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Crowdsourced Absurdity – also Dating Cards: Business Cards for the Celibate

Posted in art and design, business, WTF on September 28, 2010 by absurddelight

Scroll down for a participatory opportunity to wreak some comedic havoc on the bizarre twitter dating scene.

But first a little history and inspiration. Not too too long ago the phrase calling card meant something different. Now that we have phones and internety devices at the ready, the calling card is gone, but it now has a replacement. And its free with your response to an Evite event right now (you might get a cupcake coupon instead).

Better than "What's Your Sign?"

What the hell is a dating card for that a business card can’t achieve, you ask? And who would date someone that has 250 of these? We’d like to know too! Someone, please use these. Please. Order here, and tell us how it goes. Or, if that’s too intensive, help us live out the promise of the card.

The email address and phone number for our dear desperate friend Chad Fulton clearly don’t work, and there is no @chadfulton99 on Twitter.

Well, there WAS no @chadfulton99. But there is now Absurders. If you’d like to follow this intrepid card-carrying love hunter, just head on over to and  check out what he’s up to, and the impressive ladies he’s now following.

Hell, if you want to tweet as Chad and help him get a date, his password is that self-same statement of his date-worthy personality as his dating card subtitle: standupguy

Have fun!

Please do note that Chad’s card says “tweet me” thus indicating his view on twitter terminology.


Buy your dating cards now!

Here’s an equally silly variation on the “dating card” but withouth the bonus of being free, and therefore, even less likely to succeed.

Hacking Nike Shoes

Posted in art and design, games etc, neato with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by absurddelight

So the London Design Festival is coming up later this month. One project, Nike78, asks designers to “challenge the function of Nike shoes.”

"Air Masx" Riita Ikonen and Ian Wright

Not all of the projects are so bizarre as making punny photographs with Nike’s top end running shoes. Nick Marsh hacked his Air Maxs and turned them into Wii controllers.

Nike Wii

Its a nice commentary on exercise in the age of computing and cubicles. His video is kinda what you’d expect, though sadly, you can do better while sitting it seems.

(Via Ecouterre)

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Stop Motion Sticky Note Mario Brothers

Posted in art and design, neato, videos with tags , , , , on June 10, 2010 by absurddelight

And another chapter in the annals of impressive DIY stop motion. This one takes over a school using office supplies.

Watch carefully and you can see ghosts of people in the background and through windows.

(via Boing Boing)

Ambient Mouse Art App (not the rodent)

Posted in accidental art, art and design, neato with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by absurddelight

That’s a map of mouse activity. Using a new data mining app (for Mac or PC) you can see all the movements you’ve made with your mouse.

via Flowing Data (they have links to the the artistically inclined programmer and to get the apps) (also a nice mouse tracking image over photoshop).

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Remixing pain and the Terminator

Posted in art and design, neato, things i like, videos with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by absurddelight

Two very talented media makers have new(ish) audio collage projects out. Both amazed us in concept and execution. And both reminded us of the potential within a sonic sliver of time.

First, here’s  “Skynet Symphonic” by Pogo.

It’s way more than just a movie mash-up. All the sounds are slices of the soundtrack from the film.

“Each section is composed entirely of sounds from a major scene in the film. For example, the Terminator pounding on the fire escape door is used as a kick drum. Bones breaking play the role of a snare. Electrical disturbance acts as a crash cymbal.” – Pogo’s You Tube channel.

Makes you want to train your ears a little more precisely right?

Well another project inadvertently reveals how this kind of remixing works. Ze Frank’s Pain Pack is a disarmingly ingenious idea. Ze Frank asked people to leave a voice mail message describing their emotional pain. Then he sent those voice mails to DJs who broke the cathartic voices into beats and sounds to re-mix.

One DJ wrote:

“I didn’t expect it to be as emotionally exhausting as it was. I felt a responsibility to do each person’s pain justice by making something crazy cool out of it…”

Listen to some of the messages, see the full process (which is half the fun of Ze Frank’s collaborative projects) and best of all, in light of the Terminator symphony up top, hear the 138 sounds/samples the DJs made and the 15 songs from those samples. Worth a click so here’s the link again.


For more on Pogo, tone poems, and collage audio, read a blog post about him here. Or better yet, just go to his You Tube channel.

For Ze Frank’s other project’s have a gander at his website.

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Things we like: Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

Posted in art and design, funny, neato, things i like with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by absurddelight

We like this.

No idea on the origin of the site, but I presume there is some bored genius under-utlized in or under-employed behind this gift to the minions toiling in cubicle tedium.

And, lest you think that’s a one off, there are many more sandwich/Selleck varieties. Some even have animation. And a theme song.

LINK. (via Deanna)

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UPDATE: Some site in the UK we’ve never heard of before has started their own rival site: Ian Mcshane bagpipes in space

MIT re-invents the wheel, for bicycles

Posted in art and design, science, videos with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by absurddelight

A smart phone controlled, energy saving add-on for your bike wheel.

Read more at the Guardian.

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