Note — Nov 01, 2020

No.148 Asides

  • 🤯 🔥 As I mentioned on Twitter, I’d seen this before but it still blows my mind. David Bowie speaking to Jeremy Paxman in 1999 about the “unimaginable” effects on society it was going to have.
  • 🎥 👾 😲 🤩 Insane. “The most elaborate mixed reality stage in the world.” How Riot used tech from The Mandalorian to build Worlds’ astonishing mixed reality stage. “The setup is a powerhouse, and Riot says that the LED screens — there are more than 900 LED tiles in total — display visuals at 32K resolution and at 60 frames per second. Those visuals were made using a modified version of the Unreal Engine, and in total, the team is made up of 40 artists and technicians. Nick Troop, executive producer for Worlds 2020 at Riot, describes it as ‘a creative tool that gives us effectively infinite power to manifest whatever our collective imaginations bring to the fore.’”
  • 🤖 Lil Miquela, LoL’s Seraphine: Virtual Influencers Make More Real Money Than Ever. “At a time when interacting safely with other humans can no longer be taken for granted, the appetite for digital spokespeople is accelerating. Brands are expected to spend as much as $15 billion annually on influencer marketing by 2022, up from $8 billion last year, according to Business Insider Intelligence. A growing slice of that money belongs to virtual influencers, and traditional marketing is experiencing serious disruption.”
  • 📚 Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books. “By expanding our awareness of unknown unknowns, an antilibrary may even be an antidote to the Dunning–Kruger effect, where we tend to overestimate the extent of our knowledge. Whether in a private or a public library, being surrounded by books we haven’t read yet—in the case of Umberto Eco, too many books to read in a lifetime—is a humbling experience.”
  • You could spend a good long while browsing through this New York Times project: Election Distractor. (Via Johannes Klingebiel.)
  • 🐯 🦁 🐒 Beautiful work and creatures. Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Via Kottke.)
  • Martin Gardner: The Most Interesting Man in the World. “He ranks among the greatest autodidacts and polymaths of the 20th century. Or, as I prefer to say, he was the most interesting man in the world, the fellow I would invite to that mythical dinner party where all parties, living or dead, are compelled to accept your invitation.” (Via Austin Kleon.)
  • 🏎 🤖 The Incredible F1 Suspension So Good It Was Banned. “Around 30 years ago, some F1 teams developed an automatic, self-adjusting suspension system to control the car’s ride height. The system was so good, it was banned from the sport soon after.”