Archive for October, 2010

Electric Lamborghini Concept

DesignerAAndrei Avarvarii has designed an electric Lamborghini Reventon that ditches the sharp, origami-style for a smooth, voluptuous shape. Envisioned for 2020, the Lamborghini "Minotauro" will be powered by four asynchronous motors that divide the power 70% to the rear and 30% to the front axle.>


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Posted: October 20th, 2010
at 7:48am by Koookiecrumbles

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New York Gubernatorial Race, 2010

This guy is too damn funny… But then on the other hand, what he’s saying is too damn serious.

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Posted: October 19th, 2010
at 7:05pm by Black Ock

Categories: myninjaplease,politricks,real life news

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End Our ‘Multiuniversities’

Before leaving the topic of, "Education, Need to get government out of," in my naive Sunday series on "What is to be done," let me touch specifically on the topic of our universities.

I wrote, recently, a rather facetious piece on this topic for a Catholic website in the United States, in which I asked whether universities were ever a good idea, in the face of the modern assumption that such questions need never be asked. I alluded to evidence that, back in the 13th century, when Europe’s oldest universities were new, the same sort of nonsense prevailed on campus as today: kids suddenly "empowered" by freedom without adequate discipline; professors with a little too much tenure for anyone’s well-being.

The "behaviour issues" that followed from that were noted in ancient Alexandria, too. Young people can easily be persuaded that they know everything. Yet wisdom requires us to realize that we know very little. This should be easiest to grasp when we focus on a subject. It is then that we are most likely to appreciate what perhaps Eratosthenes first observed: that as the radius of our knowledge advances, the circumference of our ignorance spreads.

Forms of "post-secondary" teaching within tightly disciplined monastic institutions, before the Western invention of universities, may well have been a better idea. The Renaissance of the 12th century was, after all, achieved without campus life. (Alas, chronological prejudices inculcated in our modern universities leave students unable to comprehend the significance of that intellectual and spiritual revolution.) Now, do I propose that we go back to the Middle Ages? I would if we could, but since we can’t, I propose something more subtle: that we create the conditions in which significant intellectual and spiritual growth (as opposed to mere technological accumulation) would become possible again. Everything I have written in this newspaper, over the last 14 years, may be read as an indictment of the smug and plausible "liberal" attitudes inculcated in our public schools and universities; of attitudes that are, in fact, inimical to a genuine humanism.>

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Posted: October 19th, 2010
at 7:41am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: mnp is for the children,education

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'toy corporations' (owned by and actingAas corporations) that compete in a 'toy world' orAfield of play for prestige, access to reproductive rights, and financial or material rewards (representations of status). The gesture of 'selecting one' surreptitiously replaces the experience of the acquisition of an 'identity gift' in the indigenous culture. In the individual (already similarly deprived of many such experiences), this may trigger dangerous feelings or vague memories ofAwhat used to happen instead. Through a process mediated by constant reinforcements offered by adults and peers, one learns to project onto 'the team' an ersatz 'identity-of-heroism' which is entirely fantastical and the result of things one making this gesture cannot detect.>

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Posted: October 18th, 2010
at 2:45pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Posted: October 18th, 2010
at 12:50pm by mnp

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A Dozen : Jason Krugman

MNP has been following NYC based artist, Jason Krugman, pretty much since our inception and the kid is doing big things! He makes wonderful things out of LEDs (Electro Kinetic Art). We recently caught notice of his work over at the Electric Zoo Festival, look for his Living Objects series if you missed that at the upcoming MoogFest Music Festival….onto the interview..

Who is Jason Krugman?

I am a visionary artist who seeks to capture people’s attention using massive light up men and bright flickering lights. Based in Brooklyn, born in Boston. Tufts University and NYU. Lives in a closet, works in large public spaces. Has lots of collaborators and friends, little time for watching soap operas. Expert at collage and subway drawings, former financial dayworker. Espoused by the electronic music scene, relative unknown to Chelsea.

You were recently commissioned by Electric Zoo Music Festival to construct 12 LED beings, how did this project come about?

I was doing a fellowshop for Fabrica and got an email asking me to participate. A friend I had met at an opening a few months ago had recommended me to the art curator for Electric Zoo. I changed my plane ticket to come back for the install, not quite knowing if it was going to happen. Luckily, it ended up happening. I rented my friend Joseph’s pickup truck and wood shop, and hired my friend Andrew, and started building.

What does a usual day in the studio entail?

A typical day involves making really loud noises to drive my suite-mates (or actually, one particular suite-mate crazy), and then soldering some LEDs together in silence. I usually have a bunch of projects going on at once… some installations, some interactive, and some more about product design.

What is the inspiration behind your LED constructions?

