Friday, April 28, 2006

The power of the alternative.

A fully realized hydrogen powered city?


Is a Hydrogen Economy possible? I think the Danish may have this solved very soon. The construction starts in 2007. This should be very interesting. We destroy too many "Nouns" here to care. Working concepts like H2PIA we see at Disneyland for our amusement. So to see something like this realized says alot about the rest of the world.


inhabitat.com gets the nod for the above link.

For your listening pleasure .. 

I have a few things I like to do outside blogging. I love design and art. I love to make both and I love making music as well.

For yor listening pleasure. A track I made a while back but I just sort of completed with a pretty good master. I might be releasing this in a EP/LP soon.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Do the mario!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau

I have this posted near my desk in my home studio.

1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens
to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness
to be changed by them.


2. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good.
Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good
you'll never have real growth.


3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where
we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we?re going, but we will know we want to be there.


4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in
casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow
yourself the fun of failure every day


5. Go deep. The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.


6. Capture accidents. The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong
answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.


7. Study. A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will
benefit.


8. Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.


9. Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice:
begin anywhere.


10. Everyone is a leader. Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes
sense. Let anyone lead.


11. Harvest ideas. Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life.
Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.


12. Keep moving. The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and
migration to be part of your practice.


13. Slow down. Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.


14. Don?t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.


15. Ask stupid questions. Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine
learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.


16. Collaborate. The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife,
exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.


17. ____________________. Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven?t had yet, and for the ideas of
others.


18. Stay up late. Strange things happen when you?ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you're
separated from the rest of the world.


19. Work the metaphor. Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on
what it stands for.


20. Be careful to take risks. Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The
work you produce today will create your future.


21. Repeat yourself. If you like it, do it again. If you don?t like it, do it again.


22. Make your own tools. Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your
own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make
a big difference.


23. Stand on someone?s shoulders. You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before
you. And the view is so much better.


24. Avoid software. The problem with software is that everyone has it.


25. Don?t clean your desk. You might find something in the morning that you can?t see tonight.


26. Don?t enter awards competitions. Just don?t. It?s not good for you.


27. Read only left-hand pages. Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room
for what he called our "noodle."


28. Make new words. Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands
new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.


29. Think with your mind. Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.


30. Organization = Liberty. Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is
usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because
his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between "creatives" and "suits" is what Leonard Cohen calls a
'charming artifact of the past.'


31. Don?t borrow money. Once again, Frank Gehry?s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative
control. It?s not exactly rocket science, but it?s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many
have failed.


32. Listen carefully. Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and
complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or
ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.


33. Take field trips. The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a
totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic?simulated
environment.


34. Make mistakes faster. This isn?t my idea -- I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.


35. Imitate. Don?t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You'll never get all the way, and the
separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp?s large
glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.


36. Scat. When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else ... but not words.


37. Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.[br][br]


38. Explore the other edge. Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We
can?t find the leading edge because it?s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic
cycle but still rich with potential.


39. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms. Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the
interstitial spaces -- what Dr. Seuss calls "the waiting place." Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art
conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference -- the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals ? but with no
actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.


40. Avoid fields. Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding
of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes.
Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.


41. Laugh. People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I've become aware of this, I use
it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.


42. Remember. Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty.
History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a
previous moment or event. That?s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every
memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.


43. Power to the people. Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can't be
free agents if we?re not free.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ethanol 

Checking out the latest postings from The Port it made me think about the efficiency of Ethanol. I found a report that seems to clear up some doubts on the subject.

June 29,2005 Ethanol's Potential

It can work but only if your using a plant that has a lot of potential. I say we should grow fast grasses that use little water in the midstates somewhere and sell the surplus corn to countries that used up there food land for fuel lol.

Also I know in Brasil this is a commonly used fuel. My cousin has a WV Jetta with a dual engine in São Paulo where my father's family is from. 

Here's a Wikipedia article on Brasilian Ethanol. :)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Walken 2008

Christopher Walken 2008?!

The tap dancing dear hunting android is running for president. Awesome. 

Saturday, April 22, 2006

ChinaArc

Chinese Chinese !


Even the Chinese are doing good design. I think it's funny that we lead and invent then just let it go. Other countries develop and spit back to us. It's 2006 .. act like it America. 

Hello Saturday. 

Conan O'Brien Hates my Homeland.


Seriously one of the funnier bits on his show in recent years. One of my favorites ...

Israel
Hey, remember when life in Israel was vibrant and carefree? Man, that was the day.

I hope Conan is funny when he replaces Leno. 

Friday, April 21, 2006

The real OC. 

Manufactured Community?


Brilliant idea. Making people blend and form a community. Now if they only thought about this back when Irvine was being formed ... 

Thursday, April 20, 2006

George Bush v. John Lennon. 

Interesting piece of video art.

If only conversatives were a bit more technically savvy then you could see a rebuttal on this video. With some more peaceful images or whatever you might want to see. I just think the timing is pretty damn good on this video. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Very nice. 

Frank Gehry v. Tiffany ?!


It almost has this retro feel to it. Brilliant collaboration. 

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Brilliant. 

Now this is what I like to see.

Recycled Fuselage

Genius. Recycle the fuselage of an airplane and convert into a building or housing facilities. This is what American architects should looking towards. Greener projects. Contrary to popular belief there is only 1 Earth. Care not for yourself but for the future generations of your genealogy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

We are the Robots. 

I always wondered how James Brown influenced Kraftwerk until I went back and really listened to some of there material. James Brown was very big on repeatition and funky guitar stuff. James Brown was doing something in Soul/R&B/Rock that was never done before. Kraftwerk mimiced this with there invention of electronic rock. The synths and drums where something that was never before in that context. Before Kraftwerk it was all related to classicly composed music and working scores on paper. Switched on Bach is a record that comes to mind. Still a very good record mind you but it didn't leave the hallowed grounds of a already used form. To say Kraftwerk had a big influence on music would be an understatement. Here is one of my favourite videos..


Trans-Europe Express.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Kie-pee-REEN-yah!

I was posting on The Port today about a Brasilian restaurant I really like and I thought about my favorite drink Caiprinha. It's a nice cocktail to enjoy just about anytime of the year but especially in the summertime. The drink is real easy to make.

1 lime

2 ounces of cachaça

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle (Or something to break it up a bit) just enough to release the juice but not too much or you'll make it bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again.

Ok now your thinking .. what the H is cachaça? It's like Brasilian rum and you can get it here or maybe World Market/BevMo. You can also experiment with other types of liquor for something new and interesting.