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March 4, 2006 - 4:20 AM

[art] - more 'faux trophies' (previously)
Antler Coat Rack

Bambi meets lamps

Flat-packed wooden moose, deer, and roedeer heads (click "collection") (via)

buddington bear rug (and almost the plaque-inpired mirror) (via)

Caller Eye Deer


Animal trophies

Cuddly taxidermy and many more incredible pieces by Afke Golsteijn

January 19, 2006 - 1:05 AM

December 18, 2005 - 12:02 AM

[toys] - Domino Day 2004

Domino toppling in Japan (click left images, then left blue buttons)

it's like a cross between kinetic sculpture and pencil carving. i love it. (and am quite terrified of being subjected to a hell of actually participating... though its more of an ADD's hell.)

tabletop Domino Toppling

Scott Suco, a Domino toppling professional

I've always wondered how many "stoppers" they use in proportion to dominoes. 1-50? 1-100?

Google Answers: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect

videos: Domino effect(mpg 4mb), and a beer ad featuring human dominoes(mov 3mb)

and recent news of Sparrow Mayhem!

December 6, 2005 - 12:26 AM

[Do Not buy me] - companies to boycott:
Philip Morris owns the brands Kraft, Del Monte, Jell-O, Kool-aid, Post cereals, and more.

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price. more at boingboing. "a list of all the Procter & Gamble products ... Boycott These Procter & Gamble Products Until P&G Stops Using Animal Tests"

The Coca-Cola Company Brands. Their biggest profit margin is on Dasani bottled water, which is purified local tap water.

The oil industry - avoid Exxon, Esso, Mobil. (Try to use Shell or BP supplied stations, they make the most effort at environmental care)

Monsanto. mostly industrial products, but they do make nicorette.

Boycotts list from Ethical Consumer magazine

more at and Boycott resources

November 2, 2005 - 9:01 AM

October 29, 2005 - 12:07 AM

[games] - in my past - part 2
Then I was old enough to leave the house by myself, and found the arcade: Hard Drivin', Final Fight, Golden Axe, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Operation Wolf, Out Run, Smash TV, Mercs, Rampage, Super Sprint...

After outgrowing the atari (ie getting jealous of my friend's computers) i discovered the continuing joys of hardware upgrades, with the pc. 386, 486, 586, 686: SimCity, Lemmings (play online!), Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Monkey Island series, Freddy Pharkas, Prince of Persia (play online!), Myst (oh myst..), Syndicate (video and game!), Grim Fandango, Descent, Dungeon Keeper II, The Sims, Wolfenstein 3D & Doom & Quake and other first-person shooters (serious sam, tribes 2, no one lives forever, quake3, return to castle wolfenstein, ut2004, counter-strike, half-life), IL-2 Sturmovik, Darwinia, with a brief foray into MUDs.

with the occasional stab at a friend's console system: GoldenEye, Wipeout XL, Herzog Zwei, Klax, Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Pilot Wings, Return Fire, Road Rash 2. (and watched a friend (hey Justin!) play most of The Secret of Mana, and The Ocarina of Time)

and finally i bought my own console, a Playstation2. most enjoyed so far: Katamari Damacy & We love Katamari, God of War, Ico, Rez, GTA: Vice City, Spiderman 2, SSX 3, The Simpsons: Hit & Run, the Burnout series, Mad Maestro, Resident Evil 4, Sky Odyssey.

