March 2005 | April 2005 | May 2005

April 28, 2005

Extinction works both ways

784 gone since 1500, but one's come back.
'Extinct' woodpecker found alive

Umbrella re-design

I thought this back to basics umbrella re-design was really interesting.

Urban Gardens 2005

Poster

We were suprised to see our friends contemporary garden design company, Wynniatt-Husey Clarke, featured in the main shot for this poster for the Urban Gardens 2005 show in London. Random. They are very talented, though.

April 27, 2005

Virtual stapler

It does feel...sort of good.
VirtualStapler.com

The Dyson

While I admire the emphasis that James Dyson has put on the difficult process of industrial design as part of the marketing of his vacuum cleaners I can't help but be disappointed with the one that we bought a year ago, just after we moved into our house. I've never had a cleaner that is so complex. Removing the hose from the back of the unit, particularly, takes quite a bit of strength and feels wrong, like it's being broken.

Our professional cleaners put it succinctly. "Should have got a Henry".

Spoof political ads

Spoof ads for what each of the political parties in the UK would really like to say. Awesome.

Shaun of the Dead

Go rent (or buy) Shaun of the Dead. Set in the suburbs of London, it's a very amusing take on zombie movies. Subtle and stupid English humor coupled with the unsubtle use of a cricket bat helps keep the undead at bay.
8.5/10

April 26, 2005

Amazon free MP3s

I'm not sure if there's a catch, but Amazon's Free Music Downloads page seems pretty cool. Tracks from Moby, Bloc Party, Yo La Tengo etc...

April 25, 2005

Sucks

There's quite a revolution taking place in the UK school dinners system, since Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef) revealed that most kids main meal of the day consisted primarily of deep fried, reconstituted chicken, shaped like zoo animals (with chips).
Looks like this has hit a legal hiccup.
"The Guardian has learned that new schools locked into 25-year contracts through private finance initiatives are finding that they cannot rid their menus of junk food despite the government's pledge."

April 24, 2005

The Playpump

I love the dual nature of this idea. It's a kids playground roundabout, installed in a bunch of locations in South Africa, that pumps water from deep underground into storage tanks as the kids play.
Genius.

April 15, 2005

Finally fill the gaps

If this Wireless Range Extender works as promised I can finally fill in some of the dead spots in the house. It's supposed to work with any network, which is what makes it unique. Assuming it does as advertised.

April 14, 2005

Randomly generated paper

Randomly Generated Paper Accepted to Conference. "SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. What's amazing is that one of [the MIT student's] randomly generated paper was accepted to WMSCI 2005. Now they are accepting donation to fund their trip to the conference and give a randomly generated talk."

April 04, 2005

Feist

More to try from Ario...
Feist

Architectural jazz

A beautiful movie, by Michal Levy, that combines the jazz of John Coltrane with the animation of architecture.