Saturday, 3 May 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
In addition to a low styling, extended and intimidating, the Homage does remind us of the M1 in details as the central air exhausts in the bonnet, the blinds of the rear window, the design of the hatch back, the lines of the rims, even the colour orange. And the differences? A bestial front look, and headlights deeply set back. Although the sharp lines flow together to create a look of absolute grace, it is a monster on the road.
There is no production foreseen for the Homage, however it isn’t improbable that after an enthusiastic reception by the public of the prototype, BMW might decide to start manufacturing something identical, hopefully with the 5 litre V10 motor.
At this moment little info is available, but we expect a lot more assuming a press kit will be released sometime soon.
source: Best Cars
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Artefacts like the Waldseemüller map (the first map which includes the name “America”), the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, the Gutenberg Bible and original volumes from Thomas Jefferson’s Library are virtually at his fingertips.
Just a few examples, as you have to experiment yourself this new way of “going to the library”.
Two of the Library’s greatest treasures, the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenberg Bible, are displayed in separate cases, with a special interactive station that explains their rarity and relative position in the history of the written word. Both volumes were produced in Mainz, Germany, in the mid-1450s; one is written by hand, in manuscript, while the other is the first book printed with movable metal type. The Library’s three-volume printed Gutenberg Bible is one of three perfect vellum copies in existence.
The kiosks offer the chance to look more closely at the Gutenberg Bible and examine selected pages; others explain the mythological and literary references in the ornaments of the Italian Renaissance-style Jefferson Building. The exhibition “Thomas Jefferson’s Library” also uses such kiosks to help look inside a few 18th-century books.
These kiosks allow the visitor to see the changes in the Declaration so clearly, even identifying the different handwriting on the document.
Jefferson’s edited copy of Lafayette’s draft of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 is here. So is a typescript of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he brilliantly reclaimed the founding fathers for the civil rights movement, by speaking of them as having signed a “promissory note.”
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source: NYT 80460
Diners are locked into their chairs by six-point seat belts that operate from the back side of the seat so they can’t disconnect themselves.
Dinner in the Sky accommodates 22 people around the table, with three staff in the middle (chef, waiter, or entertainer), while a flying stage enables diners to enjoy music while they eat.
Actually Kerkhofs, a director of Dinner in the Sky, says his new concept was the suggestion of a customer. “One of our attractions involved lifting people up on a platform and giving them a view of the area,” Kerkhofs says. “One customer suggested it would be nice to eat at that level and watch the sunset.”
The company’s suspended table measures 8 x 6 m and weighs approximately 8.000 kg fully loaded (5.000 kg unloaded). Eight cables, connected at points on all four sides, tether the table to a crane.
The company is in the process of designing a permanent Dinner In The Sky restaurant tower, which would hold four tables and 88 diners. It is said to be in the midst of negotiations with an unnamed Orlando, FL theme park to build the tower there.
The inkjet printed objects take light in and deliver power out. This direct current (DC) electrical energy can be used immediately, stored for later use, or converted to other forms of energy.
Konarka’s unique photo-reactive materials can be printed or coated inexpensively onto flexible substrates using roll-to-roll manufacturing, similar to how newspapers are printed on large rolls of paper. Just as newsprint can include text, images, and a variety of colours, Konarka’s photovoltaic materials can include a range of colours and patterns. What starts as a roll of plastic comes off the press as a roll of Power Plastic.
Konarka’s photovoltaic fibres and durable plastics bring power-generating capabilities to structures including tents, awnings, roofs, windows and window coverings.
Consumer electronics such as cell phones and portable music players, networked electronics, laptops and PDAs can be charged, without the need to plug them into a standard wall outlet.
As Konarka’s technology utilizes a wider range of the light spectrum than conventional solar cells, all visible light sources - not just sunlight, but also indoor light - can be used to generate power.
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Sigbritt Löthberg of Karstad has never had a internet connection before, but she just happens to be the mother of Peter Löthberg, an internationally renowned expert in optical networks who works for Cisco, and who developed a new modulation technique with which data can be transferred directly between routers up to
To test the system he arranged to hook-up his mother through the local council's network.
So after nine months with the ability to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds or access to 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously, how has Sigbritt's life changed?
Not much, she found a novel use for her high-speed equipment by turning the world's fastest internet connection into a tumble dryer.
