Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400 Hybrid by Sjoerd ten Kate
edited by classy-captain

The car uses the latest 7G-Tronic technology. Prices (German market) start at 86.334,50 EUR with an engine providing 306+27 HP (225 + 20 kW). Expensive? Not so much compared to the AMG verision that offers you 585 HP (430 kW) starting at 151.189,50 EUR.

Pazudora CM

The company modelled 5 hybrid killer machines after a team of human elite professional killers, planning to replace them. War broke out between the humans and machines when the team found out about the company’s plan. The humans fought with fury well-hidden behind their masks; while the machines fought just as they are programmed to do, with their eyes showing nothing but cold dark void. As the damaged machine modelled after himself lay at a corner, one of the human killers closed in and slowly removed his mask. The human team is last seen celebrating their victory together by laughters, indicating that they have emotions and are as original as they are.


Title: Haptic Intelligentsia

Category:  #hybridmachine #hapticinterface

Author: Joong Han Lee

Year: 2011

Url: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665529/a-hybrid-machine-joins-3-d-printing-and-human-handicraft-video

Description: Haptic Intelligentsia is a 3-D printer that requires human hands to physically build the objects it spits out. Think of it as a rapid-prototyping machine.

You know it’s Love Day when the gnomes gather ‘round the azaleas…

Dingo grabbed the Brawn Brawn and Freezer Bunny Gnomes from the Consignment Shop.

With a house full of immortal fairy hybrids and a claw machine, I’m surprised there’s only one Gnome of the Darned.

The God Wars—Songs for the disciples of Gerhardt; those first Craftswomen and Craftsmen to make war upon the divine. {Listen}

Cover © Olia Pishchanska

Isolated System (The 2nd Law)Muse
Everybody Wants to Rule the WorldLorde
Money Power GloryLana Del Rey
Leave My BodyFlorence + the Machine
The Lightning StrikeSnow Patrol
KingsThe Pierces
Speed of the CollapseMetric
Half HeroOh Land
ShinerIndian Summer feat. Ginger and the Ghost 

Briefing Note: Violin Memory ushers in the Flash Storage Platform

New Briefing Note by @georgeacrump “Violin Memory ushers in the Flash Storage Platform”

Even though memory has always played a role in the storage infrastructure, the introduction of flash based storage has lead to rapid advancements in the evolution of storage. Today flash use has evolved from simply augmenting disk-based primary storage (hybrid systems), to replacing hard disk drives altogether in All-Flash systems. The problem is this advancement came by sacrificing performance…

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RPM Challenge

I’ve completed my RPM album. These were all new solo songs performed mostly on a shortscale bass/baritone hybrid with a drum machine and a bunch of effects. Pretty happy with the results and hoping to get some shows to play these songs live soon.

Bolton, “The Mecha’s Blind Spot: ‘Patlabor 2’ and the Phenomenology of Anime”, pg. 1–23


1) How are ideas of armour, skin and ‘suiting up’ that are present across the Mecha genre related to the politics of representation in the media?

2) Bolton mentions the image of the hybridized human and machine (Mecha) as having a heroic status or being expected to provide a solution to the ills of a futuristic, over-technologized society. How is this attitude already present in our visual culture today? Provide a couple of examples.



In this article Bolt is talking about the dual nature of watching something through a screen as opposed to actually being there in reality. In the Mecha, our senses are cut off from the outside world except through the technology of the Mecha, making the user (pilot) less “human” because decisions are made using the technology. The Blind spot is the fact that technology may amplify some things but the sensors are not human. When a human is inside a Mecha they are cut -off from the outside world, numbing the traits that are distinctly human i.e. sight, tough, sounds and smell. Our experiences filter through what the Mecha can perceive and then is relayed back to the pilot. We experience a dimmer effect of this distorted reality in present day when we look into the effects of how mass media distorts our perception. We are not solely objective, what we perceive becomes our reality even if that reality is distorted from the actuality of the situation.

Patlabor 2 was released after WWII and the Gulf War. Bolt brings up the idea about “video game war” which may occur while being in the Mecha and desensitize the combatant from actually experience the horrific realities of war and instead sees it as a videogame. In Patlabor 2 it draws a connection between the labor pilots watching the battles on their monitors and the Japanese nation insulated from the realities of the proxy wars it prosecutes.’ (Bolt, 487)  Japan became conscience that being destroyed was a real possibility after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. I believe Bolt is trying to illustrate the metaphor of screens in the Mecha as being distance even though they are on the front lines giving the false expression of safety because the fighting is done ‘over there’ on the screen while they are safely enclosed inside a Mecha; which could in reality could be making us more violent. Perhaps because we feel that there is no direct danger.


