Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If you ever doubted that a regular old bowling alley could give you an experience, you haven't seen the new guy in town, Brooklyn Bowl. Not only does it have that great vintage vibe going on, it has a lot of the great modern day amenities that will make you stay way beyond your 10 frames. Whether you're shaking your booty to the music blaring out of their a custom-designed JBL Vertec sound system or enjoying a concert film on one of their nine high-def screens, Brooklyn Bowl wants to show you what entertainment really means.
File this under, where was this when I was a kid? Kid's Repubilc in Beijing is a bright and colorful bookstore that was carefully constructed to create a beautiful experience. Twelve colored ribbons, 100-meters long, flow through the store, whirling and twirling and guiding children to pockets of beautiful space.
Apparently, everything you get from IKEA is cheap - even the graffiti art. In Banksy’s latest piece in Croydon, we see a punk kid looking at directions while attempting to assemble a “large graffiti slogan” he got from the Swedish retail store.
cant believe the gorilla is made out of hangers
and the heads are made out of bread
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is a graphic representation of all the McDonalds restaurants in the United States. As you might be able to tell, there are a lot of them. Some might even say a McMillion. But they'd be wrong, because there's only 13,000.
This map is the brainchild of Stephen Von Worley, who got to thinking about the strip malls sprawling out along I-5 in California's ever less rural Central Valley: "Just how far can you get from generic convenience? And how would you figure that out?"
There are over 13,000 McDonald's restaurants in the US, or about 1 for every 23,000 Americans. But even market penetration this advanced doesn't mean that McDonald's is everywhere. Somewhere in South Dakota is the McFarthest Spot, the place in the US geographically most removed from the nearest McD's (*). If you started out from this location, a few miles north of State Highway 20 (which runs latitudinally between Highways 73 in the west and 65 in the east), you'd have to drive 145 miles to get your Big Mac (if you could fly, however, it'd be only 107 miles).
So you think the folks in Bumfack, South Dakota, are any skinnier than the rest of the population? Because I bet not. And no, this isn't me endorsing fast food. But one time I did find two onion rings in my fries at Burger King. Yeah, so who's the real king now? Gimme that crown, bitch!
Monday, September 28, 2009
A while ago, I featured “The Anatomy of a Lego Man, Gummy Bear…,” and now I found these images online, from a book entitled “An Anatomical Guide to Monsters” (1967. Text by Shoji Otomo, and illustration by Shogo Endo). Enjoy!
Studio O+A transformed an old lab facility into the new Facebook Headquarters, the restored complex now becomes a lab for measuring the intangibles of creativity and social interaction.
The design employs color, partitions and strategic spatial mapping to the neighborhoods that make up Facebook’s city of workers. Meeting areas serve the function of a city’s public square.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
just between you and me
no your eyes aren’t fooling you, the seabreacher is a submersible watercraft inspired by dolphins.
the vehicle is designed and manufactured by innespace productions and comes in a few different
models as well as customized builds. just like a dolphin, the seabreacher can jump dive and roll
through the water at speeds of up to 40mph or 20mph underwater. the driver and a passenger are
kept dry inside a sealed cockpit, but are free to look around through the glass top. the boat took
over 10 years to develop and is now easy enough to drive and maintain for the average person.
the design retails for around 48,000 USD and comes with a number of options such as additional
view ports and custom upholstery.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Did you catch the latest Project Runway paper challenge? Making a paper plane is challenging enough, so paper couture dresses or this paper record player are truly pieces of art. This fully-functional manual record player from Simon Elvins is 100% paper, and to play the record the handle needs to be turned in a clockwise direction at a steady 331/3rpm. The paper cone then acts as a pickup, amplifying the sound enough to make it audible. It looks mighty dainty, but the concept is definitely strong.
Cristina Guitian sent over a working image of her "Knot of Arms" installation for the Art in Industry exhibition at the Shunt Lounge in the basement of London Bridge. She's promised to send more images soon, but until then I will have to satisfy myself with her installation from last year - "Eating Stories". Both pieces are part mural/part sculpture. You can check the exhibition out until the 26th
Friday, September 25, 2009
PUSH N900 is a competion organised by Nokia to promote its new N900 smartphone. Everyone is invited to come up with projects how you could hack or mod the N900 and its open-source Maemo operating system. You have to submit your idea by October 11th, a jury will then decide who will get a N900, funding and support to make them real. Hyper and Tinker it! were asked to develop some sample projects. Rethinking classic 80s products using the new Nokia N900. I love this project, Talk & Text.
