While the standard flavors of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter are obvious to us and easy to experience, the fifth flavor— umami—is ineffable. It’s the salience of parmesan cheese, anchovies, dried tomatoes, fish sauce, and dashi. Though it can be oversaturated and overused, umami is an essential taste modifier that makes the sum of its […]
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~ Picasso
“Peace is in the emptiness. Emptiness is in the fast of the mind.” – Lao Tzu
Is our life going to be limited by the reality of what is or liberated by the possibility of what if? – #imageinehi
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” ~ Carl Sagan
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Norway’s new money, designed by Snøhetta, is beautifully abstract and inspired by the sea. “Where sea meets air or land, interesting things happen,” says Martin Gran, a partner in Snøhetta’s Oslo office who worked on the design, called “The Beauty of Boundaries.” These horizons served as the inspiration for the pixilated pattern that will appear […]
Freedom from complexity = simplicity
New computer kit, @TeamKano, uses @Raspberry_Pi to let kids & adults build their own PCs. Full story
“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Kerouac
“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude” – Rollo May
Donald Judd, 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
fougeron architecture builds the buck creek house next to the pacific ocean.
for whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea. – e.e. cummings
A series of elegant and simple geometric studies via geos Digital Print BW 11 x 17 by onomatopoeic on Etsy.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Synergy and discovery at the fourth annual design science symposium at RISD: Baumeister shared the brilliant work of designers who have embraced the notion of biomimicry, “consciously emulating nature’s genius” to solve a wide range of problems. Reflective fibers inspired by spider webs and all but invisible to the human eye are now being embedded […]
At MoMA: Naoki Ono and Yuuki Yamamoto’s silicone coasters and placemats mimic the scribbles that are often the starting point of great ideas. Ono and Yamamoto make up YOY, a Tokyo-based design unit that creates products that spark conversations and encourage storytelling.
Brilliant, inexpensive technology: Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego A team of computer scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK created a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi matchbox Linux-on-a-chip computers and Lego. The team included six year old James Cox, the son of project lead Professor Simon Cox, “who provided specialist […]
“Don’t fight forces, use them.” – Buckminster Fuller
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. – Jack Kerouac Via explore
Today was the internet’s SOPA strike day. Netizens, websites and tech companies rallied to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA. From the EFF‘s post, Thank You, Internet! And the Fight Continues: The numbers are pretty amazing. More than 1 million messages (and counting!) were sent to Congress today via the EFF action center. More […]
On the iPhone you can see locations of places you’ve taken photos. Here’s a screenshot of the map showing where I’ve been this very West coast year.
Love that Foursquare is using smartphone geolocation features to provide you with real-time recommendations through the app.
Send Instagram photos to Billabong to donate $1 to SurfAid for each photo. You can see six of my photos in the first two rows. Get involved at the Life is Better site.
This is emoji writ large. The Fühl-o-meter/Public Face is an interactive art installation that calibrates the mood of the city in which it has been erected with a monumental illuminated Smiley. The work of artists Richard Wilhelmer, Julius von Bismarck, and Benjamin Maus, the urban emoticon accurately communicates its host city’s gefühlszustand according to “mood data” obtained using integrated software which […]
Raspberry Pi is a new credit card-sized computer designed specifically to teach computer programming to students. The device is the brainchild of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K. charity that “exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level” and wants “to put the fun back into learning computing.” […]
Connect real life tasks/objects to the internet. Like IRL @ifttt. Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, or get an email when the basement floods while you’re on vacation. Even if you’re good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of […]