Wednesday, December 22, 2004

City Lights Design Winner

See the winners of the NYC City Lights competition.

"New York City's Department of Design and Construction, in partnership with the Department of Transportation, is pleased to announce an international design competition for a new streetlight for the City of New York. New York City currently maintains over three hundred thousand streetlights within its five boroughs, and is seeking a new streetlight design for the city in the twenty-first century. The city intends to add the new design to the Department of Transportation's Street Lighting Catalogue."
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The Collective Typeface Experiment

Imagine asking 255 people to each draw a capital letter "A". Then take those drawings and have a computer dynamically compile them to create a single character. What a really cool type experiment, indeed!

See the alphabet so far or contribute your own letter.
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Sunday, December 19, 2004

10x10 -- Defining Our Time

"Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

Visit now.
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Go ahead, send me something LARGE! makes sending computer files up to 1 GB (yes, up to ONE GIGABYTE) easy. Very handy for print professionals or anybody who works with large files.
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Friday, December 17, 2004

Regarding Bush: All Apologies to the World

This goes out to everyone who didn't want Bush back in the saddle for another term...

Now you can express how sorry you are to the rest of the world for electing George W. Bush. Submit a photo and a message expressing your sorrow and get it published in the upcoming book Sorry Everybody published by Hylas Publishing.
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Thursday, December 16, 2004

See ASIMO Run, Run ASIMO Run!

See Honda's ASIMO robot run 3 km/h. It's altogether amazing and a bit creepy. You'd swear there was someone in the suit.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004 is a nice flash site that ranks over 86,000 words in the English language in order of use. Check it out..

Even funnier is Querycount where they rank the words most commonly checked on Wordcount. Somehow, I'm not surprised at the number one word.
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Visualizing John Coltrane

Epic Is Our Generation's 1984

In this 8-minute online transmission from the future Google creates Epic and becomes our generation's Big Brother.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

May I Suggest Google Beta?

The next version of Google will give you suggestions as you type in your query. Check out Google Beta.
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Monday, December 13, 2004

The Sexless Bunny

"Does Everyone Have More Sex Than Me?" asks the poor little bunny.
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2001: A Space Odyssey Explained

Pardon my ignorance, but the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey always escaped reason for me. Now, it seems, someone has taken the time interpret the damned thing. Not to mention the fact that it's a nice piece of Flash work.

Warning: Give yourself a good 15-20 minutes if you intend to watch the whole thing. You can skip around if you want.
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New Remi Photos

I've updated with new photos of Remi. And if you haven't seen the short video lullabye, it's time to log on and turn the volume up.
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Painting Iraq

New York artist Steve Mumford paints what he sees as he's embedded in Iraq. Click here for his journal.
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Chair in a FedEx Box:
Nine Designers, 90 Days, $200

"Conceived by British designer and Creative Director Phil Nutley, Ninetydays showcases nine one-of-a-kind furniture designs that not only celebrate the conceptual thinking of these visionaries, but spotlights the fast and furious guidelines of a challenge like no other. Nutley sent nine contemporaries from nine cities around the globe an unparalleled challenge: to create a cost-effective, collapsible piece of furniture and ship it to New York inside a large FedEx box within 90 days of receipt of the project brief. What they created was strictly up to them, but the final product and construction had to adhere to the following:

- BUDGET could not exceed $200 (or equivalent)
- EACH DESIGN must support the weight of a person up to 200 lbs (90 kgs)
- CONCISE INSTRUCTIONS must accompany the design in order to assemble it for exhibition"

For the full story, click here...
To see pictures of the chairs, click here...
To watch the video, click here...
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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thanks to Matt for the link. Watch the trailer...

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The Watercube

"ptw's design, known as the 'watercube™', plays on the geometry of water bubbles, fantastically crystallised as a massive rectangular form. the structure's elemental shape is specifically designed to work in harmony with the circular main stadium, both of which will rise on the beijing olympic green in a spectacular duality of forms."

Full story...
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"Mommy Wants a New President"

The wonderful folks at Coudal Partners present's tee shirts.
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Now, a word from Remi...

The following is an editorial from my 6-month-old daughter Remi. This will be a continuing feature on the blog.

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For more information on the wonderful world of Remi, please visit
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Sneak Peek: Peter Jackson's King Kong

Get a peek into the production of Peter Jackson's King Kong.

