"I was walking around Vancouver, aware of that need, and I remember walking past a video arcade, which was a new sort of business at that time, and seeing kids playing those old-fashioned console-style plywood video games. The games had a very primitive graphic representation of space and perspective. Some of them didn’t even have perspective but were yearning toward perspective and dimensionality. Even in this very primitive form, the kids who were playing them were so physically involved, it seemed to me that what they wanted was to be inside the games, within the notional space of the machine. The real world had disappeared for them—it had completely lost its importance. They were in that notional space, and the machine in front of them was the brave new world.
"The only computers I’d ever seen in those days were things the size of the side of a barn. And then one day, I walked by a bus stop and there was an Apple poster. The poster was a photograph of a businessman’s jacketed, neatly cuffed arm holding a life-size representation of a real-life computer that was not much bigger than a laptop is today. Everyone is going to have one of these, I thought, and everyone is going to want to live inside them. And somehow I knew that the notional space behind all of the computer screens would be one single universe."
Sehwag had been on the sort of hot streak that even we were able to understand. Then the bowler bowled, and Sehwag kind of swung and missed and blocked the ball with the big pad that protects his leg. The ump determined that had Sehwag not been standing there, the ball would have kept going and broken the wicket (which is like striking the guy out). This is called LBW, or Leg Before Wicket. There was much jumping and screaming and rejoicing from the Pakistani side, none more than from Umar Gul, who was getting absolutely hammered. The only hitch, for Pakistan, is that Sehwag wasn’t buying it.
Each side gets two video reviews, and the Indians decide to use one — again, Sehwag is one of their best guys, so it’s worth it to try to prove the ump wrong. Instantly, an incredibly authoritative-looking computer animation from a machine called Hawk-Eye (the same Hawk-Eye used in major tennis tournaments, interestingly) — shows definitively that (a) Gul did not foot fault, and (b) the ball’s trajectory would definitely have struck the wicket had Sehwag’s padded shin not gotten in the way. The computer replay animation looks fantastic. The whole thing takes 20 seconds, and leaves no room for doubt. The crowd watches it on a diamond vision screen and for 40 seconds, the whole contest is turned into a video game, yet it is surprisingly awesome. The fact that baseball has not embraced replay for all matters concerning the game now seems like the craziest aspect of any sport in the universe.
"PROZONE3 is the industry’s leading player tracking system and provides a unique physical, technical and tactical coaching tool using multiple cameras installed within a stadium.
"PROZONE3 is footballs leading performance analysis system. It enables coaches and management staff to analyse physical, technical and tactical performance information through an interactive and engaging coaching tool."
"Walead Beshty’s FedEx Sculptures (2005 - present) are a series of shatter-proof glass cubes broken in transit. What makes these boxes different from badly wrapped art-objects is the intent behind their destruction. The boxes are shipped by FedEx, rather than professional art-object shippers, from Beshty’s studio to each new gallery. Their constant destruction sketches their character as meaningful objects. As the random cracks gather in transit the boxes perform the networks of global capital they are parsed through. Peering through the cracked panes, into the voids contained within each cube, I feel like a cartographer tracing lines made by movement and time to the source of an endless ocean.”
(Submitted by machinemachine, posted with thanks.)