Friday, February 29, 2008

The Price of Democracy

Sarah Silverman is fucking Matt Damon

Sarah Silverman's song: Kimmel's response to her song: She's fucking Seth Rogan

Big bike

I kinda wonder what would happen if he needed to stop mid-traffic. Coz it seems like you have to place it against a building or something in order to get up.

Photoshop vs. Illustrator

Last night we had a little discussion about wether Photoshop or Illustrator should/could be used in order to create graphics. I found this article on the web in which to my opinion the differences are explained good without ranting on for ages.
If you need to acquire, modify, print or deploy to the web images of a "photographic" nature, then PS or PSE would be the program of choice. If you need to create complicated graphics like maps, logos, schematics, or even publications for print like ads, brochures, menus, etc, -- particularly with typography -- then Illustrator is the one.

One of the best adds I've seen lately

This is one of the best adds I've seen lately, this is what we (graphical designers) call "strong graphical communication". And of course it's extremely funny...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

All the water in the world. All the air in the atmosphere. [pdf link]

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pentagon investigated lasers that put voices in your head

From PhysOrg A recently unclassified report from the Pentagon from 1998 has revealed an investigation into using laser beams for a few intriguing potential methods of non-lethal torture. Some of the applications the report investigated include putting voices in people's heads, using lasers to trigger uncontrolled neuron firing, and slowly heating the human body to a point of feverish confusion - all from hundreds of meters away. A US citizen requested access to the document, entitled "Bioeffects of Selected Non-Lethal Weapons," under the Freedom of Information Act a little over a year ago. There is no evidence that any of the technologies mentioned in the 10-year-old report have been developed since the time it was written. The report explained several types of non-lethal laser applications, including microwave hearing, disrupted neural control, and microwave heating. For the first type, short pulses of RF energy (2450 MHz) can generate a pressure wave in solids and liquids. When exposed to pulsed RF energy, humans experience the immediate sensation of "microwave hearing" - sounds that may include buzzing, ticking, hissing, or knocking that originate within the head. [...] With another weapon, electromagnetic pulses could be used to disrupt the brain´s functioning, although this technology was still in the theoretical stages at the time. Under normal conditions, all brain structures function with specific rhythmic activity depending on incoming sensory information. Sometimes, the brain synchronizes neuronal activity in order to focus on a specific task, but the degree of neuronal synchronization is highly controlled. However, under certain conditions (such as physical stress or heat stroke), more areas of the brain can fire in a highly synchronized manner, and may begin firing uncontrollably. The report describes a method for replicating this highly synchronized neuron firing across distances of several hundred meters. High-voltage (100 kV/m) electromagnetic pulses lasting for one nanosecond could trigger neurons to fire, disrupting the body´s controlled firing activity. Short-term effects may include loss of consciousness, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, and seizures lasting for a couple minutes. These high-voltage pulsed sources, which would require an estimated frequency of 15 Hz, exist today. Full Story

The Ebb and Flow of Movies

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CIA Recruiters Expelled from UCSB Campus

The CIA was scheduled to hold an “infosession” for students interested in jobs with the agency. Right as the session began, four activists entered the room and began to demonstrate waterboarding, a torture technique used by the CIA. After only one minute of the waterboarding demonstration the room was plunged into chaos by a group calling itself the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. The Rebel Clowns, joined by several dozen antiwar organizers took over the meeting room and began passing out information on the CIA’s use of illegal torture techniques and literature related to the agency’s long history of subverting foreign governments, assassinating foreign leaders and subverting democracy. The CIA agents fled the room but were pursued by a crowd of protestors chanting, “C-I-A, Go Away!” The agents were caught totally off-guard by the direct action. Protestors were overheard shouting to the escaping agents never to come back to UCSB.
Full story Waterboarding demonstration:

Your browser is not able to display this multimedia content.

"CIA, go away!":

Your browser is not able to display this multimedia content.

Triumph the Insult Dog - American Idol Casting

He's still funny :)

These guys just love noodles

religion as a child and current religion (US)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Flight experiment

Today I woke up at 5:45 to get my train to Delft, in Delft I joined other students in a little van and drove to Rotterdam airport. There we had a small briefing after which we stepped into a small private jet that can seat 8 passengers and is tweaked for experiments. It can fly 13000 m high and its cruise speed is 745km/h.
We were in the air within 10min and set sail in the direction of nijmegen. There we did some measurements by hand, while the computer records everything, to keep us "in the loop". Then we could sit back and relax to enjoy the "eigenmotion" demonstrations and two parabolic flights.

I recorded some parts. I missed the phugoid and spiraling down and didn't really focus on the camera during the parabolic flight(zero g). I edited the usefull parts and slowed it down a bit to show something.

And killing some time with my camera while waiting for my train back to Utrecht:

When the Brakes Fail on a Wind Turbine

For the Elmer Fudd fans

You can set Google in "Elmer Fudd" language! Elmer Wuwlz!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Powder Game


Playing with particles and physics. This java program can render up to 40000 particles of many different types which interact in many different ways. Great way to waste some time.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

For Pimp...

