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Walk, Don’t Walk


Imagine a force field generator that would protect pedestrians from oncoming traffic that failed to stop at a traffic light. Sounds great, right?

Well this isn’t that.

It is, however, an interesting proposal by product designer Hanyoung Lee entitled Virtual Wall - that is meant to protect the pedestrian crossing the street by creating a more physical barrier than the typical stop light.

Would this work? I’d guess it would, for a little while anyways - seeing some kind of laser show displaying moving images of people crossing the street, instead of just an 8 inch diameter red light, will probably catch people’s attention. At least until they get used to these things…

::via Yanko Design::


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Posted: August 19th, 2008
at 12:34am by orangemenace

Categories: whips,mnp is for the children,design,fo' real?

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Western Style Philanthropy


Michele Fugiel poses some great questions about the private quality of "western" style philanthropy.

Why do we separate how money is injected to non-profits and profits from a role that quite often elsewhere is closely associated with the priorities of the government?

Foundation resources are money that would otherwise be added to federal and state treasuries, money otherwise taxed and used for public benefit. For this reason alone, the public should know more about how foundations are managed. (mitpress looks into "deep diversity")

Is there room for change? Big ups to Pierre and Pam Omidyar for "unleashing human potential" (among the other most generous 49 philanthropists) and Jeff Skoll for initiating Social Edge.

Could an Amazon share algorithms with a Pandora? An Amazon branched with a Pandora couldn’t happen because Amazon is Amazon, however to think that there couldn’t be an Panazon is ridiculous. How can market data be shared to promote social entrepreneurialism?


Knowing how the art business revolves one could go out on another limb and wonder why types of "museums" are the beginning and end recipients of "arts benefaction"… who’s in the middle you ask? Thousands if not millions of well-trained artists who do not know that they are artists…..

When given a theoretical $100 billion and asked how hea€™d spend it, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales offers the profound a€" and controversial a€" idea of distributing funds widely and letting people decide what they need on their own, even if ita€™s another Jack Daniels. via

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Jamie Lynn Spears Reproduction Rap

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Yes, that is a giant sperm she’s riding.

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Posted: July 31st, 2008
at 11:24am by Black Ock

Categories: mnp is for the children

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Visuwords : Web Literacy


Visuwords is a gem on the internet, have fun with it!

Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

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Posted: July 25th, 2008
at 7:47am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,mnp is for the children,"ninja"

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Road Safe Browsing


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Posted: July 18th, 2008
at 6:59am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,computers,life,not ninja-worthy,mnp is for the children,weaponry,fo' real?,diy,travel

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Dairy Jewelery


Milk Pearls? Really? I can see it now - this will be replacing ‘ice’ around ninjas’ necks soon enough:

‘yo yo, check out my milk, my ninja…’

French design collective Duende have used a technique that can transform human or animal milk into plastic by solidifying the casein content. The ‘Perle de lait’ range of jewelry will be on display as part of their collection of objects exploring the relationship of food between mother and child at La Cuisine. This takes the concept of bespoke jewelry to whole new level.

La Cuisine
September 13 - November 15, 2008
3, place du Monument aux Morts
82800 NAAgrepelisse

My ninjas, Please!

::via Core77::

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Posted: July 17th, 2008
at 1:08pm by orangemenace

Categories: bling,art,mnp is for the children,contemporary,fo' real?,real life news

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Japanese Show of the Week #19

Is this even legal in America?

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Posted: July 9th, 2008
at 9:33am by Black Ock

Categories: mnp is for the children,japanese video of the week

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The world is upon us.


The world is upon us.


Bothersome like a whimsical thought of what is apparent of achievement and what needs to get done. To think for a second that what you want is what we want is right. And to think of the later is too late and gone to be done just right. Let us bring flight to those that cannot fly and blind those that can already see.


For in the long run it is us that stand in the way. It is us, the leaders that carry the torch from a land far away to enlighten and then frenzy an irreplaceable interconnectedness. The gates have opened. Signals and co-opted simplicity shed these lights and are only less manly than the comfortable tunnels of Winnipeg, Canadia. Moving on and progressing are the hardest of things, more dense then of the iron, brass, and cult copper that are forged together on a daily commotion.


Let us bring flight to those that cannot fly and blind those that can already see. I’ll see you in station and we will have fun.

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thanks for Stanky Plank for sending this in

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Did you know that most books published between 1923 and 1963 are in the public domain?

At least that is what Google, in reviewing Copyright renewals is finding. See Google Book Search Blog on US copyright renewal records available for download.Googlea€™s latest announcement (the topic of that post) was scraping together a 56MB XML file (zipped) containing a list of the books that were not renewed.The fact that Google is tracking such information and (presumably) scanning those public domain books for online readinga€¦is an unbelievable thing.

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