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2005 January |

Archive for January, 2005

Figures From the Canvas

January 28th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Paratsone studios in The Netherlands has made figurines based on subjects from the works of great artists. They’ve got Modigliani Toulouse-Lautrec, but my favorites are based on the paintings of Heronimus Bosch and Pieter Breugel.

A9’s Stroll Through Your Neighborhood

January 28th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Amazon’s got a fascinating new yellow pages search that shows you not only a map of all nearby stores for your search but also photos of the address itself. Check out the videos of how they did it using SUVs and GPS. It allows you to stroll along the main commercial streets of most big U.S. cities. And I even found a photo of my car parked in front of my old apartment. And a photo of Comdr. Tod Regan’s car too.

Kids Arrested for Crayon Drawing

January 27th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Kids these days. Two Ocala, Fla. boys were charged with felonies after they made violent stick figure drawings. The two boys, ages 9 & 10, were led from school in handcuffs. This could be a sign of the apocalypse.

Live in a Revolving Fun Haus

January 26th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

German home-builder Hanse Haus is selling the Hanse Colani Rotor House which is a tiny modular home with a revolving 4-in-1 room in the middle. The central idea behind his house is a turning rotor which incorporates the functional areas “sleeping”, “cooking” and “taking a bath,” as the company describes it. The designer Luigi Colani has also designed a bitchin’ truck too.

Starbucks Density

January 26th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

How many Starbucks do you have within a 5-mile radius? My Starbucks Density is 90. But folks in the denser neighb’s of London and Manhattan hit well into the triple-digits.

New BBC Radio Player

January 25th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

I keep telling you people how great the online BBC Radio Player is, but you never listen. There’s always so much great content available. Now they’ve gone and re-launched the thing with great new improvements. Nearly every BBC Radio program now is available live and on-demand for seven days after broadcast plus 80 new programs have been added. And a nice new javascript feature that lets you stop a program midway and then return to the same spot within the week.

Moscow Subway Stations

January 24th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Beautiful collection of panoramic photos of Moscow subway stations. But don’t think it’s an art project. I’ve taken these pictures because I wanted to have a closer look at these fascinating mosaics within the confines of my comfortable home. So I went to the bookstore and said “Gimme a book with pics of the metro,” but they told me “Ain’t no such thing and who do you think you are anyway.” Okay. So I went and shot the pics myself. Sheesh…, says the photographer, Bee Flowers.

The Thought Project

January 24th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Over a period of 3 months Danish photographer Simon Hoegsberg stopped 150 people on the street in New York and Copenhagen and asked them what they were thinking. The Thought Project shows a photo of the person next to what they said they were thinking about.

Walls of Light

January 23rd, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Dutch architecture firm UN Studio and lighting designer Rogier van der Heide have covered a Seoul, South Korea shopping mall in thousands of LEDs and turned the entire building into a giant display screen. More photos of the place.

Squashed Philosphers

January 23rd, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Glyn Hughes gives us Squashed Philosophers. The books which defined the way The West thinks now Condensed and abridged to keep the substance, the style and the quotes, but ditching all that irritating verbiage.

Importing Sunshine

January 20th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

To fight dark winter gloom, residents of Rattenberg, Austria are going to use a collection of big mirrors to bring sunlight to the town. In the shadow of Stadtberg mountain for most of the winter, the town of 455 near Innsbruck rarely sees direct sunlight. Many residents complain of depression and have moved away. So the Bartenbach Light Laboratory in Aldrans, Austria has devisised a way of using mirrors to beam sunlight to the town from the sunny slopes across the valley. The villagers expect to raise the

Never Think of Bill Gates the Same Way Again

January 18th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

These 1983 photos of Bill Gates are indescribable. Supposedly taken for a Teen Beat shoot.

Geraldine and Ricky

January 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Geraldine and Ricky say Trees Talk Too!.

Delicious Coffee

January 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Delicious Library software allows you to catalog all your books, music and dvds. You can use a video camera or a bluetooth reader to scan a product’s bar code, and the program fetches product details from the net. This info can be shared and turned into a social network or a personal lending network. But the pecular thing about this seven-person startup which was launched last November and already racked up $250,000 worth of sales in its first month, is that it’s run out of a Seattle coffee shop. The whole business. We pay our rent by buying coffee…. They love us. We’re some of their best customers, says co-founder Mike Matas.


January 15th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Eggcellent artworks for sale at the online art gallery Pictures on Wall. They’ve also got a great selection of t-shirts, sweaters, stickers and bags.

Thatcher’s Big Government Gamble Redux

January 15th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

So the President wants to borrow $2 trillion dollars to privatize Social Security and implement a system very similar to a plan put in place in England by Margaret Thatcher during the 1980’s which was a disastrous pubic policy failure. English pensioners, who now have the worst pension plan of any nation in the G8, “would have been better off keeping their money under the mattress,

Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel

January 15th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Willie Nelson and three business partners have formed a company called Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel that is marketing biodiesel to truck stops. BioWillie is a mixture of vegetable oils and traditional diesel, mainly soybeans, and can be burned without modification to diesel engines. Willie also plans a chain of truckstops which will provide the bio diesel.

Hello Sailor

January 14th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Among the many non-lethal chemical weapons rejected by the Pentagon which would disrupt discipline and morale among enemy troops include the development of an aphrodisiac chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Other rejected weapons ideas culled from newly declassified documents include some which would give troops severe and lasting halitosis, an unbearble sensitivity to sunlight, or attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats.


January 12th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

New Zealand digital designer Grant Robinson has come up with Montage-a-Google, a way to recycle and combine your own images from the web using Google’s image search.

Real-Life CIA Torture Plot?

January 12th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Who is Leonard T. Bayard? The Chicago Tribune is linking Bayard and his Portland-based company, Bayard Foreign Marketing LLC, to the CIA and offshore torture of terror suspects. Uncovering a story worthy of an Alias plot, The Trib has used federal records, an international network of “plane spotters,” and old-fashioned shoe leather to assert Bayard Foreign Marketing is the newest owner of a U.S.-registered Gulfstream V executive jet reportedly used since Sept. 11, 2001, to transport suspected al-Qaida operatives to countries such as Egypt and Syria, where some of them claim to have later been tortured. Last November, The Sunday Times of London obtained more than 300 of the plane’s flight logs and reported the plane would carry bound, gagged and sedated prisoners from Washington DC. to 49 destinations outside America, including the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba and other US military bases, as well as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Libya and Uzbekistan.