The 5th Law

5. A robot must not complain if law 4 requires some discomfit




The 4th law…

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.


2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.


3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.




4. A robot must produce interesting sounds, when requested by a human















Haikyo on Shodoshima – the first one is now gone, it was in a state of demolition when I snuck in & took that photo… and when i revisited Shodoshima at end of 2014 there was just an empty building site where that decaying building had been…. The latter four photos are from a location on Shodoshima that Florian from Abandoned Kansai put me on to – the first time I visited it, all of the buildings & surrounding area were VERY abandoned but last time I visited much of the surrounding area had been flattened & there was a small bulldozer parked amongst it… I love visiting haikyo/abandoned places – the feeling of frozen, decaying time in some of the interior spaces is so strong…


Scattered Light 195


shooting long exposures at Te Kau Kau with 5DmkIII, Zeiss Distagon 21mm lens & Lee filters



Detritus 335

“These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.
For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.
John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.
Info on how he made these sculptures here
Music is “Plateau” by Lee Rosevere


▶ great animated gif of every David Bowie hairstyle


▶ NPRs tiny desk concerts are a great idea & its worth having a hunt through their archive for any acts that you like, but this recent concert with Daniel Lanois is highly reccomended (anyone know what the rack device with coloured knobs is hes using? sitting underneath the TC Electronic delay)


▶ great music video for Prince song Breakdown, via – password is “breakdown”


▶ wow Kaleidoscope is a new effects plugin by 2CAudio – purty!


▶ new FAA regulations may stop artist driven drone projects (love that cat drone photo!)



▶ local genius Maggot Software, creators of the essential Conformalizer as well as Spanner plugin have relaunched as The Cargo Cult and with the new launch of their site have some great interviews with Spanner users such as Gilbert Lake, Frank Kruse, Dave Farmer – definitely worth a read! And their useful utlities such as Remetacator, Ammseblerator, Siblimator and AFEAlerter (Automation Follows Edit switch off alert) are now free, more info on them here


One Step is a collaboration between the french director Clément Oberto and the L.A. based electronic composer John Tejada.
Shot in hyper slowmotion in the Mojave desert…


▶ Cloudy days help us think more clearly, apparently


▶ casting pianos for Chopin project


▶ wow beautiful interference pattern sculptures by Loris Cecchini via


another musicless music video: Sia – Elastic Heart


▶ congrats to all the recent awards finalists & winners – a few good friends have been through the upheavel of being nominated (& winning) an Oscar – it is undoubtedly an amazing experience but… this (thanks Ian)



RIP Sir Ian Athfield

One of my favourite modern buildings in Wellington, the central public library, was built by Sir Ian Athfield. Sadly Sir Ian skipped off this mortal coil today, rest in peace… Below is an interesting interview where he describes some of his influences, & the design of spaces that exist between the public and private…