Andrew Hearst

Andrew Hearst is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the proprietor of the blog Panopticist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Sun, Print, Metropolis, Lingua Franca, Book, and many other publications.

Great public-art project: Repairing bomb damage with Legos

Great public-art project: Repairing bomb damage with Legos

For a project he calls Dispatchwork, the German artist Jan Vormann has traveled to Israel, Italy, and Berlin to plug wartime bomb damage with… Legos. As Vormann told Wired UK, “Essentially what I love is the contrasts they deliver: Artificial against natural; colourful, shiny and perfectly shaped against matte, grey and organic.” See more images…

What it looks like to go really fast

What it looks like to go really fast

Jason Kottke has a great post that compiles a bunch of videos of people and things going exceptionally fast, including BASE jumpers in wingsuits, a French TGV train, and two skateboarders on powder-blue suits, below: Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo. [more at kottke.org.]

Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen, 1986

Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen, 1986

In this 26-minute mini-documentary from 1986, the great French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen. This is from the days when Allen was still making important, hilarious movies, so it’s well worth watching. Meetin’ WA (1986)by Tomsutpen [via Khoi Vinh.]

MIT's Sixth Sense, a wearable interface straight out of MINORITY REPORT

MIT's Sixth Sense, a wearable interface straight out of MINORITY REPORT

On his excellent blog, the user-experience expert Nick Finck shares a TED video demonstration of Sixth Sense, a wearable gestural interface that grabs data from the Internet and allows you to interact with it in countless real-world ways. You can draw a watch onto your arm to check the time; pull up Amazon ratings for…

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, electronica-style

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, electronica-style

The YouTube user Fagottron is a hugely talented musician and video editor who’s been putting out amazing rhythmic edits of classic-film footage and putting a dance beat underneath them. His latest is the one below, based on the original CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. It’s not quite as good as the incredible MARY POPPINS edit…

Visualizing Twitter

Visualizing Twitter

Mashable, the blog about social media, has compiled a list of cool Twitter visualizations. Below is a video example of Just Landed, a geo-visualization of tweets containing the words “Just landed in…” As Mashable explains, “It finds the tweets containing the phrase, checks for the location they¹ve landed in, and the location they were sent…

Stop-motion Post-Its

Stop-motion Post-Its

The great stop-motion video below was the senior project of a Savannah College of Art and Design student named Bang-yao Liu. The music is by one of my favorite groups, the Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp:

Century-old color photography from Russia

Century-old color photography from Russia

The blog Socyberty has collected a bunch of amazingly vibrant century-old photos by a Russian photographer named Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky. “With the blessing — and funding — of the Tsar, Nicholas II,” Socyberty writes, “[Prokudin-Gorsky] embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs. Many of these pictures look…

A rare glimpse of Stephen Colbert out of character

A rare glimpse of Stephen Colbert out of character

Josh Marshall of the great Talking Points Memo just posted this excellent behind-the-scenes video, which was filmed as he accompanied John Kerry to a taping of The Colbert Report in April 2007. As Josh points out, it’s a rare and fascinating thing to see Colbert break character, because he almost never does:

Street criminals foiled by Google Street View

Street criminals foiled by Google Street View

When two crooks in the Dutch town of Groningen decided to separate a teenager from his bicycle last September, they had the misfortune to do it when a Google Street View car was passing by. The Sydney Morning Herald has a great slide show of the moments before the theft. The images allowed the police…

Trailer: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White in IT MIGHT GET LOUD

Trailer: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White in IT MIGHT GET LOUD

Scheduled for release on August 14, IT MIGHT GET LOUD chronicles a showdown among three generations of guitar heroes: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. As a onetime guitar-hero-worshipping adolescent, I can’t wait to see this.

Bike tricks from 1899, filmed by Thomas Edison

Bike tricks from 1899, filmed by Thomas Edison

At the tail end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Thomas Edison filmed men doing bike tricks that seem surprisingly contemporary today. The description of this film at the Library of Congress reads: “‘Neidert,’ of national fame, does stunts on his wheel that are simply wonderful. Makes his bicycle rear up,…

Was 30 Rock inspired by The Muppet Show?