For our resident train freak, the station clock:
Full screen...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What Slowmo Was Really Meant For

Boob physics!

CMYK and RGB


Hate to say I told you so, but..., oh wait I don't hate to say that, I love it. We had a discussion about why CMYK was used in the printing business instead of RGB. I said it was because CMYK was a deductive process whereas RGB is additive. Annom disagreed... Too bad dekus wasn't there because I think he would have settled it.
wiki
CMYK (short for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), and often referred to as process color or four color) is a subtractive color model, used in color printing, also used to describe the printing process itself. Though it varies by print house, press operator, press manufacturer and press run, ink is typically applied in the order of the acronym.

The CMYK model works by partially or entirely masking certain colors on the typically white background (that is, absorbing particular wavelengths of light). Such a model is called subtractive because inks “subtract” brightness from white.

In additive color models such as RGB, white is the “additive” combination of all primary colored lights, while black is the absence of light. In the CMYK model, it is just the opposite: white is the natural color of the paper or other background, while black results from a full combination of colored inks. To save money on ink, and to produce deeper black tones, unsaturated and dark colors are produced by substituting black ink for the combination of cyan, magenta and yellow.

Phun - 2D physics sandbox

Phun is a fun 2D physics sandbox where you have complete freedom in 2D. We've had a post about such a 'game' before. You can download it here for free. The video is a bit long, but shows the idea.
If you want nice 3D graphics you should definitely try Gary's Mod (HL2 mod), which is really cool. Phun has a better overview and more freedom though.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Music From Windows Sounds

A much better way to hear those pesky sounds. Oops, I just had a nerdgasm :)

Zero Punctuation on CoD4

There has been a post by Cybrbeast I belive telling us about Zero Punctuation. I enjoyed it so much I still occasionally log in to see what he shouts about this time. Last week CoD4 got it's turn apparently because of many requests. Anyway I enjoyed it and since some of us actually played it I thought I post this review, one of the very rare "positive" reviews...

A Dirty Mind

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The ink-well

The ink-well is one of Utrecht's famous buildings. It's a heavy building and maybe because of that there are people who love it and people who find it fascistic architecture.

History and facts
The ink-well was built between
1918 and 1922 by architect J.W. van Heukelom. It was built as a headquarters for the Dutch Railway, which it still is. The Dutch Railway built it themselves.

Because there was a shortage of supplies in 1918, they built the pile foundations with railway bars. They where definately not short of bricks in that year because this building contains 22
million bricks (its the biggest brick building in the Netherlands). Also they used 4000 cube of wood (don't ask me where it went though). They built two brick factories, one wood factory and bought 3 ships for the building's supplies.

The UFO on the bottom of the tower was added in 2000 as a temporary project for an art festival. Nobody knows why it's still there, I think it will be gone when the aliens have achieved their plans of terror, ultimately putting Henk Westbroek up for world domination.

Multi-functionality of the building
Except for the office functions the ink-well contains a 27.000 liters water basin so it can be seen as a water tower as well. It also contains a rare bat colony so it also can be seen as a nature reservervation.

I made took some home-made pictures of it for a school project. I'm not a professional photographer and my girlfriend's photocamera was giving me the feeling of a monkey in a NASA cockpit. I Hate it when I can't capture what I see on a photo.

The whole tower is empty which gives nice light effects because of the stained-glass windows.

Tthe back side; here you can see how heavy this building is


Check these beautiful vertical lines, and the perfect shadow. This photo is pro! OMG can somebody explain why I'm so talented??

Edited by ExpendableAsset

What I like about Apple

This is a screenshot of preferences in the Avast! virusscanner for mac...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Google for H4x0rs


I never knew Google had a secret portal for hackers. It is really hosted at Google:
http://www.google.com/intl/xx-hacker/

Odin

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Karate Chopping a Brick in Super Slowmo

This must be the video Douche referred to. Pretty impressive and shocking. Though I don't know if this happens to every karate master's hand. Also it looks like Brainiac might be becoming a little less crappy.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

First pics I'm actualy proud of

This afternoon a borrowed my dads camera (Canon Powershot S3) to shoot some pics for school, after viewing them on my computer I found these two of which I'm particularly proud of. From an artistic point of view. But I'm not a professional photographer, so they maybe crap after all...

Heroes of the new millennium

Some superhero ninja's

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire these guy's"

The Pacific, the Successor to Band of Brothers

Photo from the production
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2007
HBO Films has given the green light to "The Pacific," the long-gestating 10-hour miniseries from executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg that serves as the follow-up to the duo's Emmy-winning 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."

Filming on the epic, which HBO Films is producing in association with Playtone and DreamWorks Television, is set to begin this summer in Australia.

As far as budget goes, "Pacific" will outpace "Brothers," which in 2001 became the most expensive miniseries ever at more than $120 million. Sources indicated that "Pacific" will cost nearly $200 million.

