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It’s almost time to announce 2013’s Most Creative People! Until then, it’s fun to look back at last year’s list and consider where all of those people are now.
Scene on the otherwise silent train ride home last night:
Me, plugged into my iPhone with a huge 26-pack of toilet paper sitting in my lap, laughing often and out loud. The man sitting next to me giving me the side-eye and scooting to the far side of his seat and away from me.
Point: Jeff Garlin’s “By the Way” interview with Zack Galifianakis is hilarious. A tidbit on the subject of shampoo:
Garlin: Right now your hair is almost like the Three Stooges being scared. …
Galifianakis: Pert Plus is so expensive. .. I don’t need the Plus, just give me the Pert.
As a matter of fact, I’m making my way through them in a non-orderly fashion and a lot of Garlin’s “By the Way” podcasts are funny. You should give them a listen if you haven’t already and you feel like it.
There are a lot of roads just sitting there in the sun, doing nothing with all that energy. Why not use them to collect it? Introducing the Solar Roadway, a road built out of solar panels.
The road is made of three parts: a hard-wearing translucent top-layer with the solar cells, LED lights (for road markings) and a heating element (to keep off snow and ice); an electronics layer to control lighting and communications; and a base plate layer that distributes power to nearby homes and businesses (and perhaps electric vehicle charging stations). Plus, there’s a channel at the edge to collect and filter run-off water (including anti-freeze and other chemicals that normally leeches into the ground).
Photographer Todd McLellan has been on my mind ever since I saw this post on making an Inventor’s Box: a collection of tools and second-hand electronics for kids to disassemble, organize, wreck, rebuild, or reinvent into something completely different… you name it!
Then view his project, Things Come Apart, where he’s also photographed the same parts “flying” through the air.
McLellan’s photographs seek to challenge our disposable culture by making transparent all the things that we regularly throw away. He said he wanted to get inside the older objects to show the quality, beauty and care that went into the original manufacturing process.
“I hope people think a little bit more about the things they use. Not that people should have feelings for objects, but instead think about ‘reuse and recycle,’ not just ‘use and discard.’ “
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is featuring Things Come Apart until May 19th, 2013, or check out McLellen’s new book available for pre-order on Amazon: Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living.
Related art from parts: One Plastic Beach.
This is the dark side of transposons.
I feel so blessed that the government protects my wife and me from the dangers of gay marriage so we can safely go buy some assault weapons.
— Will Ferrell (via kateoplis)