Norway produces approximately 2 million barrels of oil per day, 12% of the worlds production. This project seeks financing and formal approval for building and promoting a sculpture built from the same number of used oil barrels. (mer…)
Now, I don’t want a car that only looks dangerous.
I want the car to be fricking dangerous!
So no rubber spikes or decals with nuclear waste symbols. Just real, nasty, rusty nails and junk, placed to cause maximum damage if it crashes into you (or explodes). And perhaps a tiny coil gun cannon, or a grinder of some kind, or a flame thrower?
This is going to be awesome!
Autonomy with arduino. If you move, it will hunt you :)
Long range fpv. 4 km?
Run the engine on methane.
Some other cars for inspiration:
Flamethrowers. You know, for kids! Photo: Warner Bros
Half shelter, half no/all-religion shrines, placed in the most remote and wild places of Norway, only accessible by foot. All glass should be recycled, and the dome should be modular, to be easy to transport, repair, and replace. I want each module to be hollow, so it can be filled with brightcolored pieces of glass (or plastic) by local school-children, or local artists.
12 more images for inspiration and reference. (mer…)
Well, SOMEBODY has to! :) This is part of my new little project: Repairing things for me and for others. It is so easy to just throw stuff away when they no longer work, and often to expensive to take them to a repair shop, so I thought I would do my part for our planet by repairing as many things as I can.
The problem: Weird sounds, no movement, burnt smell. The solution: A part of the fan had come off and got stuck. Scraped the fan and fan housing clean and used a round file to smooth things. Good as new.
Any service that makes it as easy to approach people on the street etc as it is on Twitter or Facebook. There are heaps of services that touches on this field, but not many that works or have enough members to make it work. So maybe there is room for a service that connects it all, and shows you on a mobile map where people who are open to “hellos” are. It could be a facebook app (facebook has 1 million members in Norway, of 4.7 million inhabitants). Your mobile phone would simply broadcast itself with a “hello, talk to me” to a google map and perhaps bluetooth. A cross between facebook, twitter and friendfeed, but with the purpose of connecting physical beings in a physical location.
2. A web based service that lets you record video from any television channel.
It makes no sense for everyone to own their own PVR/TIVO/Mediacenter and record to disk at home, when you could do it sentralized and distribute it with bittorrent. The business model is like this: 10 gb storage for free, if you are too lazy to delete, or simply want to keep things online longer, you pay extra. Everything you program to record is automatically downloaded to your harddrive if you want to. The gold: You get access to EVERY channel on the planet. I wanted to create this in 1998, but never got around to it, so you can have that idea for free :)
3. 24/7 live streaming video from your mobile device, with a twist (object identification)
Livestreaming from a cellphone is not new, it exists today, but here is the twist: 1) a small sensor analyses your brain-response to what you see or hear, and anything that creates an “unusual” reponse is indexed and flagged for later. 2) it also has a built in visual “thesaurus” (think wikipedia meets The Terminator), that can look up information on your surroundings in semi-realtime. So if you wanted to know whether or not to eat that delicious-looking red mushroom with the white dots, the system could advise you not to.
Did you know that American kids can identify 1000 products before they start school, but only know the name of 10 local plants (according to the movie “The 11th hour“)?
My son Leo (4 years old) decided to go through my idea-box (the golden box in the picture above) and do some heavy handed editing!
Here are some of the ideas he “didn’t like”:
1. A 100-mile gallery, inspired by the 100 mile diet, to only display works from artists living with a 100 mile radius. I thought it was a great idea, but Leo does not agree. I also like the idea of the 100 mile suit, as a concept for a local clothing store. Perhaps one could put all three together?
2. Falu-korv shaped like the Batman symbol. I was sure this would be an instant hit with the kids!
3. A magnetic dinner plate for children. By placing a powerful magnet underneath the table it is harder for a child to up-end it, or even move it. If you have children you know why this would be a great idea!
4. Thing library. A very old idea of mine, that has been implemented in many libraries all over the world, but I still want to create a local one. I had a web based personal thing library for a while, it is still online, but not really updated.
5. An anthology of poetry, short stories and images with an “Outdoors” theme. You know, nature. Working title Outside.
6. A website for giving yourself carbon credits and a better environmental conscience. There are plenty of carbon calculators out there, but they all seem to focus on how much you suck. I want to create one that shows how good you are. Actions that gives you free carbon credits are borrowing things from friends or libraries, recycling, not buying something new when you could or wanted to, buying something used instead of new, buying something green instead of not, buying something local instead of imported, doing nothing at all, using energy saving appliances instead, etc. You could still buy carbon credits if you absolutely wanted to, but is is far better if you give them to yourself as a reward for being green. Perhaps you could even sell them, or simply give them to a friend who has to travel somewhere.
7. A permanent flea market in my area. There are a few overpriced second hand stores in my city, and a few one-day flea markets, but there should be something more permanent, like in Amsterdam, New York or London, a big thriving mess of a market where people could sell or swap their stuff.
8. A cute sketch for a “family crest”. Forest + Beach
9. A way to make a “Hotweels track” for my kids using recycled materials. My kids love playing with them, but they are super expensive and not environmentally friendly, but if there was a locally prodused and cheaper alternative created with recycled materials I would buy 50 meters and let the kids go wild. No reason why it is should be so expensive, its just plastic!
10. Hiring myself out to people who need to develop new ideas.
So what to you think, do you agree with Leo that these ideas should be “canned”?
Update, 7th of february 2009: This photo is published under a Creative Commons Attribution lisence on flickr (as are all my pictures). It was recently used by communicatrix.com as illustration. Respect! :)
AKA: How to tell if your coworkers hate their job by watching how they park their cars.
I’ve been festering this theory…
Personally, when I finally get to work, after getting the kids to kindergarden and driving 20 km, I simply pull into the first available parking spot I can find, get my stuff and heads to my desk to crank out some bad code.
In “parking lot psychology terms”, this means that I like my job, as do most of my coworkers.
But every day there are quite a few people that take their sweet time, and actually backs their car into place, a process that takes up to 10 times as long.
I want to go home! My theory is that the people who back their cars into a parking space like this, simply can’t wait for the day to be over so that they can go back home. They actually spend lots of thought and energy even before coming to work on how they can leave in the fastest way possible.
Check it out for yourself the next time you get to work, and see who among your coworkers would rather be somewhere else… :)