Archive for April, 2010

Robot Sculpture

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Art opening robotic sculpture

From a recent Gallery show of Mike's robot sculptures

Robotic Sculptures from Collected Antique Objects

I know an amazing Artist, Mike Rivamonte, that creates Robot Sculptures out of antique “collected objects.” Today I thought I would blog about it and post a few pictures. These Robot sculptures are some of the most interesting creations I have ever seen. Once you know some of the background behind these creations I am always amazed Mike is able to let them go.

Im my artistic endeavors I know letting my art go out the door is like selling children… It rarely happens! Mike’s care and attention to detail in these creatures is beyond compare. I can recall late night discussions of that rare find of a “perfect object” at an out of the way antique store that became part of a robots head, or the time when he was able to procure some vintage electrical wiring from a source out of the country.  Having grown up in Huntsville, Alabama, “The Rocket City”, with the worlds largest space museum in your back yard its hard to not have some influence.  I don’t think I could put it any clearer than Mike himself states it on his own website…

“These sculptures reflect the imagination and influences of my childhood. They are my interpretation of robots and spacemen capable of flight and mischief. Rare and collectible objects from all over are transformed to create expressive unique characters. Each piece is constructed so that they appear as natural and lifelike as possible. I invite the viewer to enjoy their individual personalities and have as much fun observing the pieces as I do creating them.”

I hope you enjoyed these pictures and by all means go and check out his full site with many more pictures HERE
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Christopher Robinson

Print Industry Satire

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I received a link to this in one of my various email newsletters I am inundated with on a daily basis. Working for a commercial printer and watching the industry change over the last 20 years has been very enlightening. The advent of “book readers” such as the Kindle and now the new addition of the iPad makes one think about the industry as a whole. In my personal opinion I think Newspapers and Magazines in print do have a very limited lifespan left. iPad sales on the opening day were at 300,000 units, at last look there were over 250,000 iBooks were downloaded just in the first day, 600,000 by April 8th. Trouble for the Print Industry? I think so, I think we are still a long way away from replacing business cards, letterhead, marketing collateral etc.. but many things printers do will be going the way of the do-do bird… I hope you enjoy the satire, I know i did.

“Print is Eternal” (a satire by Joe Konrath)

Moderator: Welcome to Obsolete Anonymous! I’ve gathered you all here to welcome our latest member, the Print Industry.
Print Industry: Hello, everyone. But there’s been a mistake. I don’t belong here.
(chuckles all around)
Print Industry: I’m serious. I’m not obsolete. I’m relevant. Print books have been around for hundreds of years. They’re never going to be replaced.
VHS Tapes: Yeah, we all thought like that once.
LP Records: It’s called denial. It’s tough to deal with at first.

The whole amusing story can be found here “Print is Eternal”

Christopher Robinson
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3-D Printer Becomes a Reality

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Italian Inventor Enrico Dini creates a way to “print” buildings.

D-Shape’s Huge 3-d printer is amazing technology that allows one to use a inkjet type print head to bind “sand” together. It isn’t quite that simple but you get the idea! The “print head” actually sprays an inorganic binding glue onto a bed of sand and builds the image from the bottom up. Mashable reports that the inventor is currently in talks with the european space agency discussing a future version that would be able to use lunar dust to build structures on the moon… Calling Moonbase Alpha!

D-Shape truly could change the face of the building industry. It has the ability to construct a building four times as fast at half the cost (or less) of traditional building methods. The material has a marble like consistency and is strong enough to not require a metal skeleton as most concrete does. Mashable has a good article and links to the videos from D-Shape’s website.

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CS5 launch Event on Adobe’s Website

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Adobe Posts Launch Event Video for CS5

This is an hour long video produced by Adobe showcasing CS5 and new features. The software looks pretty amazing to me. They cover many new added features and new apps. I was even more amazed than when I watched the content aware filter. Quite a few items I don’t think I will ever use. They hit many capabilities and review the hot new additions including: Design, video production, web, photography, etc.. Information on the new Flash engine is also discussed as well as several other new helper apps such as “CS live online service.”  It is all amazing, the technology advances from my early days using Photoshop version 2 to the current (shipping mid-May) CS5 have advanced beyond what I would have thought even possible. Online Review seems to be one of the most interesting concepts to me, soft proofing over the web… Check it out on Adobe’s site [HERE]

Christopher Robinson
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Toyota’s Unintended Acceleration Caused by Cosmic Rays?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Cosmic Rays may be causing Toyota’s woes

I have no idea how I missed this gem last month, although there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about it on the web. The original story tracks back to the Detroit Free Press (Freep.com) where it was reported that regulators are taking a deeper look into the electronics and possible problems related to cosmic rays.

A letter from an anonymous tipster suggested federal regulators have a closer look at the possibility. The letter stated that Toyota’s software, memory chips and processors could make them more susceptible that those of the other manufacturers. Justin Hyde of the Free Press really delves into the possibilities and has several interviews with testing firms in the full story on Freep (see link above). It’s an interesting read, I can’t wait to see if anything actually comes out of it.

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Designing for Booklet Printing

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Print Booklet Design

This is a brief tutorial on print booklets design by PGprint.com. booklets printing can be created in InDesign, we show how to set up a multipage document properly for color booklet printing. Our booklet printing services will in conjunction with this video tutorial will provide you with a huge head start on the setup process.

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iPhone OS4 Sneek Peek

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Apple Gives us a Sneak Peek at the Future of the iPhone Operating System

I have also attached a link to the original keynote address so you can watch for yourself, Steve Jobs had a keynote on April 8th and went over the success of the iPad so far and then immediately delved into the the benefits of the upcoming iPhone OS4 upgrade coming to a phone near you this summer, iPads get the same upgrade in the fall.

Included in this phenomenal upgrade are the ability to multitask up to seven apps at once, the addition of folders, super mail enhancements (especially for those with more than one account), iBooks (of course),  tap to focus on video as well as adding a 5x zoom and tap to focus on videos now.

On a side note, as of the 8th, 450,000 iPads sold, ibooks 600,000 sold, over 3.5 Million apps for the iPad downloaded. Sounds like it was a success.     Watch the Apple Keynote

Christopher Robinson
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$900 iPad Application, Seriously

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

A $900 iPad Application or “Cry-Wolf Social Marketing”

SiteClone Publisher, a new app that came out for the iPad with its release last weekend. It is an interesting app, and has quite a few possibilities. The app basically clones a website for offline reading when you have no internet access. Great idea, wrong price. One wonders if they just priced it at that level for publicity, I guess we will see if they lower its price soon. It would be a pretty creative way to use social networking and blogging to market your product for free. I mean come on, I’m even re-blogging it, right? I have seen quite a few “interesting” ways of marketing using blogs and social media sites to put in the grunt work while they reap the benefits. Is it the way marketing is headed in the future? Should we call it “cry-wolf social marketing?”  You can quote ME on that one… Who knows if this qualifies or they really want $900 for it, time will tell. For the full story on the app check out the post on Wired

Christopher Robinson
Creative, Marketing, Social Media, Prepress
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Stephen Colbert shows off his iPad

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Ipad hits stores Saturday

With the iPad hitting stores this weekend, I decided a follow-up post would be nice. Apple has confirmed that most best buy stores will have iPads Saturday. The 3G version will still not be released until late April. The WiFi versions will be selling for $499-$699 depending on storage capacity.

The mad rush to create apps for the iPad is on. Th NY Times has a great amount of interesting info in an article on this subject [here]

For my post today I thought I would give you some entertainment iPad Style with an interesting video with Stephen Colbert.  Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Christopher Robinson
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