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November 30, 2005

"The World’s Largest Timepiece"

Zurich's new Christmas illuminations, The World’s Largest Timepiece, have replaced the hundreds of light bulbs that were installed along the Bahnhofstrasse 33 years ago. As Christmas draws nearer, the lighting moods cast by the illuminations will gradually alter. At the beginning of the Advent season, a gentle, calm light - resembling clouds drifting by - prevails. Finally, on New Year’s Eve, the band of light will emit effervescing sparks of light, almost like a fireworks display.


The installation uses a 7 metre long and 30 kilo structure of fiber optic. Each one of the 275 lamps features 28 small light sources, totalling 240 000 lights.

Responsible for the new illumination concept are Zurich-based architects Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio.

Dates November 23, 2005 – January, 2, 2006.

Via swiss info, travel video and riesenmaschine.

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SNL Parodies iPod's Planned Obsolescence


Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host special guest *Steve Jobs* who unveils a whole new line of iPods. The parody of Apple's planned obsolescence program for the iPod includes the debut of the iNvisa media player. video link.

this is so funny, you have to watch it.

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Too Good To Be True?

UK online retailer Good Gifts wants you to buy a Kalashnikov rifle (most likely an AK-47) -- £25. Or perhaps a rocket launcher (£55). Or a tank, for £1000. Not for your own use, mind you, but to provide the raw materials for enterprising blacksmiths and metalworkers in Sierra Leone, who turn the iron and such into "farm implements... hoes and axe heads... pickaxes, sickles and even school bells." A single tank will provide a year's work for 5 blacksmiths, they say, and convert into 3,000 items.

This sounds amazing and clever. Although the Good Gifts site provides few details about how it's accomplished (and how everyone's certain that the AK-47 goes to the blacksmith and not the local militia), the organization behind the site, the Charities Advisory Trust, is reputable, and several UK media outlets have profiled the Good Gifts program.

It's not every day we actually get to turn the modern equivalent of swords into plowshares.

(Via HippyShopper)

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 03:21 PM)

Via WorldChanging: Another World Is Here

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A new project by Evan Roth - a diary of someone famous in blog form.

Originally posted by fi5e from del.icio.us/tag/eyebeam-reblog, ReBlogged by emma on Nov 29, 2005 at 02:33 PM

it\'s one of those \"ah jeez, why didn\'t i think of this??\"-kind of idea. brilliant.

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If you'll ever have to write an admission essay again...

Here's a great example of how to sell yourself...

Hugh Gallagher - Man of Many Talents

(...seems to be somewhat of an urban legend, maybe in the same vein as Kurt Vonnegut's MIT Speech, but this is great writing nonetheless and the author did attend NYU though we don't know if he actually submitted this for his application...)

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Google Video!


Now you can google videos to all your heart's content. How do people get any work done these days?


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It's kinda old news, but out here on the farm sometimes im the last one to find out about things like this. Im glad however to see that Italians are taking action.

If you dont know Sony put illegal software on music Cds that would install a hidden program on your Pc to make it more prone to virus attacks.

this is the wikipedia link.

How come everybody can get away with just about anything nowdays?

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November 29, 2005

Competition Deadlines

Print Digital Design Competition: Interaction 2006
The entry deadline for Print's Interaction 2006 has been extended to December 15. We invite you to use this additional time to submit your most exciting interactive projects as well as print or TV ads promoting Web sites and e-commerce. Winners will be featured in Print's Digital Design Annual, part of the October 2006 issue.


International Color Awards
International Color Awards is a global awards show recognizing creative excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the finest professional and amateur photographers in the world's premier photographic showcase of color. Featuring leading creatives from the international photography community, photographers exhibit their best work before luminaries from the commercial photography and advertising world from New York to Shanghai.



Instant Fame
Entries are currently being accepted for I.D. magazine's 2006 Student Design Review.

We are searching for the best work from design schools around the world in four categories:
* Industrial Design
* Graphic Design
* Interactive Design
* Miscellaneous

Deadline: February 2006

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November 28, 2005

Beer mat art

Marrs Bar is accepting art on beer mats (aka coasters) from artists around the world for an upcoming exhibition. Gallery.

Via Pigmag.

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starsight.jpgStarSight is one of those ideas that makes one wonder why it wasn't developed years ago. StarSight combines a street light -- something which can bring down crime rates dramatically -- with solar panel, wireless network (WiFi or WiMax), remote management, local network access, and (optionally) hookups for charging small devices. The designers, UK-based Kolam Partnership and Singapore's Nex-G, describe StarSight as being a key element of a "virtual utility," a low-cost, low-maintenance provider of intangible but very useful services such as public lighting and wireless networks. All of this is very cool, and makes a great deal of sense, but there's one last element that makes it truly worldchanging:

Its first deployment is in Cameroon, and the designers have explicitly intended the system for use in the rapidly-urbanizing developing world. Mike Butcher at the Financial Times has the details.

A technology to roll out green energy street lighting along with telecommunications and power could well be the great leap forward for which Africa is looking.
Yannick Gaillac, founding partner of the Kolam Partnership, is enthusiastic: “This project will definitely change lives for the poorest people in the world and that’s what I wanted to do. We didn’t invent these basic technologies, but we are gathering them together in one solution.”

Morocco, China and India are said to be next on StarSight's list for potential sites for the system. And the set-up is not limited to lighting and communication -- other potential uses include disaster warning systems, pollution monitors, and other location-aware network services.

(Thanks for the tip, Mike!)

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in Leapfrog Nations - Emerging Technology in the New Developing World at 11:50 AM)

nice, but it looks so bulky... and i\'m gonna bet it\'d never pass for fashion in pretty Treviso

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Pong clock plays one round of Pong every 60 secs

Cory Doctorow: The Pong Clock from Buro Vormkrijgers plays games of Pong that last for exactly one minute each, with alternating sides winning. The clock in the middle keeps time/score. Link (Buro Vormkrijgers site, 10MB Quicktime video) (via Digg)

Update: Hijinx Comics sez, "It actually scores the time, with the left side only scoring once per hour and the right scoring every minute."


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HOWTO make a prizewinning paper airplane

Cory Doctorow: A group of UK students have created a king-hell paper airplane for a competition. The Times of London covers the story, along with the team's best tips for making your own prize-winning paper airplanes.
# The nose must be heavy to ensure stable flight. A paper clip on the nose should allow the plane to fly further

# If the plane tends to nose-dive because of the heavy nose, bend the back edge of the wings upwards slightly

# The centre of gravity should be towards the front to prevent the plane from stalling

# The wings should be angled upwards to give the plane a slight “Y” shape when viewed from the front

# Winglets added to the edge of the wings will reduce drag

# Check for symmetry by looking down the nose of the plane and refold it if necessary. It will not fly smoothly if it is not entirely symmetrical

# Be patient and make small adjustments rather than radical changes to the basic design


Update: Philip sez, "Though the judges lauded the Avenger's design, it actually bombed at the competition. The winner was Spruce Moose

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Fabrica Party!

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First climate change refugees

For more than 30 years the 980 people living on the Carteret atolls have battled the Pacific to stop salt water destroying their coconut palms and waves crashing over their houses. They failed.

One week before UN Climate Change conference in Montreal, the Carterets' people became the first to be officially evacuated because of climate change. 10 families at a time will be moved by the authorities to Bougainville, an island 62 miles away. Within two years the six Carterets will be uninhabited and undefended. By 2015 they are likely to be completely submerged.

