Climatological Megastructures and Cultural Architecture

Until now we have been designing buildings to match our climates, but it seems we are now on the verge of designing climates to match our buildings. Take a look at Qatar, which has proposed designing a man made cloud to help keep soccer players cooler while playing in the upcoming World Cup. The “cloud,” filled with helium and built of…

Lemon Juice, Invisibility and Cognitive Distortion

Does rubbing your face with lemon juice make you invisible to video cameras?  It’s the Anosognosic Dilemma. How can we ever know something is wrong if we don’t know what that something is? If I don’t know. And I know that I don’t know it. That’s fine. Because I do know about it. But what about the unknown unknowns? Just…

Print is Dead…Finally?

Well it’s not often you see magazines shuttered…then relaunched. But that’s what you have with Gourmet, a perennial bastion of the culinary arts. Discontinued in October, Conde Nast just announced they are launching an iPad app called Gourmet Live. Back at Northwestern we called students in the print program “Dinosaurs” for a reason. And it’s about time the meteor hits. WIRED…

Texting Sharks warn Life Guards? OMG…WTF?

I’m not sure if sharks are participating willingly, but apparently some beaches in Australia have outfitted sharks with SMS enabled devices that text life guards to warn them when they get too close to land. If something doesn’t seem right here, it’s not. This is technology inserting itself into the circle of life. But I must admit,…

Tufte Meets Biggie…

Everything I need to know I learned from Biggie — or so it seems with these graphical representations of rap songs. All too often we struggle with how best to match data and culture. This isn’t exactly Tufte, but I’m always up for a good graph…