Because it's Friday: Kite Ballet

With a tip ‘o the hat to Buck, enjoy the acrobatics of these kites from a performance in Oregon in 2012, set to Bohemian Rhapsody. Even after watching it a few times I still don’t get how the lines don’t get tangled up. That’s all from the blog for this week (which has been an awesome one for me, hanging out with my new Cloud Developer Advocate colleagues). We’ll be back with more on Tuesday, after taking a brief break for the Martin Luther King Day holiday here in the US. Have a great (long, if you have it too) weekend!
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Because it's Friday: Harry Potter was the time to come

Type “Harry Potter” as a text on your phone. Now press the predictive text button a few times. I got “Harry Potter was the time to come”, but my phone has been trained on my texts and you’ll likely get something different. But if you train the predictive algorithm on the complete Harry Potter series, you get this, from Botnik: Predictive text has been used to generate songs before, and AIs have been used to create movie scripts, but they all seemed a bit stilted. The plot of this one is nonsense, but I’m amazed at how well this one reads: it definitely has that Harry Potter style.  You can try out the predictive keyboards for Narration and Dialogue here, but the results aren’t as impressive as the text above, at least if you keep selecting the first option (I get “Said harry…
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Because it's Friday: Deck the Halls

Sure, this is a promo for a movie, but I’d love to have a full-length single of this: Relatedly, if you want to settle an argument about which pop diva has the greatest vocal range, Giora Simchoni used  R to perform frequency analysis of their hits: That’s all from us here at the blog for this week, and in fact for a little while: we’re taking a break for the holidays. We’ll be back on January 2, and in the meantime, enjoy!
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Because it's Friday: Editing Star Wars

It’s said that a movie is written three times: in the screenplay, in the filming, and finally in the editing. This video essay is about how Star Wars — the original 1977 release, that is — was basically recreated in the editing room after the original cut played, well, badly. From adding subtitles to Greedo with different dialogue than the original shoot, to adding tension to the final scene by putting the Rebels at risk (amazingly, in the original cut the Death Star was just out in space waiting to be attacked), you can see why the film received an Academy Award for editing. It also my explain why George Lucas’s later re-edits (which reversed some of these original editing decisions) aren’t so popular. On a related note, I was sad to see the wonderful series Every Frame…
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Because it's Friday: 3-D Animation

We’ve had 3-D animation for quite a while now, of course, but what happens when a traditional 2-D animator uses a virtual reality system to draw? When famed Disney animator Glen Keane sketches his most iconic creation — Ariel from The Little Mermaid — using Tilt Brush, the result is surprisingly moving. That’s all from us for this week. We’ll be back with more on Monday, and in the meantime have a great weekend!
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Because it's Friday: The Whole of the Moon

As we’ve noted before, the Solar System is a big place. You can watch a voyage from the Sun to Jupiter, and it takes 45 minutes at the speed of light. A scale model of the Solar System, with the Sun the size of a weather balloon, is 3.5 miles across … and that’s not even including Pluto. And this virtual scale model, a browser-based rendition by John Worth with the moon just one pixel in size, is no less impressive. I can’t do it justice here — the site surely holds the record for the widest horizontal scrollbar on any page on the Web — so here’s a little snippet of the Earth-Moon system: While you can use the astrological symbols at the top to jump to the planets, try manually scrolling to get the full effect of the…
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Because it's Friday: Trombone Transcription

Yes, I know we said we’re taking the Thanksgiving break off, but this was too funny not to share: I accidentally texted my wife with voice recognition…while playing the trombone pic.twitter.com/tWCPSXbbrO — Paul The Trombonist (@JazzTrombonist) November 21, 2017 If you’re in the US, hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Everyone, enjoy the weekend and we’ll be back (for real, this time) on Monday.
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