Sigbritt Löthberg used her blistering home network for more mundane tasks. "She mostly used it to dry her laundry," Hafsteinn Jonsson, a spokesperon for fibre network operator Karlstad Stadsnät told Swedish website The Local. "It was a big bit of gear and it got pretty warm."
"We're considering giving her a 100 gigabits per second connection in the summer. Then she'll be able to dry all her neighbours' laundry too."
The artist used various textures of human skin and pieces of various faces to compose the image. The result is frightening impressive.
The artist, who goes under the name Pixeloo, writes on his website, “There isn’t really a strong reason I’m keeping this anonymous, I just kinda decided before I started that that’s how I wanted to do things. I work with Photoshop almost daily in my profession. I don’t feel like I get to have much fun with it lately though and this is my outlet.”
According to the artist the transformation of Homer Simpson took much more time and was much more complicated than Mario. He doesn’t explain why, but you can imagine that the lack of hair must have taken a lot more skin transplant. But whatever the case, both are so realistic that you start thinking of them as real persons.
Ah, they look horrible… But you know, women like ugly men.
The results of the auction proved that Brazilian beauty is always highly valued with large margins. For the uneducated who do not know Gisele Bündchen, the following: With 27 years she is the world’s most famous Brazilian model, arguably the No. 1 in fashion shows and arguably the best paid one, as she made 33 million USD between June 2005 and July 2006, while her wealth is estimated at 150 million USD.
Among the other pieces auctioned were photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Lauren Hutton, Pablo Picasso and four psychedelic pictures of the Beatles made by Richard Avedon.
One of the photo’s released here show Gert Elfering standing beside “Brigitte Bardot, Hair by Alexandre, January 1959” photo by Richard Avedon on March 10, 2008 in London, England.
The Collection owned by Gert Elfering which went on sale in New York on 10th April 2008 contained 135 lots with an overall estimate of 2 to 3 million USdollars. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images Europe)
However after the auction it turned out that Gert Elfering’s collection cashed a total of 4.369.200 USD. Four million three hundred and sixty nine thousand and two hundred USDollars.
Not bad for some pictures, of which the Gisele ones can be bought in Brazil for some 200 to 400 euros.
The pictures showed here in this post are censored. The uncensored photographs are not allowed to be published here, although pieces of art, beautifully orchestrated, showing nothing scandalous.
However you can see the pieces of auctioned photography art, by going to: Brazil In Hot Pants.
source: PicturaPixel and Erika Palomino
The British press divulged a (what they called) novelty in the world of fashion: the jeans of Sanna’s Brazil Fashion. The creation, which mixes the low designed jeans with the vision of a part of a bikini underneath is from a brand unknown in Brazil, although it is promoted as Brazilian Fashion. Navigating the internet you will discover that it is a Japanese brand.
Reportedly the jeans are developed in Japan, and according to the labels manufactured in Brazil. To uphold the Brazilian image, they are sold in the Brazilian sizes, which are different to the standards used in Europe and the US.
But apparently the British are not well-known with the Brazilian Fashion, being famous for its sexy designs, such as the dental floss bikini (fio dental) and many other designs, as the Brazilian women are not afraid or ashamed to show their bodies or at least a part there of.
So, Sanna’s Brazil Fashion jeans are no novelty at all, as the Brazilian jeans brand Zoomp introduced the "bikini peaking jeans" already in their Summer Collection of 2006.
Judge for yourself. The first picture is from Zoomp, the other ones appear at the website of Sansa.
Plagiarism in optima forma.
The virtual wall designed by Hanyoung Lee provides a strong visual barrier, although it also demands discipline of the drivers and that might be a problem as a blogger at the internet expressed the feelings of many a driver: “This makes me want to drive through it… not exactly the effect that a stop light should evoke.”
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Monday, 28 April 2008
It is not likely that anyone of us will have the pleasure to experience the changes and meet the future animals personally, but it is a good thing to know how our fauna will evolve taking into account our destructive way-of-life.
The exposition is a result of scientific studies and projections with regards to the influence of climate change and future landslides. The sketched environment and the animals are the results of a theory developed by British scientists, who studied the geological movements of the earth, the climate and the capacity of the fauna to adapt itself towards its new habitat.
