The Iridium Flare Tracker Project


A project designed for the 2004 Burning Man Festival using lasers to point out Iridium flares.

To design and implement a system to point out Iridium satellite flares as they happen. The system will use a bright DPSS laser beam to identify the point in the sky where the next flare is supposed to show up. A large (2’x11′) LED clock will serve as an ‘attractor’ for folks walking by as well as give an accurate countdown to the viewing time.

And for those who don’t know what is an Iridium flare, go here.

Soccer Ball Shaped Houses


Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.

Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.

(via Ursi’s Blog)

President Al Gore

Gore was on SNL last night and opened it while addressing the nation as if he had won the presidency in 2000. Crooks and Liars has video of it if the YouTube link goes down.

The funniest part was when he said W was in charge of cleaning up the steroid problem in baseball: “But I have faith in baseball commissioner George W. Bush when he says, “We will find the steroid users if we have to tap every phone in America!”