“Refreshingly Brazilian, a Bit more exciting”
A promotional beer campaign that I am sure you are enjoying.
This cute game was made by Petri Purho, of Helinski, and it just won the grand prize at the Independent Games Festival. Unfortunately the deluxe game isn't available for download yet, but you can grab a former version of the game here.
via PushkarFebruary 28, 2008
Here’s the ingredients list for a Happy Meal that contains nuggets, fries and a Hi-C beverage:
White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, chicken flavor (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring [botanical source], safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, natural extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose, citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), modified food starch, natural flavors (vegetable source), glycerol ester of wood rosin, yellow 6, brominated vegetable oil, red 40. Potatoes, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor (wheat and milk derivatives), citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
Yummy and perfect for kids!
Red Bull Flugtag Flight Lab is a 3-D model application and flight simulator.February 27, 2008
This "Times Machine" can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New York Times, from September 18, 1851 to present.
Not all articles are free, but still good to know that we can have access to such historical archive online.
February 25, 2008
February 21 to March 30 at the Marella Gallery in Milan.
This is a great resource for a lot of out of print JD Salinger stories.
From: The Inverted Forest
Not wasteland, but a great inverted forest
with all foliage underground.
By Brave Moonman (Lindsey Porter).
Now that Fidel is retiring, maybe he has time to take up Luciano's invitation to be a 'teacher of revolution' at Fabrica.
I didn't believe it, until I read this article in the New York Times.
via comrade Patrick.
Oriented Strand Board by Stephanie Hotz and Elisabeth Schulze, will open this Saturday 23, February 2008 – 18.00.
Here you can find more information.
UK illustrator Linzie Hunter takes email spam subject lines and turns them into playful works of art with a variety of lettering styles.
Click here to see the colorful series.
I don't know how many people grew up with these books, but Choose Your Own Adventure books were a big part of my childhood. This site has a huge amount of the covers from these great books.
A sample of what to expect.February 20, 2008
Found an inspirational image on the web? or want to find one?
FFFFound! is a pool of image goodness, which many people know about. What many people don't know is that it's also a really powerful and easy to use image bookmarking service.
Here's how it works: Join ffffound, and install the bookmarklet (from the "About" page) to your browser. This allows you to post your favourite pics simply by clicking your bookmarklet as you browse. In return, the site learns your tastes and suggests images for your inspiration. Lovely, and really useful too.
Here's the catch: Right now this service is still in Beta testing, so you need an invite to join.
Here's the postive side: You can still freely enjoy everyone else's inspiration, and who needs another password to remember anyway.
Brought to you by the fine folks at Tha*
Colors Magazine looks at money -life’s most coveted companion- in its myriad forms, by taking cash out of circulation and testing it in a lab. From blood, metal, ash and oil to cocaine, soil, skin and feces, money, passing through the hands of millions, retains traces of the activities –both noble and scandalous– of those who touched it. That’s Colors journey, an exploration that results in one simple conclusion: Money, the stranger we spend most of our time thinking of, is an illusion.
Interesting and very refreshing!
Colors 73 is on sale now.
“For some people, finding a partner in life can be difficult. For others, its almost impossible.”
Guys and Dolls is an interesting 46-minute -very well done- documentary about 4 men who regard Real Dolls as more than objects for sexual satisfaction but also as the lifelong partners they might never otherwise get.
These modern dolls (pretty popular in some areas around the world) are unbelievable expensive (from US$6,500 to over $10,000 each), heavy and yeah, very static...
Loneliness can drive people to do odd things,
The day they changed you for a 4woods body Neo-J with 'Haruhi' head,
Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and love silicon rubber.
Here an idea that will protect that precious little machine of yours and at the same time, will bring back those memories of real rock and roll and aqua net.February 15, 2008
Here is a video from a show they played in the woods over the summer. Check them out if you can, you won't be sorry. In fact you will probably smile a whole lot.
Africa Works is a new global communication campaign in favour of micro-credit developed by Fabrica, in partnership with Youssou N'Dour and Birima, his co-operative credit society in Senegal that offers financial services for SMEs, craftspeople, professionals and artists to help them start and independently develop their business.
Youssou N'Dour, one of Africa's best-known singers and a man committed to humanitarian projects, comments: "my personal experience led me to realise that when a loan, however small, is used to develop an idea or realise a project, it is an effective way of fighting poverty. This is why everybody must understand the value of micro-credit. Africa doesn't want charity, it wants repayable subsidised loans."
Click here to find more information and to see some beautifully done videos.
A good man unexpectedly left, leaving a terrible emptiness and a dreadful silence around the creative writing department. No more singing, no more mechanic talking, no more story telling. Fabrica’s talented, honest and most photogenic man, left in our hearts pure sadness and sorrow.
From left to right: mysterious hand, fabricante, ex fabricante, trial. Right corner: our lonely little Matt.
What was your life like pre-Fabrica?
