Feel Like a Part of This Jazz Band Captured With a Depth-Sensing Microsoft Kinect Camera

Microsoft’s Kinect, the depth-sensing, motion-tracking technology, might be dead as a product, but the hardware lives on, and is being used for far more than just video games now. This experimental film by Marcin Nowrotek mixes 3D footage of jazz musicians with 3D animations to create a music video where the musicians almost appear to leap off your screen. Continue reading Feel Like a Part of This Jazz Band Captured With a Depth-Sensing Microsoft Kinect Camera

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Madam C.J. Walker’s Journey to Become the First Black Self-Made Millionaire

Madam C.J. Walker (Dec. 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919)

Born as Sara Breedlove to recently freed parents near Delta, La., Madam C.J. Walker’s own scalp ailment resulted in her tinkering with remedies and store-bought products to improve her condition. Continue reading Madam C.J. Walker’s Journey to Become the First Black Self-Made Millionaire

Bitcoin ‘creator’ slapped with $10 billion lawsuit

Craig Wright, the Australian who has previously claimed to be Bitcoincreator Satoshi Nakamoto, is the subject of a multi billion dollar lawsuit. Wright is being sued by the estate of David Kleiman, who was thought to have co-created the cryptocurrency with the Australian. Kleiman passed away in 2013, but Kleiman’s brother Ira claims that Wright somehow appropriated his former partner’s bitcoin hoard.

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Listen to an Amy Winehouse Demo From When She Was 17 Years Old

Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27. Although her career was tragically cut short, she’s become an idol and influence to many young artists after her. When an artist like Amy passes so young, there’s usually a rush to put out posthumous projects and unreleased music, but Amy’s case is unique. After her death, Universal Music executive David Joseph revealed that Amy had been recording for a third album, but the recordings were destroyed. He told Billboard, “It was a moral thing. Taking a stem or a vocal is not ­something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can’t happen on anyone else’s.” Continue reading Listen to an Amy Winehouse Demo From When She Was 17 Years Old

Jared Kushner, America’s Middle East Negotiator, Loses Access to Top-Secret Intelligence

Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner will no longer get access to the nation’s most sensitive intelligence secrets, a circumstance that’s sure to complicate his role as America’s Middle East peace-broker. Continue reading Jared Kushner, America’s Middle East Negotiator, Loses Access to Top-Secret Intelligence

Striking Photos of the Past and Present of Papua New Guinea

Is any place on the planet less familiar to Americans than heavily forested, mountainous, linguistically complex, faraway Papua New Guinea? The images on these pages document just a few points on the wide spectrum of life in PNG today. At one end is what might be called extravagant tradition. To see that, the photographer Sandro, who’s based in Chicago, went to the Eastern Highlands and attended the Goroka Show. Continue reading Striking Photos of the Past and Present of Papua New Guinea