Archive for August, 2009

Carlos Delgado Perez - Hacerdor

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Posted: August 14th, 2009
at 4:18am by Koookiecrumbles

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Categories: art,art fridays

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Vertical, 2D Living

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I’m not sure that this is these two ninjas are still going strong - but lived 12 hours a day on the side of a building! Ridiculous!

Two brothers in Brazil are literally living on the outside of a building in Rio?s Old Center. Since May, twenty-seven-year-old Tiago Primo and his twenty-year-old brother Gabriel, have been sleeping, working and eating on the side of a building 33 feet up in the air for twelve hours every day. They plan to continue this display until August.

My ninjas, PLEASE.

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Posted: August 13th, 2009
at 8:42am by orangemenace

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Iron Man + Wolverine Anime

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Warren Ellis is apparently in the process of taking a number of Marvel characters in a new direction, adapting stories for multiple Japanese anime series. Currently their are four series planned - each somehow connected, and focusing on a particular Marvel character. So far only Iron Man and Wolverine have been named.

The shows are being produced by Japanese animation studio Madhouse - well known for a number of hugely popular projects, such as Ninja Scroll and Trigun.

Here are the trailers for the two series, which are set to be released in Japan in 2010. Iron Man looks like it could be interesting - Wolverine looks kind of ridiculous, but I have faith.

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.:via -> Beyond Hollywood

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Posted: August 13th, 2009
at 6:00am by orangemenace

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Halcyon Concept Car

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Designer Ralph Tayler-Webb?s inspiration for the Halcyon concept came from his love for nature and the desire for tranquil roads, as are seen in most luxury car advertisements. Inspired by the Owl, the Haylcon is clean, efficient, ultra-lightweight and eerily silent. The concept utilizes electric power for clean and silent motion, while its aerodynamic structure with covered wheels and a tapering teardrop cabin reduces air drag to a minimum.

With a structure made from porous aluminum foam, the Halcyon mimics the owl?s hollow bones and makes it surprisingly light for its generous volume. Aluminum foam also benefits from high impact and acoustic absorbency, keeping the occupants safe and (without) sound. As part of the concept?s research and development, Ralph photographed and studied birds in flight, carving an owl in hardwood and sketching them in charcoal and with watercolors. The final model was created entirely out of hand in clay and then cast in resin to maintain what Ralph believes is an ?organic form with something instinctive, quite intangible, but very special,? and we completely agree with that.

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Posted: August 13th, 2009
at 5:37am by orangemenace

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Ninja Homes: de Manio/Downing

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[image: entry stairs to porch]

Designed for a family of 4, the de Manio/Downing Residence is a single-family home occupying a 5-acre, wood site outside Boston. Meeting the demands of the contemporary family, the home’s program called for 4 bedrooms, a large, formal living/dining space for entertaining, more casual spaces for the family’s day-to-day activities, and home offices for both parents.

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[image: exterior view from north, across courtyard]

Dan Hisel, our current Ninja of the Month, saw the project as two connected volumes, "highly crafted boxes in the woods", which are connected by a shared entry/porch space. These ‘boxes’ then form an L-shaped plan for the house, an underutilized [in the US, at least] housing typology that really locks the home into the landscape - as if placing the building in the site rather than on it. This relationship between the two volumes allows for an entry stair [seen above] that moves along the smaller ‘box’, directing you towards a centrally-located entrance in the main, larger ‘box’. It also creates an entry courtyard space for the family, which - when the trees have had a few more years to grow - will be like walking through their own personal, domesticated woods to enter the house.

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[image: exterior view from south]

The design solution places 2 highly crafted boxes in the woods whose entry sequence orchestrates a dramatic threshold welcoming people into the forest. These two volumes adopt three primary orientations corresponding to the different activities engaged by this active household: a formal entertaining space and a library for adults directed towards views of the woods, informal kitchen and family/breakfast spaces oriented towards the large yard, and offices in and over the garage, oriented towards the public zones of the street and driveway.

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[image: living / dining looking towards kitchen]

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[image: living / dining]

Looking to the plans [below], we can see that the combination of the home and the office is handled through what could be seen as a more ‘urban’ strategy than you would typically see in a single-family residence in the woods: the home and office share a common porch, accessed through a shared public space [the courtyard]. The office space is even provided large windows looking out onto the entry stair, much like one would expect to find in a building attempting to engage with pedestrians on a sidewalk.

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[image: first + second floor plans]

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View more of Dan Hisel’s work - and more images of the de Manio/Downing Residence - at his website - and / or check out coverage of other selected works here at AMNPs NotM: Dan Hisel.

::all images + any quoted text provided by Dan Hisel::

::photography by Peter Vanderwarker::

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Posted: August 12th, 2009
at 7:00am by orangemenace

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Categories: home,architecture,ninja homes

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Advertising…On the Moon

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While obviously ridiculous for any number of reasons, a company called Moon Publicity is insisting that they are developing what they call ‘shadow shaping’ technology - which would allow them to place your advertisement on the Lunar surface. A robotic rover would basically leave impressions on the Moon’s surface with it’s wheels, which are designed to be visible from the Earth due to the shadow cast. The rover drives around, creates your ad or logo, and terrestrial viewers run out to buy your product. When time is up on your ad, I assume, things raked smooth somehow and the space is sold again.

Somewhere, a true ninja is crying at the mere thought of this.

.:via -> Fast Company

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Posted: August 12th, 2009
at 6:00am by orangemenace

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Wu-Tang Cover Art Design Remix

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Designer Logan Walters is redesigning the covers for 21 Wu-Tang albums - inspired by a book of Blue Note Record covers. Self-described as having OCD that ‘manifests itself in weird ways’, Walters ‘needs’ to have album art for all his iTunes music - and would prefer it was ‘good’.

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The problem was that almost all of the Wu-Tang album art was horrible (ODB’s two albums being the only real exceptions) — no offense to the original designers, but as iconic as they might be they’re looking pretty dated these days.

So far he’s redesigned 10 covers out of the 21 Wu-fam albums he has - each of which is available on flickr for download, with more to come.

Classic.

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.:images via -> Logan Walters

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Posted: August 12th, 2009
at 4:35am by orangemenace

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Daring GI Joe Cartoon Escapes

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Slate magazine has put together a fairly hilarious slideshow documenting a number of the most impressive and daring escapes featured in the GI Joe cartoon from the ’80s.

The first war between G.I. Joe and Cobra (1985-86), as documented in the G.I. Joe animated series, was the most violent conflict in history never to result in a single casualty. Through a combination of terrible aim, superhuman jumping ability, and impossibly reliable parachutes, every combatant escaped even the most dire of situations without so much as the angle of his beret askew. The G.I Joe series is an ode to the improbable escape, and the thrill of the violence comes not from the possibility of death but from the zany ways the Joes and Cobras avoid it.

.:"That Was Way Too Close!" -> via Slate

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Posted: August 11th, 2009
at 7:40am by orangemenace

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The Blueprint 3 Cover Art

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So, I think I can see the Kanye influence here…

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Posted: August 11th, 2009
at 7:22am by orangemenace

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