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Day March 25, 2004

The Cityscape Project

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What is The Cityscape Project?

Approximately 7 feet past the window is a large single plane of wood with windows cut into it. The 7 x 11 foot plane of wood is actually two layers of wood with a ~1″ air gap where xmas lights are mounted to light up the inside. The front plane is thin (1/8″) and has the 1540 windows cut into it while the back plane of wood is 1/2″ sheets of plywood. The xmas lights (about 700 lights) are mounted behind the front plane so that the light bounces off of the plywood (back plane) to scatter the light so that pinpoints of light are not visible. The models of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings consist of multiple layers in order to simulate the effect of having lights shining on their own roofs.

The Klingon Language Institute

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Because there aren’t enough real languages out there to learn.

Welcome to the Klingon Language Institute. That’s right, Klingon. Those bumpy headed aliens of Star Trek really have their own language, one which has far outgrown mere television and film. That’s what we’re about. We’re here to promote and support this unique and exciting language. So, whether you’ve just stumbled in here by accident, or lost a bet, or have sought long and hard for people who share your passion for the warriors’ tongue, come on in. Our site has information and resources to interest both skeptic and enthusiast alike. Join us in our exploration of the galaxy’s fastest growing language.

The Umbrella Project

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A dress made out of umbrellas.

This dress uses 20 umbrella pelts collected from the gutters of Berkeley and New York, largely by Anadamayi. Anandamayi also made the rosettes on the bodice (from the little bits on top of the umbrellas).

(via Boing Boing)

Mr. Clean Cards

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No Mr. Clean sympathy card though!

World Atlas

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This is one of the best online Atlases I have seen.

Guess the Dictator or TV Sitcom Character

I tried to see if it could guess Magnum PI, Jack Tripper and MacGyver. It nailed all three.

The Secret Finger Trick

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Don’t worry. Its safe for work.

Here’s some harmless fun you can have right now with your digital camera. Tonight I hit upon a shocking anatomical secret: your fingers, if photographed in a certain close up way, (shown below) are practically indistinguishable from pictures of thighs and buttocks.

(via The Presurfer)

An Interpretation of Gilligan’s Island

This is pretty funny. It is titled: A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Revelance of Gilligan’s Island.

The Skipper represents official government. His authority stems not so much from democratic election as from the traditional role and powers of a ship’s captain. This historical precedent seems to convey his right to leadership more than any personal characteristics or qualifications. The castaways rely on this symbolic “right” to leadership to unofficially consent to his capacity as governor.

Gilligan, the Skipper’s “little buddy”, embodies every extraneous governmental agency, policy and program ever foisted on innocent people anywhere. It is “Gilligan’s island.” Gilligan is well-intentioned. He sincerely wants to help. Gilligan saves no exertion, refuses no absurdity, respects no boundary in his unceasing efforts to solve, or at least soften, any and all of the everyday problems of the castaways. More often than not Gilligan is the problem. At best he makes a bad situation worse. At worst, he makes a great situation completely unbearable.


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