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August 31, 2004

9/11 toys
This is just bizarre. 14,000 bags of candy accidentally ship to stores containing small toys depicting an aircraft flying into the World Trade Center. I mean, how does that happen? Who made the toys? What exactly would constitute the "ideal" market for them?
MOMA tall buildings exhibition
Tall Buildings - The Museum of Modern Art

August 30, 2004

Push toy
I thought this plywood push toy was great. I can imagine you get quite a bit of shock absorption in it, especially when you take this puppy off road.

August 28, 2004

Paper Transformers
PaperFormers. Just print and play.
Wedding guide
Seattle Bride Resource Guide 2004 - take a look at the picture in the top-left of the cover of this book. Pretty funny. 2 years ago, now.

August 26, 2004

Some serious gear
How the Pros work the Athens Olympics.
PGS jogging
I like the idea of watching a line representing your route gradually appear on your watch as you jog along. Then again, I'm a watch freak.

August 25, 2004

Hamster power
Build your own Hamster-Powered Night Light. Syrian hampsters recommended, since they are nocturnal, but remember to leave them in a room other then your bedroom.

August 24, 2004

The Stepford Wives
Shannon and I walked out of this one trying to decide if it was the worst film we had ever seen. Then we remembered the Next Best Thing. But it was close. Very close. Bad comedy. Bad writing. Bad acting. Bad timing. Awful. Did I mention that I didn't like it? Do yourself a favor and see the original, which is a beautifully paced and acted DRAMA.
"New" wireless laws
So Weirdly Wrong. This is a fun if unsettling, account of a conversation between a guy sitting OUTSIDE a library, using its wireless internet connection, and a policeman, who comes up to stop him. According to the policeman, new federal laws prohibit "theft of signal". What a weird thing to make up.
Veer: Ideas: Wallpaper. Lots of cool desktop wallpapers.
Where logos go to die
iTunes downloads
Here's a program that allows you to connect to, and download songs from, a shared iTunes library.

August 20, 2004

RealNetworks hipocrisy
Hypocrite, Thy Name Is Real. An article from Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how RealNetworks current "Freedom of Music Choice" barage against Apple is a little, shall we say, rich, coming from a company well known for giving it's users little choice, musically.
Bitter Greens
Bitter Greens is a daily blog by a girl called Lulu telling the simple things that happen every day to her through cartoons.

(Thanks Dan)
Cleartype tuner
Cleartype is a technology on Windows that makes fonts look much smoother and easier to read if you're using a laptop or flatscreen monitor. Here's an online Cleartype tuner that helps you set the technology up so it works best with your flatscreen.

August 19, 2004

Architectural stuff
It's been a big week for me as far as taking photos of nice buildings go. In the US last week I managed to visit the absolutely stunning Seattle Public Library. The outside is good. The inside is amazing. I'd find it hard to read a book there because the spaces are so breathtaking, and the furniture is so comfy.

In L.A. the following week I managed to revisit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this time after construction was finished. You can walk across the top of the building through a park, which really gets you inside all of the curves and titanium.

And finally I managed to get to the Getty Museum on my last day in L.A. It's west of the city, up on a small hill. I can admire this building, but I found it a bit bright and a little boring as far as shapes go. And the idea that they shipped so much Travertine marble over to make this just remind me of Hearst. Still, it's pretty, and some of the areas where the marble gets more rough are interesting.

August 18, 2004

Let them sing it for you
Let them sing it for you - type some text in the text box and here an audio-sentence prepared by cutting up words from different pieces of music. You might need to be a bit creative with what you type since their database is by no means exhaustive. I couldn't find the words "headphones" or "husband", for example.
The ultimate breakfast machine
Three-in-One Breakfast Toaster Coffee Machine Egg Boiler. I can't imagine a better machine to wake up to.
I want one of those
iwantoneofthose.com - a site for "stuff you don't need but you really, really want."
iPod cradle
A cool, if a little bulky, iPod cradle from Kubrick.

August 17, 2004

Mmm Bodum
Another thing to add to the list of desirable Bodum items.

August 16, 2004

Helth department shuts down lemonade stand
Apology Given for Lemonade Stand Closing. Well, they WERE selling dangerous ice!!
Design Hotels
Finally, an organization that lists the coolest hotels around the globe.

August 13, 2004

LiveStrong bracelets
Looks like the Livestrong bracelets that I gave out to family over July 4th weekend have taken off like hot cakes (not that hot cakes can fly). 8 million sold. A million on backorder. And selling well over price on eBay (I wonder if the Lance Armstrong foundation gets anything from an eBay sale?)
The cute PC
Only from Japan. The cutest PC ever, based on a Gundam character.