Building New York [Quicktime 6 480x264px 25MB]
Building New York [Quicktime 4 320x176px 20MB]
Building New York [Quicktime 6 240x132px 10MB]

You like what you see? There's a lot more where that came from.Visit the site. It's a complete production video diary. I wish more films would (and could) do this.
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Cartoon Characters' Skeletal Systems

Michael Paulus is an artist Portland, OR. He worked out and illustrated the skeletal systems of 22 cartoon characters including Linus, Lucy, the Power Puff Girls, Tweety Bird, Marvin the Martian and Fred Flintstone. Check it out.
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Friday, December 10, 2004

Part One of Three: Consumer Digital Cameras

Part One: Consumer Digital Cameras
Part Two: Prosumer Digital Cameras
Part Three: Tips on Making Photos Better

There are quite a lot of people who come to me for advice on purchasing a digital camera. Below I list the basic guidelines I give. Please keep in mind that I'm kind of a snob when it comes to picture quality. All apologies in advance.

I italicize the techy/geeky stuff, so feel free to skip those portions if you like.

Megapixels aren't everything
This is the biggest number thrown at consumers. It's an easy figure to market at consumers. Don't rely on this as your sole reason for selecting a camera. Just as important are the lens, ease of use and optical zoom. I'll get into those a bit later.

As of this post, the average consumer will be more than happy with a 4-5 megapixel camera. You'll be able to get beautifully detailed prints up to 5" x 7". There will be a degradation in detail beyond that size. But again, I'm a bit of a nit picker. Most consumers will be satisfied with an 8" x 10" print from a 5-megapixel camera.

If you plan to you use your camera in a situation where it will be used in a print publication such as a magazine or professionally printed newsletter, a 5-megapixel camera will only produce photos with a maximum of roughly 4" x 6". If you need to provide an 8" x 10" photo, you'll need an 8-megapixel photo. This is because layout artists typically need to produce the photo at 300 dpi.

So, a typical image from an 8-megapixel camera measures 45 1/3" x 34" 3264 pixels by 2448 at 72 dpi. When you convert the image from 72 dpi to 300 dpi, the size of the print become 10.88" x 8.16". This is because you're compressing the number of pixel per inch.

If you shoot at full resolution, remember that your image file sizes and their respective pixel dimensions will be large. So, if you intend to e-mail the photos re-size your photos in an image editing program (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elelment, etc.) A good size is about 640 x 480. It's small enough to mail, yet large enough to see details fairly well.

Alll digital cameras shoot at 72 dpi. That is the standard resolution for images on the Internet. You'll sometimes find people posting images at 96 dpi because that is the default resolution on the Windows Operating System.

Good Lenses are like Good Eyes
It's important to have a good lens on your camera. A good lens will give you sharp photos, good quality craftmanship, and a good optical zoom.

At the consumer level, you can be pretty confident that your camera has a good lens if it is one of the following brands: Nikon (Nikkor Lenses), Canon (Canon lenses), Sony (Carl Zeiss lenses, and Olympus (Olympus lenses).

Quite frankly, I haven't played with any Kodak digital cameras. The next chance I get to play with one, I'll be sure to give my thumbs up or down.

For more information on how Lenses work, click here.

Ease of Use -- Nobody Wins
I'm sad to say that consumer cameras aren't as easy to work as they should be. Nobody makes a completely fool proof camera. The problem is twofold: 1 - The digital camera industry is still brand new and they're still working things out and 2 - Ease of use is such a subjective thing.

An easy-to-use digital camera will give you:
- Easy access to the flash
- A large, clear color LCD screen
- Easy access to review and delete photographs

My suggestions are as follows:
- Play around with the camera when you're at the store. Ideally, you should be able to begin snapping photos on your own within 30-60 seconds of getting it in your hand.
- If you are technically-challenged and will not be able to snap photos even if you held the camera for 30-60 hours, please ask for help from a salesperson, a friend familiar with digital cameras or be comfortable reading through and understanding the manual.

Optical Zoom vs. Digital Zoom
First rule of digital camera zooms: Ignore the Digital Zoom feature at the store.

There are two different types of zooms on digital cameras: optical zoom and digital zoom. The optical zoom is the true, mechanical zoom. It uses the lens to zoom in on the subject. A digital zoom only crops out the extraneous image area.

Some manufacturers will artificially define their zoom by multiplying the optcial zoom by the digital zoom. For example, the Olympus C-8080 is listed as having a 15x zoom (See the "Seamless Zoom" spec) because it has a 3x zoom and a 5x zoom. So, they multiply the two to get the 15x zoom figure. Sneaky, huh?

To learn more about Optical and Digital Zooms, click here.
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Let's get this started -- Stupid Links

Well, as you'll see in the coming posts throughout the life of this blog, I'll be posting some REALLY weird links on the web. And just for starters, here are some prime examples...

Children's Show Twangers and Balls

Poodle Workout
(You'll need Quicktime to view this one.)

Little Thai Pimp

The Price is Right
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My First Blog

This is my first blog entry. I hope this works. I'm trying to post it to a URL separate from Blogger.

Anyway, I really hope to get this up and running as a regular thing. Wish me luck.
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