Living in the delta of the Amazônia I restrict this overview to the “evolution” of the Amazônia fauna referring to the pictures (from top to bottom), whereas, as far as, known the “ancestor” is situated aside of the “evolved” descendant.
The “Baboukari” is the descendant of the “White Uacari Monkey with the Red Face” (Cacajo calvus), which, according to researchers can only be found in the Amazônia reservation Mamirauá. Little is known about the Uacari, except that it is already close to extinction. In the theory of the future the “baboukari” will not live in trees any longer as there will be no more trees in the Amazônia. The baboukari will use their tail, not for balancing between branches, but to communicate with each other in the high vegetation of the savannah like habitat, which is the future of the Amazônia region.
The “Tortunossauro” evolves from the Giant Tortoise (Podocnemis expansa). In 100 million years ............... continue reading
That aspect you see only in the spring water, spirits, wine and champagne market segments, where the manufacturer intently creates a high exclusivity for himself and his product, targeting the top of the market, not infrequently turning the product presentation into idiocy.
It is obvious that the question: “Is it or is it not extravagance,” for simple (spring) water is answered at much a lower level than for champagne and other exclusive spirits. When a consumer has to pay USD 8,00 or USD 10,00 for a 750 ml (although luxuriously designed) bottle of ordinary water, it can be called extravagance. However I laid the bar much higher. The here described Bling spring water will cost you roughly USD 40,00 or more a bottle.
Evian takes the cake with its exclusive Alpine spring water in a limited edition bottle baptized Ice Queen, which goes for a minimum of USD 1.000.
The other, here described examples are: Gold Flakes vodka with edible gold flakes which sells for USD 60,00 a bottle. Although the price is not extravagant, the design surely is. The next example is the very limited edition of Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin for USD 200.000 (Yes, you read correctly: two hundred thousand USdollars). Super extravagant, even with the entire proceeds going to a charity.
Last but not least Veuve Clicquot’s rose champagne with a packaging that includes the champagne and a champagne cooler. Just USD 4.500.
Judge for yourself.
The wines will be delivered to Bordeaux by barge using the Canal du Midi and Canal du Garonne which run across southern France from Sete in the east, via Beziers in the Languedoc, where the wines will be collected.
Each bottle carries a label with a stylised ship logo and the slogan, "Carried by sailing ship, a better deal for the planet".
The greenness of the project does not stop however with the delivery of the wines.
The ship will bring back to France an equivalent tonnage of crushed glass for recycling into wine bottles at two factories, one in Bordeaux and one in Beziers, probably resulting in cheaper bottles and a better supply given the current problems some vineyards have trying to get enough bottles.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
It is becoming a trend using all types of products to create a mosaic. Used metro tickets, pieces of scrap or what ever inspire people to assemble an artistic object.
When some weeks ago the 4.000st American soldier died in the Iraq war, Nico Pitney released this portrait.
I have seldom seen something so lugubrious and at the same time so brilliant and breathtakingly sensitive that words fail me.
4.000 small photographs of the US soldiers fallen in Iraq, arranged into a portrait of their good-time-having “Commander-in-Chief” and his potential successor.
As said, more words fail me and are not needed. Therefore I solely refer to the words of the creator of this mosaic Nico Pitney of Huffington Post and quote his words:
"In remembrance of the 4.000 brave men and women who sacrificed everything for us -- and the two men who would continue this great tragedy, despite the cost to our soldiers, our military, and our nation."
Click here to see the full (very large) image and gape at the 4.000 faces in silence. When you have downloaded the large image, click to zoom in. It is staggering. Simply staggering
(Note: Since some photos of fallen U.S. soldiers are unavailable, there are duplicates.)
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Natex, a Brazilian company founded by the Public Health Ministry and the government of the federal state of Acre, will manufacture male preservatives from pure natural latex extracted from the Amazon rainforest in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. The condoms will be solely sold to the federal government for its national program to combat STD/Aids.
The expected initial production will be 100 million pieces a year. The factory, the only one in the world to use natural latex as raw material, will have a future capacity of 270 million condoms a year. The construction of the factory is based upon sustainable, social and environmental development.
