Archive for August, 2008

The Prisoner, retro ball chair, web and uniform designs

Ever seen The Prisoner TV series? A friend recommended it, so I’ve started watching the episodes. I think some YouTube clip called it the “most discussed and controversial cult TV series ever made.” Well, perhaps not, but it is certainly interesting. The set designs are very 1960s, with lava lamps everywhere and mod furniture [...]

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08.08.08 is coming (and Summer Olympics)

Soon it will be Friday, August 8, 2008, or 08.08.08. I guess everyone will be getting married and witnessing the manifestation of biblical prophecies and generally having good luck on this day, yes?
On Friday, the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony will be held at the Beijing National Stadium. It is scheduled to begin at [...]

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Corporate Graphic Design Guide

This morning I want to share one of the greatest GraphJam flow charts ever, especially if you’re a (cynical) graphic designer or commercial artist.

See, it’s not just your soul that’s being crushed. It’s everyone’s! The joys of design by committee are limitless. One early GraphJam comment says: “And if the committee fails to destroy the [...]

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Invisibility cloak, 400 freestyle relay, Homestar Ruiner

Invisibility cloaks are becoming reality, or at least progress is still being made. Scientists have created new metamaterials that can bend light the wrong way. CNN reports: “Researchers have demonstrated for the first time they were able to cloak three-dimensional objects using artificially engineered materials that redirect light around the objects.” Here are two [...]

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WordPress 2.6.1 upgrade (and Paul McCarthy)

Today spiral::notepad was upgraded to WordPress 2.6.1 (released yesterday). Everything basically looks the same, but now I’m current again with bug fixes, security patches and enhancements. Except I had to disable post revision in Wordpress 2.6 (and disable/delay autosave), because all of that version tracking-related database clutter/bloat drives me crazy. Of course I still haven’t [...]

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Free energy, HHO gas fuel and Michael Phelps

Screw hybrid cars and biofuels! I’m going to learn how to run my vehicle entirely on fuel that the vehicle itself creates! I’m making a pollution-free, perpetual motion machine! I’m defying the laws of physics! I can’t stop using exclamation points! Whee!
Have you seen online ads that say: Tired of high gas prices? Want [...]

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Four-eared cat, China’s Olympic facade, tainted drugs

Yoda the four-eared cat is an Internet sensation. Everyone wants to see the little horned devil. I think I like him better than that poor six-legged deer. Though I like Lily, our 25-clawed demon cat best.
This article was amusing, if you care about the grand, elaborate façade China has put up for the Olympics: [...]

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Off to Hawai’i

Thursday morning at dark o’clock, I’ll be on my way to the PDX airport. We’re headed halfway to China, to Hawai’i specifically, for two weeks on a much-needed adventure. We’ll be visiting O’ahu and Big Island. I even bought a waterproof/underwater camera housing for the occasion. See you in September (not applicable in the event [...]

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