Archive for February, 2010

Minimalist Bin


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Looks like a cool DIY project! I wonder what material is easy to find that could be used for the base column? … I think a tin edge would be too sharp…

The Minimalist Bin designed by Japanese designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi, consists of nothing more than..(more…)

Nadadores – A Ceramic Animation by Sam3


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Stack Chair


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Cool Decal!

This vinyl wall-sticker in the shape of the back of a chair marks the spot, where to stack up your m..(more…)

Open Data Ottawa Hackfest


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This comes via Ottawa visionary Edward Ocampo-Gooding…

We’re planning a civic hacking fest happening in April, 2010 and you’re invited.

Ottawa is getting on board with open data, and we want apps that showcase how fantastic that is.

Open data apps? I’m talking about OC (the unofficial guide), EveryBlock, VanTrash, FixMyStreet, Stumble Safely, San Francisco Crimespotting, How SF Votes, and all sorts of other great apps that make use of public municipal data to help citizens kick ass.

Actually, we specifically want apps, a hackfest, and you to be there. It’s going to be fun, your work will make the city a better place, and when the media picks this thing up, you will have lots of people playing with your app. You’re also going to meet all sorts of interesting people who you might be able to collaborate with in the future, and the app you build will last for a long time.

You should come.

Where is it going to be? We’re aiming to have it in the public space of Ottawa City Hall. (Thanks for the idea Rod!)

How is this going to work? This event is going to happen in April and we’re planning for media coverage. We really want to show off usable apps at this point, so we have to start working on them as soon as possible.
Sometime in March we’re going to have a meetup to confirm which data sets are available, figure out who’s working on which apps, and set a hard date for the hackfest event.

That sounds lovely! I’m a developer. Great. So far, we don’t know which datasets are open. For the time being, we’re going to develop with dummy data, open data from Vancouver or another city, or we’ll have to (gently) scrape it from the web.

Sign me up. I’m a designer. If you help out to make something snazzy, I will award you with a copy of Photoshop that will never crash.* We need people like you to make the rest of our work look amazing, feel intuitive, and have a smooth user experience. You know the drill.

Fantastic! I’m a librarian. Sweet. I heard you guys like books and eat catalogs of data for breakfast. You beautiful people are going to scour the earth for interesting data, help the rest of us figure out what’s important, and generally be useful. I envision you as data-seeking Eyes of Sauron minus the obvious Visine issues and other personal issues.

YES! I AM A STATISTICIAN YES! YOU ARE SO NEEDED. Seriously. While we can find it, blow it up, calculate it, and make it look pretty, we needs us some mean number crunchin’ to present meaningful visualizations. Join up.

I… am a proud citizen. We need you the most. If it weren’t for you, this whole thing wouldn’t be happening. We need ideas, cheerleaders, and friends to spread the word.

Who’s behind this? Right now it’s @pushmatrix, @bethmaru, myself (@edwardog), and all the other people have shown interest when I came up with this thing at an Ottawa Ruby meeting.

Interested? Follow @opendataottawa on Twitter. We’ll drop you a line with news as it happens.

Want to start helping?

Looking forward to high-fiving you when you show up,

Edward Ocampo-Gooding
@edwardog / @opendataottawa

PS – The proud citizen organizers of this event nor the event itself are actually affiliated with the City of Ottawa. This is very unofficial and very awesome.

* Actually, I can’t, and I’m very sorry. But I will dry your tears as Photoshop reliably crashes every. single. time.



Personally, I love the idea. – Scott

Everything in a pizza pocket, the poster


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This is truly a great visualization.

Justin Perricone sez, "This is a poster I designed using all of the ingredients in a Ham & Cheese Hot Pocket. First in a series."

Hot Pockets Ingredients

(Thanks, Justin!)

Seen in the Tejares Neighborhood, Salamanca (Spain)


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Arist: Pablo

A more entertaining way to watch water boil


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LOL! That’s awesome. Do you think their timing algorithm is public?

Egg Watchers is a great concept. You just tell the system what size of egg you’re boiling, whether or not the egg is refrigerator-cold, and how well-done you want it. Then, you’re set up with a YouTube video that will end at approximately the same time your egg is done.

No more boring waiting around! For an 8 min. 30 sec. extra-large hard egg, I was treated to the delightful educational mockumentary above.

My only complaint: I’d love to see this concept expanded to a full-on YouTube-based cooking timer. I’ve got 15 minutes for this pasta to boil, how will the Internet entertain me?


(Thanks, Laura Browning!)

The Power Gap


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