October 27, 2005 - 12:29 AM

[games] - in my past - part 1
The Escapist - The Left Behind "I know I'm not alone. I've seen entire tribes of refugees during my travels, people fixated on one dead game or another."

the first game i ever played, was Space Invaders on my mom's greenscreen amstrad.
possibly the second, on the computers at her office, was Leather Goddesses of Phobos (a text adventure, that came with a scratch-n-sniff card, and a "lewd" setting...)

at my grandad's house, when on holiday, i got to play a small handful of Apple II games: Choplifter, California Games, Black Magic, Frogger, and Rogue (play nethack!)

then for christmas one year, i got an Atari ST: cue hours of Dungeon Master (play the clone!), and more...
Altered Beast, Another World, Arkanoid II: Revenge of Doh, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Battle Chess, Buggy Boy, Elite, Flood, Gauntlet, Gods, Ikari Warriors, International Karate plus, Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off Road, Joust, Kick Off 2, Magic Pockets, Marble Madness, Mega-lo-Mania, Midwinter, North & South, Populous, Powermonger, Pirates!, Super Hang-on, Speedball 2, Stunt car racer, Super Sprint, Wicked, Wizball, Xenon 2 Megablast,
if you're feeling masochistic, download this emulator, Steem Engine, and games.

plus, scattered encounters with Game & Watches and Game Boys.

October 19, 2005 - 12:07 AM

[video] - portfolios / demoreels / large quicktime movies (previously)

mk12's demoreel(21mb). their site is worth digging through.'s old demoreel(16mb) and new demoreel(50mb). lobo also made the old classics Golden Shower Video Computer System(8mb) and Total Control(17mb). also check their commercial for Diesel Dreams(11mb)

Motion +61(3mb), from the dvd by backpack. a compilation of moving image design from Australia.

Pinthin's demoreel(47mb) (they were the makers of the Mr Wizard short mentioned previously)

The Embassy's 2004 designreel(51mb). i particularly like their two Toyota(11mb) Scion(11mb) ads. They made the original Citröen C4 Transformer ad(6mb), cleverly spoofed by Danish Bacon(4mb) (via)

Methodstudios 5 demoreels, plus 7 years of combined portfolios. (it sounds like they buy out smaller design firms, such as 525 Studios, whom i was trying to find..)

October 17, 2005 - 12:05 AM

October 9, 2005 - 12:24 AM

[books] - Commonplace books, "a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, poems, etc, are written".

The Whiskey River Commonplace Book

more online examples: Identity Theory, The Constant Reader, Scott McLemee, Risa, Bret Mulligan, Watermark,

Maya's Micronomicon. the notebook is a crypticly dense compilation of diary, quotes, sketches, notations and lists.

articles: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Exhibitions, Yale Bulletin, Residential College Tips, U of Delaware

meta: The Lyceum, j.jacobs

see also: Marginalia (images)

October 5, 2005 - 12:47 AM

[audiobooks] - The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan (1968). one of the greatest books ever. this is the vinyl variant. (previously linked origin of title)

Greylodge also hosts audiobooks of
... Neuromancer by William Gibson (as read by gibson) and The Man in the High Castle By Philip K. Dick (bittorrent).

... the The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - The original radio series (Primary and Secondary Phases), The Tertiary Phase, and The Quandary and Quintessential Phases.

...Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993) (search for 'chomsky' at chomskytorrents for lots more audio and video)

...The Day the Universe Changed - James Burke (host of the tv show Connections)
also by James Burke, a fun, high-paced, 1 hr lecture on The Knowledge Web (gets rolling at about the 7 minute mark (streaming realaudio only))

... also lectures by Hunter S. Thompson - Boulder CO, 1977
and Douglas Adams - Parrots, The Universe and Everything

plus see How to enjoy audiobooks : Lifehacker

October 1, 2005 - 11:34 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 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"

August 30, 2005 - 12:28 AM

[art] - colo[u]r
start with my favourite,, which covers the history of the theories and charts. [with horrible navigation for the image-hunter: click a name in the sidebar, and then the red-links, and then the thumbnail in top-right, for one of the] 128 wonderful illustrations: eg Walter S. Stiles, Michel Eugene Chevreul, Astrological connections, Richard Waller, Tobias Mayer, C.I.E. - 1931, Ignaz Schiffermueller.

COLOURlovers rate and create colours and palettes. (via)

Last November, the Adobe bookstore rearranged its 20,000 books into chromatic order. (more) (more) (more)
"Q: Which is pretty crazy, when you think about it.
A: Or inspired. One person's crazy is another person's inspiration."
oh, and its called "There Is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World". yum.

