Monthly archives: October 2005


I want to build my bicycle

I’m telling you, I need a shed, or a workshop or garage, somewhere I could make something like the Groundhugger XR2. Clare has fibre-glassing experience and I’m fairly good with the tools. And then we could tackle some of the other build-it-yourself projects from this site. I think a one man sub would be cool.

via Make magazine’s del.icio.us feed

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Red Team

The Design Council’s Red Project aims to find ways for homes to become less energy intensive and combat climate change.

One third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from residential households. Householders could reduce this by making their houses more efficient, generating their own energy, switching suppliers or simply switching off.

We think people need a bit of well designed help. Bills are confusing, energy use is invisible and installations are tedious.

Our project proposes new products, services and policies to help householders save energy – and reduce C02 emissions.

Here’s our design-for-energy manifesto. We want YOU to take a look and tell us what you think needs to happen.

via WorldChanging

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big wheel

big wheel
big wheel,
originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

I went on the big wheel this morning. For a team meeting.

The need to do a task detracted from the experience because we couldn’t enjoy the view, but it was still an interesting diversion.

Deep down (oh, alright, not so deep down) i’m not suited to office work any more. I can’t quite explain why, it’s just the way i’ve become. I’d much rather be at my computer or in a shed, crafting bizarre links and strange sculptures for the world to enjoy. Still, events like this are pleasantly different.
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Conspicuous Consumption

Chris Jordan’s photos portray the effects of mass consumption. The near abstract piles of crushed cars, discarded phones and unwanted circuit boards have a certain abstract beauty about them, even when you understand the waste and destruction they represent.

Via BoingBoing (I think the increase in traffic is putting a big strain on the server.)

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Poser Creator interviewed

I just bought the new version of Poser, the 3D figure creation and rendering program that is my main cheat for laying out comics panels and getting characters consistently in proportion and relative size. The package is in its sixth iteration and celebrating its tenth anniversary. To celebrate the milestone the program’s creator sat down with e-frontier to discuss his background, work and interests.

First of all, let’s talk about the evolution of Poser. I know that you have a background in animation, and have animation royalty in your family. Can you discuss a bit about your family, education and also your animation experience?

My grandfather, who I never got the chance to meet, was Dave Fleischer. He, along with his brother Max Fleischer, created and ran Fleischer Studios from the 1920s to the 1940s. Dave was credited with directing all the Betty Boop, Popeye, and Koko The Clown cartoons, as well as the features Gulliver’s Travels and Hoppity Goes To Town. My grandfather actually was Koko the clown. He was filmed wearing a clown suit for the animations they would then rotoscope (which they invented and patented).

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Poser Creator interviewed

I just bought the new version of Poser, the 3D figure creation and rendering program that is my main cheat for laying out comics panels and getting characters consistently in proportion and relative size. The package is in its sixth iteration and celebrating its tenth anniversary. To celebrate the milestone the program’s creator sat down with e-frontier to discuss his background, work and interests.

First of all, let’s talk about the evolution of Poser. I know that you have a background in animation, and have animation royalty in your family. Can you discuss a bit about your family, education and also your animation experience?

My grandfather, who I never got the chance to meet, was Dave Fleischer. He, along with his brother Max Fleischer, created and ran Fleischer Studios from the 1920s to the 1940s. Dave was credited with directing all the Betty Boop, Popeye, and Koko The Clown cartoons, as well as the features Gulliver’s Travels and Hoppity Goes To Town. My grandfather actually was Koko the clown. He was filmed wearing a clown suit for the animations they would then rotoscope (which they invented and patented).

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Sports Cameras

For those moments you want to record from your point of view- Jd7’s sports cameras can be mounted on helmets, boards, frames or wing mirrors. The transmitter has a range of 1.5 kilometres, but if you have the space and money you can always get the recommended media recorder and cart it around. I want to video the commute, shot from low enough it could look quite impressive.