Using the sun to make a rhetorical point on the climate crisis – watch the video…Â
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It only takes two cups of boiling waves to make a hiker’s feast:
Baby bathing-suits with built-in life-belts…
In Danish the idea of linked trafficlights is literally translated “Green waves” <Danish: GrÃ¸n BÃ¸lge>. In my neighbourhood in downtown Copenhagen a new green wave/series of linked lights for bicycles has just been launched. Keep up the speed – and you can ride your bike through green lights only during rushhours.
Wave Dragon – the worldâ€™s first offshore wave energy converter producing power for the grid in Denmark. Soon being moved from Nissum Bredding to Wales, because of the lack of political will and funding in Denmark.
Â I recently stumbled upon this amazing piece of technology, AMOEBA,Â which seems to be able toÂ generate lines and shapesÂ on a surface of water. “The wave generators move up and down in controlled motions to simultaneously produce a number of cylindrical waves that act as pixels.” I want one. Someone suggestedÂ a reference to the water creatures [...]
The phonograph… is not of any commercial value (Thomas Edison 1880) Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote (Grover Cleveland, president of USÂ 1905) Who the hell wants to hear actors talk (Harry Warner, Warner Brothers PicturesÂ 1927) I think there is a world market for about five computers (Thomas J.Â Watson, IBM, 1943) Â
Artist Reuben Margolin has created a series of wooden kinetic sculptures, which he calls Waves. One of these sculptures “The Square Wave” (image) is made of wooden dowels controlled by an awesome mechanical contraption. You really have to admire the tremendous effort and degree of precision this guy has used to create exactly these billowing [...]
To add a nerdy touch to this Brainwave, I will say that, quantum mechanically, everything behaves as a wave. Light, heat, sound, magnetism–at a small enough scale all of these are treated as waves. The way things behave at human scales is just a simplification of this wave behavior. When you look at things on [...]
On the topic of the many shapes of waterÂ I rememberedÂ a couple of digital projects attempting to literally manipulateÂ the shape of water. The project “Bitfall”Â (top image) creates temporary physical water sculptures in mid-air. It’s a kind of giant vertical matrix printer consisting ofÂ a numberÂ ofÂ synchronized valves spurtingÂ out ephemeral imagery. The images only exist for a very short [...]
I recently visited the new museum of urban planning i Beijing. It is a highly recommendable sight for anyone remotely interested in city planning and architecture. They have great models showing the ambitious plans for the city’s rapid growth in for the coming years, a great section on the environmental intiatives that are to make [...]
I just bought these scissors as a birthday present for a soon-to-be four-year-old – and I’m already regretting not getting some for my own use. The trick is – in case you didn’t already know – that these scissors automatically cut the paper in the wavy pattern of your choice – sort of a stencil-meets-scissors-invention. [...]
Â On the subject of brain waves, the game of BrainballÂ cannot be ignored. ThisÂ electronicÂ art installation works in the following way: Two players are seated at a table and their brain activity is measured. By accomplishing the least brain activity the players push a ballÂ forward. Here’s the technical explanation: “The brainwaves that move the ball forward, [...]
Inspired by Nadja’s post Smiling Is A Benign Virus I came to think of a conversationÂ I was having the other day with the great and inspiring Danish musician and artist Signe HÃ¸irup Wille-JÃ¸rgensen a.k.a. Jomi Massage. She told me she had started to live out a mantra from one of her lyrics sayingÂ - â€œspeak out [...]
Levendes post on Protection just triggered a new brainwave: If Al Gore is right and most of the worlds major cities will be under water in a few decades from now, we’re about to make the myth of Atlantis come true. That leaves us with the choice between two major paths to go down when [...]
In his 1998 novel Tales of Protection, Norwegian writer Erik Fosnes Hansen writes about how to protect oneself from bees, and he describes how lighthouses save lives.Â Â This makes me think of cities at the sea: How does one protect a placeÂ against the splashing and clashing of the waves?
Brainstorming is thrilling. Allowing oneself to kiss trivialities and constraints goodbye…open up the mind…let one association lead to the other…enjoy the flow of thoughts and new ideas emerging from the hidden treasuries of the brain… It’s wonderful. It’s arousing. It’s thrilling. At first glance brainstorming seems extremely efficient too. It doesn’t take long to create [...]