The Carterets will join many other Pacific islands that are on the point of being swallowed by the sea. According to the Red Cross, the number of people in the Oceania region affected by weather-related disasters has soared by 65 times during the past 30 years. Increased numbers of cyclones, droughts and floods, all predicted by climate change scientists, are making life unviable on many islands. Rising sea levels swamping the islands is the last act of a long, perhaps unstoppable process.

Via The Guardian.

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The Snow Show 2006

The previous Snow Show exhibitions, held in 2003 and 2004, included a total of nineteen structures designed and built from ice and snow.

For the event, one artist and one architect team up to utilize snow and ice as the medium of design and construction.


The Snow Show 2006 takes place in conjunction with the 20th Winter Olympic Games (well, here's a good reason to stick around during f... Torino2006) to bring examples of cutting-edge contemporary art and architecture to a mainstream audience. Unlike the previous site, which was flat and flanked by a frozen river, the new location, at Sestriere in the Italian alps, has a topography that will allow the seven new projects to take advantage of varied settings, providing different levels for vantage and entrance points for each of the projects.

Besides, the warmer climate will shift the emphasis from monumental pavilions to projects that are more in keeping with the environmental landscape. The primary building material will thus not be snow or ice, but water, as each design will have to take into account the effects of the melting process.

The show will run from Feb till March 20, 2006.

Via dexigner.
Image from the 2004 snow show: Yoko Ono & Arata Isozaki Penal Colony Realization. L'espresso.

Trip to Torino (and hope we don\'t freeze to death)

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Linus wins!

piterwilson has added a photo to the pool:

Linus wins!

Linus is the winner of last friday's bowling match

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Close 2nd argo

piterwilson has added a photo to the pool:

Close 2nd argo

An amazing recovery by Mark

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November 25, 2005

Che guevara standar icon...zzzz

piterwilson has added a photo to the pool:

Che guevara standar icon...zzzz

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flagas flags flags

piterwilson has added a photo to the pool:

flagas flags flags

SPI is the Pensioned Society of Italy, im sure they have a just cause, but i was quite put off by the way the main speaker kept calling upon the "rage" of the new generation. There were peace flags and at the same time the guy is telling you to use your rage ???

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Piazza signori and flags

piterwilson has added a photo to the pool:

Piazza signori and flags

You cant really tell from this picture but it started to snow right then an then. The first snow of the season as the protestor guy was givin his speech. it was quite the moment. i felt all warmy inside.

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Flipbook! of the week


When we started Flipbook! back in february, there was one person who would add some of the best animations i've seen so far on the website. Apparently she is a girl from Paris who went by the alias of "marie". Some time after, when we had our first misshap with the db , im sorry to say i lost over 2000 animations including all of hers.

Of course she was frustrated to have lost them and even wrote me an email about it, to wich i could only apologize and i still do.

To my surprise she used Flipbook! even after this, and she made some great animations signing them as "marie" form "paris" or more notably as "mariepomme".

Anyways, this Flipbook! entitled Sex with barbapapa is an example of what she does, short and sweet, humorous animations with a hint of what could be best described as french sexyness.

This is this week's Flipbook! of the week and i hope to see more from marie, whoever she is, wherever she is (Paris? i guess)

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November 24, 2005

Internet Face Booth released!

Internet Face is a project that wants to give the internet a human face. We want to create a huge set of movies with the faces of all the users of the internet. Including you!

Here's the working example at the FABRICA WEBSITE

The Internet Face Booth is a set of Flash / PHP files that you can install on your website. When accessed they allow users to take a picture of themselves using their webcam. The faces are played back to create a collaborative multi-user movie. With the Internet Face Booth you let your visitors show their face to the world!

Here's another workign example at piterwilson.com

You can download the package and install it on your website! all you have to do is to unzip it and upload it. Of course you can modify it to suit your website (as long as you dont touch the flash movies).

get it here!

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Falluja, my love

b.F Note: This is recent development on Italian TV -- a documentary about the battle in Fallujah (last year) was broadcasted last week about the U.S. military's usage of white phosphor as weapons (and the result is pictured below). This blog post below comes form Beppe Grillo and has a link to the video of the documentary available on the web.

Another article about this in English is here: Radio Netherlands, and talks about how white phosphor is not banned under international law.

The video documentary is here

Foto: www.uruknet.info

Iraq has been invaded by the United States and their allies because it was accused of hiding extermination weapons.
The weapons of mass destruction have not been found.
The Americans have not been discouraged and have used their own.

In Falluja the civilian population was killed with white phosphorus that is like polite napalm. It doesn’t make the terrible mess that we’ve seen with the bombing in Vietnam. It spreads through the air, burns human tissues and so that they can possibly be reused, saves the clothes.
It seems to have been invented by a fashion designer.

In a rainews24 film strip you can see well dressed skeletons and babies’ skulls.
War is always against the civilians.
Just wars do not exist, just as just slavery, just torture, just death penalties do not exist.
War should be abolished.

....... (more at his site)

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Book Binding Workshop II

Following the success of the first Book Binding Workshop a few weeks ago where Fabricanti learned how to make signature book binding with soft cover, the Second Book Binding Workshop is scheduled for THIS FRIDAY, 25 November 2005.


Please join us to learn how to do Japanese bookbinding.
Friday, 18th from 14:30 - 18:00

For Friday bookbinding part II, please bring two items..
pages you have prepared to bind, and some rope/string/chord/ribbon.

Contact Selwa x6317 to RSVP

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European Media Art Fest, Call for Proposals



// Smart Art

The European Media Art Festival is one of the most important current media art forums world-wide. For the 19th time, the festival will present a comprehensive overview spanning the whole range of this young genre of art.

Under the motto Smart Art, we will present works that question social conventions, take familiar things out of their context and subtly track down the absurdities of individual and social everyday life. The approaches range from popular subjects to provocative statements that go down new paths of artistic debate in film, installation and expanded media, making playful and intelligent use of various media.

With their critical, cheeky and smart works, both young talented artists and recognised masters of their field present new positions in contemporary media art in Osnabrück.

Continue reading "European Media Art Fest, Call for Proposals"

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November 23, 2005

Award winning Flipbook!

The popular Flipbook! recently won an international award for the magnificant work Juan has put into it. Though, because the award has not been announced, we can't tell you what it is yet. But we were so excited for this, we thought we had to let everyone know before hand so you can all take Juan out for a drink and celebrate this not-yet-disclosed award.

Check out the recently posted Flipbook! Staff's Choice of the Week, and stay tune for the next one coming to you every Friday.

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Namiko in Milan - Update


Our very own, Namiko Kitaura is part of a group exhibition in a Milan gallery for the next month or so. The opening is this Saturday, November 26th. She's planning to organize a car so all the Fabricanti can join her there, find Namiko for more details. This will also be here semi good-bye party!

The show is from November 27 - December 21
Via Ventura XV

Opening November 26, 18:30

for more info: http://www.untitledproject.it

also, Namiko's website: http://www.namikokitaura.com

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Clean Power, Drinkable Water

Australian company Energetech is one of the growing number of companies building systems to turn the motion of the ocean into usable energy -- something we've taken to calling "hydrokinetic power." Waves, tides even undersea currents can, in principle, be tapped to generate electricity; the technology is in transition from real-world experiments to early adoption, and the preliminary signs are that the systems can indeed produce usable amounts of power at competitive prices.

