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Completely impractical to scale? Perhaps. But a nice way to use the trees and improve a space? Definitely.
Michael Neff created a public installation of hanging dead Christmas trees at the highly trafficked intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and North 6th Street under the BQE.
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Perhaps this gives further credence to the idea that modern traffic signals actually make traffic more dangerous, because people pay less attention.
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When I saw the GigaOM headline tonight, I was reminded of this morning's Chicago Tribune story about Cook County's failed police car camera program. Among other things, the cameras interfered with the operation of the in-car air bags. GigaOM isn't suggesting anything like this (I just went there from the headline), but with all the discussion of "traditional electronics vendors" moving into automobiles, it's a good moment to reflect on the different ways in which technology is designed. Car manufacturers' in-auto technology may be stodgy, but it tends to be extremely well tested and reliable. And it doesn't get in the way of the airbag.
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In a remarkable attempt at a double blind study of old and new violins (utilizing millions of dollars in old violins), violinists preferred the new ones over the really expensive old ones.
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When the public knows (or simply believes) that "the next great thing" is around the corner, sales of existing product are significantly impacted. The situation is significant enough that Apple's quarterly sales numbers are often hurt when this occurs. I can't help but believe Apple's holiday iPad sales won't be what they could have been, were it not for these rumors. Ouch. If the rumors are true, the odds are that the sales eventually "even out," if they're false, many of those sales perhaps vanish, or migrate to another company's device.
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I think 3D printing may be one of the more overlooked technologies of our time. It's falling in price rapidly, and is now in the easy reach of small businesses. The one shown in this Woot video is under $2k, and does 2 colors. This suggests there are 1-color versions available for even less money. I see this as particularly useful when it comes to auto parts. Why would an auto part store ever stock a whole wall full of plastic knobs for every car out there when they could just have a printer and print the parts out on demand. For that matter, why would the auto maker continue buying the knobs from a third party when they could just print them out in their factory?
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I always love stories about turning human waste into power. But something about doing it at prisons makes it even better. Of course, I begin to wonder. Shouldn't the inmates be compensated for their waste? :-)
Rwanda's jails are reducing their energy bills this year by turning inmate's waste into energy. That's right, poo power is back.
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One of my takeaways from this NY Times story is that easy parking == less need for public transit. If we have to walk three or four blocks from the spot on the street where we parked our car, the two or three block walk to public transit looks a lot better.
We need to take parking lots more seriously, architecturally, and to think of them as public spaces, as part of the infrastructure of our streets and sidewalks.
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Have you ever imagined your car recognizing you? Some Japanese researchers have, but they aren't imagining facial recognition. Instead, they've developed butt recognition. Really.
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