Digital shoebox of stray thoughts and fleeting moments by Mika Meskanen.

‘Love Sublime (feat. Nile Rodgers and Fiora)’ by Tensnake is my new jam.

‘Love Sublime (feat. Nile Rodgers and Fiora)’ by Tensnake is my new jam.

“Dencity, a map of global population density”

Dencity, a map of global population density

‘Rebel Soldier’ by Jamey Johnson is my new jam.

‘Rebel Soldier’ by Jamey Johnson is my new jam.

Do you like our owl?

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It’s artificial?

Of course it is.

Must be expensive.

Very. I’m Rachael.

Deckard.

‘Blush Response’ by Vangelis

In praise of gaffer tape

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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.

The Gravitistic Wristwatch

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.

http://www.thinkbym.com/blogs/blog/8310175-the-gravitistic-wristwatch-experience-time

 

The Sean Connery Day

It’s the official Sean Connery Day. Be sure to grab a few Red Stripes and have a nap!

Back to school

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.

Hockey stick graph to the rescue

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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!

Give it a go!

Atomic-synced Laserdisc clock

A little something to build in a nearby hackspace or such place.