Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Hack: Canon 5D x 1908 Camera Lens

Goofy profile. Gorgeous pics.

New York DP and Photographer Timur Civan, with help from his “Russian lens technician”, took a circa 1908 (possibly earlier) Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand-cranked cinema camera lens and grafted it onto a Canon 5D Mark II.

(*For the less geeky, the 5D’s a seriously kick-ass digital cam that shoots still and video and full HD*)

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Hack: iVictrola, iGramophone, and CD Phonograph

One of my favorite projects from Blue Ribbon Salvage is the idea of turning vintage Gramophone speakers into hanging lamps. I thought that was an awesomely beautiful way to repurpose these already-gorgeous pieces of musical history. The idea of simply reusing them as an iPhone speaker was always dreamily tossed around, but never acted upon.

Thankfully, designer Matt Richmond pulled through with this hack of an old Victrola phonograph horn, the iVictrola. More pics and info at HEMagazine.


Another take on the iGramophone concept is from Tristan Zimmerman, the ultra-modern, Design Exchange Award-winning Phonofone II. Available for purchase at Charles & Marie.


Not sure if this is playable or just a concept. Rad either way. Designed by Yong Jieyu & Ama Xue Hong Bin, the Phonograph CD Player consists of a disassembled CD player with the laser positioned like a classic needle tracing a wax groove. More info at Engadget.

Geek Out: Clever Hack Makes Any Song Swing
SF: Homeless Man Breaks Fourth Wall of iPad Ad (in Ladies Loafers)
Hack/Remix: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody On Old School Computer Gear
Live: Rockin’ Home Furnishings from Bughouse

Geek Out: Clever Hack Makes Any Song Swing

This hack is simply brilliant: The Swinger. It takes a song and time-stretches the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half.

Take a listen:

Sweet Child O Mine (The Swinger Version)

Every Breath You Take (The Swinger Version)

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Tristan Jehan created this at Music Hack Day San Francisco and is now my hero.

Source code, more info, and more tunes put through The Swinger at The Music Machinery. (Thanks, Mike)

Hacked Road Sign Warns of Douche
Hack: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody On Old School Computer Gear
Vid Remix: Smooth Jazz Metallica, Death Metal Louis Armstrong, and Creed Shreds
MP3: Rock Out With The Umlaut

Play: Browser Pong!

Pong was the first videogame console I owned. Or, rather, got. Only because our neighbors were throwing it away and my Dad thought Atari was too damn expensive. Maybe that’s where my want for gadgets came from?

This version is all about the experience: Not in-browser, with browser. One of the more refreshing takes on a game since Grupo Falso Baiano covered the Mario Bros song. Or when Lombard Street got turned into a giant Candyland (only a helluva lot more stripped down).

Go play Browser Pong by Stewdio. (via Coudal)

Play: Super Mario Bros Wii
8-bit: Anamanaguchi Makes Music from Hacked NES
Music: Rock the QWERTY Drums
Awesome: “8-bit Trip” Stop Motion Lego