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Here’s how to draw mushrooms with an oscilloscope!

Oscilloscopes - they’re not just for oscillating!

Artist Jerobeam Fenderson is interested in ways of visualising music, and in several YouTube videos he shows how to use an oscilloscope to translate sound into striking imagery - in this case, mushrooms (and a butterfly)!

Here’s a diagram that apparently explains how it works. We have no idea. but it does say LOADBANG

You can watch this and other “sound videos” on his YouTube channel.

And if you’re technically minded and fancy Oscillating Wildly yourself, he’s even provided the code to get your audio mushrooms started

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Hooray for Ohllywodo! Hollywoods look odd from different angles

If you stand in the right place on the Hollywood Hills, the famous sign does seems a little bit… odd

We wondered what it would look like if the same thing happened with silver maned celebrity baker Paul Hollywood

So we opened photoshop, with some terrifying results.

Normal from the front

And looking odd from a different angle

Argh! Please! Make it stop!

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The Toy Story Quiz To Give You A Buzz

Toy Story: is it the best film for kids of all ages, ever made? Yes. Yes it is. It really is

But how much do you know about it? Find out, here, by doing this quiz, now.

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Did Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick invent the iPad in 1968? Samsung certainly thinks so

Sceptical? Well, the film and book 2001: A Space Odyssey do both feature an unmistakably iPad-esque device

If you’re still not convinced: Samsung have even cited the film in their legal battles with Apple over the latter’s accusations that Galaxy tablet computers copied iPad designs.

In the film the proto-iPad appears several times. It’s first seen being used by workers on the surface of the moon.

How a touch screen works with those gloves on is another question.

This close up from the poster art makes it clear what these workers are using:

In the novel, the device is named as a ‘newspad’ and appears earlier

Dr. Heywood Floyd uses his for reading newspapers as he makes his way into space. It is clearly described:

"When he tired of official reports and memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship’s information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one he would conjure up the world’s major electronic papers […] Floyd sometimes wondered if the Newspad, and the fantastic technology behind it, was the last word in man’s quest for perfect communications."

One thing’s for sure, Kubrick definitely invented the shitty portrait video format people seem to be incapable of avoiding these days

In fact he positively encourages it! In the far future of, ahem, 2001, we’ll apparently all be watching TV at 90 degrees.

Here’s BBC 12 broadcasting their news show The World Tonight:

In space, nobody can hear you complain about the food being differently coloured slop.

What’s particularly interesting about this is when Apple sued Samsung over copyright infringement of iPad technology, Samsung used the film in their defence

According to US patent law if the idea exists, and is known about, before the patent application is made, that patent is null and void. It’s what is known as prior art. If something has been described in prior art (it doesn’t ever need to have been put on sale, just the idea made clear) it can’t be patented.

As part of their legal battle, Samsung submitted a clip of the two astronauts eating their dinner of space slop while watching their tablets and summarised like this:

As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

However, the Judge refused to allow the argument in court. It didn’t negate many of the accusations made against Samsung, including that they had copied the “tap to zoom and navigate” feature.

It’s probably just as well. If we look at a close up of the device from that scene, we can see that it was actually made by IBM!

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Photographer’s self-portraits show what she would look like with various different partners

Czech photgrapher Dita Pepe has created a series of self-portraits taken with dozens of different men

Each photo shows Dita with a man in his normal surroundings, sometimes with his children, and sometimes including Dita’s own daughter

Each photo looks natural and believable as she seamlessly adopts a range of different identities

Dita initially shot the photos with men she knew, but after a while she began approaching strangers

See more over on Lens Culture.

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David Bowie just loves tempura (according to this 1970s cookbook)

Monique Van Vooren met David Bowie the year before this book was published

She had no idea who he was until they danced. They then spent several nights together. How intimate they got she refuses to say, but coyly hints at much. But they did attend the premiere of Close Encounters of the Third Kind together.

One way or another, his preference for deep fried battered Japanese cuisine certainly came up.

Here’s the recipe:

Of course he isn’t the only pop star to be involved in recipes

Kate Bush receives a lengthy mention in a recipe book by Delia Smith. Here they are talking about vegetarianism in 1980.