A quick note that I didn’t really create a new Christmas guide this year. I simply ran out of time. But I linked to the previous gift and giving guide over on the Friday Links, and added a couple of new items, and I think it could still be worth a look. Merry Christmas!
“Do you remember the Big Mouth Bill Bass singing fish that was so popular back in the 90s? The owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Chicago bought more than 70 of them, hung them on the wall and choreographed them all to sing popular songs.”
They helpfully link to an actual view of a performance here.
“Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing.”
This video offers no content in its description. It’s actually a short documentary about one of the world’s largest model railroad sets. Created by Bruce Zaccagnino (miniatures), Matthew Albanese (photographer)
This video is also a promo for the Sony DSC-QX100 camera module for mobile phones, which is now discontinued.
It’s actually an incredibly impressive setup. Crazy.
Also (related, and making the rounds) there’s this story about Rod Stewart’s incredibly detailed model railroad. Who knew?!
“Elements is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov about nature, physics, art and love. More than 2 billion elements / particles governed by tensions and forces of nature were used to tell stories and show emotions through the motion of collective behavior.”
“Formation flying, two or more aircraft traveling and maneuvering together in a disciplined, synchronized, predetermined manner. In a tight formation, such as is typically seen at an air show, aircraft may fly less than three feet (one metre) apart and must move in complete harmony, as if they are joined together.”
“Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part ‘item Tetris’, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking.”
This is a game called “Unpacking“, which is being released in “late 2020”.
“Arranging and rearranging a magazine’s layout before it goes to press is all done on computers now. But in the years before desktop publishing software, the work of cutting and pasting required a sharp scalpel, a parallel-motion board and plenty of glue.”
And that’s how all print setup was done from the 40s to the 90s. So complicated!
“Shot in the Arabian desert with a haunting backdrop of the Burj Khalifa, Universal Machine is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a gifted young girl must find a way to understand and overcome a violent encounter with a life-like android”