I studied screenwriting in Vancouver then went directly into working at a dry ice factory, and lived in my parent's basement. I applied to Fabrica a couple of months later. I checked my email every few hours for six months for a response. When I finally heard back from Monica I had just given up hope, so it was a very nice surprise.
What was life like during Fabrica?
Amazing and horrible. Insular and liberating. Frustrating and awe-inspiring. I fucking hated it at times, but loved the shit out of it far more often. As humdrum as it can seem, life in Fabrica is a constant guessing game.
What are you most proud of doing in your time here?
Writing for myself. I think a lot of people come to Fabrica expecting it to be a wonderful creative year where they'll get to explore their practice, and then they end up doing what Benetton or the UN or Omar asks them to do. Then think, "Whatever. I'll just do a great job on this poster about Spousal Abuse and have a drink at San Tomasso to take the edge off."
What advice would you have wanted before coming here?
People are going to talk about you behind your back, but don't take it to heart, because everyone talks about everyone behind everyone's backs. That's just what happens when you're living, working, drinking, eating, traveling and sleeping with the same 40 people that everyone else is living, working, drinking, eating, traveling and sleeping with.
Best and worst moments?
3 Very Great Moments: Cross-dress party and following morning, trip to NY with Reed, and any amount of time spent with any member of "the clique," (completely opposed to that label by the way) and the clique-extended family (that's you Cosimo.) 3 Very Bad moments: death threats from Bloodfists, saying bye to Reed Nat Pia and Miren in the span of 6 weeks, going to Rome when I was meant to go to the beach.
What's the plan now?
Dry ice and parent's basement.
Any parting words? Any thanks to give?
I fell in love and/or felt complete admiration and fondness with and for so many people, hundreds surely, in these 20 months. It's amazing how much love you have to give and take. To EVERY ONE person i met from my trial to my goodbye party - thank you. X.
Mateito, you make. We all wish you the very best.February 14, 2008
Here is my Valentine’s present: one of the most impressive performances I have seen.
Imogen Heap is a beautiful English singer-songwriter, classically trained in many instruments including piano, cello and clarinet. She later taught herself to play the guitar, drums, and the array mbira, as well as sequencing, music engineering, sampling and production on Atari computers.
With the sounds of this genius, impossible not to be in a good mood.
Peace and love people!
Here are some photos from the Polaroid Kidd.
Also check out his talk on the TED website.
Peruvian Jossie Malis is an animator and illustrator on his way to become a magical cook.
Bendito Machine is an amazing faithfully grim portrait of humanity completely made (sound and visuals) by Jossie at Zumbakamera (that is essentially him).
The concept has been further developed into a ten episode series, but so far only two are available.
sweet, sweet animated gifs.
sickly sweet. i watched too many and now feel a bit strange.February 12, 2008
Get out your PIC 16F676 Microcontroller and an Epson 16x1 LCD Display for your special one.
However there's something kind of unromantic about the word wife, and the wife seems to agree. But well done anyway, Extra Ketchup.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Polaroid is going to stop making instant film.
This is such a bummer. Better stock up.February 11, 2008
Last weekend I was hanging out with my 4 year old cousin Michael, and he asked that very important question. He also told me that he had a dream that he ate the world and it tasted like pyjamas.
That got me thinking, about the leg, about how naturally creative children are, and about how we grow up and become thoroughly boring.
So, which is your favourite leg? and why?
"For centuries, handwriting was the definitive mark of social status, education and liberal values in India.”
February 08, 2008
Time changes things, but some things stubbornly refuse to drastic changes.
This blog, formerly known as www.fabrica.it/blog, lost the link with the launch of the new Fabrica’s site. But now you can find it directly here:
Ready to become your bookmark!
Here you will find a beautiful and inspiring vintage fabric set on Flickr.
A gem from 1965
Get out the scrabble tiles for your special one.
Or just buy this great card from Bearpaw Paper in San Francisco.
From the Wired Magazine blog:
10 Sci-Fi Techs We Could Build If They Weren't So Damn Expensive
Mano a mano is a collaboration between our missed former fabricate Guillermo Rivero altogether with Isabel Ruiz and César López, which entails photography of folkloric and dazzling Mexican Bare knuckle fight as cultural entertainment.
The exhibition will open this Friday February 8 at 8:00pm, until Saturday March 8, 2008 in the Centro Integral de Fotografia located in Puebla, México.
Here is another homesick.
¡La mejor de las suertes Memito!
These Japanese scientists are applying the tradition of origami to space travel.
An interesting article about a "device emits an ultra low radio frequency that helps decrease employee tension in the workplace, thus raising effectiveness and productivity."
Read more here.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
A movie by the Brothers Eames. An oldie but goodie.
Get out your needle and thread for your special one.
I'd love to see this as a real fire screen.
Image found at PoppytalkFebruary 06, 2008
Dawn at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Aotearoa (New Zealand), this morning.
It's Waitangi Day, and I'm homesick. I should be on holiday, soberly reflecting on the Treaty of Waitangi and the effects of colonisation. I should be signing petitions to change the flag and to get rid of the Queen. I wish I was listening to Poi-E, and drinking a beer, at the beach, in an act of low-key biculturalism.
