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Geek Crafts: Geeks Show Their Artistic Side

Posted by admin | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans | Posted on 25-05-2011

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Over the last several years, two equipment-heavy stereotypes have formed out of the ether and the Internet: the DIYer and the geek. The stereotypical geek comes armed with soldering irons, sci-fi shows on DVD, and encyclopedic knowledge of multiple branches of science, while DIY enthusiasts carry glue guns, a lot of yarn, and books about reinventing t-shirts. They may seem diametrically opposed, but closer examination of the two reveals an overlap that contains both crafty geekery and deeply nerdy art.

Inspired by Geek Canon

[Photo: 'Angry Angel' on Flickr]

Amigurumi is a popular subset of the fiber arts, wherein cute things (usually animals, but sometimes inanimate objects) are rendered in knitting or crochet and stuffed. The amigurumi world didn’t know what it was missing until this 3.5-inch Boba Fett came along, created by Flickr user Angry Angel/Etsy shop owner Lucy Ravenscar. She sells crochet patterns for a wide variety of Star Wars denizens, including Darth Vader, C-3PO, and ewoks (it seems she specializes in Wicket).

My Little Pony, in addition to entertaining millions of five-year-old girls (and, with the Lauren Faust cartoon reboot, a growing contingent of 18-to-35-year-old guys), also provides many artists with adorable pony-shaped canvases ripe for customization. Inspired by Battlestar Galactica, DeviantArt user Spippo created My Little Starbuck.

Colorwork in knitting stereotypically takes the form of snowflakes, Nordic stars, and simple geometric shapes. A growing contingent of geeky knitters, however, would rather their blankets and sweaters be emblazoned with more current–or time-traveling–fare. This TARDIS blanket, made by Carrie Fritsche, is both available as a free pattern and is warmer on the inside.

The Internet Comes to Life

[Image: Allie Brosh]

Allie Brosh of hyperboleandahalf enthralled the grammar sticklers of the Internet with her April 2010 post on the habits and characteristics of the alot, a creature that resembles a mix between a bear, a yak, and a pug. When faced with a phrase containing the grammatical error “alot”, Allie re-imagines the sentence as could be applied to a big furry squash-faced animal.

The artists and crafters of the Internet went wild, up to the making of a (sadly, infrequently-updated) website ilikethatalot.com, which collects various versions of the grammar animal. This awesome watercolor, created by redditor MoonMonstar, received enthusiastic support from Allie, who happens to be a redditor herself.

In the three-dimensional realm of the crafting world, Alix Banegas of arixystix creations rendered the alot in plush. Then, true to the conventions of the Internet, she posed him with her cat.

[Photo: Alix Banegas]

Geeky Formulation

Many craft forms are surprisingly digital in execution, which means much of their planning is facilitated by judicious applications of graph paper. Knitting and quilting patterns often resemble a very geometric form of color-by-numbers. The pattern for this Fiery Phoenix quilt, created by instructables user, was created using Microsoft Excel, with support from MATLAB to make sure the flame effect was properly randomized.

Knitting machines are catching on in installation art: the clock that knits a scarf makes a point about creative potential, while a wind-powered model allows Mother Nature to express her crafty side. The Interactive Knitting Machine (above) displayed at Dev Camp 2010, however, takes the robot-knitter to the next level. Powered by viewers’ breaths, the machine dyes yarn in a pattern determined by the strength of the blow and the specific straw blown into, and then knits the yarn into a collaboratively-knitted piece with a colorful signature from each of many, many co-creators.

The stage curtain at the Oslo Opera House may look like it’s been Photoshopped, but it’s actually a piece of textile art made by Pae White called “Metafoil”, is as real as its component cotton, wool, and polyester fibers. Created by a computer-controlled loom from a scanned image of crumpled aluminum foil, the enormous curtain knocks viewers off balance, reminding them not to take superficial images for granted and always take a closer look.

Nerds the world over have succumbed to the soothing radiance of UV-reactive substances of all varieties. But while fluorescent paints and dyes make wearable glow possible, they also use a great deal of water, chemicals, and labor to obtain results. A new development by the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore could render the conventional dye process obsolete: dyes, colorants and other materials, when fed to silkworms in the last four days of the larval stage, become integrated into the worms’ silk cocoons.

The technique could potentially be used to introduce many other compounds and properties into silk, creating a wide variety of functional fabrics. So it’s not just about the surprising stuffed toys or using tech to generate textiles – that intersection between craft and geek leads to fascinating applications of both art and science.

How have you applied non-standard nerd knowledge to your geeky endeavors? Answer in the comments!

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Sony Ericsson Phones : Radiating Charm With Their Amazing Features

Posted by admin | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans | Posted on 08-03-2010

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Sony Ericsson phones are well known for their attractive features and good design. The brand launches all types of designs that range from flip open, slide phones and other attractive designs. The gadgets are compact phones and people can easily carry them to distant places. The handsets are made in a way that suits every age group of people.

The latest Sony Ericsson phones are meant for staying entertained with the amazing options that they offer. The gadgets are known for their awesome cameras that have power of up to 8 MP. So, users can actually make use of the camera in order to capture clear pictures and videos. Thus it helps to satiate the photography requirements of people. It is possible for the users of mobile phones to capture the precious moments of life with the aid of the camera. Then users of Sony Ericsson phones can also listen to scintillating music. This is due to the presence of the music player that is capable of playing music in all the popular formats. Users can really make good use of the players to listen to latest songs and music albums. The FM radio also plays a very crucial role in bringing entertainment in the life of people. It is possible for people to tune into the various radio channels and listen to programs that are meant for entertainment as well as information. Normally one gets to listen to news and programs on songs hosted by the radio jockey. Then users can also indulge themselves in playing games that are downloaded from the Internet. Surfing the web is also considered to be very exciting and it is mostly done with the aid of WAP browsers. People get a chance to open various websites and download files that they may require.

The storage capacity of Sony Ericsson phones is also kept large. So, it is possible for people to store everything that is downloaded from the internet. The memory capacity in the latest Sony Ericsson phones is kept from 8 GB upto 16 GB. So, people have unlimited access to store large files in the phones. The files can be Polyphonic and MP3 ring-tones, games, music and videos. Thus users feel great about the storage facility offered by Sony Ericsson mobiles.

The handsets of the company are also good for connectivity. It is possible for the users to connect with several options such as GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared and USB port. People can thus easily access Internet, share files wirelessly or by wired means. Bluetooth is amazing when it comes to sharing files wirelessly. Moreover, the latest Sony Ericsson phones are also good for messaging purposes. They can be used to send messages in the form of SMS, MMS and emails. People can thus use these messaging options in order to send messages and exchange thoughts. The emailing option can be used to send attachments to others as well.

The latest phones of Sony Ericsson work on both 2G and 3G networks. Thus people can access every facility provided by these networks. The handsets are also GSM enabled and so it is possible to carry them to distant places of the world without losing the connection provided by the main service provider. Information about the latest Sony Ericsson phones is available on the Internet and people can place online orders too. Having made an order, the sony Ericsson phones are delivered at the residence of the buyer.