Was 30 Rock inspired by The Muppet Show?

In a surprisingly convincing analysis, blogger Brian Lynch points out a number of major structural parallels between 30 Rock and The Muppet Show. The similarities are so great that they almost seem like they were intentional–however unlikely that might be. Liz Lemon is Kermit, Jenna Maroney is Miss Piggy, Kenneth is Scooter, and so forth.…

Rare footage of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair

Rare footage of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair

At archive.org, the online home of The Prelinger Archives, you can watch hundreds of so-called ephemeral films: advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur movies that were never intended to have a long shelf life. Rick Prelinger, the founder of the archive, has spent much of the last three decades rescuing these amazing artifacts, many of which…

The amazing app wall at Apple's WWDC

The amazing app wall at Apple's WWDC

At this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple announced the new iPhone models, among other things, a big array of monitors displayed an “app wall”–a giant matrix of iPhone app icons that pulse when they’re downloaded from the App Store. The effect is monumental and hypnotic. Visit AppleInsider for video of what the app wall…

The "T" is for totalitarian

The "T" is for totalitarian

Webnewser’s Hunter Walker made an interesting find: North Korea’s repressive regime is apparently selling T-shirts and other kitschy propaganda through Cafepress, the online custom gift store. Promoted on the official website of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the store features stylish offerings like this one: More at Webnewser. [via Gawker.]

Character's-eye view: Classic follow shots

Character's-eye view: Classic follow shots

For the website of the Brooklyn-based publication The L Magazine, the film critic Matt Zoller Seitz assembled a montage of clips illustrating one of my favorite types of shots: one where the camera physically follows a character through his or her environment,” as he writes in his introductory essay. “I love this shot,” he explains,…

These business cards are cooler than yours

These business cards are cooler than yours

Did you know that there’s an entire blog devoted to business-card design? Of course there is. What isn’t there a blog for? But Card Observer is particularly great: It’s a repository for tiny graphic-design masterpieces in a wide range of styles and materials. Business cards have little room for extraneous information, so they’re a perfect…

Why bad design often wins out over good design

Why bad design often wins out over good design

Fast Company’s Cliff Kuang has a great post about Dustin Curtis, a web designer who was so appalled by his experiences with the American
Airlines website that he redesigned it and posted it online as an open letter to the company.

Check out Curtis’s take on the American Airlines site…

The book industry's slow farewell

The book industry's slow farewell

In an excellent long essay in The Nation entitled “The Long Goodbye? The Book Business and its Woes,” the legendary editor Elisabeth Sifton writes about the decline of the book industry from her perspective as a towering figure in the literary world over the last several decades. Sifton has edited dozens of books you’ve either…

White conservatives can't rap

White conservatives can't rap

A couple of young conservatives put together this rap video to “promote constructive debate and tolerance”: [via Talking Points Memo.]

Trailer: What would you do to reverse the aging process?

Trailer: What would you do to reverse the aging process?

In YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN, her upcoming semiautobiographical documentary, my friend Mitch McCabe takes a funny and highly personal look at the anti-aging industry. The film is populated by a number of odd, obsessive characters, including a plastic-surgery-obsessed housewife from Texas and guy in late middle age who, with the help of scalpels and a…

An inside look at an IMAX camera

An inside look at an IMAX camera

Mark Wilson of Gizmodo was given a rare tour of the IMAX offices, and he’s posted an in-depth, image-filled post about IMAX cameras and how they work. There are only 26 IMAX cameras in the world. Here’s one of them: Much more here.

Amazing fan-made trailer for imaginary GREEN LANTERN movie

Amazing fan-made trailer for imaginary GREEN LANTERN movie

This is excellent: It’s a fake trailer for a nonexistent (but wished-for) GREEN LANTERN movie starring the Serenity and Dr. Horrible actor (and geek fave) Nathan Fillion. YouTube user jaronpitts grabbed footage from a wide range of contemporary and classic science-fiction films, including PLANET OF THE APES, SERENITY, GALAXY QUEST, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD…