Tech Today w/ Ken May

Archive for April 19th, 2017

Should any artist possess the exclusive rights to a color? As you may remember, last year Anish Kapoor announced he had done just that with Vantablack, the blackest substance known to man. After Kapoor acquired those rights, however, Vantablack developer Surrey Nanosystems developed an even darker version . Architecture firms and deep-pocketed luxury watch manufacturers were reportedly interested in using the color. For the rest of us on ordinary budgets, British artist Stuart Semple collaborated “with thousands of artists from all over the world” to create Black 2.0 , a super-black paint with similar properties to Vantablack. Semple has been manufacturing it and making it available for ¬£11.99 (USD $15) for a 150mL bottle. What’s amusing is that he’s clearly done this as an eff-you to Kapoor. Here are some of the paint’s listed properties: * Unique acrylic co-polymer binder enables more pigment load than any other acrylic paint * Developed for artists by artists * Non Toxic * Priced at what it costs to make * Shippable worldwide * Not available to Anish Kapoor And some of the descriptive copy: [Black 2.0] has been developed in close collaboration with thousands of artists from all over the world. Their amazing insight, support and inspiration has formed this unique super-black paint for the benefit of all artists* *Except Anish Kapoor IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE: this is not the blackest black in the world. It is however a better black than the blackest black in the world as it is actually usable by artists. *Note: By adding this product to your cart you confirm that you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this material will not make its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor. Black 2.0 has proven so popular that Semple’s last batch sold out. He’s been producing more and expects to have the next batch ready for sale by today, April 19th.

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Capybaras relaxing in a spring-fed hot tub

Posted by kenmay on April - 19 - 2017

https://streamable.com/ydbh1 Sometimes I suspect that Capybaras are horses that haven’t yet realized they’ve been transformed into giant gerbils.

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At the tail end of March Blizzard announced plans for StarCraft: Remastered , which is due later this year with updates including 4K graphics and modern online features. Buried within that release, it also mentioned that gamers could expect to see the original game and its Brood War expansion released for free along with the 1.18 update for the game. That day has come , and nostalgic gamers can dive back in as soon as their copy finishes downloading (PC here , OS X version here ) like it’s 1998 again and Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It isn’t just a dated reference. StarCraft is now FREE w/ Patch 1.18!

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StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its Release

Posted by kenmay on April - 19 - 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game — plus the Brood War expansion — for free for both PC and Mac. You can find it here. Up until a few weeks ago, getting the game with its expansion would’ve cost $10-15 bucks. The company says they’ve also used this opportunity to improve the game’s anti-cheat system, add “improved compatibility” with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and fix a few long lasting bugs. So why now? The company is about to release a remastered version of the game in just a few months, its graphics/audio overhauled for modern systems. Once that version hits, the original will probably look a bit ancient by comparison — so they might as well use it to win over a few new fans, right? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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