Transmit 4 released

More new software, fantastic Mac FTP software Transmit is now at version 4 and looks seriously impressive. Aside from the gorgeous makeover it's a lot faster:

Transmit 3 was fast. The Transmit Turbo engine in Coda was faster. Transmit 4 is scary, wicked fast. We tuned and tweaked the new Transmit Twin-Turbo engine to get you hauling up to 25 times faster.

And a whole host of other features, including the ability to mount online storage, like FTP or Amazon S3, as a drive in Finder.

Congratulations, Panic!

New Spotify plays local files and features friend list

I love using Spotify but, understandably, not all of the music I like is available online, which means switching to iTunes for certain songs — so this will save me some valuable keystrokes!

Seems like there is a staggered rollout, so I'm still waiting for mine to update.

Jetpack

Need I say more? No.

(Via Hacker News)

Marina Abramović

I discovered Marina Abramović via Kottke, who linked to the tumblr blog Marina Abramović Made Me Cry.

Abramovic sits at a table in silence, and museum guests can sit across from her and stare.

Some people couldn't handle the heat.

The full set of photos can be found on MoMA's flickr account.

I spent a little time reading about Marina Abramović and she is absolutely fascinating. She started performance art in the 70s and in one exhibit, titled Rhythm 0, she placed 72 objects on a desk, including a gun and a bullet, and allowed the audience to use those objects on her in any way they chose. She said about the performance:

The experience I learned was that…if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed.

...

I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.

From A Daneri, et al., (eds.), Marina Abramović, (Charta, 2002) via Wikipedia

Epilogue

I was browsing through MoMA's Flickr set for the exhibit and noticed this comment beneath a picture of a woman in a hijab.

kendo_ says:

you can't hide those eyes... same girl as on Day 35 - Portrait 6, Day 34 - Portrait 11, Day 33 - Portrait 13, Day 33 - Portrait 6... i appreciate the different styles though :)

kendo_ is right, the same woman appears at least 6 times in various guises:

Day 36, Portrait 9 Day 35, Portrait 6 Day 34, Portrait 11 Day 33, Portrait 13 Day 33, Portrait 6 Day 32, Portrait 12

Tiny Hong Kong apartment transforms into 24 different rooms

How many rooms go unused when no one is in them? What a waste of space.

Aves HTML/Javascript Engine

Sticking with the HTML5 + JavaScript + Canvas subject, Dextrose AG have released a game engine called Aves Enginethat runs in the browser.

It doesn't seem long ago that the only competitors in the in-browser game department used Java applets.

Example of a sine wave drawn using JavaScript

I remember how revelatory discovering the relationship between sine and pi was.

I'm certain that accessible, animated diagrams like this will improve maths education for many people.

Cat playing Noby Noby Boy pleases Keita Takahashi

Last week my friend Ylva linked me to a video of a cat called Iggy playing Noby Noby Boy on the iPad. Keita Takahashi and the Noby Noby Boy team must have enjoyed it since they have released a wallpaper for the iPad starring the cat.

Takahashi, I love you.

Packaging design blog 'The Dieline' picks best of 2010

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch in slow motion

30 seconds of the launch slowed down to last 8 minutes. My favourite point is at 0:45.

(Via Daring Fireball)