The idea that the body is simultaneously being invaded and enhanced by technology, usually has the hero/heroes tasked with the job to save the world of its problem, is something that is prevalent in anime. Perhaps this is because those with super powers or special advantages are therefore tasked with using it to better humanity, greater or to save the world.

U.K.’s MODESTEP To Release New Album ‘London Road’ May 25 Featuring “Machines”




MODESTEP (L-R): Pat Lundy, Tony Friend, Kyle Deek and Josh Friend
Photo Credit: Tom Barnes

London-based electro-rock hybrid band MODESTEP have announced the May 25 release of their highly anticipated second album LONDON ROAD (Max Records/INgrooves), along with unveiling the album’s tracklisting/cover art (below) and premiering the lead single “Machines” on Modestep Radio (U.K.) and BLOODY-DISGUSTING.com (U.S.).

Listen to “Machines” here: http://tinyurl.com/my28s7z

To coincide with the album announcement, MODESTEP— brothers Josh (vocals, keyboards) and Tony Friend (DJ, guitar), Pat Lundy (drums) and Kyle Deek (lead guitar)—premiered their mini-LONDON ROAD Film on VEVO today (2/24). The film—produced by the band and Liam Underwood (Skrillex, Major Lazer, Knife Party, among others)—features snippets from the album, giving fans a taste of what’s to come with LONDON ROAD. The film also features Flowdan doing the voiceover and Big Narstie playing a cab driver. Watch the film here: http://vevo.ly/zbjMQG.

LONDON ROAD—available now for pre-order at iTunes in addition to exclusive album pre-order bundles, including physical and vinyl versions of the album, being available at modestep.com—comes complete with 12 intense, bass-laden tracks, all produced by the quartet, who expand upon their rock, dubstep and electro hybrid sound to create a homage to their hometown. “Machines” is available now as an Instant Grat on iTunes for fans who pre-order the album there (meaning the song will automatically download to iTunes for fans that complete their pre-order purchase).

LONDON ROAD, say brothers Josh and Tony Friend, is the real deal, an accurate representation of the four-piece they’ve become, and a passionate tribute to their home city. “We got into this music from going out to London clubs,” Josh, explains, “We were lucky enough to have that access. Now this music has blown up all over the world but it came from here, the British created this vibe by drawing from parts of London that are so darkly atmospheric. We want to push that, to show those roots.” “London Road has been an amazing opportunity to get on board with some of the best talent we’ve ever seen,” adds Tony, “and to push the boundaries of what they do, what Modestep do, and what we can do together.”

Determined not to rest on their laurels since their last LP, MODESTEP have re-crafted their sound, sculpting a record that strikes a strong balance between their urban, electronic and metal influences. The new album demonstrates strong ties to urban London with MCs such as Big Narstie, Discarda, Dialect, Flowdan, Frisco and LayZ contributing to the album’s message. Combining these influences has led to LONDON ROAD, an opus that defies definition by genre. With elements transcending dubstep and rock clichés into electro, breaks, classical and traditional dub & grime, the result is sure to be heard resonating around stages at many of 2015’s major festivals as well as their own forthcoming UK headline tour—starting March 11 at London’s XOYO venue—with U.S. tour dates to follow later this year.  

LONDON ROAD is a striking record from the start. Opening with dramatic strings, the aggressive cockney spoken word of “Damien” paints an intense image of the album, before joining forces with pummelling guitar riffs and throbbing sub-bass. MODESTEP’s now-signature marriage of guitar based and electronic music is prevalent throughout, with the soaring vocal of “Make You Mine” and mechanized samples that perforate “Machines,” showing them as a band not content with staying within the fold, constantly allowing their creativity to emerge to the front of their art.