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"No Glue, No Screw" Furniture

NsngsmSensory Impact "Joost van Bleiswick has designed jigsaw-esque furniture called "No Glue No Screw" that slots together without the need of glue or screws. His sideboard no1 and dresser no1 have a sculptured quality and beautify minimal lines and symmetry." [via] Link.

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DIY iSight Tripod Mount

Isight I was just making one of these when MAKE pal Steve sent this in! - "Well, as you may know I like to shoot a timelapse video now and then... I've been using an earlier version of this iSight tripod mount for about a year, so today I thought I'd share the new and improved version: It consists of a couple of pieces of hardwood braced at a 90 degree angle… I have one piece of wood with two holes in it (the mounting plate), and then a piece of wood that is 90 degrees to the mounting plate for the iSight bracket to grab on to, and then two triangles (with the corners cut off)... " Link.

Seeing that we use a lot of iSights here, maybe this would be helpful for Carlo -- and others :-)

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Italy mulls 2006 Iraq withdrawal

Italy will probably withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of 2006, according to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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November 22, 2005

For all the native italian Mac OS X geeks.

Here's a series of impressive tutorials on learning how to program for Mac OS X in Obj-C - WRITTEN IN ITALIAN.


And for the non-geeks.. don't let it scare you, let it bore you.

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For a period of 18 months media installation SPOTS will convert an office block located at Potsdamer Platz Berlin into a huge matrix made 1800 fluorescent lights.


Designed by realities:united (known for the BIX media facade for the Kunsthaus Graz), the communicative membrane will display works by internationally renowned artists in changing exhibitions. The first exhibition "The City Has Eyes", curated by Andreas Broeckmann, will feature pieces by Carsten Nicolai, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (in particular: 33 questions per minute), Jim Campbell and John Dekron.

Opening ceremony Nov 27th 2005 05:00 pm @ Park Kolonnaden Building 1; Postdamer Platz, Berlin.

Via republish.

definitely a must see if anyone makes it to Berlin

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"Tampax Dam" Poster

In all my ignorance, I always thought this Tampax Dam ad was a spoof, but no, it was a poster that Leo Burnett placed in the bathroom stalls. It was an OBIE Awards finalist back in 2003 (source: AEF, OAAA).

YES! This is what I called great advertisement! Ha!

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EU challenged over flight data

A top legal adviser urges the EU to halt the transfer of air passenger data to the US authorities.

Passenger lists have been handed over to US customs since May last year, in what the US sees as a key measure to combat terrorism.

But the European parliament objected to the potential violation of privacy.

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November 21, 2005

Chicken in a Duck in a Turkey

American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in the spirit of all that is gluttonously American i pay tribute to the "Bird".

Which bird are we talking about you may ask??? Of course its - THE TURKEY.

The turtle-necked highschool geography teacher pushes his double-width shopping cart down the frozen food isles of the suburban megamarket. He overhears the triumphant rhetoric...
"So, how big is YOUR bird this year?"
"23 pounds"
"Mine is 28. Randy knows a man in the village who has an uncle who runs a farm."

Here's a couple wonderful links to help you get into the turkey-loving mood.

An american classic recipie... "deep fried turkey". But BE CAREFUL... accidents are known to happen.

And for those of you who wag your head at those pathetic single-foul feasts, here's your path to pluralised poultry. Complete with theme song to get you in the gut-and-stuff mood.

Once the feast is over, don't throw those 20 pounds of leftovers away!! Keep them for the 'hot turkey sandwich'. While you're at it Americanos.. wrap up one of those hot turkies and send it USPS to me.

Via Della Absidi 14
Treviso TV
Italy 11331

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The Mexican cooking chinese

Grillo Grolli has added a photo to the pool:

The Mexican cooking chinese

Flyers around town boost \"no to multi racial society\" (see post below) while the Fabricanti stay inside and play multi racial society.

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Brit backpackers take Indian call-centre jobs

Cory Doctorow: British backpackers in India are taking call-centre jobs for wages that are very low by UK standards, but which can bankroll an extension to a trekking holiday by a month or two.
Among the first to land in the subcontinent was Kenny Rooney, a 28-year-old from Livingston in Scotland. He had worked in a call centre at home, but after nine months in India says he does not want to return. "This is an incredible country," he said, speaking from Bombay. "I have had a brilliant time and met people from all over the world..."

Young Britons of Indian origin are also finding the jobs offer them a chance to rediscover their roots. Among them is Hasmita Patel, who is also working in Pune. "This has been the best thing I've ever done," said Ms Patel, from Leicester. "It has really allowed me to see the country and get to know people. I've learned so much about myself."

Brilliant! Here\'s your tip to travel India!

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Household appliances papercraft

I wish i was bored enough to make paper replicas of vintage Panasonic household appliances. PDF models available: a 1959' automatic rice cooker, a 1931' radio, a 1952' TV Set, a fridge from 1954 and a washing machine made on the year after.


Via Bibi's box.

a Fabrica Workshop, anyone??

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Murakami exhibition in Turin

Have just spent an hour with Max at the Fondazione Re Rebaudengo in Turin to see Takashi Murakami's works.


Part of the first edition of T1-Turin Triennial Threemuseums: The Pantagruel Syndrome, that runs through March 19, 2006.

All my pictures on flickr. Another picture gallery.

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FBI names top 10 art crimes

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation issues a list citing what it calls the top 10 art crimes worldwide. The FBI's list of stolen artworks includes paintings by Edvard Munch and Benevenuto Cellini, as well as thousands of items missing in Iraq. ... The FBI is not saying the items are necessarily in the US - although it is likely some of them are. ... The list also includes the world-famous Edvard Munch painting The Scream, stolen in Oslo last year. Although this list is dominated by paintings, the politics behind setting up the Art Crime Team had more to do with the theft of and international traffic in historical artefacts. Thousands of items were looted in Iraq following the US-led invasion, and Washington has been under pressure to track down at least some of them.

fun times...

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Migrants die on coast of Sicily

Italy finds nine dead migrants washed up on the Sicilian coast and picks up about 160 survivors.

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Dutch MP to make gay Islam film

A Dutch MP forced into hiding for working with director Theo van Gogh is to make a new film about Islam and homosexuals.

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The radicals (more radicals...geez)

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The radicals (more radicals...geez)

it reads:

From the strenght of the radicals
A new Europe is born!
Forza Nuova

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Against a multiracial society

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Against a multiracial society

It reads:

Agains the multi racial society
Forza Nuova

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November 18, 2005

about Fabrica

Oliviero Toscani, the founder of Fabrica, was interviewed for an article in Repubblica about a new creative laboratory he started in Tuscany. In the article, he mentioned that Fabrica was very difficult to work for as it belonged to a company oriented around clothing production which was not interested in investing in culture.

... «Ma Fabrica aveva un grandissimo limite — spiega — era di propriet di una sola azienda che non produceva cultura, ma maglioni. Quindi fargli capire le potenzialit di quel progetto è stato estremamente difficile». Un’esperienza di otto anni in Fabrica, finita nel 2000. «Molto faticosa. Dovevo andare a spiegare a dei manager a cui non interessava niente della cultura quello che stavo facendo. Ed è la ragione per cui sono andato via da Benetton» ...

full article is here, in Italian: http://www.repubblica.it/supplementi/af/2005/11/07/modadesign/035img.html

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Interview with artist Jim Flora's archivist

Mark Frauenfelder: In the latest AIGA Design Forum, Steven Heller interviews Irwin Chusid, author of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.
200511171038Heller: Would you say he was happy being an illustrator?

