Thursday, July 31, 2008

If Only China's Power Stations Were as Sexy

A week to the big games now. Beijing has shut down the nearby factories for a month in the hope of getting some clean air.


from Ian Payne 's flickr set "Power Stations"

Cabinet for Organization-Freak

by Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Movie Posters Without Big Heads and Pretty Face

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by All City Media
www.allcitymedia.com

Piano Doorbell


Are you tired of monotonous door bells? Chinese designer Li Jianyelets you have a little tune of your own.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Eat With Your Fingers



Spanish design group Merry Kawamura Ganjavian has provided the solution of eating India food (or any other "finger" food) without getting your fingers all greasy.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Packing Tape Gets Artistic

What can you do with a roll of packing tape?
- Packing?
No, this is not a stupid question. Mark Khaisman proves that in the hands of an artist, anything could turn into a work of art.

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mark_khaisman_art_now_hang_up_on_me

mark_khaisman_art_emily_arielle_and_helen

mark_khaisman_art_ani_and_sofie


Friday, July 25, 2008

RIP, Prof. Randy Pausch

Good Morning America broke the news of Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, 47, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. If you don't know him yet, watch The Last Lecture on Youtube, nothing is more worthy of your time.

Here are some of lessons I learned from his lecture:

1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.



Additional videos:

Randy Pausch speaking before Congress


Randy Pausch inspires graduates


Rest in peace, Professor. You had been a real inspiration.

Russian Photographer Olaf Martens















Russian photographer Olaf Martens. I like the shock his photography delivers at first glance. Not just the unique composition but the meaning of each photos. It's not sweet, not pleasantly beautiful, but it makes you think.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

75 Things Every Person Should Do

The Esquire listed 75 things every man should do. Among them are some good tips for women too. My favorite is:




Turning Torso



photo by l&coolj
Malmo, Sweden

Designed by Santiago Calatrava and is the tallest residential building in Sweden at 190 m.




Sunday, July 20, 2008

A New Way of Blogging - email ONLY

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No registration, just email post@posterous.com, and instantly get a http://yourname.posterous.com blog. You can then sent photos, Mp3s and other files through the same email address to post@posterous.com, and they will appear on your blog. Not only that, you get 1Gb free storage, and you can search the entire posterous community for uploaded files, and easy downloading image galleries. Give it a try!



Thursday, July 17, 2008

One-line Comments on Recent Chinese News

Beijing’s power supply capability increased 124 percent from 2001 (China Daily)

- How much of the power is from coal power stations, may I ask?


(Ironically, ) China on brink of electricity shortfall. (FT)

- You see, that's where totalitarian comes in handy - the whole country for one city.


China seizes 46m illegal publications. (China Daily)

- Illegal publication or illegal censorship? Isn't it just convenient that the rule is so loosely set?



2.9 million RMB to buy a mobile phone number. (cnBeta)

- Is China rich or poor? A developing country or a developed country?


The Ministry of Health commands medical procedures be halted, in order to ensure blood provision for the Olympics. (Jinghua Newspaper, in Chinese)

- I'm sorry, but this sounds like the exact definition of a "bloody Olympics".


(As if that's not enough),
China bans sales of about 1000 medicines that contain ingredients of stimulant drugs. And that includes cough syrup. (People.com.cn)

- Don't get sick!




Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Amazing Animated John Lennon Interview

luckiest fan in the world...

I Met The Walrus




Sunday, July 6, 2008

4 Creative Home Additions

(UPDATES: My thanks to Makou for contributing the sources of the last three products. The first product remains to be found=)

Huge 3M post-it tables

Creativity:
Utility:
Seems pretty nice for taking notes in a tediously long lecture, but seriously, this is the least environmental-friendly table, not to mention it would be quite inconvenient to actually carrying such a big piece of post-it around once you tear it off.


Muti-functional desk

from (http://functionworksinc.com/)

Creativity:
Utility:

All you need to do is "turn the table".

Book-stand lamp

from (http://www.bureaudebank.nl)

Creativity:
Utility:

新奇夹书灯


Delete Mosquitos:

from (http://www.worldwidefred.com/delete.htm)

Creativity:

Utility:

Honestly, does these things ever triumph in face of man's ubiquitous sworn enemy?