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February 28, 2005

back from TED

holy crap i'm tired. took a red-eye last night back from Monterey and am trying unpack quickly so that I can repack this Thursday to go to Charlotte, NC for an AIGA talk. TED was fantastic and I'll try and share some links of some of the people that spoke there over the next couple of days.

In the meantime I'll sleep and try to upload a love song i wrote to Condoleeza Rice.

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February 26, 2005


will update soon...I'm currently at TED

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February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

David Pescovitz: Hunter S Thompson "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-HST

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some drawings from the scribbler robot

Here are some drawings that the robot made from webcam pictures.

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February 20, 2005

DIY Science Toys for Kids

Science Toys

excellent resource!

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cute idea

The president of the world!

too bad the design isn't more innovative in terms of how it displays the results.

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February 19, 2005


Funny Man

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February 18, 2005

Gigapixel project

Image Gallery

amazing non-digital hi-res photos

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Wooden automata -- hand-crank animations

Cory Doctorow: Dug makes "contemporary automata," hand-cranked robots carved from wood that perform animations when they're activated. They're gorgeous tchotchkes and the videos on his site are fascinating. Link (Thanks, Dug!)

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February 17, 2005

lo-res flea circus

FLEACIRCUS The show must go on!

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Adobe Studio Presents

great little doc about my design hero: milt glaser

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God spelled backwards

God Spelled Backwards : Second Street Films

a trailer for a new documentary by Brian Oakes. Brian is one of the most talented designers i know - very excited for this to come out...

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February 16, 2005

No Pants!

The Fourth Annual No Pants! Subway Ride took place on Saturday, January 15th." From Improv Everywhere.

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hitch trailer

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy trailer

god this looks amazing

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February 15, 2005

fun lil game

Foon.co.uk - Hapland

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Coat with static quills that stand up and shoot lighting when wearer is threatened

Cory Doctorow: A student at London's RSA has prototyped a coat with electrostatic quills that stand on end when the user triggers an "I'm-feeling-threatened" button, and shoot bolts of blue static lightning at those unwise enough not to back off.
The prototype design is a coat with warning strips of fur that become electro-statically charged in situations where the wearer feels threatened. When charged the fur begins to stand on end; a visual indication that the wearer is uncomfortable. If someone invades the wearer's personal space they will begin to feel a second warning; as they enter the coat's electrostatic field they will feel tingling skin sensations and their hair will stand on end. The fur will begin to twitch toward them and emit crackling sounds. If the 'threat' proceeds to touch the fur then 100,000 volts of electro-static charge discharges from the fur, into the offenderís body (non-lethal but definitely a bite).
Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

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February 12, 2005


lecielestbleu.com : la Pate a Son

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happy v-day from me - a short film


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Bush's Manhood: An Assessment

who's the sex machine for all the political chicks? shaft! bussshhhh's shaft!And now, from the Way Too Much Damn Time On His Hands Department...
Bush on the Couch [PERRspectives]

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Valentine's Day, Onion style

Cory Doctorow: This week's Onion features a laugh-out-loud piss-take on the sappy "Love Coupons" that we're encouraged to exchange on Valentine's Day. (Also notable in this week's Onion, What do you think of lifting the ban on in-flight cellphones?: "What an ideal marriage of the Wright Brothers and Alexander Graham Bell. And Kafka. And Pavlov. And Mengele.") Link

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another great project

This Is Broken

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February 10, 2005



i love this project.

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his dark materials

the brits are coming...again.

just read phillip pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy....excellent stuff..especially for all of you Harry Potter fan's that need reading material whilst waiting for the last installment.

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pretty good deal

just noticed the banner ad on my site...phillipsdata.com - the guys who generously support zefrank.com with hosting are offering 40% off of year paid hosting plans...not bad at all.

the ad gets swapped around quite a bit...so i might be a little late on picking this up...but i promise this plug was not solicited by them...purely my observation.