A Nokia N900 and an Arduino are hidden inside this Speak & Spell. When you press a key, the Arduino detects which key you have pressed and sends that information over Bluetooth to the N900. So you can write and send a text message using a Speak & Spell.
The 2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano Lounge powered by 426hp 6.1L V8 engine, and features a 32-inch LCD, two Sony VAIO laptops, a PlayStation 3, Nespresso machine, and even a Vertu Constellation phone.
"A 32-inch electrically deployed LCD screen is integrated into the partition wall behind the front seats. It serves as monitor for the computer system with Sony Vaio notebook and Wireless LAN network for connecting additional notebooks to the on-board network and for connecting to the internet via UMTS. A Sony Playstation 3 game console plays Blu-ray movies and games such as the racing simulator Gran Turismo 5 in stunning clarity on the big screen, which can also display the images from the digital TV tuner. The large screen can also be used in split-screen mode to simultaneously monitor the images from the various external cameras.
The audio signals of the various sources are carried in highest perfection Dolby Surround by a sound system custom-designed for the Viano.
The equipment of the customized Viano can be completed with an exclusive mobile phone. The Vertu Constellation weighs just 140 grams (5 oz.) and features quad-band technology for use in 180 countries across the world. The housing is made from a fancy combination of stainless steel, scratch-proof sapphire glass and the same supple leather that covers the Viano Lounge interior.
BRABUS also provides on-board refreshments: A generously dimensioned refrigerator is part of the exclusive Lounge Concept equipment of the BRABUS Viano as is a Nespresso coffee maker of the latest generation...
Thursday, September 24, 2009
South East Asia brings us one of the most humorous of ad campaigns for a children’s play product: Play-Doh – Safe no matter what you make. One would definitely assume these ads are not targeted at the children themselves but, rather, at the younger generation of parents that would view these pictures and not create an unnecessary angry protest about it.
This commercial is fabulous! The creature that reminds me of the soon to be released film, “Where the Wild Things Are”, is so unbelievable lovable. He grows with love and the family can not stop loving him, so he grows out of their car and they have to buy the SEAT Altea Xl to fit their enormous love monster. The score is brilliant, it ads to the drama and makes it the story even funnier. I absolutely fell in love with this commercial.
This is a video of 36 skateboarders playing a game of human Tetris on some hill in San Francisco while wearing giant neon shapes on their heads. Except it's not actually Tetris because not all of them are rocking tetrominoes. No, some of those mothers got damn pentominos on their heads. And I'm not talking the little red bits in olives! But, damnit, now I want olives. Shit, and some artichoke hearts. Fun fact: Jesus once turned an olive branch into a magic wand and banished hate from an evil sorcerer's heart. Then he did the water into wine thing and everybody had a good time. Plus, there was live music. You can't beat that.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
In this week's "growing things that look like other things" news, a Chinese farmer has learned how to grow Buddah shaped pears. But are they sacrilegious to eat?
Hao Xianzhang, a local famer, spent six years to perfect the process by growing the pears inside moulds, local media reported. The pears cost around 50 yuan (7.32 USD) each.
Pfft, that's nothing. One time I grew an apple that looked like I cut a hole in it and smoked weed out of it. BECAUSE I DID. Who has the green thumb now, bitches?!
Friday, September 18, 2009
HOLDIN SHIT DOWN FOR THE HIPSTAAAZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!
From the street, this Edwardian house might seem unassuming, undeserving of a second glance. From the back, however, the addition to the Trojan House by Jackson Clements Burrows, where three children’s bedrooms are cantilevered above a large living space, is anything but ordinary.
The entire addition is wrapped in a seamless timber skin that conceals any obvious openings. Windows, covered by shutters that follow the pattern of the façade, reveal nothing of the interior space.
Incidentally the inside is just as remarkable as the outside. A thermal chimney and a breezeway corridor allow for passive cooling in the warmer months as each room was designed to allow for cross ventilation. Additionally a rain screen provides extra shade from the hot summer sun, and also insulates the inside in the winter by forming a space for warm air.
After I seeing these pictures of outrageous bus stops, I find myself frown ingevery time I drive by one of the boring ones in my town. Here are some of my favorites, which I found thanks to Internet is Magic. I ddin't even know fun bus stops existed! Now I know.