Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive

Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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Uncomfortable watering can by artist Katerina Kamprani
Suburban Utopia

Circular Economy

Moving away from the linear ‘Take, Make, Dispose’ production systems, the circular economy promises us a sustainable world where waste is food. The Uncomfortable Watering Can by artist Katerina Kamprani ironically shows that the size of the design cycle does matter. Peculiar object of the week.

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Anthropomorphobia

Sexy Car – From Russia with Love

You must be crazy to dress up your car with a tanga to increase its sex appeal, however, it is only slightly crazier than seeing car as ‘sexy’ in the first place.

Projecting a level of sexyness on machines and design objects is pretty normal in our society. How did that ever happen? People cannot have intercourse with cars or replicate with them, so why would we find cars sexy anyhow? Gives us shivers of Anthropomorphobia.

Peculiar image of the week via Carztune.com.

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Green Blues

The Face of Litter

Not even anti-face-recognition camouflage strategies, such as these algorithm based make up styles will help you against DNA evidence.

In Hong Kong, an environmental campaign called The Face of Litter is tackling littering behavior in an innovative way. Collecting DNA samples from rubbish carelessly discarded on the street, they recreate the digital portrait of the person who dumped it.

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Back to the Tribe

MyWebwill Dead Before its Subscribers

Nowadays we live a large part of our lives online, but what happens to our digital identity after we are gone? Five years ago we wrote about a tech startup that serves your online wishes after dead. The company MyWebwill helped you to manage your digital afterlife. Unfortunately the company itself has now deceased.

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Hyperreality

Seconds for Sale: Domestication of Time

As society is moving more rapidly and people are busier than ever, a need arises to change the passage of time accordingly. Einstein showed how time is relative and influenced by gravitational force. Time Ingot, by experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, is a first step to domesticate this relativity for practical human needs.

The ingot is a solid piece of lead alloy, neatly packaged. Due to the compact size, it can be used to manage time on a desktop or on a bed stand. Its mass slows down time in the immediate vicinity. Ideal for planning competitive business or slightly extending lifespan.

With less than one extra second every billion years, the effect is not directly noticeable, and the $19.99 Time Ingot is already out of sale. But at least, it gives us the small opportunity to literally manage time, instead of letting time manage us.

Story and image via The Atlantic

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