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February 9, 2005

John Cleese's Letter to the US

** I got this via email and can't vouch for authenticity...but its certainly funny **

To the citizens of the United States of America, In the light of
your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to
govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your
independence, effective today. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and
other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the
97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world
outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without
the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be
circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid
in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules
are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English
Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium". Check the pronunciation guide.
You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.
The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour'
and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than
laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut'
without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair
with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the
suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise". You will learn
that the suffix 'burgh is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are
welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with
correct pronunciation. Generally, you should raise your vocabulary
to acceptable levels. Look up "vocabulary". Using the same twenty
seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you
know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look
up "interspersed". There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry
Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language
then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your
vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft
know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted
to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination
of "-ize".

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian
accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited
to cockney, upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier).
You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents -
Scottish dramas such as "Taggart" will no longer be broadcast
with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must
learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The
name of the county is "Devon". If you persist in calling it
Devonshire, all American States will become "shires" e.g.
Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to
play English characters. British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving
Badly" or "Red Dwarf" will not be re-cast and watered down for a
wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of
occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The
Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want
you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American "football". There is only one
kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a
very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a
world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays
"American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and
should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if
you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you
brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is
similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a
rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like
nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens
side by 2005. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable
to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not
played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that
there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.
Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game
called "rounders" which is baseball without fancy team strip,
oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no
longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in
public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are
sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will
require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a
new national holiday, but only in England. It will be
called "Indecisive Day".

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for
your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand
what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with
roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate
effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect
and without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and
metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French
fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian
though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries
while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those
things you insist on calling potato chips are properly
called "crisps". Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat.
The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be
served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more
aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added
to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this
quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not
actually beer at all, it is lager. >From November 1st only proper
British Bitter will be referred to as "beer", and European brews of
known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager". The
substances formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be
referred to as "Near-Frozen Knat's Urine", with the exception of the
product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be
referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine". This will allow true
Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen, Czech
Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or "Gasoline"
as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005)
prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to
those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK
petrol prices roughly $6/US gallon - get used to it).

14 You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent.
Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough
to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist
then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy. Tax
collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly
to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

16. Last but not the least, and for heaven's sake.....it's Nuclear
as in "clear" NOT Nucular.

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

John Cleese

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Kinetic junk-sculptures straight out of a Road Runner toon

Cory Doctorow: Gina Kamentsky builds gorgeous kinetic sculptures out of found objects -- they look like something out of a Road Runner cartoon or a Rube Goldberg illustration. The videos are fantastic. Link (Thanks, Madeline!)

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Google maps

Xeni Jardin: Google has launched Google Maps, a DHTML-driven, map-making engine that pans smoothly and zooms with ease. Other features: directions, business locator, and zero ads (for the time being, at least). Link. It does not suck at all. (Thanks, Greg Brown)

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February 7, 2005


i know i'm way behind the curve on this...but the people that did the marketing for donnie darko should be pimp slapped. i've hesitated when i've seen that movie in blockbuster for some time now because of the tag line "be afraid of the dark". sounded so corny. finally last night i watched it and absolutely loved it. be afraid of the dark????? what is that???? they might as well put "hot babes from Cancun" on the front.

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a guy named gal

a friend of mine has just started a blog about what most likely will be his last 30 days working for a major company. he is on a "correction" plan due to a number of circumstances which i'm sure he will explain.

he's one of the funniest people i know and i'll be checking out as he walks towards doom.


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February 6, 2005

Augmented reality demo video: mindblowing

Cory Doctorow: Total Immersions has an "augmented reality" tool called D'Fusion Technology, as demonstrated in the Windows Media (ugh) video-stream (ugh) linked from the page below. It's pretty stunning: real people and objects are captured with video cameras and then three-dimensional virtual objects are seamlessly matted in, so that the demonstrator appears to be holding a bouquet of flowers that turns into a lightsaber, then a helicopter flies over the audience, etc. The gaming applications are pretty rad -- think of EyeToy with about a thousand times more granularity and interaction. Link (via Waxy)

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February 5, 2005

an apology and a short film

very sorry i haven't been able to update for a couple days - have been travelling a bit and doing live shows...a new found obsession.

in any case here is a short movie that was sent to me of some people playing with the frog.

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February 1, 2005


You may have noticed that the most recent entry is not from me - i am using a tool called reblog which allows me to look through other blogs and pick out ones which are interesting to me and share them with you. very cool tool.

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