A Little Post About The Post-Apocalypse

Anyone that knows anything about end of the world knows that our imminent demise is fast approaching. That’s right, humans—on that fateful winter solstice day of December 21st, 2012 at precisely 11:12 UTC (personally, I’ve taken the day off) we will find out why the Mayan calendar ends. Some say the Mayans predicted the end of this epoch and the start of a new, “Yay new!” or “Boo, we are all going to die!” Interpret how you wish, but in the case of our Alien Workshop KTC series, we’ve braced ourselves for the latter.

Each board depicts a possible death-by-an-apocalypse scenario. Whether it’s death by alien invasion, nuclear fallout, or natural disaster, we have your skate graphics covered. Each board comes with a propaganda-like guide entitled 2012, So You’re an Apocalypse Survivor. There’s a limited batch of Alien Workshop branded apocalypse-proof steel cans that has all three board designs packed safely inside for all your bug out needs. We posted a few detail photos over on Facebook.

To get the word out, we have sent mysterious letters asking a chosen few to continue the mission: to ensure skateboarding post-apocalypse. Alien Workshop is even burying five canisters around the planet for the lucky living to find—hidden away from abduction beams, radiation, and known fault lines, of course. Check out the video we made below for a hint to the whereabouts of the first one.

Working on this project was a dream come true because: 1. I have apocalypse dreams all the time and 2. I grew up on skateboard culture. I would hang out every day after school at my local skate shop thinking, “Dude, how sick would it be to, like—do a board graphic!”  And Alien Workshop! With their love for Dayton and conspiracy theories, we were in alignment like the planets on apocalypse-eve. So suffice it to say, I will love this project until the end of time…or longer.

2012 Apocalypse Series by Alien Workshop and Real Art from Real Art on Vimeo.

Via: RealArt Blog
Written By: Crystal Dennis

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2012 AAF-Dayton Hermes Awards Intro Video

AAF-Dayton takes a field trip to the Schuster Center for the 2012 Hermes Awards. Mrs. McCatherine rounds up the local advertising community for a trip to learn about Hermes 101.

This was the opening video for AAF-Dayton’s Hermes Awards Ceremony, held at the Schuster Center on February 25, 2012. The theme of this year’s event as “Hermes 101,” in recognition of the Dayton chapter’s 101 year history. The folks on the bus are familiar faces in the Dayton advertising industry.

Via: UD Media Production Group

Blast Lab: Seven Nation Army

The Blast Lab at Imperial College, London, is a place where scientists study how explosions affect the human skeleton, and try to find ways to mitigate some of those effects. As you can imagine, this involves blowing stuff up fairly regularly and The Blast Lab is a pretty loud place.

But the team of students behind PLoS’ Inside Knowledge blog noticed something cool about that. The sounds in The Blast Lab weren’t just loud noises, they were loud notes. Edit them together, and you could reproduce a whole song, using nothing but sounds recorded in a working scientific laboratory.

In this video, the Inside Knowledge crew plays The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” on the Imperial College Blast Lab. In case you’re curious, here’s the breakdown showing what lab equipment the team used to replicate the sound of which instruments.

Bass Guitar: Main sensor output cable
Bass Drum: Blast Rig
Toms: Hammer & Storm Case
Hi-Hat: Oil Spray
Cymbal: Blast Plate
‘Vocals’: Laces to contain dummy leg during blast
‘Guitar’: Accelerometer cable & Fastening Strings

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Iron Man Played on Tesla Coils

ArcAttack performs a Tesla Coil version of Iron Man by Black Sabbath in a Faraday Suit. (via Making Light)

If you need me to explain why you should spend 1:26 watching a man wielding a guitar in a Faraday suit playing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on MIDI-compatible Tesla coils, you are in the wrong place, pal.

The Guitar Player, in a Faraday suite is using a wood guitar with shielding and a couple of micro-controllers hooked up to a switch bank (the fret board) and is all optically isolated. ArcAttack has been testing out the world’s first lighting-proof MIDI guitar in their warehouse in Austin, Texas. The MIDI signal from the guitar is routed through a fiber optic cable to control the Tesla coils.

ArcAttack says lightning is very deadly, but their machines aren’t nearly as dangerous as real lightning.”

Via: BoinBoing

 

The Walken Dead


The second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead will be back from break with all new episodes beginning Sunday Feb 12th. Here is an equally awesome treat for you that proves once again that indie filmmakers kick ass. The Walken Dead. What is the Walken Dead? Its zombies with a side order of cowbell.

This short is well produced with fantastic FX and has great usage of ‘Walken’ lines.

Via: Horror-Movies.ca

 

Ro-Bros Goes Live

Our two prototypes are formidable machines, each with incredible force and precision. Plus, they’re 100% B.A. But only one of the Ro-Bros can reign supreme. To determine the winner, we need your help.

On February 1, 2012, Today we released our Ro-Bros to the public for their final test… the Ro-Bros will be controlled by YOU in a three-week battle at Ro-Bros.com. If our calculations are correct, it’ll be epic.

Follow the Ro-Bros on Facebook or Twitter for further notices and start training your fingers to hit those arrow keys because on 2.1.12, today, it’s time to put up your virtual dukes and throw down, Ro-Bros style.

Visit the site, log-in, customize your avatar, and start exploring the Ro-Bro Laboratories by checking out the prototypes, the technology, the fight stats and of course the restricted lab test videos. You can also enter the live stream on Level 8 to see what techniques other A & B-Bot pilots are performing.