A group of manufacturers are selling canned oxygen. It comes in flavors and it’s a bit like bottled water: a thing that you can get for free but might pay for anyway. But why breathe flavorless, odorless oxygen; when you can have the Mountain Breeze, or Mint Escape. They rae are creating all sorts of flavors and essences to add to their oxygen products including lemon, eucalyptus, cherry, mint, and a host of others. The market has proven that ideas such as this – built on a foundation of being pure, fresh, and clean – can be a huge success.
Will our mobile devices look like this in two years time? This is an example-application of the featherweight QVGA (320×240 pixels) active-matrix display: Phillips e-paper. (It doesn’t look very next-nature, does it?)
The question is: why are we developping rich information-technology that looks and feels like old media. What’s the gain?
The construction of this nucleair powerplant near Kalkar (DE) started in 1973. After the build was finished, in 1991 it was decided not to use it for political reasons. The complex was sold to the Dutch businessman Hennie van der Most who turned it into a recretionational area.
The mountainlandscape was painted by Florentijn Hofman, Harmjan Timmerarends, Henk Boverhoff and Levan Busurashvillie.
A traditional textile heritage is celebrated with flocked wallpaper that comes to life as it reacts to ambient noise levels. The louder the space the brighter the wallpaper glows. It explores the experience of human presence and action having a tangible effect on space and provides a direct and analogue reflection of this by addressing the point where ambient space ends and surface begins. A new depth and language is brought to otherwise dormant decorative materials that simply surface and contain space.
In January 2000 an oil spill near Phillip Island, Australia, threatened the tiny penguins who live there. The penguins’ home was already at risk – in the past 80 years, the penguins have lost more than 3/4 of their Phillip Island breeding area, mostly as a result of human actions.
Dressing the penguins in doll sweaters proved to be a successful technique to keep the penguins warm and to stop them from swallowing oil. The birds’ feathers are coated in natural oils that keep them warm and waterproof. The oil from the spill destroys the animals’ natural oils. Penguins also clean and smooth their feathers using their beaks. If a penguin preens after an oil spill, it will swallow poisonous oil, and probably die.
Knitters in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States set to work, some adding special touches, like little bows or knitting the sweaters in the colors of their favorite sports teams.
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the Phillip Island Nature Park now has more penguin sweaters than penguins who need sweaters. But all involved hope that this unique effort will inspire ways to help other marine wildlife.
Lucy the Margate Elephant is a New Jersey landmark built in 1881. Pilgrims came from all around to gaze in wide wonder at the Elephant god (after gambling). The back of this beautiful postcard from Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950’s, reads:
The only elephant in the world you can go through and come out alive. This famous building was erected in 1885. The elephant contains ten rooms; its interior is visited by thousands.