Archivio per gennaio, 2008

LEGO’s 50th anniversary

martedì, gennaio 29th, 2008

Posted by David Pescovitz, January 28, 2008 9:55 AM


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Yesterday was LEGO’s 50th birthday, or rather the anniversary of the patent
approval for the original brick. Joel Johnson has more at Boing Boing
Gadgets, including a timeline of LEGO technology advances. From LEGO.com:


The LEGO history began in 1932 in Denmark, when Ole Kirk Christansen
founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund
in the south of the country. To find a name for his company he
organized a competition among his employees. As fate would have it
however, he himself came up with the best name: LEGO – a fusion of the
Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” (“play well”).

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Machine mech animals

martedì, gennaio 29th, 2008


Posted by David Pescovitz, January 28, 2008 11:15 AM


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Les Machines de l’ile de Nantes are massive mechanical animals on
exhibition in Nantes, France. Designed by François Delarozière and
Pierre Oreficee, the fantastic creatures in the menagerie include an
elephant, squid, Manta ray, and more. Dark Roasted Blend posted some
beautiful photos of the hydraulic beasties.
Link to Dark Roasted Blend, Link to Les Machines site,
Link to video of elephant (Thanks, Jennifer Lum!)

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JETpack!

venerdì, gennaio 25th, 2008

The ThunderPack jetpack promises to make you a ThunderMan… for 37 seconds

Posted Jan 24th 2008 1:31PM by Nilay Patel
Filed under: Transportation

We’ve seen quite a few jetpacks
come and go, but Thunderbolt Aerosystem’s has managed to set its
ThunderPack apart with marketing materials that promise to make you a
"ThunderMan"… for 37 seconds and $100,000. Creator Carmelo "Nino"
Amarena says his pack is an update of the hydrogen peroxide-powered
packs of the 1950s, but that it’s been updated to use two fuels and
special catalysts and promoters — which have led to bench test firing
times of up to a whopping 75 seconds. We’re not sure how that’s going
to be useful in military, disaster relief, or border patrol efforts
like Amarena imagines, but we can sort of see how it might make a
corporate event more interesting. Still, we just can’t see giving up
our feet, bikes, or cars for this or any other jetpack — check out why
in the video after the break.

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Amy Crehore Tshirt

venerdì, gennaio 25th, 2008

Tickler brand ukulele T-shirt

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, January 24, 2008 5:56 PM


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Artist Amy Crehore designed the logo for the Tickler brand ukulele, and you can get it on a T-shirt. I think it’s beautiful!

Very nice quality white, heavyweight, unisex t-shirts, 100% cotton, pre-shrunk.
This 3-color silkscreen t-shirt was made from an original ink drawing by artist Amy Crehore.
For ukulele lovers, cat lovers, girl lovers, little pierrot lovers, & polka-dot shoe lovers.

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SpY’s Android Sculptures Do Everyday Human Things

mercoledì, gennaio 23rd, 2008




Bronze sculptures can be so boring. That’s why Spanish street sculptor
SpY–who became famous as a graffiti artist in the 80s–re-imagines
them as offbeat androids doing ordinary human things. Here you can see
his robotic officer sweeping the street, and below there’s a bot with a
gas mask reading the morning paper, and a clone posing as a businessman
who happens to be wearing snorkels. more »

Zombie karaoke Elvis-bot

lunedì, gennaio 21st, 2008

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, January 18, 2008 1:03 PM


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The proprietor of the "I am Not Lying" blog took these photos of a
smashed up Sharper Image karaoke Elvis-bot his friend found in
Brooklyn.

It looks much better this way than it does out of the box, don’t you think?

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Art exhibit of Stan Lee tributes

giovedì, gennaio 17th, 2008

Posted by David Pescovitz, January 16, 2008 9:12 AM


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The current group show at Los Angeles’ Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight is a tribute to comics mastermind Stan Lee. The show, "Under The Influence," features work by Travis Louie, Chris Reccardi (top left), Amanda Visell, Monster Factory (top middle), Mark Bodnar, Brandi Milne (top right), and dozens of others. Link

LEGO Terminator: davvero diabolico

mercoledì, gennaio 16th, 2008

ALTRI CONTENUTI
Robot, Gadget


Adoriamo Lego, davvero, ma questo diabolico teschio Lego, ispirato a Terminator, è quasi troppo anche per noi e un passo verso la-fantascienza-diventa-realtà-e-ci stacca-la-testa. Quegli occhi ci seguono! Ok, quindi gli occhi sono davvero mossi da motori, ma il suo creatore Snyderman è andato ben oltre i soliti modellini Lego.

Grazie al cielo si è limitato al teschio e non ha realizzato anche il corpo. E’ solo un buon modo per intrattenervi mentre aspettate il prossimo stacco pubblicitario.

 

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Crumpled beer cans in porcelain

giovedì, gennaio 3rd, 2008

Posted by David Pescovitz, January 2, 2008 9:16 AM


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Spotted on the Punk Planning blog, crushed beer cans recreated in
Chinese porcelain. Sadly, there’s no information on the creator.
Link (via Virtual China)

UPDATE: Just found the artist behind these, Lei Xue. Link

Fractal art contest winners

giovedì, gennaio 3rd, 2008

Posted by Cory Doctorow, January 2, 2008 11:25 PM


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The winners of this year’s Fractal Art contest are on display — Benoit
Mandelbrot is the chairman of the event! There are so many
jaw-droppingly brilliant images here that I couldn’t pick just one to
illustrate this post, so I chose three: Lenora Clark’s Royalty, Ulli Behrendt’s Modern Times and Jock Cooper’s 62971. But there’s about a zillion more I almost included — there’s a lot to love here.

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(Thanks, Paul!)

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