Natex will create 150 direct jobs and employ 700 native families of the Chico Mendes reservation for the supply of the raw material. It is estimated that in the Amazon rainforest of Acre some 70.000 native rubber tappers are active.
source: Flores & Versos
Friday, 11 April 2008
Apparently the engineers of Habitrail thought that the space to move was too dull and restricted for the fish in an ordinary aquarium, although aquariums should provide a neo-natural environment. So, they designed the Labyrinth Aquarium, which features multiple water tanks connected with pipe for the fish to explore. The aquariums come with all of the filters, lights, pumps and cleaning equipment you need, all hidden away in the cabinet (in cherry brown, black or carbon fibre) below. Just for a trifling amount of USD 5.500 your goldfish can explore his new world.
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
The flamboyant banker Sir John Smith, the founder of the Landmark Trust, had a preference for landmarks which were threatened to fell prey to disinterest or urge for innovation during the sixties of the last century. Smith had been a member of the board of the National Trust, the large British society for protection of nature and culture. But at the time the National Trust refused to accept a revamping financial schedule, which later proved to be very profitable, Smith founded his own foundation, the Landmark Trust in 1965.
The Pineapple with its dome shaped as a pineapple is now refurbished and is available for the public as a holiday home. The dome itself is transformed in an elegant living room with a panoramic view of the surrounding country estate. One problem, the rooms are not internally connected. In other words when you want to go from the kitchen to the living room, you have to go around. Not always enjoyable with the unstable Scottish weather.
A stay in the Pineapple, however, is hip since Spongebob Squarepants started to live in a similar model.
source: Blog Marc van den Eerenbeemt
Monday, 31 March 2008
In my post: Humanized Cartoons I wrote about well-known cartoon personages as Homer Simpson and Super Mario being humanized by an artist, calling himself Pixeloo, using Photoshop techniques. At the TrendHunter website you might find many examples.
So, here we see the latest creation: a computer modelled appearance of Johann Sebastian Bach. The compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach are well known by anyone, but how he looked like is obscure. Images of the composer are plentiful, although he has only sat for a portrait once in his life. Bach’s appearance always has been a mystery, not withstanding all nicely sculptured busts in art and gift shops.
The anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson using state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques reconstructed Johann Sebastian Bach's head, showing the composer as a strong-jawed man with a slight double chin, his large head topped with short, silver hair.
Wilkinson could not use Bach's actual bones, as they are buried at the St. John's Church in Leipzig, but worked from a copper replica of Bach's skull made for a previous reconstruction in 1894 by physician Wilhelm His and sculptor Carl Ludwig Seffner.
It raises the question: in what extent, can a reconstruction from a reconstruction become the most realistic rendering of Bach's appearance to date, as Wilkinson, nonetheless, sees her work.
She only is cautious about what was inside Bach’s head, saying that her reconstruction is not meant to provide any insight into Bach's musical genius. "It only shows his facial appearance," she said. "I wish it could give us some sense of what was going on inside of his head, but it can't."
The bust will be on display at Berlin's Charite medical school for a short time before being moved to Eisenach for the exhibition opening March 21 to mark the composer's birthday.
Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685 and died in Leipzig in 1750.
Really? If so, why do Mr. Wang Wei and his engineers from the Beijing BUBBY Robot Technologies Co advertise the new robot for:
*Adolescent girls who want to improve the growth of their breasts.
*Women who want to improve their sex lives
*Women who just want to relax
*Breast surgery patients who want a fast recovery
*Relieving breast pains during menstruation
Three out of six sales arguments have little to do with medical treatment. But Mr. Wang Wei is exigent: “Please do not misunderstand. The original intention of the invention was not to replace the men. That is stripping out an intimate contact, the robot can’t substitute. Breast Health needs a daily 10-minutes massage. Asking to do this every day by your boyfriend or husband would be unwise!”
In case you want to bet your money on this invention, the Chinese inventor seeks a patent for his Breast Massage Robot and is currently looking for investors. If the projected figures are correct, the expected sales figures are 360,000 sets in mainland China, 180,000 sets for the whole Southeast Asian region, and 360,000 sets for Europe and America, according to a report filed by Mr. Wang Wei.
Well, you never know, maybe there is a market for breast massagers. In any case it will be seen more as a sophisticated sex toy, than as a medical treatment device. In that case there certainly is money in there!
Watch a video of the Breast Massage Robot in action courtesy of GerbilGod7