Jurassic Park had just six minutes of computer-generated dinosaurs in it, compared to modern blockbusters which can have thousands of shots requiring complex visual effects. It's no surprise that animators are eager to embrace any shortcut they can — which is why realistic-looking CG mud could be a game changer.
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Video: Mix a little dirt and mud, shape it with your hands and out pops a beautiful shiny mud ball that's actually the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango. It takes so much more work than that, of course, but it really looks like a person is just (skilfully) playing with mud. And then you see the finished product and see the uniqueness of each dorodango's surface and they look like their own little planets.
For the last four years, the Dredge Research Collaborative has been looking at dredging and erosion control as a form of often unacknowledged landscape architecture. Part of their work is a series of festivals they're calling DredgeFest that celebrate and examine the role that dredging plays in landscaping. Their next event is in Louisiana. Gizmodo asked them to explain why.
Tom Gerdhardt's computer is disgusting. I found it by following the squishing noises at NYU's ITP spring show. The entire UI and display is basically a giant pile of wet dirt. That's right. Mud.
This zany lamp created by Marieke Staps outdoes most lamps in more ways than one: the electricity is powered through the organisms contained in the mud. The mud is enclosed in cells that contain copper and zinc, which conducts the electricity in the LED. Besides doing wonders for your energy bill, Staps claims that the only thing the lamp needs is a "splash of water" every now and then. I wouldn't stand too close when you are doing it though, or the end result might be akin to sticking a live hair dryer in your bathwater.