Friday
Nov112005

Wanna Root?

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Friday November 11
Paris, City of Love

If you're Australian, like I am, you'll understand why we find this product pretty funny. I'm sure it's very good - being free-range and all. And I hope it makes it Downunder. It would take off. If only for the thrill of being able to say to the barmaid "I'd like a root please"...ah...make that two roots - one for my mate." :D

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Friday
Nov112005

Lost in Transration

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Friday November 11
Paris, City of Riots

I don't know about you but this is what I've always wanted - something to do while you're on the Brasco. Trust them fiendish Japanese to come up with it.

From sayuri's (Japanese-Argentinean babe) ODDJAPAN

"This toilet paper is called "Machigai sagashi" (machigai=mistake, error; sagashi, from the verb sagasu=look for). It has drawings with the game "search for mistakes" and instructions like "machigai wa itsutsu" (there are 5 mistakes)."

Ah so...or should that be arseho..

Wednesday
Nov092005

Shave My Yeti

Tuesday November 9
Raining in Paris

Have a look at THIS that I got via Adland today. Very good Viral.

Hairy Guy, Brighter Sky (Song for Shaved Yetis):

Used to be the hairy guy
Now he's got a brighter sky
Tamin' ladies with his eye
He's shaved!
No more itch-i-ness
Is making him dan-gerous
Or a mortal threat to folks like you and I.
Gonna try and make it now
Make Seattle his somehow
Who knows what the future holds - we'll see.
Used to be the hairy guy
Now he's got a brighter sky
There's just no stopping Shaved Yeti!

Music: Tom Bruner Lyrics: Collin Sheehan Vocals: Red Peters

Monday
Nov072005

Home Coke Dispenser

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From the rand of the rising sun comes...

It has been estimated that in Japan there is one vending machine per 23 people (Japan Guide), meaning that there are roughly 5.5 million machines in all the territory. Most of them sell soft drinks such as tea, coffee, juice and carbonated beverages, in cans or pet bottles, at prices ranging from 110 to 150 yen. And the more rare ones sell meal packs, fresh vegetables, noodles, disposable cameras, tampons, etc.

Now you can also have your own vending machine at home, for the times you feel dissatisfied with the ones in the street. This "Mini Vending Machine MSO-016" is designed for home use and works with special (fake) coins, keeping up to 10 cans. The lights of the buttons indicate if the drink is available or not, just like the real vending machines.

From ODD JAPAN

Thursday
Nov032005

marlboro man

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Saturday
Oct222005

Dumb & Dumber

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Paris

Here they are folks! Australia's very own Dumb and Dumber - the pair of teenage clowns who knocked off a Vail bank for US$129k+ in their ski-shop uniforms (with name tags) and got caught after buying a one-way ticket to Mexico. Now residing in the slammer for the next five years. Hey boys...what's it like being international media stars? Do you like...get your own television and everything. More later...I'm off to buy the croissants and papers (newspapers, idiot). Life is beautiful.

Go HERE for an UPDATE.

Monday
Oct032005

How to Kill Sharks

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For 70 years, shark nets have been protecting Australian swimmers from death by jaws. Since their introduction in 1936, not one fatal shark attack has been recorded at beaches where nets have been installed. (Well, not one that anyone wants to admit to) And even though Australia seems to have a bad rep for shark attacks there have only been 26 recorded deaths in the last 20 years - an average of 1.3 a year. (You've more chance of being killed by snake-bite, bee-sting or paralysis tick bite. And even those figures are single digits) Don't believe me? Check out these figures from Sydney Taronga Zoo's shark attack file

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that shark nets remove more than just Noahs from Aussie beaches.

231239-285031-thumbnail.jpg*"Protected species such as whales, dolphins and manta rays also get trapped in these nets. Ironically, another protected species, the majestic but terrifying Great White Shark is regularly caught in shark nets in significant numbers. No one really knows what removing such a high level predator from the marine food chain will do."*

sharkbrochure.jpg Early invitations for public submissions on how to address the shark attack problem on Australian beaches in 1935 resulted in some pretty interesting suggestions, including the use of machine guns mounted on headlands, and explosives to kill sharks. The less radical option of selective netting of public beaches was eventually introduced and later aerial shark-spotting by light plane.

Did you know that the Great White Shark and the Grey Nurse Shark (amongst others) are protected in Australian waters? ( The Grey Nurse was the first shark in the world to earn protection status in 1984 in all Australian States save Victoria and South Australia.) This, despite increasing attacks on surfers and swimmers in some areas - notably the tuna-farming and fishing grounds of South Australia. Just recently there was a Great White attack on a diver off one of Perth's main beaches in January this year. "He chewed on my arm for awhile and took me for a bit of a ride".

