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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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Gentrification – The Game

Posted in games etc, stunts, things to do with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by absurddelight

As part of the fantastical Come Out and Play festival in NYC this weekend, there are a ton of games-meet-performance art activities you can join, all for free. Without having played them, here’s one that seemed especially intriguing, and, frankly, mildly offensive.

Details here. In short, if you like Monopoly, role play and running around your neighborhood, this is perfect.  Bonus that it’s all about a culturally sensitive topic, which, after all, is the natural domain for art!

In this strategic game, small teams of players compete to collect properties and transform the neighbourhood. As developers, they’ll develop swanky lofts, erect coffee shops, and raise property values. As locals, they’ll form BIAs, build community centres, and try to thwart the developers. Along the way there will be art, vicious debates, and possibly an Apple Store.

You can find details about how to sign up here. Send pics if ya play.

Links: Come Out and Play festival

Pretty Playtime

Posted in art and design, games etc, neato, things i like with tags , , on May 21, 2009 by absurddelight

This site is just nice. It’s simple, ambient design. A song playing, and a pleasant ink on rice paper effect that you can control with your mouse.

Take note music producers, a gimmick like this will get a song listened to for 43% longer than an actual video (we made that up, but it’s probably true).

Click away and have fun. Don’t say we never did anything for you.


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Twister Meets the Joy of Sex

Posted in art and design, business, funny, games etc with tags , , on April 29, 2009 by absurddelight

Using red satin sheets says something about you. This is a dignified blog, so we won’t spell it out for you. But using the Karma Sheetra says roughly the same thing about you, but without any of the maturity or class.

Position 7 is our favorite.

Position 7 is our favorite.

You can vote for your favorite Karma Sheetra position here. Or just watch the infomercial.

Those Brits. So cheeky.

Link. (buy your own set for just £19.99)

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Legos Gone Wild: Sex, Nazis and Biz Consulting

Posted in art and design, games etc, videos, WTF with tags , , , , on March 10, 2009 by absurddelight

I stumbled across one of these and it hit me that, like barbies, people must use Legos for all sorts of twisted proxy fantasies.

Legos: bringing out imagination in curious kids, twisted teens and unbalanced businesses since 1932.

Exhibit A:

We’ll start with the least disturbing … The Lego Concentration Camp.

Lego Concentration Camp by Zbignew Libera

Lego Concentration Camp by Zbignew Libera

This is part of a larger series of oft-disturbing art projects (some toys, some potpourri) spanning a few decades. See plenty more pics here, of this particular achievement including a deftly made replica box of the set and what I think is a gas chamber, but I can’t really tell. I wonder if the artist shop drops these kits into unsuspecting toy stores. Imagine stumbling across this pick-me-up while Christmas shopping; “Mommy, I want that. What’s a concentration camp?” Sweet!

Exhibit B:

Lego Porn

So this is one of the least disturbing of the Lego Sex Tapes floating in the sordid interwebs. For those of you who are piqued by this taste of the genre, here’s a whole playlist devoted to (mostly foreign) attempts to make you vomit/aroused with Legos.

There was one video so foul I can’t even post it without feeling dirty. However, being a booster of up and coming filmmakers, and since it is, technically speaking, a quality production, I still linked to it. I’ll just say that it involves horses, monkeys, KY, and a full  Lego porn theater complete with sketchy Lego-men in the seats. So … watch it if you dare. Oh, how video talent manifests in the You Tube age.

Exhibit C:

Save Your Corporation with Lego Consultants!

Lego Serious Fun, a division of Lego

Lego Serious Fun, the next McKinsey and Co.

The common language – the bricks – treats everyone as equals and allows all opinions and aspects to be heard.

Business owners, this one’s for you. Lego Serious Play is a business consulting division of Lego. Not kidding. I assume this came about like this: some high paid consultant visits Lego HQ to help them expand markets beyond 12 year-olds, after a few trust exercises and focused brainstorming the scammed Lego President says, “we can do that.” And the hoodwinking chain rattles on.

Another excerpt from the business pitch:

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY will guide you into free and honest exchange of opinion. The physical and tangible construction allows for you to have conversations to flow without the fear of treading on personal feelings.

I’m sold!

BONUS: Official Lego fact sheet PDF. Lots of trivia of no use to anyone. But, you read this far so, clearly you’re bored.

DOUBLE BONUS: George Lucas has noticed this international obsession with Legos and made a high quality video game.

Kimball Pairs: A Quirky Word Game

Posted in games etc with tags , , on March 7, 2009 by absurddelight

Kimball Pairs is a homemade word game.

A Kimball Pair is two words which have idiomatic meaning in either order.  For example, “rat pack” and “pack rat”.  These are also called “transpograms” and “switch words”.  We started playing this little game on a Flying Karamazov Brothers tour.  I don’t remember where we were, but across the road from our hotel was a very run-down antique shop, the exterior of which was made in the image of a small ship.  Until I found out it was a store, I thought it was a house.  This left me to ponder as to whether it was a houseboat or a boathouse.  I told Howard Patterson about this verbal mechanism, and he named it after me.  Hours of bus time were spent in the search for new pairs.  Here’s a list of my favourites.

Nicely laid out website with examples here. Careful, it’s addictive.

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