The Sex in Design/Design in Sex exhibit, designed by James Biber and with graphics by Michael Bierut, recently opened at the Museum of Sex in New York.
The show sets out to examine the subconscious, as well as the intended, sexual imagery in design as it is found in the objects we wear, live with and use for erotic pleasure.
Click here for more information.
The Power & Illumination Project is based on the idéa of using fitness-centers as sources of energy.
“The Power & Illumination Project” is based on the idea of using fitness-centers as sources of energy. The kinetic energy being generated here is converted to electrical energy, and is used to produce and mediate knowledge regarding the global energy balance and it’s political consequences.February 05, 2008
A new entry. Lars Wannop, from Adelaide Hills in Australia, is here to join the Visual Communication department. Say ciao to him while he is determinedly practicing the Italian language.
How did you come to learn about Fabrica?
Well at the beginning of 2007 former Fabricante and graduate of my university came to teach Final year Visual Communications at UniSA. He did a lecture talking about fabrica, how he got in and what he did here.
What have you been doing before?
Came straight out of my Bachelor of Visual Communication and Graphic Design at the University of South Australia. I also stacked supermarket shelves to earn a crust. Classy.
What do you expect to get out of this experience?
I expect to get lots. Lots of friends. Lots of good times and memories. Lots of sad moments. Lots of happy moments. Lots of travelling to new and exciting places. Lots of strange, disgusting, and exciting experiences. Lots of free mensa food.
What will you miss from home?
I’ll miss not being able to throw shrimps on the barbie anymore.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I’ve had very little experience in the real world. I’m 21 and its my first time living away from home so lots of things are new to me. The other day I spent about 20mins cleaning black mould gunk out of the soap dispenser in my washing machine in my apartment… I didn’t know you had to wash washing machines? Isn’t that a little ironic?
just a small portion of the ongoing and mind blowing picture of everything.
Some sad news. Bicycle expert Sheldon Brown died Sunday February 3rd.
Mr. Brown was one of the most knowledgeable people about bikes around. Most of my bike education came from reading the vast articles from his website.
He will be missed.
Vampire weekend with Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.
can you stay up to see the dawn, in the colors of Benetton?
is your bed made, is your sweater on?
do you want to, like you know I do?
but this feels so unnatural, peter gabriel too...
hmmm...yes, it's an uncomfortable relationship, but we do our best.
Cover "Revenge of the Geisha Girl," for XFuns Magazine (Taiwan).
No more lentil soups, no more remixes, no more umbrellas. It was Michael’s time, dearest friend, unstoppable dancer, exceptional creative, honest soul and eternal lover of food, to go back home.
Salud Mike, we all wish you the best!
Ciancio has always appreciated the Italian culture
What did you do before Fabrica?
I finished my undergrad at MICA and worked at Hyperakt Design Group
in Brooklyn, NY and some freelance here and there.
What's the plan now?
I'll continue to be the fat kid that I am deep down inside–living in
Italy really contributed to this. My next big trip involves me flying
to Vancouver and driving to San Francisco stopping in Seattle and
Portland. Just you watch. I'm freelancing till further notice and
living in Astoria.
Did you learn anything during your time here?
I learnt that tacos are actually not supposed to have sour cream in
them. I learnt that Aussies and Kiwis kinda hate each other but don't
admit it. I learnt that English people wear crowns during Christmas.
I learnt that Portugal is pretty. I learnt more Italian, and I learnt
how to say Cheers in many languages.
Best and worst moments?
My worst moments were not even that bad now that I think about it. My
wallet fell out of my pocket once while I was biking the day after my
4th of July party. And so, I canceled all my credit and bank cards,
only to be called the next day and informed that my wallet was
returned to the lost & found by a good Trevisan samaritan and
everything was in it. Also the London show got rough at times, but we
pulled it off and we pulled it off well. The best moments are too
many to list.
What will you miss the most about life here?
Biking through quietness, that view of the mountains, the food, how
accessible the rest of Europe is from little old Treviso. And for my
people: dancing La Lambada with Karol, trading music with Lizy, Nam
inviting us over for Korean dinners, getting served grilled meat by
Nic, teaching American slang to Piero, and talking shit about
Americans with Tad.
They say in America that college is the best 4 years of your life.
That statement still holds true for me, but I knocked off Freshman
year and replaced it with the year I spent at Fabrica.
"The new law, already approved by both legislative houses, indeed says that one is allowed to publish freely, through the Internet, free of charge, images and music at low resolution or "degraded," for scientific or educational use, and only when such use is not for profit."
A new book is out by the Crimethinc. Ex-Workers Collective. This is a group of activists, artists and people who want to make the most of life by any means necessary.
"... an exploration of the complex relationship between ideals and reality. Expect Resistance is a field manual for a field on which all manuals are useless, a meditation on individual transformation and collective resistance in disastrous times..."