or escaping the Christmas madness in a darkened room for a few hours, it’s a highlight for many. But which to choose? Coach is here to save Christmas with the 10 best films you can see in the cinema over the next month.