Ben Gold


“The Ascent” Art Installation/Ride at Rensselaer Links EEG Headset and Theatrical Flying Rig

A team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students has created a system that pairs an EEG headset with a 3-D theatrical flying harness, allowing users to “fly” by controlling their thoughts. The “Infinity Simulator” will make its debut with an art installation in which participants rise into the air – and trigger light, sound, and video effects – by calming their thoughts. 

Shirley Ann Jackson from RPI spoke at the PopTech Energy Salon earlier this month.

I went to this school. What the fuck is this shit.


I made with Chad Pugh and Casey Pugh at the 24 hour event this weekend.

Type anything in the box for a continuous, full-browser stream of videos. Get as specific as you want, e.g. dogs welcoming soldiers home.

The app is just HTML & javascript using a customized VHX embed player. You can click to skip, but there’s no play/pause button cuz this is nonstop. Click here for source code.

See also: Music Video Genome

I love this thing. I also loved sitting next to Jamie and bothering him while he made it.

This app is very well done. Not sure how good the recommendations are…


Novak Djokovic’s Secret: Sitting in a Pressurized Egg

Ever since last year’s U.S. Open, Djokovic has been trying to improve his fitness by climbing into a rare $75,000 egg-shaped, bobsled-sized pressure chamber.

The company claims that spending up to 20 minutes in the pod three times a week can boost athletic performance by improving circulation, boosting oxygen-rich red-blood cells, removing lactic acid and possibly even stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis and stem-cell production.

I’ve decided to replace my fitness regime with this egg.

In addition to the health benefits, it will also hard-boil your insides and make you taste great with toast.


Justin is now using a vintage DEC VT220 serial terminal as an outboard terminal window for his Mac. Respect.

What an awesome nerd.

(via david)

GroupMe HeadPhone, an app that helps you get the attention of your co-workers when they’re wearing headphones.