Archive for the ‘Craft’ Category

I don’t know how 3D videos are possible, especially if you’re watching it on youtube.  But some experi-mentalists have come up with ways to bring in a proper 3D cinematic experience on your laptop screen! which means you can now watch weird and wonderful video footage of people showing their extraordinarily boring experiments in 3D. Alas, I could only wish  Chocolate Rain was in 3D.

Anyway, here are some rich pickings of 3D vids, if you don’t have funky red and blue glasses then bigwazo shows you how to make a pair.

And this guy tells exactly how you do it…

The first blog post in the brand new sizzling hot year of 2009!! Hope you’re feeling non-taxated and somewhat adrenalised in this post festive period.

There’s no doubt 2008 was a year full of doom and gloom with so many twisted  ironies and occasional idiosyncrasies, but I’m impatiently waiting to see what 2009 holds for pop-culturalist, sub-modernist trends inspectors like me.

So before I choke to death with my own excitement, here’s some interesting trend forecasts freshly delivered from the web:

General trends

Jeremy Gutsch at Trend Hunter:  Hot Trends in 2009 Forecast

Predictions: DIY crafting, Hollywood virals, Shockvertising, Geek pride, Humanisation of pets, Style over tradition, Pop gaming, Brag materialism and Political Remixing.

Art

Telegraph: Top 10 websites for art in 2009

The Independent: Highlights of 2009: Art

Prediction: Don’t think anyone knows it yet!, I reckon  it’ll be the usual wacky, harebrained, controversial, extremely talented and non talented stuff. Apparently, Linz, the Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2009, excited to see what the city regorges up with.

Music

Guardian Music: Hotlist 2009

The Vine TV: UK music predictions 2009

Predictions: 2009 will be the year of pop sensation Clare Maguire, and a  host of other bands and artists, as listed below.

  • Florence and the Maching
  • Everything Everything
  • Golden Silvers
  • Little Boots
  • The Big Pink
  • Doves
  • Antony & The Johnsons
  • White Lies
  • AutoKratz
  • And the mighty Franz Ferdinand comeback album!

Fashion

Fashionising: Fashion Trends 2009

Trend Hunter: Spring-Summer 2009 Fashion

Predictions: 2009 SS Women’s fashion will consist of wrecked denim, fetish garments, fairy tale dresses, see-throughs, flat abs and all other things that I’m happy to ignore.

Consumer technology

Telegraph: Future technology: our predictions for 2009

Digital Trends: Tech Trends for 2009

Predictions: Touchy feely screens, Netbooks, Blu-ray players, live-streaming technology and more social networking shabangs.

The web/Social Media

ReadWriteWeb: 2009 Web Predictions

Lightspeed Venture: Consumer Internet Predictions for 2009

Predictions: Free web, Virtualisation, Better social media management tools and more mashups.

Science

Telegraph: New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of ‘next big thing’

Predictions: Radiotelepathy, green energy technology, genetic re-engineering, Artificial Intelligence, personal genomics and funnily enough the End of Optimism.

It looks as though one of the most old-fashioned hobbies has been re-invented, in fact it’s been thriving quite aggressively that it might soon outgrow the internet more than anything else. It’s not bird watching, baking or pottery, it’s what our aunties and grandmothers used to do to kill the time, it’s knitting. Oh yes, I remember doing it at school and not impressing anyone with my head-to-toe woolly hat.

In the old days, knitting involved making threads and using it to make crochet or a scarves or a jumper that doesn’t quite fit right, however naturally things have moved on and today’s eager knitters can create all sorts of bizarre objects that are simply out of modern day practicalities, like these ones below.

Image Source: Sarah Illenberger

And a blogger on Truly Scruptious Knitted Food knits pies and doughnuts…which look truly delish.

It seems the popularity of knitting has almost became galactic and although I like the idea of making my own apparels, I still don’t understand why people spends so much time preoccupied with it and brandish their weird creations all over the internet. I can only guess that it might have some sort of psychologically calming effect on people, though that doesn’t sound quite right.

If you ever find yourself interested in knitting then you can follow the social knitting crowd on places like Knitty Gritty, CraftyCrafty, Craftzine and share techniques and patterns on Let’s Knit Magazine and Knitty.