December 2008

The Autosock is an alternative to tire chains but lighter, simpler, and more compact.

The Scramble meal planning site – takes a holistic view of shopping, cooking, and eating…could make meals much easier to plan for many.

“It’s the late fifties or early sixties, and Doug [Engelbart]’s chatting with Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of Artificial intelligence. Marvin talks about Al and Doug says, “You’re going to do all that for the computers? What are you going to do for the people?” – Jaron Lanier

“Deep Time Purpose of Science, Technology, Art, Culture – To provide adventures of sufficient seductive beauty to seduce humanity away from mass-suicide” – Jaron Lanier. Now that sounds like a worthwhile design task.

“[Old Entish] is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.” – Treebeard in The Two Towers

Passage: a Gamma256 video game by Jason Rohrer – This game is incredible…I knew what was going to happen and it still hit me hard. The guy who built it is pretty interesting too…here’s his explanation of the game (play it first).

This hovering war robot is pretty out of control. Check the video and the comment by Brent below.

Video of a trip to space – the fun starts around 1:40…who needs Richard Branson?

“In this age of mindless consumerism, of atomized populations living in boxes, working in boxes, and traveling in boxes, almost always alone, with only the electronic voices of their new feudal lords to guide them through life, the bicycle becomes an instrument of gentle revolution.” – Bicycle Fixation

This 3-meter-long, 2mm-thick carbon fiber table won’t fit in either my house or office, but I want it anyway…