Chusid: Flora was married to an artist, Jane Sinnicksen, whom he considered a superior fine artist. The indications are that he decided to go in the opposite direction—lowbrow, and thus his style of fractured caricature evolved. But he wasn't a "starving artist." He made a good living as a commercial illustrator, raised five children, and paid his mortgage. He traveled, and exuded joie de vivre. What this collection reveals is what he did when he wasn't being paid to help hawk merchandise or entertain tots. It's as if he was exorcising his demons. Instead of being a serial killer, he painted and sketched. I suspect he often stepped back from the canvas, examined his work, and gave a sinister chuckle.

vious Jim Flora coverage on Boing Boing here) (via Cartoon Brew)

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Tesla's 150th birthday party

Cory Doctorow: Croatia is planning a big blowout for the 150th anniversary of the birth of my hero, Nikola Tesla.
The government will finance the finishing of restoration of Tesla's home in a village in central Croatia and turn it into a museum. Conferences and lectures on Tesla's work are also planned.
Link (via Fark)

Via Boing Boing

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Staff's choice, Flipbook! of the week


The Flipbook! staff would like to salute Pinky, whoever he is, wherever he might be, for his great animation mr. mouse goes to work - part 1, this week's Flipbook! animation of the week. Mr Pinky with your brilliant animations you have brought much joy and warmth to our little Fabricante's hearts.

mr. mouse goes to work - part 1 is also available as a PDF

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November 17, 2005

Grameen and Nokia

The Grameen Foundation employs some of the most innovative poverty-reduction and economic development tools around: microfinance; biomass-based village micropower; and "Village Phones," which enable rural communities to maintain access to regional and national markets, information and -- most important of all -- family members. Grameen Phone has been wildly successful in Bangladesh, where it started (and now serves as the nation's top phone company), as well as in Uganda and Rwanda.

Yesterday, the Grameen Foundation and Nokia announced a partnership to expand the Village Phone network in Africa:

With tiny loans, financial services and mobile technology, Village Phone provides affordable access in a sustainable manner.

The collaboration between Nokia and GFUSA is designed to accelerate efforts to make universal access, particularly in rural areas of Africa a reality. As part of this effort, Nokia and GFUSA have jointly developed a solution based on Nokia's most affordable phones and an external antenna to serve rural communities in Uganda and Rwanda, the two countries where GFUSA's Village Phone currently operates.

use the header link for the full story...

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Flying Robots to Police From Above

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We’ve all seen them in the movies and thought “How Cool”, followed closely by “Honey, where’s my shotgun?” But, according to Drudge, Honeywell in the US is well along the road to building spy drones that will fly through our cities. It’s no looker, but equipped with cameras and various other sensors (iPod locators for enterprising thieves?), the Micro Air Vehicle has already performed more than 200 successful test flights, including one through a fake, urban setting. Battery powered, it can stay aloft for nearly one hour and hit top speeds of around 35 miles per hour. The military are already testing them and, sporting in-built GPS, they can be used for reconnaissance and target acquisition. Civvies Street could see them within 3-4 years where they will used mostly for target practice and looking through naked chicks’ windows.


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Barenaked Ladies release album on USB stick

Cory Doctorow: A reader writes, "The Barenaked Ladies are trying out a new method of music delivery: 28 songs, plus video and audio clips and a few live versions, on a 128 mb flash drive. (Link goes to their news page--it seems you can't get separate articles. Specific content information is from an email sent to fans) They even say the flash drive is an easy way 'to share music, videos, pictures and other data'--not the kind of sentiment you'd hear from most bands. The content, including the extras, looks like it will be stuff that's been at least partlly released before--but it's still a pretty cool idea, even if the execution could be better."
BARENAKED ON A STICK! ... is a USB flash memory drive containing songs, videos, and exclusive content from the Barenaked Ladies, and will go on sale November 22, 2005! Essential for any BNL fan's collection, the 128mg USB flash memory drive (about the size of your pinky finger) is a fast and easy way to share music, videos, pictures and other data. It is PC/Mac compatible, re-usable and incredibly low priced at $29.98 (close to the same cost of the device on its own with no special content). It will be available on Amazon.com and Werkshop.com (Nettwerk's online merchandise store), and will also be sold at all BNL shows this winter.
I agree that this is cool, but how many 128MB sticks can you usefully own? I've got about ten kicking around now... Link

not that i'm a big fan, but releasing an album on a memory stick seems cool. should be a start of something new in the music business, and then we'll be moving from designing CD covers to designing an actual memory stick!

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Protest opposes Italy-France link

Thousands of demonstrators march through a valley in Italy to protest against a planned high-speed rail link.

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Italy Senate passes reform bill

A bill making the first major changes to Italy's constitution since the fall of fascism gets final approval in parliament.

The Constitutional Reform Bill will eventually devolve extensive powers from Rome to Italy's 20 regions and cut the number of MPs in both houses.

It also strengthens the powers of the prime minister.

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November 16, 2005

Featuring Fabricante...

Fabricante Andy Rementer's work gets featured in technology related blogs for his anti-ipod stickers:


Earlier this year, a New Yorker named Andy Rementer put up posters in Manhattan, showing a crudely-drawn iPod, with the words "You don't need me" written on its screen. Photos of the posters became popular on-line; like Sak's video, they quickly stirred up a debate.

"I was frustrated by the way iPods were forced upon us," says Rementer, adding that protest is tough in an iPod world. "Most people were complaining about the fact that I drew the wrong number of buttons on the iPod."

read more on the anti-ipod movement from the globe and mail.

and months ago, this image of his paste up was flickr-ed by Shira Golding

then picked up by Engadget, where he gets priceless comments like:

wrong number of buttons.

Its a kid who wants to buy one but his parents wont let him, so he's telling people not to get them. Simple as that.

but i do need you!

and so on...

give him props at the mensa!

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November 15, 2005

OH! IKEA : Culture

If the Swedish retailer has its way, you too will live in a BoKlok home and sleep in a Leksvik bed under a Brunskära quilt. (Beds are named for Norwegian cities; bedding after flowers and plants. One disaster: a child's bed called Gutvik, which sounds like "good f***" in German.) Ikea wants to supply the food in your fridge (it also sells the fridge) and the soap in your shower. --- Perhaps more than any other company in the world, Ikea has become a curator of people's lifestyles, if not their lives. At a time when consumers face so many choices for everything they buy, Ikea provides a one-stop sanctuary for coolness.

Continue reading... Interesting article in Business Week on How the Swedish Retailer became a global cult brand

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Chirac in new pledge to end riots

The French leader vows to create new opportunities for young people, saying France faces "a crisis of identity".

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Bigfoot: Giant walk-on foot-powered organ

< !span class="imageleft"> < !span class="imageright"> The Bigfoot is not another overgrown MIDI keyboard. It's far cooler than that. It's a snap together foam keyboard with tuned reeds in each key. No electricity, just stamp on the key, and the note sounds. At $180 per octave, it's close to essential. (via Gizmodo)

No Electricity!

