Link Dump Sunday: Inspiration Edition

The common thread in most of today’s links is how they’ve expanded my view of the world and what is possible in it. Hope they do the same for you.

Montblanc created a contest for 1-second movies. The results are pretty fantastic. It’s surprising how much you can squeeze into a one-second clip. (It is, after all, thirty pictures, or 30,000 words.) It seems like a museum could use this approach to publicize itself: string together 30 1-second clips of the coolest things happening in the museum to show potential visitors what they might see. Via BoingBoing.

From BoingBoing, via the Telegraph, comes a very cool photo of the giant weta, a New Zealand insect big enough to eat a carrot. A whole carrot. It’s the heaviest insect in the world. A bit less exotic, but still lovely, is a photoset of dragonflies and damselflies from the Royal BC Museum.

Butterflies at the Nature Museum’s Butterfly Haven come from suppliers around the world. The L.A. Times published an article about one of the suppliers in Colombia, focusing on the economic and social benefits that the practice.

From Museum 2.0, a primer on pop-up museums, which “short-term institutions existing in a temporary space.” While the post focuses on museums of visitor-generated content, it’s not hard to imagine that it might be a useful outreach concept for traditional museums as well.

A cool look at how the Metropolitan Museum of Art moves giant pieces.

It’s possible I’ve posted this before, but if so, its Twitter description as a “Ball of Sauron” warrants an extra ping. It’s a camera—or 36—inside a rubber ball with an accelerometer to take high-quality aerial panoramas. Via New Scientist.

From Pixiq, an article about daguerrotypes, which despite being a 170-year-old technology offer much higher resolution than current photography techniques. They’re unfortunately much more potentially lethal to their creators, so they’re not likely to replace point-and-shoots for casual use anytime soon.

Decidedly non-inspiring: From MarketingVOX comes a report that QR codes don’t appeal to the young. To me, the premise is kind of dubious: when you’re talking about a tool, utility is what matters, not “appeal.” (No one talks about whether a hammer appeals to the young.) More importantly, if a museum’s QR code links to an ad, you’re doing it quite wrong. Try linking to relevant, interesting content and we’ll see if QR codes can gain usage.

Finally, a reminder about the new “Personal” section of this website, which contains a new episode of my Debate a Robot webseries.

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