A Man with a Flashlight

GM can suck my balls
July 7, 2007, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Design

Now and then the truth looks you right in the face: America hasn’t produced a car with any style since the 1970s.

From the parking lot at the Lawson near my place this morning. I was going out to take pictures of some concrete-form buildings and I ran into my favorite car – the Nissan Figaro (ragtop edition). I snapped a picture while the lady driving it was busy inside the store.


The Zeer Pot: Refrigeration Without Electricity
May 5, 2007, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Design, The Earth

Freakin’ cool man. The Zeer, or “pot-in-pot refrigerator,” is made by putting a small clay pot inside a large one. The space between the pots is filled with sand, which acts as an insulator. Water added to the sand evaporates steadily, cooling the inner pot. There’s more:

Each zeer can contain 12 kg of vegetables, and costs less than US$2 to produce.

Experiments assessing its ability to extend shelf life show that tomatoes and guavas can be kept for 20 days, compared to just two without. Even rocket, which usually lasts only a day before wilting, can be kept for five days.

And it was invented in Nigeria.

Green building materials
May 5, 2007, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Design, The Earth

The BBC has a detailed article about London’s Think 07 trade fair. Treehugger blogs it here.

This is a subject I want to learn more about.

That some hot shit!
May 5, 2007, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Design, The Earth

A concrete bench at the University of Quebec Design Student show uses the heat of underground sewer pipes to warm your ass. Cool!

Does size matter?
May 5, 2007, 3:32 pm
Filed under: Design, The Earth

Subway systems of the world, presented at the same scale. Nod to Design Observer.

The sound of one jaw dropping
April 29, 2007, 1:52 am
Filed under: Design, The Earth

Now and then you come across a slap-to-the-face reminder of human ingenuity. Here’s a beauty – the Falkirk Wheel. Most futuristic visual design turns me off, but in this device, any attempt not to look futuristic would seem silly.


My favorite line from the Wikipedia description: “The electric motors… consume just 1.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in four minutes, roughly the same as boiling eight kettles of water.”

If we really do screw the pooch and melt the icecaps, how are we going to explain to the future that our civilization could build this, but it couldn’t stop a catastrophe that was seen coming for decades?

I waited too long to renew my passport
April 24, 2007, 1:04 am
Filed under: Design

So my new one is going to look like this.

So far my biggest mistake of 2007. And it’ll haunt me until 2017. Doh! (Nod to Design Observer.)