Archives for the Date March 8th, 2011

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Counter-Earth’s Dept. of Education, Kicking Ass

John Hodgman & Kurt Vile, 9 pm – Midnite EST

John Hodgman & Kurt Vile, 9 pm – Midnite EST

Prison rape and the government

In the NY Review of Books, David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow take a disturbing look at the vastly under-reported and under-prosecuted phenomenon of rape and sexual assault within the US prison system, and what our government isn’t doing to address the pr…

COAT LOOP by Tom Raffield – "a contemporary…

COAT LOOP by Tom Raffield – “a contemporary butler’s elbow” (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com)

Boston’s Treepods / Influx_Studio

Courtesy of Influx_StudioParis-based Influx_Studio shared with us a project they are currently developing: a new concept of artificial urban tree which absorbs Co², called TREEPOD. More images and architect’s description on this project after the br…

Passport ownership prevents diabetes

It’s conclusive: owning a passport will prevent you from becoming diabetic.

(Left: Andrew Sullivan’s Map of the Day. Right: Diabetes Belt stretches across Deep South and Appalachia)

Terada Mokei

Paper pop-ups shrink everyday life into adorably tiny scenarios
by Meghan Killeen

A slice of life shrinks even smaller with the miniature design line, Terada Mokei. Architect-turned-modeler Naoki Terada’s Architectural Model Accessori…

Photographing Florida farms: a felony?

A bill introduced by Florida state senator Jim Norman would make it a felony to take a photograph of a farm without the owner’s permission: “A person who photographs, video records or otherwise produces images or pictorial records, digital or otherwise…

Florida Motorists Illegally Detained For Paying With Large Bills

Is it a crime to pay a $1 toll with a $100 bill? The people responsible for counting out change might wish that it were, but paying a toll with legal tender isn’t a crime. Toll collectors in Florida allegedly as…

American prison labor used to build Patriot missiles for UAE arms deal

“This spring, the United Arab Emirates is expected to close a deal for
$7 billion dollars’ worth of American arms. Nearly half of the cash
will be spent on Patriot missiles, which cost as much as $5.9 million
apiece,” reports Noah Shachtman. And some o…