Saturday, 18 July 2009

Auto Erotica: Porsche 911 Targa

This beautiful example of German engineering was the original 911 which took its design cues from the VW Beetle. Introduced in 1963, it was notable for it's air-cooled rear engine and durable design still recognisable with todays modern interpretation. In an international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth after the Model T, the Mini, Citroen DS and the Volkswagen Beetle.

iPhone Travels: Alphabet Street

Graffiti is found more frequently in urban areas of London. But art has no boundaries. Here in gentrified West London, you can still find some hidden gems, like this humourous take on the board game, Scrabble, in Portobello Road.

View on Google Maps.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Routers of the future

There are some interesting concepts on the integration of the humble internet router into your home. Talk Talk, a UK ISP provider, have collaborated with some students from Goldsmiths University, the renowned London college for teaching and researching of creative and cultural disciplines. Not all of the concepts are so convincing, but the energy saving device which switches off when house keys are removed from the hook switches is a viable one.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Monkey vs Bananananananana

Fifteen years of private school, four years of graduate education and a Masters had not prepared me for the monkey's ability to open one of nature's most cleverly gift wrapped products, the humble banana. This only strengthens my belief that humans aren't as smart as we think we are, and that we should step down from our self-built pedestal to look around at nature's design.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Zeitgeist, The Movie

'Zeitgeist - The Movie' and 'Zeitgeist: Addendum' are two fascinating documentaries about alleged historical and modern conspiracies including the origins of Christianity, the 9/11 attacks and the banking system.

Both have won the Artivist Film Festival & Awards dedicated to recognising activist efforts by filmmakers around the world.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Egyptian multiplication

Egyptians use the powers of doubling to calculate multiplication just like modern computers

Chinese multiplication

Chinese visual solution to a mathematical problem. Brilliant.

Microsoft announces Office online

Microsoft have always been accused of resting on it's laurels and cashing in on someone else's hard work and ideas. When this happens, they do two things. First, they try and buy the new upstart out with their vast reserves of cash. If this is refused, they get tough and release something similar and again use their marketing muscle to squeeze the competition out.

There have been many casualties along the way, such as Netscape Navigator which was considered a superior web browser, proven by it's peak of 80% market share. Microsoft then launched Windows 95 with their own browser Explorer bundled for free. Despite Netscape's functional superiority, Explorer eventually came out as the winner with it's freebie and vast distribution network.

This is bad news for consumers where Microsoft's inferior products are stifling the competition. However, this has not gone without notice, as the EU recently charged the company for breach of monopoly rules with a $690m fine.

But Google is a different beast altogether. Previously, competition were dependent on the Windows OS. Google is not. Because it's applications are based online, it can work though any browser, sweeping away Microsoft's advantage.

It's no small wonder why Microsoft has reluctantly been dragged into online applications. But, with Google encroaching in it's comfort zone with Chrome OS, they have had to act. And so we have Office online (albeit a Lite version) vs Google Docs.

Further reading on BBC News.

Monday, 13 July 2009


Experience RubikCubiste by artist Space Invader who uses quite a lot of Rubik's cubes to create his images.

iPhone Travels: Harajuku ♥ Lovers

Whilst wandering around in Westfield, west London's newest and Europe's largest inner city shopping mall, I came across these little cuties. Not content with being a successful recording artist and fashion designer, Gwen Stefani has launched Harajuku Lovers, a range of candy-coated fragrances named after her Japanese back-up singers, the Harajuku Girls. Shying away from the conventional designs of minimalism and adult cool, the new products are more akin to Japan's love of cute manga characters.

iPhone Travels: Word on the Street

Walking along the Southbank between Waterloo and Westminster Bridge, it's easy to see how one could miss something as inconspicuous as these paving stones when there are so many other distractions about. Here, the words of esteemed poets, such as Wordsworth, are immortalised beneath our feet.

View on Google Maps.