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This is a 20-minute Dutch documentary released in 1971 that displays the work of artist M.C. Escher (1898–1972), described on Wikipedia as “a Dutch graphic artist known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations.” The first half of the film shows a lot of his work accompanied by a dissonant score by Felix Visser. About halfway through, we see shots of Escher at work, with narration offering biographical information sprinkled with quotes taken from Escher’s own statements over the years. Director: Han Van Gelder. Series: Living Art in the Netherlands. Sponsor: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.
Ever wondered while you were ordering your chai latte why on Earth did Starbucks chose a mermaid for its logo? The founders named the company after a character in the nautical novel “Moby-Dick” and keen to push the seafaring theme, opted for a two-tailed siren design based on a 16th-century Norse woodcut.
Yes, cassettes are making a comeback,but there’s only one factory in the US that manufactures them: National Audio Company in Springfield, Missouri. And they’re having a banner year.
In 1979, Roger Mainwood, just out of the Royal College of Art, created this wonderfully trippy animation for Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn.” It was a commission from the band’s record company but Kraftwerk had no input on the film, and Mainwood says he’s unsure if they even saw it.
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Originally written June 3, 2015
The story goes as follows. Several days ago, on one of my Windows 7 boxes, I did some updates. Cool beans, Then, a couple of days later, I suddenly noticed a Windows 10 like icon in my system tray. Turns out, this one belongs to a process called GWX.exe, and it is a part of Windows update KB3035583, which is deceptively labeled as an important one and preselected, intended to give Windows 7 and 8.X users an option to freely upgrade to Windows 10. Well, so far so good.
But then, I decided I was not interested. However, removing this thing off proved to be a very difficult task. I could not disable the scheduled tasks that reactivates the process every few hours, and you need special permissions to edit the folder containing the gwx.exe binary. In other words, all of a sudden, my perfectly reasonable Windows 7 has been altered without my consent, and now I did not have freedom to do what I want. This annoyed me so much that I started writing a tutorial on how to get rid of this piece of shit. Follow me.
Crowbcat created a Portal setup that had Chell, the game’s heroine, trapped between two portals that crushed her. The results were an astounding wonderland of psychedelic visuals
I don’t know what would be cooler: if this were an emergent property of the game’s programming, or if the designers hid it in the code and waited for an adventurous sort to discover it.
Everything has been recorded at first-person perspective. It resulted in infinite psychedelic visuals such as giant spirals, never-ending walls, and gigantic perpetual portal rooms. Scary at first when you realize you’re face to face with yourself. Such visuals potentially can trigger anxiety about mirrors and stairs to some people. There is no way to get out without restarting or using cvars. Chell doesn’t die by doing this, and it looks like there’s no gravity anymore.