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Branching out to mainstream consumers, the Sierra Club has teamed up with the Parsons Design Lab to develop collections of dinnerware and glassware. The Parsons students were inspired by the Sierra Club’s mission of environmental protection and preservation, and designed patterns through an examination of natural elements and textures. Simple, clean, and modern, the collections evoke an abstract reference to the purity of nature.

The Sierra Club is currently exploring potential partnerships with manufacturers to market and sell the collections. Having teamed up with other non-profit organizations and corporations for product development in the past, the Design Lab teaches students real world design and business strategies.

+ Parsons Design Lab

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Mainstreaming the carbon footprint


While working with "Meet the Press" on in the background this morning, as a commercial came on I heard the question "Do you know your carbon footprint?" and my ears stood up. The commercial was a staged set of "man on the street" snippets where the unseen interviewer would ask t hat question, and the interviewee would act completely clueless... what the heck is a carbon footprint?

It was a new BP ad that directed viewers to a page with the header "It's time to start a low-carbon diet." The page has a link to a nifty carbon footprint calculator. (My footprint was less than the national average, but I could still stand to lose a few tons). Needless to say, it's cool to see this mainstreaming of the ecological footprint concept, and I'm not surprised to see that the origin was BP

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Flashmob pillow fight in Milan's Roman ruins

Cory Doctorow: Simon directs us to this gallery of "really cool images of a Flash Mob Pillow Fight recently occured right in the middle of ancient Roman ruins in the center of Milan, Italy." Link (Thanks, Simon!)

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Time-lapse figure drawing

David Pescovitz:  Wordpress Wp-Content Images Skeletondrawing I'm taking my first drawing class ever and this time-lapse Flash animation of a figure being sketched drives me wild.
Link (via Drawn!)

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Toronto's pillowfight-mob pix

Cory Doctorow: On Saturday, I blogged about Toronto's pillow-fight-mob, which happened yesterday -- here's a Flickr photoset. Looks like a LOT of fun. Link (Thanks, Kristen!)

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In the Can


If you really want to hide those valuables get a "Can Safe." Disguised as ordinary household products, these canisters screw open to reveal a hidden compartment. Sounds great for keeping those bad burgulars guessing!

available at the Container Store.

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17 Minutes


From Personal to Public

"Every 17 minutes, someone commits suicide in the United States." 17 Minutes is a video blog/performance project by Chris Barr. Each day he spends 17 minutes standing next to a tree, collapsing at end of the duration. Using time as a signifer, this ritual offers a place of reflection to the viewer and the artist, and deals with the specific circumstance of his own brother's suicide. As a reenactment it aims to be reminder of the life he is engaged in.

The project plays with the diaristic characteristics of blogs to move personal moments into the public/political sphere.

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November 14, 2005

Under Scan

For UNDER SCAN, thousands of "video-portraits" taken in Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton and Nottingham (UK) will be projected onto the ground of the main squares and pedestrian thoroughfares of the cities. At first, the portraits will not be visible because the space will be flooded by white light. As people walk around the area, their shadow will be cast on the floor, revealing the video-portraits.


The video sequences begin with the subjects in a still position turned away from the camera. As they appear within pedestrians' shadows, their bodies move and their heads turn to look straight at the pedestrian. When a shadow moves away from a portrait, the portrait likewise reacts by losing interest and looking away.

A project by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

See it at Lincoln: Nov. 25 to Dec. 4; Leicester: Jan. 13-22, 2006; Northampton: Feb. 3-12, 2006; Derby: Feb. 24 to March 5, 2006 and Nottingham: March 17-26, 2006.

Via Mirjam Struppek.

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Abuse of the Public Domain

Abuse of the Public Domain is the first solo show of one of my favourite artists, Stanza.

It features large-scale projections of 2 works, which use live real-time data from CCTV cameras in London and New York.

uses data from a single fixed cctv camera in NYC, focusing on subjects as they pass below it.


AUTHENTICITY [Trying to imagine the world from everyone elses’ perspective, all at once] draws its imagery from cameras all over London. Bother works can be viewed via the Internet and turn us all into voyeurs of eerie "parallel realities."

“CCTV systems are everywhere in the public domain. Millions of hours worth of data are recorded every day by these cameras. We are all unwitting bit part actors, in the filming of our own lives. Usually we cannot watch, the results are not collected for broadcast back to the public. Rather they are monitored, filtered, distributed and archived without our knowledge or permission.

The city has millions of CCTV cameras. One can take the sounds and images off live web streams to offer them back to the public for new interpretations of the city. In essence the city of London can be imagined as the biggest TV station in existence.”

Private View Thursday 8th December 7-9pm. Then open 9th December 2005- 23rd January 2006 at the http gallery in London.

Also on Networked_performance.

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Tvboy and Sea in Milan

Recently Tvboy returned to Milan from Barcelona for the opening of the Hype Gallery at the Assab 1 Gallery. The photo above is a collaboration between Tvboy and Sea

Tvboy!! Anyone know if he was ever at Fabrica? his tag is all around here... (way to mensa, the bus stop, etc.)

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Maywa Denki


Welcome to the wonderfully absurd world of "nonsense machines." I've been a fan of Maywa Denki for a very long time. As an art unit initially created by two brothers under the family company name Maywa Denki is a playful fusion of art and commerce, with their three-tier "product" line of nonsense machines. Currently under the leadership of younger brother Nobumichi Tosa Maywa Denki also produces their Knockman Family toys (pictured above from sweatyfrog.com) as well as the clunky but oh-so-endearing Bitman. A trip to the Maywa Denki shop also offers more fashion, books, and instruments from the Naki series.

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Stella for H&M launch on flickr


The Stella McCartney for H&M collection launched worldwide today. Since there's no H&M storefront in Los Angeles, I've been watching it go down on flickr. West Coast stores haven't opened at the time of this entry but I'm hoping Bay Area fashionistas represent as the day progresses. For now, check stella and HM tags for a few cellphone self-portraits of bargain hunters in H&M dressing rooms 'round the world.

[photo: Anna Fashionista]

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Snoop Dogg Hot Dogs

Fill in your own joke: Snoop Dogg Gets in the Hot Dog Business Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg is involved in several business ventures including clothing, automobiles, and sneakers. Now the rapper is getting into the food business by launching his own line of foot-long hot dogs. The Boston Herald reports that the rapper has partnered with Platinum One Media’s...

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Saturday Fabrica

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Saturday Fabrica

covered in clouds!

Saturday Fabrica Saturday Fabrica

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dimecres 09 novembre 2005

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Fabrica Jane Thai Dinner

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Fabrica Jane Thai Dinner

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Saturday Fabrica

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Saturday Fabrica

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November 09, 2005

Interview with Theo Jansen



I thought that was a brilliant quote to put here -- ann

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Hayon takes a bath

Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has created a wonderful bathroom collection for Artquitect. Available in yellow, gold, platinum, or white.

Via Interior design. More images about his artistic works.

Jaime Hayon worked at Fabrica for a while. This above mentioned bathroom collection was also shown at Salone del Mobile in Milan last year.

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Treviso Pizzeria Review

This extensive list is put together by Vladimir, detailing all the necessary info you need to choose the right pizzeria in town.


Da Pino is cool for long summer nights but it is too cramped inside to have a big dinner, especially if Bimbo Prodigio Carlo will start up some Frisbee-pizza monkey buisness.

Terazza is tasty but horrible in handling crowds, 10 people dinner there is a catastrophe - for the time you are spending waiting for a table, then for a menu, then for food, you can go to a chinese place on another side of Treviso, have dinner and come back to Terazza to get your pizza to go. Hopefully it will be ready by the time. Bimbo Prodigio can be left to control a process of making and a chat to a funny Croatian pizzaiolo.

