The future(?) is all red and swoopy in these five examples of
futuristic design. I want a jet bike!
Okay, all the greeners want us to know that the future is public
transportation. Maybe if they can make all the buses as cool as these
bus shelters. Erm, advertising is prominent feature in all of them.
The future looks an awful lot the present.
Graham Parker and his buddy Stewart Cauley has gotten their hands on a
trove of photographs from the 1917 Beekman Street subway collapse in
NYC. They’ve uploaded them to Panorama and mapped the locations using
the notations on the pics. Fascinating.
Technology and Society
Google’s Public Policy blog announces DataLiberation.org. Freeing your
data from the cloud keepers. The comparison to renting an apartment in
the first ‘graph pushes the analogy further than usual — to good
Books carried by backpackers are carefully chosen with an eye to
weight vs. benefit. Here’s a set of suggestions for books that
qualify. Motorcyclist choose almost as carefully. What would you add
to the list?
Ars Technica’s review of Scribblenauts is enough to convince me to dig
out my old DS in preparation for the next long plane trip.
xkcd contemplates a Scribblenauts version of reality. <facebook> Like
The Wizard of Oz is 70 years old. Wow. I was traumatized by those
damned monkeys as a child. Now I wish I have my own flying monkey
army. SunFiltered offers a couple of links.
Do yourself a favor and give this Eric Clapton version of Somewhere
Over the Rainbow a listen. A palate cleanser if you will.
Fashion and Design
Dorothy needed ruby slippers to get home. I’m liking these from Ahmet
Baytar better than the sequined originals. (Link to my site because
the designer’s site is unlinkable flash.)
Inspiration for girls who are going to get what they need and don’t
feel like putting up with a fairy godmother to do it.
Color and pattern inspiration for the day. Batik.
Video(s) of the Day
Don’t be like this guy.
Or this pig. (Or sing like Nureyev.)
More muppet creepiness here.