ColorCube's Instructional Poster, screensaver previews, and color models diagrams.

flight stool for pantone by barber osgerby. slightly silly, but i can't resist a good colour swatch.
Colour of the Day (7 t-shirts). completely silly.

Colorstrology. ridiculousness from pantone.

repost: the other favourite, Color in Motion. Huge and brilliant. flash edutainment.

Color Fields Colr Pickr

lastly, there are a variety of tools to help webdesigners pick and match colours.
and the firefox extension ColorZilla, an eyedropper for colourpicking right out of webpages.

August 22, 2005 - 12:16 AM

[words] - Jabberwocky
the greatest nonsense poem.
some explanations, and some parodies.
a variety of variants, including of course the movie, illustrated books by joel stewart, Stephane Jorisch, and graeme base, and popup books by nick bantock and graeme base.
the classic illustrations by john teniel, and modern depictions by rodney matthews and bryan talbot (3 pages).

but more intriguingly, a selection of audio recordings of the poem being spoken, sung, and slaughtered. (mp3s)
Donovan (yes, that donovan)
Oliver Wakeman
Anne Krill (link missing)
Daniel Dorff
school concert choir (via)
griffin rogers (via)
The 3Ds
Hart Williams (real)
Walter Rufus Eagles (real)
M. Craig Weaver (real)
shades of night (mov)
--update-- and, 40 clear renditions, in the public domain, from the LibriVox community (thanks elaine!)

this search kicked off, by the sample of Alan Watts reading the first verse, on the latest album by the books, "lost and safe"

August 10, 2005 - 12:00 AM

[art] - i love the silhouette genre.

from the illustration of Kara Walker (pbs page with videos),

to the four sublime flash animations at Sinplex


a gallery of classic artists at The Virtual Silhouette Parlour
A History of Silhouette Art

the silhouette cutters mentioned earlier. and Banksy's West Bank stencil

Silhouette - wikipedia
Silhouette - flickr
Silhouette - google image

related are the book of Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill, and various shadow puppets/plays/theatre.
and dotheads, which i'll post about later.

August 7, 2005 - 11:43 AM

[toys] - The ultimate football table

a Giant football table by maurizio cattelan. "In 1991 he made Stadium, an enormously lengthened table-football game designed to be played by two teams of eleven players."

Human Foosball. life size, inflatable.

'soccer board game' by kosuge 1-16 and yokocom (via)

Table football - Wikipedia. overview of the sport, strategy and variations.
A brief history of football tables

funny trick shot video (wmv)

The Football Table Robot from Freiburg uni (videos, article). And the Foosbot from Rice uni (via).

August 4, 2005 - 10:44 AM

August 3, 2005 - 12:39 AM

[words] - this post dedicated to my friend and former english teacher, Ken Jon Booth, who rocked the smock (née shopcoat).
"In the Rutherford Library the professional librarians, at least those working with the public, usually wore neat blue smocks. So the blue smock, for Kathy, had become a symbol; a symbol of service to that great portion of humanity which struggled to lift itself from the mire of ignorance through reading."

July 28, 2005 - 10:21 AM

[art] - so grisly and cute!

Antlor - The Deer Departed by Danish designer Kenn Munk, avail from toydigger (more pics)

Animal Throw Rugs. hippo, lion, and bears.

How to Get a Head Without Hunting. the mythicals and dinosaurs are lacklustre, but the rest rock. plus a good How They're Made section.

Rubber bearskin

see also:
Maximilian's Pet Shop
Animal Skulls matching/guessing game.
Fossils as Art - skulls to skeletons, dinosaurs to man.
duck feet

July 27, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - Ambient environmental recordings.
no new-age crap here; just adventurous nuts wandering deep into the nowhere with high quality microphones, leaving the gear to record for hours and days, then editing it down to cd-length. (most links to Earthear, which has samples. though many are out of print.)
(these are the albums i own/recommend)

Douglas Quin - Caratinga: Soundscapes from Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest.

