You can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.
IBM made the world’s smallest movie by using a pair of electron scanning microscopes to move a series of atoms to create a stop motion effect.
Follow this link to see how they made the movie. It’s truly astonishing.
The end result is below. Hard to wrap my head around the fact that they were able to move individual atoms from one well defined position to another. Science!
Composr is a free app that lets you start a song, then allows musicians add tracks remotely. As the song owner, you decide which tracks make the final cut.
I think this is a fantastic idea. I can work on songs with my brother, with friends across the country, even in other countries. Great concept.
Here’s a link to the Composr web site.
And here’s a link to the app itself.
Matt Fuller collects all things Apple and he wanted a neon Apple logo to hang in his home to highlight his collection. Here’s his story, with the “making of” video below:
About a month ago I contacted Neon Shop Fishtail, a well-known neon shop in Chicago, and inquired about the possibility of fabricating a neon Apple logo for my suburban Chicago home.
I emailed the general email address on the neon website and quickly received a response from Tom Brickler, whom I later learned is the owner of the shop. I sent a Photoshop mockup of the idea I was envisioning. He told me that he liked the project and that he could start it later that week.
On a whim, I asked if the shop allowed customers to watch the fabrication of projects. I was very surprised when he invited me the next Friday afternoon. They not only allowed me to watch the fabrication, but they very generously allowed me to take photos and video, all captured on my iPhone 6.
The experience was fascinating to watch and I soon realized that the three men running the shop were extremely skilled craftsmen. Before I arrived, neon artist John Noga had already shaped three main parts of the logo, but had not yet fused them together. I was able to watch him create the leaf part of the logo from a straight white glass tube. He then trimmed and joined the larger pieces to form the lower apple part of the logo.
The next step was to bring the project to the basement where the two pieces were electrified with 15,000 volts of electricity, heating them to 550˚F to burn out the impurities inside the glass. The white tubes were then filled with argon gas to produce the white glow I had requested.
The last two steps, completed by Chevo Carreño, included “burning in” the tubes with electricity so they would glow evenly and then painting the non-glowing parts of the tubes. With the logo complete, I took it home that day.
This weekend I finished the installation. The logo is supported by clear plastic clips attached to the wall and the wiring is a simple series circuit that attaches to a dimmable transformer that plugs into a standard outlet. It was an easy job, except that I needed help mounting it high on the wall.
This is just badass!
Mike Myers and his actual brother worked on this spot for Sears Canada.
Find out who stopped by our Toronto office to visit his brother! Watch as Peter (long time Sears associate) explain to his brother what Sears Canada is all about and why we’re here to stay.
Yup. His brother works at Sears. [via my own flesh and blood, @stumark]
This sketch from Late Night with Seth Meyers struck me as a pitch perfect parody, with a perfectly appropriate cameo at the end.