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June 30 at 10:25am

Building Better Transport Systems

Why do grown-ups take so long to figure things out?  Cars have polluted the atmosphere for so long we now have global warming.  Gas is running out and what do the grown ups plan to do?  Our train system is outdated.  Isn’t it time for a better mousetrap?  Who’s building it?

Courtesy of the writer of Future Tech we get to see how things may get better.  I love all these images and the book is on my Wish List.  This train system above is in development in Japan; not only would it go faster than trains today, but it would also generate excess clean energy via wind and solar panels.
If that looks good, I think this looks even better.  The SkyTran system is a maglev system for individual two-person transport.
London, Belgium, and The Netherlands are soon getting a similar system called ULTra which will be individual electric cars running on either elevated or ground level routes.  It looks just as cool without the monorail.
But what we really need is a sky taxi, or the plane that we can drive on the road.
Wow.  The exiting thing is that these are all in development.  Hopefully it won’t take fifteen years like most things seem to.  (thanks! Dark Roasted Blend)


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June 30 at 10:09am

Not Your Next Bike


Think you’ve mastered scooters, skateboards, and roller blades, eh?  Try this one on for size. (via Wired).

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June 29 at 2:23pm

Glueless Twin Personality Papercraft


The Rogues are a new design of papercraft that camouflage their true personality.  Click on the bottom left of the images on the site and watch them transform.  I can’t wait to build them.  Free! (tip BoingBoing)

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June 29 at 1:05pm

Recommended Viewing #1: My Beautiful Girl Mari


Lee Seong-kang’s MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL MARI (2002) was one of our great film discoveries this year.  The animation is beautiful and inventive.  It’s the story of a young boy who seems to have everyone around him always leaving him.  He seems to find a solution by entering a dream world, where he meets Mari.  Seeing it’s set during his summer vacation there’s no better time to watch it than right now.  We’d say appropriate for age 7+.

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June 29 at 12:13pm

A Cardboard Hope: (Sweded) Star Wars

Michel Gondry has changed culture many times over.  His Lego video may be the greatest video ever.  And his Rubik’s Cube series are among the YouTube Hall of Fame.  I look forward to the day when “Sweded” films take over from the corporate.  Homemade always tastes better.  This Star Wars trumps any thing Lucas did after the first three (and that is the TRUE first three, not the alternately titled first three).  And the soundtrack ranks with John Williams’ best work.

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June 24 at 10:10am

Dancing Fool

And I mean that in the best possible way.  We all need to dance, just like we all need to laugh.  I think this proves both.  What a way to see the world!  42 countries, including outer space!  And all with happy feet (thanks to Ellen D. for the tip!)

P.S. No saying the title around the house.  That is, no saying it without your parents’ permission.


Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.


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June 24 at 1:59am

If you could have any clubhouse….

How about a steampunk treehouse?


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