Do you like our owl?
Of course it is.
Must be expensive.
Very. I’m Rachael.
Digital shoebox of stray thoughts and fleeting moments by Mika Meskanen.
Of course it is.
Must be expensive.
Very. I’m Rachael.
When shit gets real a fresh roll of gaffer tape often comes in handy.
An out of left field testimonial comes from the British photographer David “Birth of Cool” Bailey:
Over the years I’ve stuck million-dollar Panavision cameras together with it. I’ve used it in sculpture work. Only once did I use it in a photograph, when I worked with Terry Jones for i-D magazine; he always wants models to have one eye closed. So you just stick gaffer tape over their eye, don’t you? It’s the only time I’ve used it that way.
Gaffer tape was first made for the U.S. military in 1942 to seal ammunition boxes whilst making them easy to open. In that respect they had definitely learned from the British defeat at the hands of Zulus in Isandlwana over 60 years earlier, where the redcoats had trouble prying open their ornance crates. The rest is history as we know it.
You’d imagine that at least in space you’d have more sophisticated means to fix things but no – even the out-of-luck Apollo 13 crew would not have made it back home without gaffer tape.
An eerie description of an equally mesmerising timepiece:
Jaemin Jaeminlee has designed an intriguing rendition of the conventional timepiece. The Gravitistic is not a precision time-telling device at all, but is actually a time perspective meter disguised as a wristwatch.
It’s the official Sean Connery Day. Be sure to grab a few Red Stripes and have a nap!
Handwriting designed by architect Toivo Salervo and introduced in 1931. It was taught in Finnish schools up until late 80s. The letter flow was designed so that entire words could be written without lifting the pen off the paper, a feature that was lost in subsequent revisions.
Four weeks ago Ubuntu undertook the largest crowdfunding campaign in history so far. Listed on Indiegogo, the open-source project attempts to raise $32 million to independently produce a superphone called Ubuntu Edge.
Now, as I was previously employed at Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu and pretty much saw the whole Ubuntu Phone project through from sketches on paper plates to the public launch in Las Vegas – I must admit that this record-breakingly insane fundraiser has got some sentimental value to me.
The campaign got off to a great start, smashing five million inside 72 hours, but the growth has since flattened out and now lingers at around $10 million with less than a week left. Something akin to skyrocketing needs to happen fast if this is to succeed.
So how do you raise $22 million?
Currently the options to contribute are following: $20 to become a Founder, $50 to get a t-shirt, $695 for the phone itself, $7000 for the enterprise starter kit, $10,000 for the phone and VIP treatment, and $80,000 for the enterprise bundle.
Ideally, people would pledge $695 for the phone, but that’s understandably a lot to pony up for a device that will only be out in May 2014. An easy entry is a must because the last stage of the campaign needs to be infectious like a… zombie epidemic.
Which is why I think the only way through is through the masses. The lowest priced perk of the campaign is the $20 “Founder” pledge. Easy, low entry. If a million people become Founders, the Ubuntu Edge is on for sure.
Everyone who can read this, can part with twenty dollars for a good cause. Everyone who thinks free and open-source software is a good thing, should pledge $20 (or more) and ask their friends to do the same.
If it doesn’t work out, you get your money back in a few days. If we succeed, you’ve become a part of making history!
A little something to build in a nearby hackspace or such place.
Typographer Jan Tschichold’s phonetic alphabet from 1929 is quite a gem. It makes German look like Yiddish-cum-world-tongue from A Clockwork Orange type retro-future.
Tschichold’s design omitted capital letters, changed the ‘eu’ into phonetically accurate ‘oi’ or ‘z’ into ‘ts’, and introduced new characters for some typical sounds like ‘sch’ and ‘ch’. Punctuation was provided for long vowels too.
Much of his thinking turned out to be too much for the Nazis and he had to flee to Switzerland after being condemned as a“Cultural Bolshevist” in 1933. It is only ironic that he later denounced his earlier work and beliefs and condemned Modernism “as being authoritarian and inherently fascistic”.
Eventually his work would have mainstream impact. After the war he moved to England and worked for Penguin Books – creating a set of rules according to which Penguin covers were designed and pages laid out.
He was a bit of a kerning nazi, though:
“Every day I had to wade through miles of corrections. I had a rubber stamp made: ‘Equalize letter-spaces according to their visual value.’ It was totally ignored; the hand compositors continued to space out the capitals on title-pages with spaces of equal thickness.”
RIP Douglas Engelbart, 1928 – 2013
A whole lot of future was presented at the Stanford Research Institute on 9th December 1968. In what later became known as “The Mother of All Demos”, Douglas Engelbart presents the computer mouse, hypermedia and real-time collaboration on documents, to name a few “interactive computer aids” that very much define how we engage with information and communication today.