March 2008

Commute haiku

Some simple poems from the past few commutes on the bus. The earth wakes Flesh-tinted bands stretch over A drop of blue in a clear pool Standing straight Hands in pockets Oakland frame store sentinels Child pacing in cold Trying to shake Anxiety of the day Ethnic huddles in the city Small church buildings provide…more

“I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact. Everything I designed was unnecessary…I want to find a new way of expressing myself …design is a dreadful form of expression.” – Philippe Starck, voicing the new designer’s dilemma.

“Nobody knows anything about themselves because they’re all worried about everybody else.” – Jack Johnson – Wasting Time

YouTube – Top Gear: Aston Martin vs. Man On Jet Powered Roller Skates – whoa.

Washington Phillips, gospel music pioneer – apparently no one can figure out what kind of instrument he’s playing. Listen for yourself at Rhapsody. Totally unique…again via Alex, who guesses it was “a music box, plucked like a mandolin.”

Lincoln the innovator – “As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

NONOBJECT Design Fiction : Behind the Scenes Camera – fun concept design; a camera that takes two pictures at once, one forward and one backward.

Kidsave – Because Every Child Needs a Family – organization connects US and international orphaned kids to US families for short-term (and possibly permanent) stays.

“Possession is becoming progressively burdensome and wasteful and therefore obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller