Alas, Poor Yorickbot
Sci-Fest hopes to bring original science fiction one-act plays to the Los Angeles stage.
Courtesy David Dean Bottrell
Science fiction is defined by pushing boundaries - of inner and outer space, as well as time and imagination—which is what makes it great for the theater, according to actor David Dean Bottrell. “Stage is such a unique medium,” he states in email, “because the audience is a participant in the proceedings.”
Doar and others spent 2.5 weeks building a Rube Goldberg machine for a GoldieBlox commercial. They used baby dolls, feather boas, a teapot, and other toys as parts.
Courtesy Brett Doar
Brett Doar tried architecture, drove buses, and edited films before carving out a career designing absurdly intricate Rube Goldberg machines. His latest project: a kinetic sculpture made of toys and household objects to advertise GoldieBlox, a construction set for girls. Here’s how Doar orchestrated his unique living.
Clean the Bathroom (Good Idea)
Like scrubbing bathtubs? Neither do we, so cut the required elbow grease with a power scrubber. Drill through the center of a circular tub brush. Then drive a threaded bolt through the hole so the threaded end pokes out of the handle. Add a washer and secure it in place with a nut. Pop the end of the bolt into the drill head, tighten the grip, and enjoy cleaning the bathroom for once.
The Sansaire and the PolyScience Series 300
In the four years since Popular Science published its first guides to sous vide cooking at home, it's been a pleasure to watch the technique grow in popularity and in ease. New and improved tools have come in reach of the home cook, who can now prepare a perfectly soft 63°C egg or super-slow-cooked, incredibly tender beef brisket with the simple adjustment of a dial. In the past couple of weeks' mail, I've received 2014's first round of new sous vide equipment: the Sansaire circulator and the new PolyScience Series 300 chamber vacuum sealer.
Courtesy Laura Flippen
Ken Murphy, a computer programmer in California, built a rig to photograph the sky once every 10 seconds for a year. The resulting time-lapse video collage is a kaleidoscope of shifting weather patterns. Murphy’s project is one of more than 150 featured in The Art of Tinkering (released this month). Karen Wilkinson, one of the book’s editors, says it shows time-lapse photography is now more accessible than ever before. “People are even writing apps for it,” she says. True to form, the book includes a guide for mastering the art of time-lapse.
Fish on wheels
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Where's the fish? The fish is out for a drive.