Francisco Lopez: La Selva: the Costa Rican rainforest (a single 71min track. he's a purist)

Rainforest Requiem. more Brazilian rainforest, from the British Library of Natural Sounds.

Chris Watson: Stepping into the Dark: "from wind to a rookery, forest to mangrove swamps, Africa to England.". a smorgasbord.
also Chris Watson: Weather Report, with two tracks from Kenya and Scotland, and ends with recordings of a glacier shuddering and chattering as it slides past itself in Iceland.

Rainstorm. one storm. one shower.

junglescapes and weathersounds. more in the earthear Naturalist Realm section. "straightforward field recordings of nature."

I also find these recordings to be an Excellent test of a stereo-system's soundstage depth/quality.

July 23, 2005 - 12:02 AM

[video] - Large Quicktime Movies - old and new. demoreels, shorts, and experiments, mostly via k10k:

Brazilian Anatomy (8mb)

Giant Killer Robots' 2005 Demoreel (17mb)

WDDG's Anamorph (40mb)

Whizeewhig (5mb)

friendswithyou's Mr Wizard (46mb) (project for Nike's The Art of Speed) and a "making of" slideshow

panOptic's 2005 Demoreel (33mb)

and a shortfilm (40min) on inspiration, by Belief: The Common Desk (118mb).

July 18, 2005 - 12:56 AM

[software - eyecandy] - the Really Slick Screensavers collection

Jugglesaver (in the settings, set the "change frequency" slider to Often)

Go Screensaver

the electric sheep screen-saver, a distributed-computing project, for generating abstract morphing fractal animations, by scott draves.

Folding@Home, distributed-computing project, not as pretty, but helps science!

and then, some pseudoscreensavers (you have to start and exit these manually):

Noah's AcidWarp, a real classic.
and the more basic classic, plasma (zip of my copy, cant find source online)

Drivey: a road slightly less travelled

scott draves also makes bomb visual music, an ultra lo-fi industrial eyeache. think tv-snow, with occasional epilepsy, and virii-like wriggling organisms.

BallDroppings, not a saver at all, but once you've setup/played with it for a few minutes, you could leave it running ;)

July 12, 2005 - 12:20 AM

[art] - Hokusai's "The Great Wave at Kanagawa"

assorted homages/oddities/knockoffs:
Kozyndan's cover for Giant Robot issue 28. i'm the proud owner of a print of this.

great-wave-erni-vales.jpg and atari_nenga.jpg and dmwave.jpg

A Tribute to the Great Wave

Harold Olejarz - Wood Waves

calcium wave

Great Wave Wall
Rokkakku kite
stained glass
notecube and mug and belt buckle

Denim wave
The Big Wave painting

July 11, 2005 - 1:07 AM

[wallpaper] - i seem to have aquired some 5,798 wallpaper images (desktop backgrounds). some sources:

Kaliber10000 {The Designers' Lunchbox} - On Display exhibit. other people's desktops.

now wash your hands (top) and meomi calenders

Daze of our Lives. (and archive-dive for some great new-subtitles-to-old-illustrations humour)

Image Savant - S P O R E. fractals and other abstract light sculptures. (your default background is already black, right?)

National Geographic photo of the day.

Tom 7's Photo Gallery. machines, signs, toys, lotsa goodies. flower and insect photography

Veer: Ideas: Wallpaper

July 8, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - minimalist ambient suggestions.

Zammuto: Willscher. the pinnacle of glitch? my daily soundtrack, along with the earlier albums from his other band, The Books.

Takagi Masakatsu. foundsound soundscapes and music with toys.

Ogurusu Norihide. sparse and beautiful piano stroking.

music for airports (notation on reverse)

Eric Satie - Gymnopédies and Gnossienne No. 4

streaming radio: Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast and somaFM's Dronezone