Piola - the worst. All problems of terazza plus really posh with doubled number of people squashed next to each other in a eye-burning luminescent lights and incredible heat. But I'm still going - they have really good curry chicken with rice and a picture of Namiko on the wall. We can have a good service and be taken as cool insiders if Bimbo Prodigio will show up in his azure "not gay" jumper with butterfly-eagles.

Da Fausta - a good place. Old style, typical Treviso look, pizza is really tasty and greasy from lots of olive oil. Sometimes burned but somehow looks and taste even better. Has a typical Treviso attitude to foreigners - get your pizza, eat it and go back to your country. The place to where all german and american tourists in the age of 50 and older gravitate for early dinners. Bimbo Prodigio will be forced to speak dialetto to ease communications.

Da Roberto - "fucking amAAAAzing" as we all know who says. Food is great, people alright, owners are lovely people. Prices are low. Will give up Bimbo's love and devotion towards me for Da Roberto's spaghetti allo scoglio.

La Finestra - a lovely place. Good food, really fun people. We had our drawings on paper table cloth hung at the entrance. Not sure if they are still there, but they were hanging for months before. Reminds of Da Roberto. Bimbo Prodigo would definitely hit on a hot skittish waitress.

S. Augustino - there are irish pubs for irish rugby players, this pizzeria is for italian rugby players. Went once, didn't like it. Some people do. Bimbo Prodigio as me.

Madam - love and piece! Best moments of Treviso life - bianca novanta due, tagliata and salad Maison. M-m-madam is forever... Bimbo Prodigio loves. Unfortunately the light of the place - little cute Cinzia - has left.


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Trash chandelier

Stuart Haygarth collects, categorizes and gives new meanings to objects.

The Tide Chandelier is made from a collection of translucent discarded objects, all collected along the same stretch of the Kent coastline.

I’ll let you guess what he made the Millenium chandelier with….

t: +49 (0) 30 2154975
m: +44 (0) 7970960715
e: stu@haygarth.abelgratis.co.uk

Other pictures taken at 100% design, London.

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November 08, 2005

Today Shanghai, Tomorrow...

British design firm Arup is set to announce that the Chinese government wants them to take their "eco-friendly city" model to up to four more major Chinese cities, the UK Guardian reports.

Up to four more eco-cities will be built, though exact locations have not yet been revealed. [...] The eco-cities are intended to be self-sufficient in energy, water and most food products, with the aim of zero emissions of greenhouse gases in transport systems.

Arup's work with the Shanghai expansion, Dongtan, is underway. The first phase, a 630-hectare development intended to house a 50,000-person community, is set to be completed by 2010.

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What's happening in Paris

Here's a blogpost with extensive details about the riots in Paris:

Mort pour rien - Dead for nothing

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November 07, 2005

Las Vegas Mayor - "We Should Cut off Graffiti Artist's Thumbs on TV"

Mayor: Cut thumbs off graffiti artists

Friday, November 4, 2005; Posted: 11:00 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT)
From AP - "The mayor of Las Vegas has suggested that people who deface freeways with graffiti should have their thumbs cut off on television.

"In the old days in France, they had beheadings of people who commit heinous crimes," Mayor Oscar Goodman said Wednesday on the TV show "Nevada Newsmakers."

Goodman said the city has a beautiful highway landscaping project and "these punks come along and deface it."

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor said. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested whippings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.

Another panelist on the show, state university system regent Howard Rosenberg, said cutting off the thumbs of taggers won't solve the problem and Goodman should "use his head for something other than a hat rack."

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Send Us Your Thumb

Dan's Thumb

In response to the Mayor of Las Vegas saying that he wants to cut off the thumbs of graffiti artists - if you're an artist dedicated to the streets - send us a photo of your thumb (or hand) with a little drawing or message on it. We'll collect all of the photographs, post them on the Wooster site, and then send them as a group to the Mayor.

Email photos of your thumbs to woostercollective@hotmail.com

Check out the site for more details.

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The most earthly looking eco-burial container that we've found is the Capsula Mundi, created by a pair of Italian designers who wanted to remove the taboo from the burial process and give it a new conception.

The Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped container made of bioplastic. The body of the deceased rests in a fetal position within this capsule, which gets planted in the earth like a bulb. A shallow circular depression is dug above the capsule to symbolize the presence of the body, in the center of which a tree is planted. Over time, the groups of burial sites become a sacred memorial grove.

The Capsula Mundi has made appearances as a design piece in exhibitions around Europe, including one with Droog Design last year. As a show piece, the design is a quintessential representation of a sprouting seed, perfectly encapsulating the designers' goal of regarding death as an opportunity to nourish the earth for the future.

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The Art of Climate Change

Cape Farewell Project leads expeditions with artists, scientists, and journalists, in hopes of creating more environmental awareness and engage the public and schools in the debate about climate change.

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The artistic programme are a core part of the project: its initiator David Buckland believes that one salient image, sculpture or event can speak louder than volumes of scientific data and engage the public's imagination in an immediate way.

Next exhibition, The Ice Garden, will take place 15-19 December 2005, in the Clarendon Quad of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

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Technology's Role in the French Riots

The recent rioting in France appears to be getting a boost from mobile and Internet technology:

In its early days, the rioting appeared to spread spontaneously, but law enforcement officials said it was also being abetted by exhortations on the Internet. Worse, said Patrick Hamon, the national police spokesman, "what we notice is that the bands of youths are, little by little, getting more organized" and are sending attack messages by mobile phone texts.

Some sites on the Internet mourned the two teenagers; others issued insults to the police or warned that the uprisings would only give the anti-immigrant far right an opportunity.

The use of technology may be resulting in less-decentralized disturbances that are harder to control. Whether and how the French authorities will respond to the rioters' use of technology will be an interesting question. If the unrest is indeed more coordinated than most people realize, it would fit in neatly with theories pointed out in the conservative Captain's Quarters blog, which notes accounts of connections with radical Islamic groups sending trained agitatiors to Europe from the Middle East.

RELATED: The futuramb blog notes how the recent disturbances are in line with the forecasts of Peter Schwartz and other futurists of immigration straining not just France, but the entire EU. Unrest, under this scenario, would lead to a reactionary rise in ultranationalism across Europe, a closing of borders, and the ultimate breakdown of the EU.

ALSO RELATED: Blogger Thomas P.M. Barnett believes the long-term solution to unrest and disenfranchisment is to encourage immigrants to create political parties that would create social connectivity and help these groups develop a voice in the government. Read the comments in the earlier-cited Captain's Quarters post for some possible implications of this.

Source: International Herald Tribune (via the New York Times), Smart Mobs

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China tops the world with 376 million mobile phone subscribers

The number of mobile phone subscribers in China is predicted to top 380 million by the end of this year and rise to 520 million by 2008 and 600 million by 2010, according to Xinhua.

that\'s just madness!

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our posterboy doing capoeira in treviso

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Ping Pong Time!

