The enterprising individuals over at The Play Coalition (I’ll get you a link if one comes back into existence) have created a monster. This little palm now has legs, so that it can follow that sunbeam that moves across your living room floor each morning. In my house it would also need to learn to run away from my cat and go grab itself a glass of water when it gets thirsty. Unfortunately, by the time it gets that smart, I imagine I’d find it going through my fridge looking for beer and pizza. Click the image to see PlantBot in motion.
Graffiti is one of the most controversial art forms. Made most famous by vandals, it tends to be used mostly in a somewhat territorial defacing of property with motivations varying as much as any other art form, if not more. It is one of our most ancient arts, with cave paintings dating back at least 32,000 years, many of them less socially acceptable than the standard bison image that comes to mind.
Reverse graffiti is the art of removing grime or graffiti in such a way that it leaves a message behind. The artist can vary all the way from that kid who scrawls ‘wash me’ with their finger on all the dirty cars they see, to masters like Scott Wade (top) and Alexandre Orion (video below).
As you can see from the video, the legality of reverse graffiti is still leaving officials scratching their heads. Are they really going to arrest you for cleaning the subway? As with anything that irritates people or costs them money (£750,000 to (finish) cleaning the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol) expect them to manage to trump up some kind of charge if you get caught making a nuisance of yourself.
Graffiti writers are not real villains. Real villains consider the idea of breaking in someplace, not stealing anything and then leaving behind a painting of your name in four foot high letters the most retarded thing they ever heard of. -Banksy
Update: Here’s another good one:
Just think of how much more efficiently you could store your eggs if they were square! All neatly stacked. No more eggs rolling off of your plate, and they fit perfectly on a triscuit. Amaze your friends with tales of your new genetically engineered chicken. all this for a mere three dollars.
To use it, just hard boil your eggs and remove the shells. While they are still warm, drop one in the (preferably chilled) cuber and screw down the lid until the egg becomes square. Unscrew the lid and push up on the base plate to remove your now cubetacular egg. Repeat until you have a nice stack of eggs.
This faint blue forcefield renders your banana impervious to attack. Just bend the crenellations of the bunker to conform to the unique shape of your banana, then insert the banana and twist on the cap. There is a hole at the top and bottom of the bunker to accommodate the stem and allow for bananas of unusual size, although I doubt you could keep your plantains in here. At a mere six bucks it makes for an excellent white elephant gift or stocking stuffer for the banana eater in your life. Sure to be a conversation starter.
You know those arguments that keep coming up and you just can’t seem to come to a resolution? You both think you are right? Sidetaker allows you to write up your argument and send an invite to the dissenting party. Should they choose to accept the invite, they will be able to write up their own side of the conflict, at which point the argument will be posted (anonymously) for all the world to deliberate. Readers can take a side and add their reactions, comments, and suggestions for a resolution. Even if it isn’t for everyone, it is a brilliant idea. A few examples:
The Url is perhaps the best example of the idea being the invention. Here is a site that anyone could have bought for under ten bucks a decade ago, but didn’t. Well, It’s too late now. Upsidedowndogs is a site full of upside down pictures of upside down dogs. It may not be any great revolution for society at large, but the site is a perfect example of maximum success for minimum effort, and it is hard to not be cheered by a visit.
A joint project between James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, the Augmented Animals Project seems like a joke gone nearly right. With ideas ranging from stealth jackets for whales to acorn locating wrist worn GPS for squirrels, these guys couldn’t possibly be serious, but amidst all the projects that suggest there were too many joints in this joint project, there are a few winners. Most notably this wagometer tail ornament for dogs. Ostensibly a translation device, this LED stick uses the same persistence of vision trick seen in novelty clocks, and dozens of other recent devices. In the end it really just makes your dog look even goofier than usual, but it will also get them a lot of extra attention which will not only make them happy, but could also keep them safe from drivers on their daily walk.