New Danny MacAskill Video

[via Kottke]

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November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Embroidery for Thugs

[WhatParty Etsy store via Big E]

November 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art. 1 comment.

Universal Coffee Gripper

Coffee grinds, a bag, and a vacuum.

Feeling increasingly worried about the inevitable war between man and machine.

[via Rockstar (cyborg?) Athlete Matt Baldwin]

November 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

The Re-Arranger

[Kim Rugg via GOOD]

Appropriate song: Mates of State – The Re-Arranger

[via Pretty goes with Pretty]

November 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Refurbished Bicycles Make Good Gates

[Bike Guerilla via Dude Craft]

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Art. 2 comments.

I Was a Sneaky Kid

[Mistake Report #51802 via Dude Craft]

November 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

Meet the Intersection of the Future

The Diverging Diamond Interchange:

[via Core77]

[image via GOOD]

November 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Sorcery or Science: You Decide

Don’t understand what laminar flow has to do with this.

[via Sean Michael Ragan @ Make Magazine]

November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Physical Peer to Physical Peer

It’s called Dead Drops.

Hey guy, what the hell are you doing?

Oh.

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.

[via Becky Stern @ Make Magazine]

October 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. 1 comment.

Inside the Mind of a Genius

Google any phrase like “best television show” and The Wire is sure to dominate your results.  It wasn’t always this way.

Back in September of 2000, David Simon (one of 2010’s MacArthur Genius Grant recipients) made the pitch to HBO.  About what you’d expect.  79 pages of proposed episode synopses and thematic sketches.

What surprised me the most were the ample changes throughout.  Here’s a rundown:

Conspicuously absent

  • Wallace
  • Wee-Bey
  • Poot
  • Pryzbylewski

Names changed

  • Stringy Bell = Stringer Bell
  • Aaron Barksdale = Avon Barksdale
  • Jimmy McArdle = Jimmy McNulty
  • Doughboy = Proposition Joe
  • William “Bunk” Moreland
  • Lester Weeks = Lester Freeman
  • Shakima = Kima

Character differences

  • Slim Charles is fat.  Really fat.
  • Herc is really into steroids.

Significant plot deviations

  • Bubbles has AIDs and dies by the end of the first season.
  • Kima gets murdered by Slim Charles at Orlando’s.
  • Orlando’s undergoes a name change to Odell’s afterward.
  • Herc gets busted for steroids and gets fired.
  • Santangelo is still a rat for the Major in charge of the homicide department, but also for Stringer Bell.  This sets up a situation where a Barksdale crew tries to kill D’Angelo, Lester, and Sydnor in a motel room.  Santangelo eventually gets arrested for this and Lester and Sydnor beat him up badly in a bathroom.

I know, right, Michael?

[David Simon’s pitch to HBO via Kottke]

[images via Blake Hicks & Variety]

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

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