Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I hadn't heard anything about this animated film until today, but the style of it blew me away. Bonus: the hero of the dystopian marvel is a cyclist, resisting the influence of evil commercial forces in his head.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Check out the Gorgeous Spiders

Unlike silkworms, spiders will fight among themselves. That's just one of the problems faced by researchers trying to recreate a technology from the 1880s to harvest natural spider silk. The spiders themselves are more incredible than the fabric; I've never seen the like.

in reference to:

1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk for Rare Cloth | Wired Science |

(view on Google Sidewiki)

Weather Skeptics talk about the End of the World

It's not like I'm watching Fox on a regular basis, but somehow I came across a link to a video with a skeptical newscaster explaining the alignment of 2012. If the world does end, though, they'll cover it. I also loved the trailer embedded as entertainment. I guess I've spent as much time with the Maya as most, and am somewhat familiar with their ruins and the calendar. Speculation cheapens the accomplishment of a culture who independently discovered Zero. By the way, 2012 isn't the end of the calender; it is Year Zero. To ancient Mayans, the fierce power of Null inspired bloody sacrifice. Let's hope the new world knows better.

Monday, September 28, 2009

People Playing with Giant Multitouch Screens

Multitouch Barcelona
is a group working with various kinds of interactive technologies. In this video, we see people playing with several distinct programs, each of which is scrupulously designed with its own parameters and characteristics. The potential for installations is boggling.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Post-modern Eco Fashion

Bio-Accessories Breathe New Life into Wardrobes Bio-Accessories – Ecouterre

by Ben Landau and Brittany Veitch

These accessories by two industrial designers in Australia each have a living organism attached; the wearer will care for their accessory and develop a symbiotic relationship. The idea is to carry the environment with you through the cement and noise of the urban milieu. Are they telling me that bird is real? Is it tied to the post or what? Is this a good idea?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Projection on Buildings

On Spatial Robots a incredible video demonstrates an interplay between graphic art and architecture: animations projected onto buildings. What a wonderful way to enjoy a familiar building anew. Its a project of NuFormer Digital Media in the Netherlands.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Egg-Shaped Sludge Digesters

Pruned While assembling a collection of rss feeds featuring architecture, I came across this site. Great eye, you'll no doubt see me link here again.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Restaurants with Bad Names

I don't care how good the food is, I'm not eating there! Found via Fark: Restaurants with nasty names. They missed Fuk Yuen Seafood in Honolulu, a great place just outside of Waikiki that would serve Peking duck without an advance order until 1a.m.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oolala! Tentaculum!

Freaky New Ghostshark ID’d Off California Coast | Wired Science |
Previously, my favorite shark was the cookie-cutter shark, an ancient shark that was known as the most bioluminescent of its kind. This might be even better. It has a thing coming off its forhead for mating. Handy for a quickie, I guess.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Fossil of a Dinosaur Giving Birth

Found this in my RSS feeds today: a cool article at Not Exactly Rocket Science shows a prehistoric animal actually giving birth. There's more than one fossil like this around I gather. Beautiful.