Tracklisting for LONDON ROAD:
1. Damien (Modestep & Funtcase)
2. Make You Mine (Modestep & Teddy Killerz)
3. Machines
4. On Our Own (Modestep & Culprate)
5. Feel Alive
6. Rainbow (Modestep & The Partysquad)
7. Snake
8. Nightbus Home
9. Seams
10. Sing (Modestep & Trolley Snatcha)
11. Circles (Modestep & Skindred)
12. Game Over (Modestep & Rude Kid ft. Big Narstie, Dialect, Discarda, Flowdan, Frisco & LayZ)

*Bonus Tracks:
1. Countdown (Modestep & Genetix)
2. Mianite (Modestep ft Tom Syndicate)

*Bonus tracks only available on the iTunes album edition

About Modestep:
MODESTEP were born online in 2008 when brothers Josh and Tony Friend started MODESTEP Radio to showcase their productions and dubstep tracks they loved. By late 2010 they were writing their own songs, one of which was “Feel Good,” for which they made a cheap video. They gave the exclusive to dubstep Youtube channel UKF and within weeks it had 4 million hits. By January 2011, MODESTEP found themselves on the Radio 1 A-List and the hottest unsigned property in UK music. MODESTEP became a fully-fledged live band after Josh (vocals, keyboards) and Tony (decks, guitar) in early 2011. Since then the band have toured relentlessly, smashing it at festivals all over the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival in the U.S. The MODESTEP live show has ignited crowds from Reading to Sydney to Las Vegas to Moscow to Ibiza – the band has played to 1.5 million people in 2012 alone. The band has amassed over 50 million views on YouTube and in March of 2013 they released their debut album, Evolution Theory, on Interscope in the U.S. Elektro magazine called MODESTEP “an auricular army, shooting bullet ballads packed with some of the most creative refrains in EDM today.” “Modestep are reasserting just how dynamic and exciting the genre can be,” said Alternative Press, and Kerrang! declared, “Welcome to the future.” Modestep reintroduce themselves with their new album, LONDON ROAD, by redefining their own unique status as the forward thinking sound of 2015. The band is set to push even further towards the cutting edge of not only the electronic scene, but also to the forefront of rock music’s upper echelon.

Above: “Machines” cover art

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BMW i8 sell 18,000 units worldwide, launches in India for Rs 2.29 crore

BMW i8 sell 18,000 units worldwide, launches in India for Rs 2.29 crore

MUMBAI: BMW is one of the most respected name in the list of luxury carmakers. BMW India has now launched the costliest car i8 in India for Rs 2.29 crore> BMW has yet slod 18,000 units of i8 worldwide. I8 is also its first model hybrid car.

The machine sports a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 131-hp electric engine, offering a combined power of 266 hp, a combined mileage of 47 kmpl and can gain a…

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Haraway - Cyborgs

Donna Haraway talks cyborgs in The Haraway Reader in a chapter titled “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980’s.” I was prepared for this reading to be hard because of the warning we got in class but I didn’t expect to be googling the definition of a word in every sentence. The discussion in class on cyborgs pre-reading this chapter helped me understand more as I was reading through. Haraway gives this definition: “a cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” I feel as though she spent a lot of time explaining the separation and differences between the two worlds that make up a cyborg when really it’s the two worlds that are working together to make the cyborg function. This brings up the discussion we had during class about dualism’s like social reality and fiction. Two things that may see separate work together, not able to function without one another. She compares the cyborg dualism to other social issues by explaining how each have a fine line in the middle separating them similar to reality and fiction. I think that the fine line is true for some of the dualism’s talked about in our discussion such as self/other, mind/body, whole/part and right/wrong. The line could be debated and discussed both ways but it’s all a matter of opinion. Like what was said in class, it’s all very messy, especially when there isn’t an obvious divide. Haraway states, “I am making an argument for the cyborg as a fiction mapping our social and bodily reality and as an imaginative resource suggesting some very fruitful couplings. Foucault’s bio politics is a flaccid premonition of cyborg politics, a very open field.” Here I believe she tries to explain that cyborgs are creating an open door for other dualism’s to work together and be recognized as a cyborg. Having these combinations of creature and machine more common, we have been accustomed to it being our reality; this is allowing for easier acceptance of new combinations of cyborgs. Other than the few points I was able to break down in the first few pages thanks to the class discussion, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make much sense of what the rest of the chapter had to say. Having to Google definitions and then translating it in a way that makes sense to me into Haraway’s original sentence made comprehending what she was trying to get across very difficult. My flow of understanding what I’m reading gets interrupted, l lose my spot on the page and I end up reading the same sentences over and over again trying to find where I left off. I find the debates on cyborgs to be kind of interesting so it would have been nice to have a better flow of writing for a more quality understanding of the topic.