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In, Up, Down, Out

Stumbled upon this amazing perspective painting in a parking garage in Melbourne by Axel Peemöller. I've seen these types of things before, but a parking garage is such a perfect place to do it. Cars must go along a certain path, so you're guaranteed the viewer will see it correctly at a certain point. Brilliant.

This guy has done some seriously amazing work - the site itself is even pretty clever.

Celestial Marketing? Really?

Celestial Marketing, an agency focused on taking a brand’s message to the one medium a consumer can not “tune out” or “turn off”…outer space. By creating integrated extraterrestrial campaigns that span the likes of the moon, satellites, space stations and space-bound vehicles, Celestial will look to bring brands and consumers into the next frontier of non-traditional advertising.

via Aaron Martin

The Sensation of Sight


Movie Trailer - "The Sensation of Sight" from benjamin clyde on Vimeo.

Some friends of mine made this movie called "The Sensation of Sight" (a good friend, Benji, cut the trailer too). It looks like it's going to be pretty good. The film is opening in NYC on August 22nd at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Wish I could be there...

Playpumps

Problem - it's hard for many developing countries to get clean water. They must daily walk back and forth to the source with jugs. But there is water right below them - they just need to tap into it.

Solution - Playpumps harness the endless energy of kids. as they play on the merry-go-round, it pumps the water and stores it for use.

Brilliant.

Video.

link via how to change the world

Trend of micro services

While I can't say nowdothis.com is the most useful website I've ever used, it's another super-simple and potentially useful site in the vein of icantdeci.de and muxtape.

I'm seeing a trend here, and i like it. Do one thing, very simply, and do it right.

UPDATE 7/28/08 I'll continue to add new ones as they come along like:

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How will I die?

Here is a larger version.

(anyone have an idea on attribution? i found it on a random page with no link to the illustrator.)

Muppets invade youtube

Totally Awesome. Here are a few highlights but there are lots of good ones...



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One Litre of fuel would last UK one year if cars had kept pace with computers

According to the University of Manchester:

One litre of fuel would serve the UK for a year and oil reserves would last the expected lifetime of the solar system - if efficiency in the car industry had improved at the same rate as in the computer world...
...computers are now 50 BILLION times more energy-efficient than the 'Baby', which weighed roughly one tonne and took up a whole room.

It begs the question...why?

I think deep down, because of my experience with technology, I havent been worried about progress with the auto industry because I'm always reminded how ridiculously quickly innovation happens. But it hasn't! And that's why many of us are shocked. Why? Anyone know?

Image Public Domain, via NYPublic Library

Background Patterns!

BGPatterns is a nice, simple to use pattern creator. I'm loving all these simple online tools!

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Print in 3d!


Have an idea for a product? Techcrunch reports you can print it in 3d with shapeways. It ain't cheap, but it's pretty neat. Still in private beta, but they are giving out invites still if you're interested.

Real Dinasour on the loose in the LA Museum of Natural History!


Extinct, my ASS! from The Original Joe Fisher on Vimeo.

What a fascinating idea. Even though I knew it was fake, still scared the crap out of me when it gets close to the baby. Why couldnt they have fun stuff like this in museums when I was a kid?!

via Gizmodo

It's gonna be another girl

Nov 15th-ish I'm going to be overrun with females.

(ps - arent these 3d ultrasounds insane?!)

Dress For Dinner Napkins


Be sure not to get that white tshirt dirty...

Dress for Dinner Napkins

via Kanye West

A year of living biblically

I love AJ Jacobs. I think he's funny and a great writer for Esquire. I've heard about his book where he describes the yearlong experiment to live the Bible literally. Every single rule, big or small, he attempted to live daily for one full year. I never read the book, but his talk on Ted is awesome. Check it out higher res (and more really great TED talks) here.

LED Jump Rope


Just a concept, but I love it. As you jump rope, the LED can display a stopwatch, jump count or calories burned.

via walyou

House of Cards

I bet you'vealready seen it. Everyone is talking about it. Yet, I'm obliged to post about Radiohead's new video House of Cards.

Shot with no cameras or lights.

Did you get that part? No cameras. Or lights. I think it's done with lasers, 3d and magic. You can read about it yourself here.

I'm getting Caroline a Camera

My Kid Took These is really neat. A guy gives his 3-yeard old a camera, and lets him roam free. The results are really interesting. Oh, to be a kid. Site looks neat too.

Stumbled upon this a little while ago, but was reminded by Chris.

Batman for president


via Daniel

Or maybe Cobra Commander...

icantdeci.de

Simple. Brilliant.

Make your own or just start answering.

Here is another good one.

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The erosion of liberty


If you've missed out on the FISA debacle, you're not alone. I'm shocked it's not getting more news coverage. Our freedoms are slipping away, and our Congress is at the wheel.

Here's a quick overview:
  • Post 9/11, Bush had a clear process for spying on suspected terrorists: he can go to a special FISA court and get a warrant if he had reason
  • Often within 24 hours
  • This includes, of course, spying on any American citizen
  • And if it's an emergency, he could even get it retroactively
  • With good reason
  • Instead of following this relatively simple "legal" process, he asked the telecoms to blanket spy on Americans without any sort of warrant. Most agreed. Some didn't.
  • There were secret rooms set up to monitor all internet and phone usage - indiscriminately
  • which is super-illegal
  • A bill proposed to give the telecoms immunity from prosecution, which was shot down because they committed a crime.
  • The house passed a "compromise bill" which has almost nothing changed from the original
  • The senate votes today
  • In the primaries, Obama stood up against it saying that the telecoms broke the law and should be held accountable
  • And now today he is voting for the bill...going back on his word, and siding with the companies and with the president
I want to like Obama. I really do. I think he's a reasonable man, with interesting ideas. I disagree with alot. I really disagree with this one.

Obamas response (weak, in my opinion, but well presented which is what he seems to be good at).
More on FISA & today's bill
More on the wiretap whistleblower
Diggers have made popular this flyer too, which debunks some FISA myths.
And here's Ron Paul's stance on it

I'll leave you with this:
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams

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I like people who stand up to idiots.

Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher criticized organizers of Glastonbury music festival for having Jay Z headline the festival.
"Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?...I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."
You're right, Noel. We should all play music that is a cheap ripoff of better music from decades ago.

So Jay-Z simply comes out does this. Brilliant.

The Shining Behind the Scenes



This is one of the best TV promo spots I've ever seen. Meticulous and impressive.

More info and slightly better quality here.

Link via Yewknee and Brandon

Gas prices heatmap

Driving this weekend was a rude reminder of the high gas prices right now. Luckily i was in NC, which wasn't too bad and I even got it under $4 a few times. I've been hearing that Alaska has by far the highest gas prices, but in the lower 48, gasbuddy has a heatmap by county. Interesting.

I'm sure glad i'm not in CA right now...

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Democratic Ecology


Engadget and Inhabitat have reported that Philippe Starck has designed a mini-wind turbine under the banner of "Democratic Ecology", with the "intent to enable every man, woman and child on Earth to generate their own power in designer style."
  • The transparent mini-turbine will be available to all in September 2008
  • The windmill can generate 20-60% of the energy needed to power a home
  • at a price point of around 400 Euros ($633)
  • not clear if more equipment will be needed to convert/store the energy properly
Love it. This is what designers should be doing.

I also love his new outlook. After recently stating about his career to-date:

“Everything I designed was unnecessary… and I am ashamed of this fact”

He's back. And I, for one, am really inspired by this.

Away

We're at the beach with the wife's family. Will be back next week.

In the meantime, enjoy your fourth and some of baseball's best moustaches