Archive for September, 2008

Ninja Homes: MG_flat


Its like someone saw the secret plans for the MNP dojo we’ve been designing, and then turned them into a loft space. I mean, my ninjas, please! - do you see those video projections? Siiick…

Exhibited at the 2004 Venice Biennale, this loft space was designed by Carlo Ratti Associati for an ‘archi-enthusiast’ building owner in Turin [Italy] with a simple goal: refurbish the space and rent it out.


According to the Italian rental laws, tenants must paint their own walls, and maintain hardwood floors at their own cost. The landlord, therefore, needed only to provide simple plaster walls floors - for which low-cost industrial hardwood floors made of sawmill rejects/scraps were used.

This desire for a simple solution led the designers to develop an insertion into the space, based on the concept of an unfolding box. This created an interesting folding aesthetic - walls folding into shelves, bed space, counters, etc. This concept also inspired the ninjas over at Ratti Associati to integrate the everywhere display into the space, using video projections to enliven the simple forms.


IBM’s everywhere display is a video projector with a rotating mirror that allows any surface around it to become a potential screen. Its envisaged use in this project informed the design and modeling of interior spaces. The flat is designed around one core ambient, with low-rise partitions in order to maximize the co-visibility of surfaces. This allows projections on most internal walls and potentially creates a home-like pervasive computing environment - as demonstrated by MIT’s House_n group [from Carlo Ratti Associati].


The wall that you see the projections on in the images [shown blank in the image above] closes in a low-walled space for a bed - just a few steps off the floor of the main loft space. The understated forms and folding floor plane keep with the overall simplicity of the project, leaving color and other design choices to the individual tenants - or simply providing a clean, crisp aesthetic to be accentuated by the projections alone [which, is what I would do - forget painting anything].


::all images and info from Carlo Ratti Associati::

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Posted: September 10th, 2008
at 11:01am by orangemenace

Categories: home,architecture,ninja homes

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Foto del Dia 9.10


This right here was killing me - way too ignorant not to post it on MNP.

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Posted: September 10th, 2008
at 7:03am by orangemenace

Categories: foto del dia,maps

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So, while this entire Daily Show clip is pretty hilarious [obviously], around the 4 min 30 sec mark there’s a direct comparison between McCain’s acceptance speech and G Dubya’s - ridiculous. Maybe the Republicans should hire new speech writers? Just a thought.

Plus, that was a shitload of balloons, my people.

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Posted: September 9th, 2008
at 10:04am by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,politricks,fo' real?

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Cell Phone Anointing

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Look, we here at MNP aren’t really trying to question people’s individual faith - but it involves Sarah Palin, GOP VP candidate, and I therefore feel that it’s fair game. So, God has chosen Alaska in particular to spread he message of Jesus to the world? And you can do it through a cell-phone? Really?

Which book of the bible is all this in? I must have missed it…

Regardless - my point here is that Sarah Palin is a religious fundamentalist, and should NOT be allowed to hold a high office in the United States government. Her being Christian [rather than everyone’s favorite scapegoat, Muslim] doesn’t make her less dangerous - it means she’ll attack our beliefs in science and freedom of speech [I’m sorry, but trying to ban books is Hitler-ish - not succeeding doesn’t get you off the hook]. And for all of you trying to take the high road, know this: fundamentalists CAN NOT distinguish between their religion and secular life. Her beliefs, and those of her church, will come into play.

I was only sort-of worried about McCain - but this shit right here is feckin’ frightening. We need to accept that McCain could kick-off at any point after being elected - and if he does, this woman will be running the show. Remember those red-phone, 3 AM ads from the Democratic primary? Well can we trust Palin not to use that phone to anoint citizens while rolling on the floor, speaking in tongues?

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Posted: September 9th, 2008
at 7:30am by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,life,celebrity,politricks,fo' real?,real life news

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Street Name Roulette


For every new neighborhood built these days, there’s a developer struggling to name its streets. Counties often prohibit duplication, where you cannot have, for example, a Pine Street and a Pine Lane. Each proposed name is vetted by officials with planning, public works and the local 911 call center. Developers say they’ll submit 100 names for 25 streets, because most get rejected.

"It’s very difficult to come up with new names," said Jim Anderson, director of Raleigh operations for Crosland, a builder of homes, apartments and retail centers. "There’s a very low success rate."

Building in large counties such as Wake is particularly difficult, because a street name proposed for western Cary, for example, might already exist in Zebulon.

So developers create theme neighborhoods. Out in Knightdale, past meadows, horses, stables and barns, you’ll come upon the Churchill community. It is modeled after Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and streets are named for race winners such as Secretariat, Smarty Jones and Sunday Silence.

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Posted: September 9th, 2008
at 5:11am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,development

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Quote of the Day

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I always try to dance when this song comes on because I am the queen and I like to dance. - Queen Elizabeth II on "Dancing Queen"

Creepy for… multiple reasons.

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Posted: September 8th, 2008
at 9:08am by Black Ock

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Dubya Speak


This took us a while to get in this problem. There is no short-term solution. I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand. But the President doesn’t have a magic wand. You just can’t say, low gas.

read all of the quotes that made our commander so famous : he speaks, they record the damage

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Posted: September 8th, 2008
at 5:50am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks

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Market Angulation

In the present state of real estate, the profits of the past will have to be erased from the memory and emotion of the investor. Conservative borrowing appears as being the only approach to surviving in a once manic industry. Some are guessing that the market will not clear until 2011 as more and more Celebration, Florida Pleasantvilles continue to challenge local communities.

Green engineering inclusion is actually becoming a reality though across the board according to CSRwire.

Increasingly, clients and tenants show a preference for green buildings, which have been proven to increase productivity, retain employees and lower absenteeism. The combination of reduced operating costs and more satisfied occupants translates into 3.5% higher occupancy rates, 3% higher rents, and a 7.5% increase in building value, says the McGraw-Hill 2006 SmartMarket Report.

New listing standards are aiming to also help leverage "viewing" efficiency of online properties. And the most exciting part about the absolute fall-out of real estate in general and the overvaluing by developers is that we are going to see some major changes of where people have traditionally lived (and wanted to experience) for the past twenty years.

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Posted: September 8th, 2008
at 5:17am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: development

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Bleh! Oh… sorry, excuse me I… YAK!

These guys would make a good counterpoint the Republican Skeletor/Momba-the-Witch ticket.

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Which of these fools do YOU hate more?

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Posted: September 7th, 2008
at 11:34am by Black Ock

Categories: not ninja-worthy,clothes

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