Monday, November 04, 2013

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Monday, October 28, 2013

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010


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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Monday, December 17, 2007

TXP Corp stock soars 30% in wake of this article!!

Get in early while it's under a buck. The company is in the fiber optic business.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Play the game, Feed the Hungry

Freerice gives you an instant incentive for expanding your vocabulary. It's a simple game where you have to choose the correct meaning of a word, successively becoming more difficult. Each time you get it right you see a few grains of rice appear on the wooden plate and 10 grains of real rice are doanted to feed the hungry. You instantly see the fruits of your effort. Pretty cool.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Urban Bike Culture Growing and Growing

I love this! I can't wait until cities like Dallas catch on and start providing a better platform for bike riders. Let's get over the car culture people!

This Wired article covers the urban bike phenomenom at INterbike 07 - we're past the moutain bikes and tights - it's fixie and cruiser time.

Urban Bikes

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Disparities b/w poor kids and rich kids

You want a great insight into the different types of worries of rich kids vs poor kids? take a look at this great video from nytimes in which they interview a series of kids from differnt income levels.


Thursday, June 07, 2007

JANO — the evolution revolves [GP designpartners]

this bike needs to get produced - put me down for one. this wood bike concept is the thesis of a design student. the dual bike is positioned as a city/sport hybrid for the rider who bikes to work yet still has the occasional jaunt to the bike route.

JANO — the evolution revolves [GP designpartners]

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Biomega MN 03 Review

My first Biomega was the shaft driven Copenhagen - it suffered from great design, minimalistic aluminum frame and a smooth ride. Just yesterday I received the second member of the Biomega family - the slimmed down MN 03 Relampago. The MN 03 differs from the other MN models in that it has a single gear, steel front fork and bi-disc brakes.

Design: as you can see it's pretty spectacular. The frame is made from bonded super plastic aluminum - some pretty high tech stuff. The paint has the depth that is usually reserved for vehicles. The fit and finish is also top notch. It's very obvious Marc Newson designed the bike to look great with traditional bike components.

Components: the pedals that came with the bike are terrible plastic blocks that looks like they belong on walmart bikes. I threw them away and bought some cool but dangerous looking DMX V12 pedals. I'm afraid they start tearing into the soles of my shoes. Brakes are from Avid and still need some adjusting. Tires are Scarab from Vredestein and wheels from Mavic.

Ride: unfortunately I got used to starting in a low gear from riding the Copenhagen so when I first pedaled the MN it needed more effort than I thought. But it all came back very quickly and is much more fun. The ride is really solid as it feels like your riding a bike made from a single piece of steel. The geometry of the MN is also very differnt than the Copenhagen - you are stretched out a bit more and at a sharper incline which makes it feel very sporty.

For more pics go here

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Bike culture coming in strong

Ever since I started seeing bikes in design mags I knew the urban biking culture was going mainstream. Now this nice article from nytimes points to the popularity of the fixed gear bike.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Source of Obesity - US Gov

Great nytimes article that looks into why higher calorie, fattier foods are cheaper and more accessible than natural healthy foods - farm bills.

You are what you grow

Saturday, March 31, 2007

We truly are insignificant....

This amazing site from Nikon compares the size, to scale, of the universe all the way to the neutron. It's a beautiful site that really makes you wonder how much we'll discover during our lifetime and at the same time makes you wish you could live forever to experience new discoveries. Dam I feel small....


via josh spear

Monday, March 26, 2007

Smaller portions at restaraunts - let's hope it works.

NYtimes has a piece on TGI Friday's experimenting with a new line of dishes called the Right Size which is essentially a 2/3 serving of the original dish at a reduced price. You immediately think "that's great that they want to help in decreasing the waist of America's fat people" but that's not the case. It seems the motivation is two fold: to differentiate TGI Fridays and to give customers more belly room for the dessert. Apparently the original size dishes were too big and people didn't usually order desserts. TGI friday's, thanks for keeping or bellies nice and large!

Will Diners Swallow This

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Shimano and Ideo Collaborate

Coasting is the name of the collaboration result of this exercise where they designed a range of bikes for Trek, Raleigh and Giant. my favorite one is a bike called lime from trek that was engineered for the casual cyclist, not the spandex bike freaks you see on 2 lb bikes. the bikes are beautifully designed with some nifty personalization options like color coordinated chain guard, hub and seat clamp. it also boasts an electronic automatic 3 speed shifting system that does all the work for just have to pedal.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Prepaid Cards Garrish Design

It's interesting to read this article from timesmag about the design of prepaid telephone cards since I worked with one of these firms and my first order of business was to clean up the design...I was fired within one month.

Fucking Ugly Cards

Monday, March 19, 2007

Are we really exposed to thousands of ad messges per day?

See for yourself.

This amazing video blacks out everything but the messages plastered on almost every surface - from ads to graffiti - it's amazing how much our brain has to process.

via psfk

Friday, March 16, 2007

Episodic Nature of thought

Monday, March 12, 2007

Are we biologically inclined to believe in God?

There's a great piece in last Sunday's times mag that discusses research that tries to identify if humans are hardwired to believe in the supernatural, ethereal and ultimately, God. It looks at it through the lens of evolution and science and is sure to stir up some debate.

Some excerpts

"Hardships of early human life favored the evolution of certain cognitive tools, among them the ability to infer the presence of organisms that might do harm, to come up with causal narratives for natural events and to recognize that other people have minds of their own with their own beliefs, desires and intentions. Psychologists call these tools, respectively, agent detection, causal reasoning and theory of mind."

"What can be made of atheists, then? If the evolutionary view of religion is true, they have to work hard at being atheists, to resist slipping into intrinsic habits of mind that make it easier to believe than not to believe. Atran says he faces an emotional and intellectual struggle to live without God in a nonatheist world, and he suspects that is where his little superstitions come from, his passing thought about crossing his fingers during turbulence or knocking on wood just in case. It is like an atavistic theism erupting when his guard is down. The comforts and consolations of belief are alluring even to him, he says, and probably will become more so as he gets closer to the end of his life. He fights it because he is a scientist and holds the values of rationalism higher than the values of spiritualism."

Darwin's God

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Culture of dichotomy

Not completely enlightening but still worth the read, timesmag has a piece on how gen nexters seem to straddle opposing viewpoints on abortion and gay marriage.

Culture Wars

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Flow - the game

This flash game has been the latest buzz on the web. it was created by jenova chen as a thesis project

play it here

Friday, February 23, 2007

iTunes Backup - Bandwagon

Sounds like a much needed product for those with extensive music libraries with hard to find songs.

Ride the Bandwagon

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Unhappy Meals

I'm sure everyone has already read this in timesmag so I'll spare the commentary. this post is mainly for my records.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Midcentury lovliness

I happened onto a midcentury real estate site via desire to inspire with some simply amazing photos of homes in California. Some of the architectural cues are clearly represented in some of the modern prefabs from the likes of Lazor's Flatpack and Marmol Radziner. When I have the money I definitily want to build a home in this vein.