Archive for July, 2007
Words fail. Let the rest of the press world encapsulate his life in 350 words or less, but let the blogosphere cry in anquish at this great loss. No, that’s not melodramatic. Wild Strawberries was, to me, his greatest film. I first saw it in art school relatively late in my career and his carnal spirituality stood out against the background of American indie films being made at the time. This was the late 90s and I was in my 30s and professor Borg’s journey is timeless.
Below is "a music video from 1981 by Oliver Mandi?, a big-time 1980s eastern European pop star, transvestite, drug experimenter, orientalist (natch), perfectionist and all-around controversial guy." –benperry.net
I think it is absolutley amazing and must be watched by everyone under the age of 20:
A big ‘thank you’ to benperry.net for this one
As many of you know already, Theresa Duncan, author, filmmaker and bon vivant frequently qouted here in (incli)NATION was found dead in her NYC apartment by her longtime boyfriend Jeremy Blake, July 10th of this year. A detailed suicide note was left behind. Sadly, Jeremy took his own life a week later. While there is much speculation surrounding this tragedy, we at (incli)NATION would simply like to wish them both well, wherever they are.
A shadow crossed the blue Miami sky
As we hit the causeway by the big hotel
Now I can’t remember why
After all the words were said and tears were gone
We vowed we’d never say goodbye
When we kissed we could hear the sound of thunder
As we watched the regulars rush the big hotels
We kissed again as the showers swept the Florida shore
You opened your umbrella
But we walked between the raindrops back to your door
In my dreams I can hear the sound of thunder
I can see the causeway by the big hotels
That happy day we’ll find each other on that Florida shore
You’ll open your umbrella
And we’ll walk between the raindrops back to your door…
The original quote, “To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals,” is from Benjamin
Franklin’s book “Poor Richard’s Almanack” which by the way is a particularly useful little tome which sits on my bedside table but it is unfortunately usually buried beneath a pile of half-read books, magazines and crossword puzzles…
If your not successful simply walking away from the bounty, simply refuse to eat sugar or carbs and see how quickly your appetite dissapears. (worked for me anyway)
Check them out even if you’ve seen them before.
as one of the (somewhat older, but still spectacular) classics of information design & infographics, Richard Saul Wurman‘s "Understanding USA is a celebration & a visual demonstration of question & answers leading to understanding". it is an online collection of information-rich illustrations that visually explain important phenomena inside the USA.
especially the entries of Hani Rashid & Lisa Anne Couture are visually intriguing but at the same time highly critized for their data noise & pure formalism. there was a time these 3D data sculptures could be explored & navigated in 3D (VRML), but it seems those links are unfortunately dead?
We’ve been feeling inspired by designers specializing in info-graphics. Gabriel Bucknall, a.k.a. Pixelbreaker, has designed a great screensaver called "Polar Clock". W just downloaded it for one of the Macs and it is a hit! Simple, elegant and clever. What more could you ask for?
a simple clock design based on depicting the length of circle arcs. available as a free screensaver application.
Another highlight from our wanderings in the info-graphic world this week; an info-graphic music video featuring Sarah McLachlan’s "World on Fire". Fabulous use of graphics and stock ftg. Yes, we are not alone.
from infoaesthetics: at the cost of $15 for this whole video, I guess the infographics were designed for free.
[link: worldonfire.ca (high-rez, original video)]
Yes we’ve been neglecting the blog for a few weeks. It’s summer after all and up here in the Pacific Northwest when the sun comes out, you take advantage of it!
But this week we are working on an infographic project and so in honor of that occasion, we will be sharing some of our research here on (incli)NATION.
First up, a fabulous send-up of the classic "Powers of 10" by Charles and Ray Eames.
Simpsons fans will remember this one: it is a classic in its own right. The following from infoaesthetics
"With all the sobering news lately about global warming and war, it’s important to remember all the positive things that are ALSO going on in the world at any given time. Case in point: the story of intrepid Malawi youth William Kamkwamba who, despite having no formal education or training, recently engineered and built a windmill to power his house. It’s certainly the most inspiring story we’ve read this month, and we think you’ll agree…
After having to drop out of school due to lack of funds, William Kamkwamba from Malawi decided to learn as much as he could from books that had been donated to his primary school’s library. One of the books detailed how to build a windmill that generated enough electricity.
With much trial and error, some local materials, and an investment of about 16 dollars, William constructed a windmill that could generate enough energy for a few light bulbs and a radio. While a few bulbs might sound insignificant, the difference changed William’s and his family’s life entirely. Instead of using expensive paraffin candles, which produce smoke and irritate the eyes, William and his family now use the energy generated by the wind to light up their house. The engineering youth also hooked up a car battery to his generator to use as a backup in case of a non-windy day.
The 12-meter tall windmill (it was originally only 5 meters) is made out of scrap timber. The blades, originally made from PVC, now steel, power a bicycle dynamo, the type that power a bicycle headlamp, which in turn provides electricity to the battery. William uses this energy for his house, as well as to help others recharge their batteries. Just recently, he moved from a car battery to a deep discharge battery, which will help improve with the power storage of his house.
William’s story does not end here. After appearing in the local papers, and blogged by Soyapi Mumba, he was contacted by Emeka Okafor, the recent curator of the TED Global Conference in Arusha. Okafor invited William to speak at the conference as one of the 100 other prestigious presenters. It was there that William was first introduced to computers, the internet, Google, and the blog (he now has his own blog, in which he writes about his experience).
What does the future hold for this local green hero/inventor/entrepreneur? He has made recent modifications to the windmill and completed a second installation at his primary school. He also plans to modify his windmill to include the ability to pump water from his well and irrigate his garden.
Truly a remarkable and inspiring story. If you are feeling as moved as we are over William’s accomplishments, you can donate directly to help William’s education and engineering projects here >