So yeah...the chances of being attacked or killed by a shark are pretty low. But I wouldn't want to be one of the 1.3 annual sharkbait figures. Terrible way to go.

  • From an ABC Television (Australia) programme on Shark Nets
Friday
Sep232005

Can you Raed Tihs?

Friday September something or other

 Paris

I’m busy learning a new language. No, not French. I’ve pretty much given up on that. Too hard. No, I’m heavily into Typoglycemia – it’s much easier. I’ll let Wikipedia explain it for you -

Typoglycemia is the lighthearted name given to a purported recent discovery about the cognitive processes behind reading written text. The name makes little sense as glycemia is the concentration of glucose in the blood. It is an urban legend/Internet meme that does have some element of truth behind it.

The legend is propagated by email and message boards and demonstrates that readers can understand the meaning of words in a sentence even when the letters of each word are scrambled. As long as all the necessary letters are present, and the first and last letters remain the same, readers turn out to have little trouble reading the text.

The phenomenon is illustrated by this widely-forwarded e-mail message:

I cdn'uolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg: the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rsceearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiatrely cllaed Typoglycemia :)-

Amzanig huh? Yaeh and you awlyas thguoht slpeling was ipmorantt.

In actual fact, no such research was carried out at Cambridge University. It all started with a letter to the New Scientist magazine from Graham Rawlinson in which he discusses his PhD thesis:

In a puiltacibon of New Scnieitst you could ramdinose all the letetrs, keipeng the first two and last two the same, and reibadailty would hadrly be aftcfeed. My ansaylis did not come to much beucase the thoery at the time was for shape and senqeuce retigcionon. Saberi's work sugsegts we may have some pofrweul palrlael prsooscers at work.The resaon for this is suerly that idnetiyfing coentnt by paarllel prseocsing speeds up regnicoiton. We only need the first and last two letetrs to spot chganes in meniang.

Cool or what?

Tuesday
Sep202005

Tables Have Feelings Too, You Know.

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Tuesday September 20

Paris

This sensitive little key-table knows if you come home with the shits by the way you dump your stuff on it.

It’s a project of the English Royal College of Art, Interaction Design Research department under the title Electronic Furniture for the Curious Home. See details and other loopy stuff here –

http://www.interaction.rca.ac.uk/equator/weight_furniture.html

Much as slamming doors are a crude measure of mental state, so the table uses the transient onsets of a new weight to gauge mood.

What they mean is, if you come home and slam your stuff on to it (like keys/mobile phone/coins etc.), it knows you're in a foul mood.

The table would trigger reactions to emotion extremes in a variety of ways. For example, mechanised frames might swing off centre to warn other inhabitants to tread carefully.

That’s a bit lame, isn’t it? The picture frame goes out-of-kilter if you chuck a wobbley? Woopy-doo.

Couldn’t the table be a bit more proactive? A bit more caring? Like couldn’t it take your shoes off... mix a cocktail... give you a neck massage... roll a reefer or something?

In Maxwell Smart’s apartment it would have.

Monday
Sep192005

Off His Trolley

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Monday September 19

Paris

An English designer is trying to add to the already high price of groceries by nicking shopping trolleys and turning them into furniture.

Colin Lovekin (real name) of Budlake (again, real), Exeter, Devon would have us believe he only uses abandoned trolleys (in other words the ones that somebody else nicked). He says about 100,000 trolleys are destroyed every year in Britain alone. Many of them ending up in landfill sites (read dump).

See the original story here – http://www.ananova.com

The 46 year old (late starter) made his first batch of trolley-based furniture for his B.A. degree in three dimensional design.

Newly-graduated he is now looking at the potential for nicking...ah sorry...making the furniture on a commercial basis.

So far he’s made three chairs and a sofa while studying for his university degree. The final chair design, your Mark III, shown here, features curved arms, wheeled legs and a basket on the back.

To be fair to Mr Lovekin (and don't you just love that name!), he says he was given the trolleys by Sainsbury's - a large grocery chain. The BBC picked up the story (http://newswm.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4173352.stm )

"I was looking to make a chair from inappropriate material," he said when explaining how he came up with the idea.

"I telephoned Sainsbury's and asked if they had any spare trolleys, and within 10 minutes I had a telephone call from head office."

"I already had an idea of a shape for the furniture, and cut the trolleys up into their component parts to make them."

Mr Lovekin, a college warden in Somerset for five years, is also a cabinet maker and upholsterer.

Sainsbury's, which saw his creations at a London design show in July, was looking at the potential for using his furniture in advertising, he added.

Don’t you wish you’d thought of this? A real conversation piece. He could call it The Lovekin Lounger. But he'll have to do something about the wheels, which always seem to have a mind of their own. I think he’s on to something though. I’ve ordered mine for Christmas. With a set of widies.