Victor Papanek didn’t think much of designers. “There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a very few of them,” he wrote in the opening line of his 1971 book “Design for the Real World.” “And possibly only one profession is phonier. Advertising design, in persuading people to buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have, in order to impress others who don’t care, is probably the phoniest field in existence today.” – This extract from the New York Times review continues here
How too much data can kill – an horrific outcome caused by a very real issue. This is a fascinating article in the New York Times on a subject that concerns me as one of the major challenges facing future generations, namely filtering.
Read Noam Chomsky’s Guardian article here
Wake up with the sun. Work, play, exercise, eat. Go to bed when the sun goes down. Just don’t use anything that needs a plug – no mobile phone, no computer, no lights.
That was the premise of todays little experiment – to see how reliant I had become on electricity in my daily life. To find out how it went, Read on…
– Hi, yeah I’d like to see about flights to the US
– Will that be a return sir?
As the internet is down many Egyptians are resorting to a new Google phone service to spread word of the protest, via audio tweets.Announcing the service on its blog, Google said:
Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.
We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.
(extract from the guardian.co.uk)
“Echoism” is a project by artist Julian Wolkenstein and plays with the notion of your own identity. What do you look like? What are the things that make you look like you – your identifying features? If you are made symmetrical, do you consider yourself more beautiful, less so, or is it just weird? Or is it you at all? Do you have a best side? What is to be said of left and right brain dominance?
Laser-sintered and vacuum cast polyamide on raw oak – 27cm in height – Edition of three.
New research suggests our brains delete information at an ‘extraordinarily high’ rate.
The mysteries of the brain may be virtually endless, but a team of researchers from two institutes in Göttingen, Germany now claim to have an answer for at least one question that has remained a puzzle: just how fast does the brain forget information?
Read more at Engadget here
One of the Green Camp staff just walked past my chair and dropped this in my lap and with no explanation walked off. It is piping hot chocolate freshly made by the kids in their chocolate making class – oh and they also made the banana leaf vessel and spoon.
no more words now… must concentrate… on… chocolate
Not wanting to make light in any way of such an horrific incident but…
…way to go Gooogle Ads
I treated myself to banana and coconut pancakes with passionfruit syrup for breakfast this morning
The length of my fingernail, this stunning little bug looking like a gold-tipped havana landed on my screen earlier.