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November 04, 2005

New super-simple DIY synth plans

From Ray Wilson, inventor of the Soundlab Mini Synth comes the Wacky Electronic Noise Maker Thingy. It's a much simpler circuit, which produces surprisingly cool pulsing, bleeping type noises. You can hear sound clips here. It's made with a handful of components, a few pots and switches and a 9v battery. There's a very clear schematic, a PCB design and a stripboard layout. If anyone is making a PCB for this kit, could you make me one, too? (thanks, CleanROOM)

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All your guitars are belong to us

Just for today, this is the greatest thing ever: A single page with every guitar for sale on Amazon, cheapest on the left, most expensive on the right. Creator Jim Bumgardner (Man, that's an unfortunate name) explains how it works. (Thanks, Mikey)

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flight pattern map

flightpatterns.jpgseveral beautiful geographical maps depicting flight patterns over the US over time, derived from air traffic data that was parsed & plotted using the processing programming environment. [aaronkoblin.com & aaronkoblin.com(movie)|via futurefeeder.com]

Who would have thunk that people traveling across the world could creat such beautiful images (and of course someone had the insight to use this information in an intelligent way!)

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itp ambient display

itpambient.jpgseveral ambient visualization devices that represent time-varying data in an aesthetic way in the periphery of human attention. designed & prototyped by students, these ambient displays include
Visual Heart Music: an art installation which receives the viewer's heart rate & parses it to generate generative images & sounds,
Presence Frames: networked picture frames that indicate the presence of the person in the picture using motion detection, &
Slumberlights, glowing picture blocks for ambient, distant communication via a luminescent cube containing a photograph of a distant friend or family member that glows when that person is asleep.
see also collaborative physical user interface for a similar large collection of ambient information visualization devices. [nyu.edu|via mocoloco.com]

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CellFlix Festival

In today's media marketplace, it's all about thinking small and mobile. That's the premise of CellFlix Festival, a student film festival for movies shot entirely on a cell phone.

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Oakley high-voltage LED bag

Rosanna Kilfedder's cool solar-powered Sun Trap handbag isn't commercially available yet, but Oakley's High Voltage tote is, and it has two LEDs that light up the roomy cotton/nylon insides when you open it. I realized how badly I needed this tonight when I managed to lose a gigantic mobile phone power adaptor in my tightly packed handbag. Of course, this may largely be due to my pack rat tendencies and inability to carry less than about 30 lbs. of gadgetry, papers, books, gum and candy, makeup, more snacks,...well you get the point, but I like to blame it on the darkness. The High Voltage tote is good for organization too, with multiple inside and outside pockets. I clearly need one right away. Compression straps will hold in the contents of the bag in case you don't stuff it to the gills the way I do.

The lights aren't so bright you'll be able to read by them, but should be helpful in locating a power cable jammed into an overstuffed internal pocket. Not sure what type of battery life you can expect, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't be easily replaceable.

The Oakley High Voltage bag is $125 and comes in black, white, or olive green. The smaller version, the Low Voltage is $100 and comes in berry, white or black. Both are available from Oakley or Zappos.

Its strange that noone came up with this one sooner...

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Geek jewelry


There are a lot of designers who use computer and electronic parts to create their jewelry, but often times you end up looking like you're wearing a computer chip around your neck (and who wants to announce their geekdom more than they need to? Well, some people I guess). In general, chip jewelry reminds me of my grad school days - the height of my techie-geek phase. We'd sit around with chips, capacitors, resistors and LEDs, breathing in way too many soldering fumes, and often we'd spontaneously make little necklaces and earrings out of these parts. I understand the appeal - electronic components are surprisingly beautiful.

Liz McLean creates a collection called Zelle that certainly has a fair share of computer chip-as-pendant designs, but she does create pieces that are inspired from more traditional designs. Even though I don't think I'd wear the blue capacitor necklace myself, I do like the spark of color and how they resemble semi-precious stones. I don't think I'd mind, however, having the Hex Bracelet around my wrist. They're made of hex standoffs woven together and the end result is similar to a metal watchband. A big plus is that she'll make it to size, which is great because most times, bracelets are way too big on my bony wrists.

Check out her other pieces at Fractal Spin

These pieces speak directly to the GEEEEEK in me. (And theres a lot of geek in here)

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Don't Walk Chair

Something about this Don't Walk Chair by Faster Fine Art just gets to me - in a good way. It's made from recycled New York City "Don't Walk" signs, and the lights are remote-controlled. I don't know whether I'm attracted to it just because it lights up (I'm a sucker for decorative lights of all kinds) or because it's evocative of the bustle and noise of city life. I like the idea of enjoying that feeling of lively madness in the quiet of my house in the suburbs. It's available from UncommonGoods for $3,700, so I'm not likely to buy it for myself for Christmas this year.

Thankfully it doesnt say \"Don\'t Sit\" ... Yes. I know... The lamest comment of the day ;-)

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Aegis Hyposurface

Aegis Hyposurface is an elastic architectural surface made up of small metal plates that are controlled pneumatically and react in real time to electronic stimuli from the environment (movement, sound, light, etc). Driven by 896 pneumatic pistons, the dynamic 'terrains' are generated as real-time calculations.


The Aegis Hyposurface effectively links information systems with physical form to produce dynamically variable, tactile 'informatic' surfaces. Aegis is perhaps the world's first such dynamic screen.

Any digital input (microphone, keyboard, movement sensor) can trigger any physical output (a wave or pattern or word.)


Developed in 1999-2001 by Mark Goulthorpe at dECOi atelier.

one of the cooler 3d surface options out there... I would love to have seen been around to witness the chaos of constructuion

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Pink Movie posters

Pinku eiga (lit. "pink film") is a style of Japanese softcore porno movies that originated in the early 1960s and are still being produced.

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Via El blog ausente.

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Room with Edited Soundscape

Akitsugu Maebayashi's new sound installation "4Pieces for Object, Sound, Space and Body - 'Radio,' 'Window,' 'Metronome,' 'Darkness,'" is now exhibited at NTT ICC Museum in Tokyo. Looks like it's based on Radio Room (photo).

[Radio Room.]

When you sit and wear a headphone in Radio Room, you start hearing sound from the radio in front of you. Then you start hearing the sound of leaves on the floor, and now you realize you are listening to the sound from the trees outside the room. The careful design of the sound space provides a unique multimodal experience.

(Yeah, well, writing about sound is like dancing about architecture isn't it?)

His installation is part of the exhibition called "Possible Futures: Japanese Post-War Art and Technology".

Nikkei recently wrote a nice article summarizing Maebayashi's works including: Radio Room, Disclavier, Audible Distance, Sonic Interface, [I/O] white room, [I/O] warehouse, [I/O] distant place, Velocity, and Motto Darwin. If you want, check out the article to at least see various photos.

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Virtual club to rock game culture

Jon Jacobs, aka Neverdie, the gamer who bought a virtual space station for $100,000 says he wants to turn it into a nightclub to change the face of entertainment.

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Currently being built within the online role-playing game Project Entropia, the space would be called Club Neverdie and would bridge reality and virtual reality.

"I'm already in talks with some of the worlds biggest DJs about spinning live sets inside the nightclub," said Neverdie. "Gamers want to be entertained while they play, hunt, socialise and craft, and because of the real cash economy aspects of Project Entropia, they can afford to pay for their entertainment."

The player believes that "Club Neverdie will enable the entertainment industry to reach inside virtual reality and target the gamer while he's in his element, while also harnessing the economic power of the gamers to raise the quality level of the content on offer."

Via BBC News.

