Grog from The Secret of Monkey Island, by Lucasarts.
Retrospecs for iDevices
A Double P Review: There are approximately 45,000,000 different photo filter apps in the app store and it’s getting harder to distinguish them apart. Filters have become such a commonplace for pictures taken with smartphones that Apple even added a few to their stock camera app. It takes something special for me to want to tell others about it. Retrospecs is the app that is doing filters a little different.
Retrospecs, like most apps of this nature, allows you to choose a photo from your library or take one within the app, apply a filter, and tweak the image to your liking. The key factor that sets this app apart from other is the fact that all of the filters are based on gaming computers and consoles of the past. That’s right, you can take a 2014 picture and make it look like it was being displayed on an original Game Boy. As you can see from the pictures above, the results are pretty amazing. There’s a bunch of systems to choose from including and not limited to the Super Nintendo, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, and even an Apple II (or Apple ][ if you want to be technical about it). Once you’ve chosen your system of choice, you have the option to tweak the filters and change the dither settings.
The greatest compliment I can give this app is that it provided a great venue for me to take my own personal nostalgia trip. I might have even taken some screenshots of current iOS games and applied a filter within Retrospecs just to see what it might look like on a Sega Mega Drive and other various systems. I didn’t plaster my creations all over Twitter and Instagram, but rather created my own treasure chest of goodies. The app doesn’t press for you to share your photos with Facebook or sign up for a Retro-social network. The app does what it set out to do and in my opinion does it well.
Retrospecs can be purchased in the App Store for $1.99 and works any any iDevice you might have with a camera.
Available for $1.99 on iTunes
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For an ongoing project entitled Rainworks, Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church creates awesome works of street art that are only visible when it rains. It’s a particularly wonderful concept for a city renowned for its rainy weather Church uses a superhydrophobic coating to stencil images onto ordinary pavement. On a dry day the pieces are completely invisible, but when the surface gets wet, darkening the untreated concrete, the treated areas repel the moisture, which causes the stenciled images and/or text to appear. Depending on the amount of foot traffic the treated surface receives, Rainworks will last anywhere from 4 months to a year.
Watch this video to learn more about how Peregrine Church creates his dissapearing-reappearing artwork.
Want to try making Rainworks of your own? There are a variety of superhydrophobic coatings currently available, including a handy kit by Rust-Oleum.
Visit the Rainworks project page for additional images and information.
I love how in doompunk apocalypses, people don’t have food or soap but there is an abundance of ammunition and hair dye.
(via Les Beehive)