Friday, October 24, 2008

Perroquet: beautiful slow-motion ambient film and images


Perroquet, a project inspired by science photography and nature documentaries, from fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

Conventional fashion photography allows the image-maker to draw on a wealth of outside creative resources -be it a hair-stylist, make-up artist, or fashion stylist - to enable them to realise their intentions. In Parroquet, the subject matter encouraged Sundsbø to take a somewhat different approach, focusing on one specific element: the movement of the bird in flight.

It was always Sundsbø's chief intention to document the parroquet using photography and film; both mediums enabling him to steal moments that would normally be missed. Shot in a controlled studio environment using high-speed cameras, the slow-motion shorts show the bird mid-flight. The distinct physical characteristics of the parroquet –its strong curved bill, and its clawed feet– are all visible, but it is the bird's feathers that are the central focus.

Sundsbø also gives special consideration to the bird's slender silhouette, by cleverly incorporating shots of its shadow.

The photographs present 'frozen moments' of the bird's journey; rather than showing its full body, the cropped viewpoints bring abstract qualities to Sundsbø's powerful images.

(ShowStudio, via Clayton Cubitt)


Eco Boutique - Mass-Market Boutique


October 15, 2008

Mass-Market Boutique

WorldofgoodeBay has just launched – "the world's first online marketplace to convene thousands of People Positive and Eco Positive sellers and products all in one place, empowering you to shop in ways that align with your personal values."

The venture is a partnership with World of Good, Inc., an organization founded in 2004 with the goal of building bridges between "thousands of marginalized artisans around the world" and consumers looking for socially responsible products. In addition to the eBay partnership, World of Good has longstanding relationships with Whole Foods, Borders, and Wegmans. seems like a remarkably clever brand extension to us – it has a fresh interface, completely distinct from that of eBay, yet it leverages all of that organization's buying power and technical know-how. All listings are also available on, thus bringing many artisanal products onto the screens of eBay's 84 million active users worldwide. includes a number of distinctive features, including Trustology – a series of seals from "Trust Providers" that are used to validate the environmental or social claims of the products – and Goodprint, a tool that lets users find products and suppliers that match their interests and values. Visit


Comcast Offering New 22Mbps and 50Mbps Speed Tiers, Upgrading Existing Service [Comcast]


Comcast has announced that they have upgraded their DOCSIS 3.0 service to offer new high-speed 22Mbps/5Mbps and 50Mbps/10Mbps options. They have also increased the speed along standard tiers: 6Mbps/1Mbps will be upgraded to 12Mbps/2Mbps and 8Mbps/2Mbps will be increased to 16Mbps/2Mbps—both at no cost to subscribers. The "Ultra" 22Mbps plan will run for $63 while the "Extreme 50" 50Mbps plan will hit for $140. Unfortunately, the new service will be available only in the New England area intially—including Boston, Philadelphia, and parts of New Hampshire and New Jersey. The goal is to expand the service nationwide in the near future.

Users interested in the upgrades will be able to check their zip code for availability on a special landing page set up on the Comcast website. Keep in mind that all of these tiers will most likely be subject to Comcast's new 250GB data caps as well as their priority bandwidth management system that temporarily slows down heavy users under periods of congestion.

Plans to Reach More Than 10 Major Markets and Nearly 10 Million Homes and Businesses in
the Next Several Months

Two New, Faster Speed Tiers Introduced and Speeds Doubled for Most Existing Customers
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22, 2008 – Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and
communications products and services, today announced it is making the leap from broadband to wideband with
the launch of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0. With wideband, Comcast will intro! duce a b rand new echelon of
Internet speed tiers, which will redefine the customer experience online and create a platform for Internet
innovation in the years ahead.

In the next few weeks, Comcast's new services will be available to millions of residential homes and businesses
in parts of New England, including the Boston Metropolitan region and Southern New Hampshire, as well as
areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey. These services also will be available in the Twin Cities where wideband
was launched earlier this year. Comcast plans to continue to roll out wideband across its footprint and expects
to reach more than 10 major markets and pass nearly 10 million homes and businesses in the next several

With wideband, Comcast will offer among the fastest speeds available today, including the Extreme 50 tier at up
to 50 Mbps. It also will enable Comcast to double speeds for the majority of existing high-speed Internet
customers at no additional cost.

"Wideband is a game-changer for the industry. With wideband running over our next-generation fiber-optic
network, we can greatly enhance our customers' online experience immediately. And these speeds are only a
preview of what's to come—wideband will provide the capability of delivering dramatically faster speeds in
excess of 160 Mbps in the future," said Mitch Bowling, SVP and General Manager, Comcast Online Services.
"Today's announcement reaffirms our commitment to offer more speed to more homes than any other U.S.
Internet service provider."

As part of the wideband deployment, Comcast will launch two new premium speed tiers to its residential and
business class customers. Both services are ideal for households or businesses simultaneously using several
computers or Internet-connected devices. They also will appeal to those who simply want some of the fastest
speeds available in the U.S. today:

New Resident! ial Tier s
•Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at
•Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at

With Extreme 50, Comcast customers, for example, will be able to download a high-def movie (6 GB) in about
16 minutes, a standard-def movie (2 GB) in about 5 minutes and a standard-def TV show (300 MB) in a matter
of seconds. Customers with Extreme 50 also will be able to download digital photos, songs and games faster
than ever


Comcast gets serious about DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts


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Alright Minneapolis, you've had your fun. Now it's time for another swath of Comcast markets to indulge in the lavish joys that only DOCSIS 3.0 can provide. For those unaware, the aforesaid technology enables 50Mbps internet to be delivered over the cable company's infrastructure, which brings it up to speed (ahem) with offerings by fiber-based carriers Verizon and AT&T. In the next few weeks, the DOCSIS 3.0-based "Extreme 50" option will bring 50Mbps down / 5Mbps up to subscribers in parts of New England, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Better still, the company announced its intentions to bring the $139.95 per month service to ten other big markets where it will reach "about 10 million homes and businesses in the next few months." Oh, and if that's just too much intarwebz for you to handle, an "Ultra" 22Mbps downstream service will be available for $62.95 per month.

[Via Reuters, image courtesy of TheRedWoodMotel]
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GeForce 9400M to hit notebooks from five major vendors, mock Intel


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Now that NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M has made its debut in Apple's new MacBooks, Technical Marketing Director Nick Stam says that five major notebook vendors are planning to ship systems with the chipset -- though we don't know if that includes Apple or not. Stam expects NVIDIA will carve out 30 percent of the integrated graphics market for itself, partly by improving other experiences besides games -- Google Earth, photo editing, day-to-day video encoding, and other activities performed by people who use keys besides W, A, S, and D. Frankly, we're just thankful we've evolved past the days when we needed a 19-inch monster to perform high-impact 3D tasks without sacrificing to the sinister gods of screen tearing.
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