‘Table For Two’, A New York City Art Installation That Lets People Sit at a Table That Is Half Inside, Half Outside

Table for Two by Shani Ha

In the New York City interactive installation Table For Two, people are invited to sit at a two-person bistro table which is divided in half by the exterior wall of a building. According to the installation’s creator, artist Shani Ha, Table for Two is a commentary on human connection in the digital age, and the issue of social isolation among New York’s inhabitants. The installation is on display at the corner of 7th Avenue and Carmine Street through March 14, 2015.

When two persons sit at the split table, they can decide to look at each other or chose to look at their own reflection; confronting the fact that we are becoming more and more self-absorbed and sometimes the presence of the other is simply here to validate our own existence.

When sitting alone, the viewer will face an empty table and his reflection in the glass as a reminder to introspection, narcissism or loneliness.

Table for Two by Shani Ha

Table for Two by Shani Ha

Table for Two by Shani Ha

Table for Two by Shani Ha

photos via Shani Ha

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A Fascinating Look at the History and Creation of the Video Game Cartridge

Fairchild Channel F

Benj Edwards has written a fascinating article at Fast Company that looks at the history and creation of the video game cartridge. The article specifically focuses on the work of Wallace Kirschner and Lawrence Haskel to create ROM cartridges for the 1976 Fairchild Channel F console.

Almost two decades ago, cheaper means of distributing game software—first optical media, then the Internet—began to supplant cartridge technology. Even so, the business model created by Kirschner, Haskel, and engineers at Fairchild still remains as relevant as ever. Until now, their amazing story has never been told.

image via Fast Company

The First-Ever Experiment Simultaneously Photographing Light’s Behavior as Both a Particle and a Wave

light as particle and wave

Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne led by Fabrizio Carbone have for the first time ever photographed light simultaneously behaving as both a particle and a wave. They recently published a paper about their work in Nature Communications.

Albert Einstein proposed the notion that light is both a particle and a wave in 1905, but earlier experiments only captured it behaving one way or the other. The institute has also released an animated explanation of how the experiment was conducted.

image via Fabrizio Carbone/EPFL

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A Meandering Walkway Suspended High Above the Central Courtyard of a Building

Meandering Walkway Concept by Zalewski Architecture Group

In an effort to spice up a dreary courtyard in the center of a building in Gliwice, Poland, architecture firm Zalewski Architecture Group has designed a whimsical meandering walkway that is suspended three stories above the ground. The design concept calls for a curving walkway that connects two rooms in an office by a convoluted looping path. The walkway is covered in greenery, evoking a pleasant stroll in nature.

Meandering Walkway Concept by Zalewski Architecture Group

Meandering Walkway Concept by Zalewski Architecture Group

photos via Zalewski Architecture Group

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A Beautiful Morphing Time-Lapse of Daily Life on the Tower Bridge in London Set to a Dubstep Soundtrack

Photographer Chad Gordon Higgins of Chadchud Timelapse has created “Tower Bridge, The Dubstep Movement,” a short, morphing time-lapse film that documents daily life on Tower Bridge in London. Higgins cleverly utilized the newly installed glass floors in sections of the bridge and set it all to “dubstep-esque bass-lines.”

The transitions in the music are what I’d describe as ‘bendy’. The dubstep-esque basslines were a perfect find for what I wanted to do in the edit and that was to ‘morph’ the shots together. I used a program called Fanta Morph which is fairly straight forward. I left gaps in the timeline to coincide with the musical transitions and then took the last and first frame from the gap and imported into Fanta to create the transition. Once rendered, I’d then drop the short clip into the timeline making sure it sat one frame in and out of the gap (to cover the existing frames I’d taken).

via The Presurfer