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Interactive Film “ROME” – Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin Did It Again!

Posted in Uncategorized by aldorf on May 14, 2011

Experience “3 Dreams of Black” at

“3 Dreams of Black” is Chris Milk‘s new interactive film, created in WebGL with some friends from Google, for Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi’s ROME, featuring Jack White & Norah Jones. The project is a Chrome Experiment ( that showcases some of the latest web technologies in modern browsers like Google Chrome.

In building “3 Dreams of Black”, we’ve had the opportunity to build many tools, libraries, and models. We’ve fully opened up the source code and made it available for web developers to tinker with us at In addition to the code, a few other highlights include eight WebGL demos, a fun model viewer for interacting with some of the animals from the web experience, and the Three.js 3D library used for building the experience. In addition, a big part of the project was to define a good pipeline for getting all the animals and environment models right in WebGL — for this, we extended Blender with custom plugins so we could manipulate and export the data with ease.

FWA Site Of The Year 2010 Winner

Posted in innovation, internet, Media, music, Uncategorized by aldorf on January 14, 2011

An interactive short film for Arcade Fire’s “We Used to
Wait” track
, utilizing Google’s Chrome Browser, Google Maps and

Congrats to Google Creative Labs, Aaron Koblin and Chris Milk

Chris Milk

Aaron Koblin

Google Creative Lab


Read judges comments here…

Clever-Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products by Replenish

Posted in innovation, Uncategorized by aldorf on October 27, 2010

Real sustainability can best be achieved by creating better-made products designed to be reused as well as recycled. Replenish’s flagship product is an eco-friendly, ultra concentrated multi-surface cleaner in a radically new reusable bottle. Not only does it make cleaning easier but it saves you money and it’s better for the environment.

Google Goggles – Great First Step Toward Intuitive Search

Posted in Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 26, 2010

It would be bad ass if these Goggles actually would have facial recognition.Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. There’s no need to type or speak your query – all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. Try taking pictures of books & DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text. Currently, it’s not so good when taking pictures of animals, plants, cars, furniture, or apparel.For the best results when taking pictures, hold your phone in “left landscape” mode, as shown below, and press the on-screen shutter button with your right thumb.

Google Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.6 and above.

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Infochimps – Data Junkie Start-Up Good Resource To Twitter Developers

Posted in Media, Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010
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Infochimps a startup aiming to organize all of the world’s free and commercial datasets, has collected and analyzed about four years’ worth of data from Twitter’s application programming interface, is allowing other parties to stand on its shoulders and pull up stats about any Twitter user’s influence or word preferences through a new set of APIs. They have opened a host of new features for Twitter developers to tap.

One API will let you see all of the public conversations or interactions between any two Twitter users. Another one, called Trstrank, applies a Google PageRank-like algorithm to Twitter users to measure their influence. A third one, Wordbag, which lets you analyze words that are unique to any user.

Infochimps is charging different rates for access to the APIs depending on how much developers access them. It’s free up to 100,000 API calls per month and the highest price tier is $4,000 a month with up to 15 million API calls.

Twitter is only one of Infochimps sources. Another API the company is releasing today, for example, returns U.S. Census-collected demographics for the zip code of any given IP address.

Weeels Iphone App (New York only)

Posted in Uncategorized by aldorf on July 29, 2010

A bit cheesy this infomercial but Weeels is a new app that’s actually very useful. It finds other prospective riders who are nearby and going to the same place. The matched-up riders can then share the cost of the ride. Very smart. More about it at

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How Much A Country’s Leader Is Paid Compared To GDP Per Person

Posted in Uncategorized, your take on... by aldorf on July 23, 2010

On Monday July 5th Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister, rejected the pay increase he was awarded by the country’s parliament last week. MPs had granted Mr Odinga a rise to nearly $430,000 a year, while giving themselves a 25% increase to $161,000. This boost would place Mr Odinga among the highest-paid political leaders in the world. More worryingly, his salary would be some 240 times greater than the country’s GDP per person. (read more…)

(source: the economist)

The Plastiki

Posted in ideas, Uncategorized by aldorf on March 23, 2010

Finally David de Rothschild launched The Plastiki, a one-of-a-kind 60-foot (20m) catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and other recycled PET plastic and waste products. It’s an attempt to draw attention to the amount of waste disposed of in our oceans.

Follow the expedition at

or: on wikipedia

Cortez The Killer

Posted in film, music, Uncategorized by aldorf on January 1, 2010

Jim Jarmusch, Bradford Cox, and No Age’s Randy Randall. An unlikely trio combine for this Neil Young cover live at this year’s ATP NY

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Exclusive Interview With James Cameron

Posted in Uncategorized by aldorf on December 22, 2009

Watch Popular Mechanics exclusive interview with “Avatar” director James Cameron and then go to to read the complete story. Unfortunately too much talking of the interview lady…

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