I drove one of these as a rental car several years ago in LA and everything they say in the movie about the driving experience is true. Although I can not say I was able to peel-out. "Who killed the electric car" is really worth watching even though it is very annoying and somewhat depressing.
In an effort to offer some real advice to the tiny group that occassionally stops by my blog here is my list of people that you should avoid going drinking with if you have anything that you need to accomplish the following day. If it can not be helped at least don't try to do it without a chaperone. These people do not know moderation:
Don Bryce, Mike and Orla, Mike Kaharski, Luke Szymanski, Tom Kier
What is the cost of the cables? This seems like a really cool way to achieve lighting effects. They have used this technique in toys for years. Basically the end of the cable is exposed to sunlight on the roof and then runs to where ever the light is needed. I wonder how many builders could do this?
Really interesting use of materials and color. For $1850.00 plus shipping I think that these guys would have a lot more sales if they would integrate a little more softness through patterning...even if it was just in the linens in the photos. This would help people visualize this in their home.
Several clients have referenced Dyson recently so I thought that I would post this. Not only are the commercials annoying but the designs seem to be self-congratulatory science fiction. The details remind me more of what Han Solo might want on the millenium falcon than what a person might want to see on a cleaning product. The insanely bloated $500+ price tag is probably necessary for this monument to Polycarbonate because as a vacuum they are quite lame. According to consumer reports " ...in measured testing, Dyson doesn't significantly outperform others when it comes to cleaning carpet or bare floors." That means that at 1/5th of the price of a Eureka you get a better performing product! Yikes. Also, while I agree it is cool, why do we want to see our dirt?
Here is what drives me crazy about NPR. They ran a story on the new plug and drive Volt that GM is developing. They have it at a 40 miles radius off of batteries with the motor needed only for charging. It is still a ways away from commercialization but is getting a lot of R&D dollars. Now, I think this is what we all want GM to be spending money on but rather than celebrate the effort NPR has to dig up some MIT battery expert who proceeds shoot holes in GM's optimistic predictions for the battery. They are so pompous and self rightous it is unbelievable. I think that they only people they think are doing any good are themselves.
I got the satellite and the new TV set up in time to watch the rookies out-play the over-paid veterans and see the Bills start 2007 with the same irritating lack of grit that they started 2006. It is hard to describe how painful it is to watch them let a game like this slip away by giving up a rushed field goal with 1 second left on the clock. It is hard to imagine a worse passing game. It was almost like they were waiting to lose. Still it was great to watch the Bills play a little fall football.
An all new comapny put on the Thomaston carnival fund raiser this year and one of the shiny new rides was this, the Dizzy Dragons. Edison and Ian chose the green one and here we are inside a giant 10' fiberglass dragon spinning ourselves senseless. By the time it was done we were all on the verge of vomitting.
Maybe someone over there got a deal on injection molded plastic packaging? It is tough to understand the rationale behind such a complicated and bulky package for software. Maybe they say that it helps employ tool makers? Or maybe they think people want to display their software on bookshelves?
Everyone likes at least some of the Alessi products. I think that the attached an interestingly simple example but an even better example of how photography can make good designs look great. What or who is Alessi?
Alessi was founded in 1921 to produce tableware products primarily in metal. In 1935, Carlo Alessi (born 1916) son of Giovanni, was named design chief. In 1945 he ascended to chief executive and designed the coffee service Bombé, an industrial piece manufactured in four sizes. That same year Carlo's younger brother, Ettore Alessi joined the company as a technician.
By the 1980s, Alberto Alessi took over the management of Alessi and launched the Alessi company into the design decade through collaborations with designers and architects such as Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, and Achille Castiglioni.
Among the best known of the company's product range are Richard Sapper's kettle with a two-tone whistle, Michael Graves' kettle with the bird shaped whistle, and Philippe Starck's Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.
In 2006, the company reclassified its products under three lines: A di Alessi (products with lower price points), Alessi (the main collection) and Officina Alessi (the most experimental and limited edition pieces). 2006 also saw the opening of Alessi's first New York City flagship store in SoHo.