August 11, 2004

SIGGRAPH 2004: Computer Graphics Go Virtual. This is what I'm at at the moment.
As TV signals die so does alien communication
This article in the New Scientist reminds me of that amazing intro to the movie Contact with Jodie foster, which follows the radio waves of terrestrial TV transmission out into space. The camera flies out from Earth with the audio of the television transmission in the background. The further the camera gets from Earth, the further back in time the transmissions get, until it gets far enough away that it catches up with the first TV broadcast that could have been heard from space. Ironically, it's a speech by Hitler at the 1936 Olympics in Munich.

The irony now is that as technology advances we rely less and less on terrestrial broadcasts, and more and more on cable or satellite TV. Those transmissions that leak into space, the first thing an alien would probably "hear" from our planet, are drying up. Earth is going quiet.

August 10, 2004

How to complain
How to Complain - "demonstrating excellence in complaints handling". I love the simple promise of this site. "Find the organisation you want to complain to...simply fill in the specially designed form...click 'submit' to send your complaint".

August 09, 2004

Lewis Carrol's Scrpbook
Lewis Carroll Scrapbook. Posted by the Library of Congress.
Personalized public space
Turf-carpeted call-box at Aussie grocery store. As Cory points out, this is a cool example of someone wanting to make an environment more comfortable for others. As long as it doesn't get too wet. Or too attractive for dogs.

Boing Boing

August 08, 2004

Trouser shaped radiator
The heat_horse, a pants-drying radiator. I guess I could make some jokes about what a radiator that dried British pants would be shaped like.
Personally, though, I'd prefer a radiator that's shaped like a towel. Oh wait. That would be a plain rectangle...
Predicta TVs
The Official Predicta Television Site! - refurbished Telstar TVs.
99 rooms
99ROOMS.COM - I don't THINK there's a goal. But the rooms are atmospheric.

August 07, 2004

Wynniatt-Husey Clarke
Wynniatt-Husey Clarke Garden Design. Here's the website for a couple of friends who have a company designing extremely cool, contemporary gardens.
Bush's blog
CIA Asks Bush To Discontinue Blog

The Onion
The Phonesafe. This is where Spiderman might keep his phone. Except I guess it might end up getting in the way of the bit of his wrist where his web-stuff jets out.

August 06, 2004

Jenson goes to Williams
itv.com/f1 - Button makes shock Williams return. This is a bit of a shock. Cool for Williams. But I kind of think that stability with a team is a good thing, and I think he has that now with BAR. Plus being number 1 on that team gives him some confidence. I don't think Webber will be happy being a number 2 (and Williams don't work that way, anyway), so this could end up backfiring on Jense.

August 05, 2004

Highline proposals
FHL - 4 Teams 4 Visions - There's just something about architectural project boards that are inspirational. Here are 4 proposals for the master plan of the Highline abandoned elevated railway in New York.

August 04, 2004

Citizen Alterna Watch
Citizen Alterna Watch - another (unavailable) watch to slather over.
Independent Stormtroopers
The Ohio Garrison of Storm Troopers on parade on July 4th.

Boing Boing
Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks - I know we're kind of late to this party, since the show was cancelled in 1999, but Shannon and I have really been enjoying the DVD of Freaks and Geeks. I remember reading the amazingly positive reviews of this show, which is set at a high school in 1980, and then the wierdness of the cancellation. A total shame. We're dreading getting to the end of the 6th disk.

August 03, 2004

Space Invaders shot
Here's a shot I took of the Space Invader we saw yesterday.
Webcam of Cloud Gate
Webcam of Cloud Gate - Anish Kapoor sculpture at Millennium Park, Chicago.
Space Invaders
SPACE INVADERS - we had dinner in Neal's Yard, near Covent Garden today, and I noticed one of these moasic space invaders on the wall. It had small mirrored squares for eyes.

August 02, 2004

How to be creative
gapingvoid: how to be creative - a list from hugh "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards" macleod
Tiger Woods hits balls into the gulf
Tiger Woods hits balls into the gulf. What a cool perk for Tiger Woods, hitting golf balls from the helicopter pad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, into the waters of the Arabian Gulf 321 metres below. Photos here. Story here.
Hard drive - circa 1975
Hard drive - circa 1975 - it's good that these things are a little more...portable now.