\"And just when I was bopping to this awesome house track... A big Absolut bottle landed on my player... man it was like minus 20 hit points. Don\'t you hate product placement???\"

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Splitterwerk’s Treefrogs

Rather than simply designing houses, the Graz-based architects SPLITTERWERK are reinventing the way we inhabit domestic spaces.

Between 1994 and 1996, they built The Red Treefrog, a row of twelve stridently rust-coloured maisonettes on the edge of the wetlands, where in spring the frogs go about their noisy business.

In recent years, this building has seen the birth of two siblings: the "black" and the "green" treefrogs.

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The Black Treefrog is an insignificant existing structure, together with a garage added later for the fire brigade, converted into a ten-unit apartment complex. The new outer skin of the structure, which consists of two buildings, is formed by black impregnated wood lamellae while the inner skins are coated in coloured wooden materials that surround the individual living units. The flats are accessed by a path which creates an accessible free space in front of each entrance. Liberated from the existing walls, new inner skins are created that correspond to the outer skin. The functional areas are integrated into the space between the inner and outer walls. This produces an empty centre where the living functions can be switched concurrently or successively. The staircase becomes a virtual exterior room, wallpapered with photorealistic vine-leaf patterns that leave the impression of an LSD-trip on the retina (check also the Blue Shell flat).


For the Green Treefrog, the architects allowed the slope to "flow through the building". Above a green area measuring approximately 10 by 25 metres, twelve columns support an airy structure, which, if interpreted as a pitched roof, would slope at an angle of 45 degrees. This two-layered structure consists of an upper and a lower skin of green translucent corrugated polyester. Between the skins there is a lighting system consisting of fluorescent tubes and the roof structure of wood and steel.

Recently the architects admitted that they would like to construct a building in the form of a frog, the "frogscraper".
In 2003 already, they had imagined another zoomorphic building: Duck House.

Via Domus.

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Walk..... And Keep Walking

From Gothamist comes our favorite photo of the week.

why didnt i think of that? Its one of those things that we all ought to have done!

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Stanford on iTunes

stanforditunes.jpgThis one's an early indicator of something, but I'm still not quite certain what. Stanford University has begun to make recordings of select lectures, speeches, interviews and events available on the iTunes Music Store, for free. The material currently available includes a number of WorldChanging-related topics: talks by Lawrence Lessig, Geoff Davis on Microfinance, Paul Erlich on Population and Sustainability, and over 50 presentations on Health and Medicine. A restricted access section provides course-related materials for students and instructors, as well.

You'll notice that I haven't linked to any of the recordings. That's because they're only available through iTunes Music Store, which is accessed through (and therefore requires one to have) the iTunes application. This means that people on older machines, or non-Windows/Macintosh computers, are out of luck. The files are in the non-protected AAC format (.m4a), so more recent non-iPod players should be able to play them. (Adding to the complexity, the Stanford iTunes part of the ITMS is only accessible via the Stanford iTunes webpage -- you can't get to it by navigating through the iTunes application.)

On the one hand, Stanford has put out for public consumption a collection (which is intended to grow) of generally very good lectures and discussions, and has done so in a non-protected way; moreover, by using the iTunes store, they're piggybacking upon a system that already has a large following and seamless integration with the most common digital music player. On the other hand, by using the iTunes store, they're limiting the audience to people with relatively recent mainstream computers -- Simputers, Linux boxes, and the like need not apply. Because of the way the ITMS works, they may also be limiting the audience to people in the United States or North America. (Could some of our non-US readers with iTunes check it out? Thanks.)

In general, I'm all for universities putting their material out on the net for broad consumption; it's all the better when it's free. I'm more hesitant about the Stanford iTunes program largely because of the ITMS requirement, but again, there's a reasonable case to be made that, by using ITMS, Stanford is taking advantage of the popular familiarity of the system. I'm open to persuasion either way. What do you think?

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Solar Update

diysolarelec.jpgLots of work happening at WorldChanging central on the book, but that doesn't mean we're not still paying attention to new developments. Here's an update on some recent news in the world of solar power.

DIY Solar Electricity is a UK project to bring low-cost photovoltaic systems to poorer countries and regions. The small panels are intended to replace batteries, but more importantly to provide hands-on experience with photovoltaic systems for people who could adopt solar power technologies for agricultural or telecommunication systems (see below for more on solar telecom support), and to start local businesses.

The organization has projects underway across the developing world, including Peru, Mongolia, Tanzania and Somalia. The group's work in Kenya was featured in a BBC article from last year:

British volunteer John Keane had a hunch the solar panels could be a popular product, after an earlier experience of living in a Tanzanian village with no electricity. "Everyone here seems to have a radio, but many of them don't have the funds to continually buy batteries, as they often don't have a reliable source of income," he says.

Many of the young people working on the solar project have never had a job, or seen anyone in their families have a job. The average wage in Kibera is $1 a day but a small solar panel which takes just a matter of minutes to put together can sell for around $5.


DIY Solar Electricity can also provide instructions for making a DIY Solar Cooker. (Via NextBillion.net)

Renewable Energy Access reports that the public telecom operator in Tunisia, TunisieTelecom, will be using solar photovoltaics for desert telecommunications network stations. This is a classic case of power leapfrogging-meets-telecom leapfrogging.

TunisieTelecom, the public Tunisian telecommunications operator, will build four telecommunication repeater stations powered solely by photovoltaic (PV) solar power in the open desert. In this very remote area of the Great Southern Desert, which is still not connected to the electricity grid and where the climatic conditions are extreme (temperatures in excess of 50 degrees C or 122 degrees F, sand storms, etc.), the choice of solar power was obvious. [...] This project includes system installation with peak power ranging between 9 kW and 31 kW for a total installed capacity of 71 kW.

It's a relatively prosaic project generating a relatively small amount of power, but it's the perfect application of renewable energy in support of expanding the information and communication grid for remote communities.

Moving away from photovoltaics, the SCHOTT Solar Technology company is building a 64 megawatt solar thermal plant near Boulder City, Nevada. Solar thermal power uses parabolic concentrators to focus the Sun's heat on a transfer medium (thermal oil in the SCHOTT system, but could also be water or even liquid sodium); the medium is then used to run a steam turbine, generating electricity.

The project will be completed by 2007.

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Wikipedia in Print

What do you call a wiki project that isn't online and can't be edited by the users? We're going to find out soon, as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has announced plans to bring Wikipedia to print. His goal is to make the collaboratively-edited encyclopedia more readily available to people in parts of the world without computers or reliable Internet connections, according to CNN:

"I have always liked the idea of going to print because a big part of what we are about is to disseminate knowledge throughout the world and not just to people who have broadband," Wales said by telephone from St. Petersburg, Florida.

ike funding, distribution and topics were still being discussed but a first printed work could be ready from mid-2006, he added.

Wales also plans a CD/DVD version for use in places with access to computers and local networks.

(Via TEDblog)

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November 03, 2005

Make LED color changers...

Rgb1"It's nice to have a bit of colour in your house for style reasons, so here are some neat little PCB's that accommodate a mixture of red, green and blue LEDs giving you the option of controlling the colour they emit. They are designed to fit into standard MR16 downlighter frames for convenience of mounting. Since this page was put up the intensity of common LEDs has risen dramatically and the matching controller project now has extremely sophisticated software that really makes these lights shine." Thanks Rick! Link.

Heres a good excuse to let the electrical engineer in you come out to play a little... (No degree in engineering required for this project - simply an interest in making cool glowing stuff!)

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