Archive | May, 2010

…The Dyson Air Multiplier makes a great Rube Goldberg Machine?

Let’s pretend for a moment that you have a few thousand dollars worth of Dyson’s new Air Multiplier fans lying around with nothing to cool. Do you:

A. Donate them to the needy?
B. Set up your own art exhibit?
C. Turn them into a really expensive Rube Goldberg Machine that can propel a balloon through the air like magic?

If you answered C, then this video is for you:

(And if you answered A or B, then I apologize for this post.)

…It’s Things Thursday: 48 Hour Magazine?

48 Hour Magazine

The 48 Hour Magazine was “a raucous experiment in using new tools to erase media’s old limits. As the name suggests, we’re going to write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in two days.”

The first issue, titled Hustle, received more than 1,500 submissions, which two dozen editors then trimmed down to the final 70 selections.

If you’d like to see what a unique idea, a handful of volunteers and a weekend’s worth of hustle can produce, then head on over and order up a copy.

[48 Hour Magazine]

…Tweets should be typed?

TypedTweets

If you’ve got 140 characters that deserve to be preserved, then Typed Tweets will be happy to give them the old-timey tribute that they deserve.

Just enter a Twitter username and the desired tweet, along with a $5 payment, and they’ll type out that tweet on a genuine typewriter, and then mail you the result.

[Typed Tweets]

…You can choose your own Twitter adventure?

Twitter Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure books were fun to read as a child, so Jonah Peretti has dragged the concept into the Web 2.0 generation with Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure. To play, just follow the link that best represents your choice, and you’ll play through the story with just a few clicks.

[Jonah Peretti – Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure]

…The Thing Quarterly is a unique bit of news?

The Thing Quarterly

The Thing Quarterly is a ‘periodical’ that arrives in the form of an object. For each issue, an artist, writer, musician or filmmaker is invited by the editors (Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan) to create a useful object that somehow incorporates text. The object is then reproduced and hand wrapped at a wrapping party, and mailed to subscribers with the help of the United States Postal Service.

Previous issues include a cutting board, a deck of playing cards, and a mug, so you never know exactly what you’re going to get, though it’s pretty much guaranteed to be unique, fun and/or awesome.

[The Thing Quarterly]