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  Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Mondo cool art.

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  Saturday, 30 September 2006

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  Sunday, 16 July 2006

This is classic. This small, sixteen-page pamphlet is produced to put inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers.

(Of course the other thing to do with those business-reply envelopes is to put your own address label over the original address and use the corporations pre-paid postage for your own mail.)

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  Tuesday, 11 July 2006

"Environmental stickers don't mean shit when they are stuck to CARS!" - Bumper sticker on the Sport Utility Bike That Ate Detroit.

Take a standard bicycle, add a Free Radical kit from Xtracycle, a Stokemonkey Human Electic Hybrid Drive, and optional extras like airhorn, full suspension leather saddle, handlebars and footpegs for passengers, and a box for extra battery packs, and you get this. Put together to replace a car this has got to be the ultimate machine for a world without affordable fossil fuels.

From the bikes owner:

Here's My Story and I'm Sticking To It

I've found an alternative to using a car in everday life. I'm over 60 years old... if this works for me, it will work for just about anybody.

I work as Home Care Nurse in the hills of San Francisco. I put in 25 to 40 miles a day. I haul about 30 lbs of gear.

I like:
Clean air.
Exercise with daily living (no gym fees!)

Freedom from:
oil changes/plugs/tuneups/valve adjustment
car insurance/registration/DMV lines
Endless Oil War.

I think one of these should be government issue for every man, woman and child, who chooses to live without owning a car. It would be a start anyway... (they could just use my share of the funding for new roads to pay for mine). I think what appeals to me most about this beastie is that it illustrates beautifully that the end of cheap fossil fuels does not mean we have to go back to the stone age. There are new ways forward... first, we have to imagine them. Here's another... the optibike.

(btw. the inventor of the Stokemonkey, Cleverchimp, also has a pretty cool blog which I think you'll enjoy.)

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  Friday, 30 June 2006

I came across this site last week. What a fantasic idea for a weblog - Kite Patents. A great archive of scientific study into flight, and a place to charge the imagination of even the most seasoned kite maker. There is something quite beautiful about the form of the patents too...  their hand drawn quality seems extra special in this digital age.

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  Monday, 26 June 2006

I really enjoy art that is done for rewards other than the financial. It says something about the intent and the integrity of the artist. Artists that perform or display their work for the public at no charge, and particularly those that work in a temporary, or unpredictable medium have my respect. Chalk on  sidewalks, sand sculptures, graffiti artists... they do it for the sake of their art.

The Wooster Collective web-log celebrates street art. Take a look... I particularly enjoyed the 'embed' projects, and the 'trash can in Tehran'.

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  Wednesday, 14 June 2006

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  Saturday, 6 May 2006

I think this is one of the most beautiful man-made things I have ever seen...

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  Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Imagine giving a 40 minute presentation on the history of oil, war, and politics of the last hundred years AND making it not only informative, and provocative, but also hilarious fun.

Sounds impossible? Well Robert Newman does it in style with a brand of humor that is quintessentially British.

"This innovative history programme is based around Robert Newman's stand-up act and supported by resourceful archive sequences and stills with satirical impersonations of historical figures from Mayan priests to Archduke Ferdinand. Quirky details such as a bicycle powered street lamp on the stage brings home the pertinent question of just how we are going to survive when the world's oil supplies are finally exhausted."

Check it out here...

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  Tuesday, 18 April 2006

As someone who thinks 'visually' I have always pictured music in my head. Usually abstract, just shapes, colours and timed movement. When I try to recall a tune I naturally try to remember the 'shape' of it. 

This video had me from the first bar. (broadband needed - watch it at work).

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