1. A MIND MADE FOR MATING! by @JasonSilva

    Edited by CITIZEN
    Music by SECESSION
    Footage by Shutterstock, Imaginaty Foundation, and..

    Inspired by Geoffrey Miller and his book "THE MATING MIND"

    The Human Brain is essentially a sexual Ornament, a “courtship device”, so that it’s extraordinary capacities for art, language, poetry, are but human versions of the peacock feather, used to capture and manage the attention of potential mates. And with the advent of culture, we still employ these extraordinary capacities, these “technologies of rhetoric” to ‘capture the attention’ of others, except no longer to spread our genes but to spread our MEMES, a new replicator, born from the primordial soup human culture.. one that leaps and spreads... All of this is still perfectly natural, we’ve just swapped sperm for the currency of digital information-- but as Dawkins said, biological life has been an information technology all along: “If you want to understand life, do not think of throbbing gels or oozing liquids, think about information technology”

    “What lies at the heart of every living thing is not a fire, not warm breath, not a ‘spark of life.’ It is information, words, instructions,” - Richard Dawkins

    "The human mind's most impressive abilities are like the peacock's tail: they are courtship tools, evolved to attract and entertain sexual partners."

    http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/miller-mating.html

    What Makes Ideas Travel: (Is there a signature for virality written into certain MEMES?)
    http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/think_like_an_information_dj.html

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  2. Adam Ben-Dror | http://www.ben-dror.com | @adambendror
    Shanshan Zhou | http://www.behance.net/sszhou

    http://www.ben-dror.com/pinokio/

    Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing. Customized computer code and electronic circuit design imbues Pinokio with the ability to be aware of its environment, especially people, and to expresses a dynamic range of behaviour. As it negotiates its world, we the human audience can see that Lamp shares many traits possessed by animals, generating a range of emotional sympathies. In the end we may ask: Is Pinokio only a lamp? – a useful machine? Perhaps we should put the book aside and meet a new friend.
    Processing, Arduino, and OpenCV.

    New Zealand Best Awards - Interactive Category - Gold | 2013
    Click Suite Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Media Design - Winner | 2012

    Joss Doggett - Asistant

    Music "Do You See Me?" by Jared C. Balogh | http://www.alteredstateofmine.net

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  3. RUIN - An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe. It's only a tiny sliver of a much larger story. Thankfully, it's now set up at 20th Century Fox to become a full length feature.

    Check out our new Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/ruinfilm

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  4. Expert butcher Tom Mylan takes apart a pig side, right down to the belly (used to make slab bacon).

    Video excerpt from "The Better Bacon Book," by Open Air Publishing.
    See the one-minute trailer at:
    http://oapub.co/16ac22d1
    vimeo.com/37708994

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  5. Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

    “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards ®.

    Film Awards Won by “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
    To date, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” film has drummed up fans all over the world taking home the following awards:
    · Cinequest Film Fest: Best Animated Short
    · Palm Springs International ShortFest: Audience Favorite Award
    · SIGGRAPH: Best in Show

    To enjoy “Morris Lessmore” and other Moonbot Apps please visit the following links:
    tinyurl.com/lessmoreipad
    tinyurl.com/numberlys
    tinyurl.com/bullseyeapp

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