Is Buckminster Fuller the Future of Coke?

September 28, 2009 · Print This Article

New Coke CanIf you follow graphic design you might have noticed the new trend is minimal pseudo-50’s style graphic, minimal logos and faded hues with geometric underpinnings.

Coke has followed (and some might say lead this trend) by simplifying the cans from full of bubbles and ribbons to a slightly antiqued red with a flat single ribbon. Now would the next step be a can that doesn’t roll? Designer Dzmirty Samal thinks so and has proposed an alternative to the cold forming manufacturing process all cans undergo today to make them fast and round out of aluminum with instead using impact extrusion in which aluminum is pressed at a high velocity into a mold.

What you get is a can that Buckminster Fuller himself could easily get behind and pound a few away with.

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Episode 213: Rob Davis and Michael Langlois

September 27, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week we return to Chicago’s magic love and check in with a few local heroes, Rob Davis and Michael Langlois. Fresh from shows in New York and Berlin, they have returned home to a run of great exhibitions starting with the Cultural Center in January and rolling up to the current 12 x 12 at the MCA. They join us to chat about painting, perspectives on art history, collaboration and show making in the contemporary context, while always draping one hand back to tradition.

The outro has a guest commentator with a message for Joseph Mohan. After that there is a special surprise for those who hang about for end of the credits. Or maybe not. I thought it was funny. [Read more]

Music File Sharing Debate Creates Music?

September 26, 2009 · Print This Article

Over the last week the music file sharing debate has found new fodder to play with in the form of Pop singer Lily Allen. Lily Allen started a proactive discussion on the net complete with website to address her concern with the negative effects of file sharing. In only a few days the site and most of her postings have been deleted but you can read much of the archives here.

As with any good debate it’s in the light of opposite views that you find informative and interesting contrasts and in this case one of the better opinions came in the form of a new song by artist Dan Bull who sampled Ms. Allen’s song “22” to make an open singing letter titled “Dear Lily”

MythBusters Build a 1100-Barrel Paintball Gun to Paint the Mona Lisa in One Shot

September 25, 2009 · Print This Article

This is the final in the series of posts about Painball works and Pointillism and is a year old but is a sight to see never the less. MythBusters hosts Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage (Who I always contested reminded me of two other hosts) built and presented at a Nvidia announcement a 1100 barrel paintball gun that illustrated the parallel processing available on GPU’s to make a recreation of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa in one single group shot.

The gun itself is a sight to see and looks like it was removed from the midsection of a Rocket. All this paintball junk video makes me want to forget city wide kickball and start a Bad at Sports paintball league hahahaha. I bet our Meg can kick the butt of your Meg anytime :)

Colombian Pop Artist Bon Yurt Organizes Painball Group To Target Canvas

September 25, 2009 · Print This Article

Colombian Pop Artist Bon Yurt organized over 20 paintballists to recreate using only their aim a version of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. The value and end result is debatable but it is still an interesting sight to see enthusiastically executed.