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September 29, 2005 - 12:36 AM

September 27, 2005 - 12:17 AM

[art] - pencils
Pencil Revolution "Pencil philosophy: Wooden wisdom, product reviews & ephemera" is a great new blog, recent posts include:
Spine (more work by Jennifer Maestre at googleimage)
Dalton Ghetti (more) (more)
Pencil carvings
Tom Friedman (and his shaving)
and Pencilmation

Flickr: pencil clusters

Timberlines: The Pencil as Art

September is for pencils

72 Pencils by George Hart. There was also Pencil Thing, a copy/derivative that i can't find the source/author of, so that's my copy of the image.

The Pencil Clock from Yugo Nakamura

Pencil Carving kinda kitsch.

Pencil Spinning and more pencil spinning. (see also pen spinning. To learn, practice with a chopstick or similiar as in the video here)

September 25, 2005 - 8:50 AM

[art] - more blends and melds, specifically facial morphing...
the Face of Tomorrow: the Human Face of Globalization, photographs by Mike Mike. wait for the animated face to load, and watch it loop, then click it to go to a map selection screen, where you can narrow and compare the geographic focus of the composites (like the London one at right).

Face Research "Psychology experiments about preferences for faces and voices". BBC | Study focuses on 'trust not lust'.
The computer techniques they use include transformations and prototyping (reload prototyping for other Canadian-student samples).

FaceGen Modeller, click that "generate another" button under those first two faces.

Principal Component Analysis variations studies the shapes of faces. (related to eigenfaces)

Morpheus Software mutates any given picture into another. just select waypoints. those are some terribly chosen/made samples.


September 23, 2005 - 12:30 AM

[art] - Blends and Melds and Mixes and Composites:
Jason Salavon - Selected Projects. a huge variety on the theme, including: The Class of, 76 Blowjobs, Homes for Sale, Every Playboy Centerfold, The Late Night Triad (with eerie movie), and 100 Special Moments.
There's also a book about his work, by Douglas Hofstadter: Jason Salavon: Brainstem Still Life.

50 people see... a sunset, a flower, an eye, the seasons, the eiffel tower, a candle, etc. (via)

meggan gould's google averages (page 2 and layer animations)

semi-related: Komar and Melamid's The Most Wanted Paintings

September 21, 2005 - 12:08 AM

[read] - Crossed, Tangled, Braided (

Wired News: In Asia, the Eyes Have It

The Pre-Game Show, The Game is Afoot, and Endgame, by Matthew Baldwin. "Thirty-two hours in a van, scavenging for clues and solving puzzles - that's "the Game"".

The Word on the Street - "The cumulative genius of Overheard in New York." (via)

BBC NEWS | Norway's formula for a happy life and Norway's unique brand of pacifism.

(pictured is an ambigram. galleries here)

September 19, 2005 - 12:08 AM

[toys] - Hiëronymus Bosch action figures.

just in time for Talk Like A Pirate Day (today), Stikfas makes Pirate variants.

we are so very doomed. this makes me sad.

Wilfrid Wood (via)

"Opera Dude" Vinyl Figure, a character from tokyoplastic.

Good Wood Gang (more)

and a gallery of mindblowing soft toys from Friends With You, including science experiments from pg44-53, and movies(mov) from pg34-43.

September 17, 2005 - 1:15 AM

September 15, 2005 - 12:51 AM

September 13, 2005 - 9:42 AM

[games] - the sequel to (the best ps2 game ever) katamari damacy comes out tomorrow in N.America: We Love Katamari (official site). here's some fan art that the original inspired.
Katamari Fantasy Night cosplay.
Katamari hats
Katamari Doh-macy
Katamari Damacy iPod sock
Katamari Da Vinci
Katamari papercraft
more Katamari cosplay
rock rolling
lots of pictures at the katamari-club gallery(bottom of page), and at
Flickr:katamari including sculptures, cake, toys, and more cosplay
another cake
yarn blanket
some great katamari wallpapers
vinyl models
some discussion from kottke
Custom Magnetic Katamari
and finally some words from/about the creator of the game, Keita Takahashi, on the game's design, games for the elderly, his keynote at the GDCE, and some of his other art.

September 11, 2005 - 12:12 AM

[architecture] - Flickr: Model villages (via)

Carsten Höller's Transparent Hotel room

Das Park Hotel, minimal accomodation in Linz

Free Spirit Spheres - fibreglass sphere tree houses.

Eco-designs on future cities
"Mr McDonough's ideas for the Next City are about to be played out in China where his company has been charged with building seven entirely new cities.
His book [Cradle to Cradle] has been adopted as government policy in China, which needs to house 400 million more people in the next 12 years."
also: Eternal Optimist

Dreaming A New New Orleans

September 9, 2005 - 9:57 AM

[transport] - Metro Arts and Architecture - gorgeous gallery of international subway stations (via)

Mopah by Michael Tseng. gah. lovely student design project. your ipod is the key, and stereo. oh so emo friendly. (via)

KUKA Industrial Robots - Robocoaster "Wide range of motion sequences, speeds and ride profiles, from gentle to extreme, to meet the requirements of all customers"

Skoopy minicars. so cute. presummably photoshopped fakery.

How Could They Park Like This? japanese minimalist parking.

japanese minimalist humour

September 7, 2005 - 12:48 AM

September 5, 2005 - 12:19 AM

[words] - to live by.
Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies deck of cards. (see also the Stratigraphy, and samples from the 4th edition)

Bruce Mau's An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (and textism's annotated mockery)

Sheldon Kopp's Eschatological Laundry List. The illustrated book version, No Hidden Meanings, comes packaged with photographs by Claire Flanders. recommended, and thoroughly out-of-print.

Jeremy Bushnell's possible moves : An evolving list of strategies for group improvisation

Marvin Gardens's Correctional Facility

Rules for "Playing on the Edge" (very bottom of page)

Edward De Bono on Simplicity

all in reply to Brad Zellar's pondering "what words I would teach my parrot". Which has since branched into an "exhaustive cultural study of parrotology"

September 3, 2005 - 12:18 AM

[art] - kanikuma (click the 3rd link in the navbar for the galleries)

Stef's Sketches and Stephen Silver's sketches and Diburros collective (via)

realtime sketching at artpad (via/by)

Komusin: Cute Korean food art. doesnt even need translation. though google can provide the konglish.

Eurovision Art Challenge (each page is 2mb+) (via)

Bracelli's illustrations from the 1600's.

dave chung
and Motomichi (via)

Bros in Milan

September 1, 2005 - 12:15 AM

[books] - eBay Motors: 1968 GMC Gernstenslager Bookmobile. oh. oh. ow. want. (via the scrummy writeup at hooptyrides)

BBC - Rewriting the rules of publishing. About, which sounds like one of the better Self-publishing, Print on demand ventures.

old, but related: in 2002, the Internet Archive Bookmobile let you print and bind your own (public domain) book (article). The idea has since spread to developing countries. And hopefully soon, to a library near you.

Book Vending Machines

At one Swedish library, you can borrow books - and a lesbian (via)