The series "Living Objects", that I have been showing at public venues and music festivals, is about how we respond to human forms. By blowing the figure out (making it huge) and lighting it up, it heightens our perceptual awareness of the work, and also makes it something that is at once human-seeming, and distinctly not human. Are brains are hardwired to pick up the human forms in the installation — and we notice that they are involved in human-like behaviors. Some interact with each other, while some just lie around. My goal is to have them appear as human as possible, while realizing that they are actually pretty misshapen.

Why are LEDs your medium of choice?

LEDs are great to work with for a bunch of reasons. The cost is the biggest put-off. They cost about 5 times as much as regular lights… but they also are much better made, last way way longer, use very little electricity, and don’t heat up. The Electric Zoo Installation was powered off a big battery, which was great, because it let us avoid digging a trench to run wire from another power source.

What other technologies have you coupled with your existing palette of devices?

I am really fascinated with relays, which are electronically controlled switches. They come in all sizes and shapes… and some of them actually have moving parts inside them you can hear clicking when they switch on and off. They’re really cool because you can use low voltage touch switches, say with the voltage of a AA battery, to trigger big electronic effects with high power lighting or motors.

How would you advise artists transitioning from school to the "art world"?

I would say take on as many projects as you can handle. Don’t be afraid to take on things you don’t know quite how to do… just make sure you don’t ask for too much money and call some people first who might help you.

Do you have something to prove or do you feel that your purpose is to make art?

I want my art to expand out into the world and take on a life of its own. Its already started to happen a little bit and its an amazing feeling. I want to amaze people with beauty, as cheesy as that sounds.

How would you implement art to deter impending nuclear arms races?

LED bombs would be pretty cool, although that makes absolutely no sense. Maybe I’m on to something…

Who would you like Living Objects to communicate with?

I don’t really want them to communicate… rather to try and communicate. There’s something about the project that has to do with the concept of "babel", like they are forever trying and failing to communicate. At least they are trying though…

Have you had any outside electrical interference with the structures that you create?

The only interference I’ve had so far has come from inside the sculptures themselves. Sometimes when I forget to ground something, it goes nuts and doesn’t work at all the way its supposed to. You know, the little circular third prong on most chords? I figured out that it actually does something.

What is in store for your LED works in the next couple of years?

They are going to keep breeding and multiplying like diamond white sparkly bunny rabbits.

:: all images courtesy of Jason Krugman ::

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Posted: October 18th, 2010
at 8:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: contemporary,a dozen

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Why People Don’t Use Mass Transit

One day in 1974 or so, I was sitting in my car (actually my thesis adviser’s university car) inching across the George Washington Bridge on my way to Manhattan to meet a class where I was the teaching assistant. Suddenly I asked myself "Why am I doing this?" After all, I had alternatives. A bus ran right by the Lamont Observatory where I spent most of my time and went reasonably directly to the uptown bus terminal in Manhattan. From there I could take a subway straight to Columbia University. So as mass transit goes, it was a pretty straight shot. So whyAwas I driving? Well, for openers, the mass transit really didn’t save much time, especially counting waiting time at both ends and the transfer from bus to subway. And it was impossible to do anything productive riding mass transit. Plus there was no privacy or peace and quiet, which I finally decided was the major factor for me. And people in those days worried a lot about subway muggings (realistically, on the 7th Avenue IRT in the daytime, a minor risk), but carjacking was unheard of, so there was a safety issue.

Since I have never, in the 30 years since, seen any article by advocates of mass transit -Anot one -A that bothered to ask why people don’t take mass transit despite all its supposed advantages, I thought it might be useful to explain why people prefer to drive instead of take the bus. Most advocates of mass transit dismiss drivers as selfish, short-sighted and unconcerned about the environment instead of asking whether mass transit itself is to blame for its own problems.

After this page was linked by another site, I got a number of responses that suggested a bit of clarification is in order. This page is not calling for abandonment of mass transit or extolling the virtues of the automobile. ItAis an attempt to lay out what mass transit is up against if it is to succeed. Pretending that the economic issues I describe can be made to go away is a guaranteed recipe for failure. They won’t. Lots of people seem determined to illustrate the is/ought fallacy in action.>

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Posted: October 18th, 2010
at 7:45am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: science,development,education

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Norwegian Traders Convicted

Two Norwegian day traders who hoodwinked a trading system in the US for their own financial gain, have been handed suspended prison sentences.

The Norwegian traders, Svend Egil Larsen and Peder Veiby, were handed suspended prison sentences and fines for market manipulation after outsmarting the trading system of Timber Hill, which is a unit of US-based Interactive Brokers.

The two men managed to work out how the computerised system would react to certain trading patterns. This allowed them to influence the price of low-volume stocks for their own gain.>

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Posted: October 17th, 2010
at 7:51am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: trade,security

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Today in History : The 600 Years

Mapping during 600 years anniversary of the astrological tower clock situated at Old Town Square in center of Prague.

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Michal Kotek
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Posted: October 16th, 2010
at 10:53am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,art,architecture,design,fo' real?,science,today in history,maps

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