A collection of videos featuring works by pioneering computer artist Manfred Mohr, many dating back to the early 70’s. Also includes interviews and lectures:
Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art. After discovering Prof. Max Bense’s information aesthetics in the early 1960’s, Mohr’s artistic thinking was radically changed. Within a few years, his art transformed from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic geometry. Encouraged by the computer music composer Pierre Barbaud whom he met in 1967, Mohr programmed his first computer drawings in 1969.
Coming Soon of the Day: Neil Degrasse Tyson Will Host the Sequel of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
Though it’s been quietly in the works since 2011, Fox has officially confirmed that Carl Sagan’s monumental 1970 sci-ed miniseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage will be getting an updated sequel next year, which will consist of 13 episodes produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and hosted by one of the Internet’s most celebrated astrophysicists, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fox is hoping the show will have as much as of cultural impact as Carl Sagan’s original series, which still remains one of the most watched PBS series in the world to this day.
OSU’s third consecutive ‘Corpse flower’ bloom in the past three years.
[Imaged above: A screenshot of OSU greenhouse visitors posing for the ever-popular O-H-I-O photo-op with Woody as the “I”. Below: A gif of Woody blooming through out the day.]
OSU’s biological sciences greenhouse has experienced it’s third consecutive corpse-flower bloom for the third year in a row. The rare and stinky corpse flower, also known as titan arum, belongs naturally in Sumatra, and can grow up to 10 feet tall, with a diameter 5-6 ft.
The largest recorded titan arum inflorescence:
Bonn (Germany), May 2003, 274 cm
Wageningen (The Netherlands), 1932, 267 cm
Bogor (Indonesia), 261 cm
Bonn (Germany), 2000, 257.5 cm
New York (USA), 1937, 256.5 cm
Frankfurt (Germany), 1985, 250 cm*
(* In contrast tot he other flowerings, the Frankfurt plant was measured from the tuber upward (2.7m). For comparison with other plants, therefore, about 20 cm have to be deducted.) Source: Bonn Botanical Garden.
The flower that opened up today at OSU for excited-viewers is named Woody. This will be Woody’s second blooming, after blooming two years ago, whilst another corpse flower at OSU, named Jesse, bloomed last year. Woody, itself, reaches over 70-inches tall, and has been growing a recorded 4-5 inches a day since first sprouting.
Although, in it’s natural habitat, the female and male corpse flowers will tend to bloom within days of each other, OSU’s corpse flowers must be hand-pollinated to obtain new seeds. Since the flower was discovered in the late 1800s, there have been less than around 175 blooms world-wide, 29 of which were within the U.S. as of 2010, making OSU’s 3-year blooming phenomenon a noteworthy occurrence in the world of plant-sciences.
Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. — Reinhold Niebuhr (via metaconscious)