In 2005, HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht said the premium cable network was planning to spend a total of $300 million on "Pacific" and another high-profile mini, the seven-hour "John Adams," also from Playtone (HR 7/18/05).

A companion piece to the World War II saga "Brothers," "Pacific" tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines -- Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge -- across the vast canvas of the Pacific, from the first clash with the Japanese in the jungles of Guadalcanal to the triumphant return home after V-J Day.
Didn't know about this, can't wait for it to come out. Though we have to wait till sometime 2009 :(

The Mosquito and High Frequency Hearing and Ringtones

Wiki
The Mosquito or Mosquito alarm is an electronic device which emits loud high-frequency tones (approximately 17.4 kHz at 85dB). Because the ability to hear high frequencies deteriorates in humans with age (a phenomenon known as presbycusis), the noise is mostly commonly audible to animals, babies, younger children and teenagers.

The device is marketed for use as a sonic weapon for preventing teenagers from remaining in the vicinity of the device. It is very popular in the UK, with some 3500 in use, mostly by shopkeepers and police authorities. It is currently legal for private citizens to use, even in public areas.
This device has also been installed in The Netherlands in a couple of places to prevent youths from gathering. How the hell is something like this possible in our free country? What about children who want to play outside?

On this ringtone site you can test your hearing of high frequency sounds (if your speakers can produce them). I hear all the way up to the 22kHz range.

Why a ringtone site?
NPR
The war between teens and authority figures has a new — or old — front: ears. British shopkeepers tired of teenage loiterers have turned to the Mosquito teen repellent, which emits a high-pitch frequency that most teenagers can hear — but not most adults.

But now teens have struck back against the Mosquito: They are using the same sound to communicate without adults' knowledge.

At issue is a text-message ringtone that emits the same pitch as the Mosquito. Using it, students can learn about a new message while they're in class — where they're not supposed to be using their cellphones. Most of their teachers can't hear the alert.

Inventor Howard Stapleton, creator of the Mosquito teen repellent, says only a few people over age 30 can hear the Mosquito's sound. He and his 16-year-old daughter Isabel talk to Melissa Block about the sound, which has been dubbed "Teen Buzz."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Golden Gate bridge suicide map

Here is a video of someone jumping.

The Bridge is a documentary about the suicides on the Golden Gate bridge. (torrent)

boat vs wave

See link for aftermath and story...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Do You Dress Like a Douchebag?

HDR (High dynamic range imaging)

Cyberbeast already posted some incredible nice HDR pictures some time ago. Still wanted to share you some HDR pictures i found online.
sunset in park du guell barcelona
colosseum rome
New york at night

it would be realy atmospheric to have full movies with HDR toned. only i'm not sure if youre eyes are starting to bleed after an hour

test titlelink

test

test


test

If I'm not mistaken, we can use the first title-links again
edit by pimp-a-lot: IE6

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Posts per month statistics

Having 1000 posts asks for gaybears and some statistics. We already saw the gaybears, here are some statistics:
Visitors from 115 different countries.
45268 page views.
1.9 posts per day.
We receive 1 visitor per day, on average, who searches for "rainbowboys" on Google.

Romance...

A romantic song by Wim de Bie, describing his love for a woman

some carebear pictures!

1000 posts! we probley never get a real therainbowboys picture so i photoshoped the next best thing!

Monday, February 11, 2008

1000th post on Rainbowboys.org !

Congratulations to all Rainbowboys!
Shall we ask 'TheRainbowboys' for a fetching drawing for this occasion?
To-do in life: [ ] throw a rock on a Israeli tank [x] Fuck a hole in the bed sheet [x] Participate in a gay looking blog counting at least 1000 posts [ ] Cum on a pillow of one of my mates [ ] Having sex with a big negro woman who practices voodoo
I ran out of inspiration for this post, so feel free to edit, alter, rape or otherwise fuck up this post.

"We're bachelors baby" - Garfield

My first Stop-Motion movie

I've tried and failed, tried again and failed again, tried harder and failed miserably... So I can't embed it without fucking it up, so here is a download link. It is plausible that even if you download the file it's still fucked up after the transfer. Anyway enough with the try-fail-fuck story, here is the link for my first ever stop-motion movie, enjoy!

Internet shopping and security related indicators

In connection with the 5th Safer Internet Day1 on 12 February 2008, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, presents a selection of statistics concerning internet activities, security concerns and virus attacks. The Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive to promote a safer Internet for all users, in particular younger people, and is organised by Insafe, a European internet safety network co-funded by the European Commission.

Full press release and a clearer table of statistics here.

The Netherlands is doing pretty good in these stats.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

US politics

I can ski (a bit)

I'm back from my first ever week of winter sport. I've learned how to ski. You can see video of me on a blue piste first and then a bit of a red piste. Too bad Google fucked up the quality though. It's also really hard to see how steep a slope really is on video.

A panorama from the restaurant in the middle of the area.
And a map of the pistes in the area.