Thursday, April 23, 2015


This is the prototype of an improvised conceptual device.

I am testing out ideas for a new occasional series.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heavy Plant

Walk past a "Heavy Plant" warning and wonder vaguely if the trees thought it was for them; if whoever put it up had enough imagination to wish they were putting it on a tree or enough insight to see the irony that heavy plant machinery is commonly used in the removal of heavy plants.

Put yourself in the position of the trees, try to think like they might. The sign seems to suggest far more questions than it answers:

  • How heavy would a plant have to be to warrant its own sign?
  • Where on the transition from sapling to full tree might that point be?
  • Is a single tree enough for a sign or should a tree in search of a sign join a copse to up their chances?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Just Write!

Got lazy and disinterested. Took a year off. Missed it. Had something to say about that. This says it better.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This week's links

If you aren't creeped out by elective plastic surgery the next 2 stories should fix that

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll
"This Is Not a Barbie Doll. This Is an Actual Human Being." Not so long ago, images of a young girl washed over the Internet. She was impossibly blonde and impossibly shaped, and surely it was all a masterly work of Photoshop. Right? Michael Idov travels to meet with Eastern Bloc Barbie herself and discovers that her world is far more bizarre and twisted than anything in the photos By Michael Idov April 2014 More: When Human Ken Met Human Barbie Even More: Is Human Barb...

The GQ+A: Human Ken Doll Justin Jedlica on Meeting Human Barbie: The Q: GQ
E When Human Ken, an American whose real name is Justin Jedlica, met Human Barbie , it didn't go exactly as planned. There was no ride in a Beach Cruiser™. No steamy night in the dollhouse. Instead, Justin, 33, a self-described "housewife" who attained his look through 140 procedures, compared Valeria to a "drag queen." · · · So how do you and Valeria know each other? We met at a photo s...

Stem cells even more amazing than previously thought!

BBC News - Doctors implant lab-grown vagina
Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube like 3D-scaffold for each patient Continue reading the main story Related Stories Will we ever grow replacement hands? Stem-cell livers grown in laboratory Scientists make 'lab-grown' kidney Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and i...

Look at the size of that needle! Not for me thanks. Anything that looks like that and comes with a "pain management kit" should be avoided.

Crowdfunded xNT Biohacking Implant Ships This Month | Digital Trends
After mounting a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo toward the end of last year, Dangerous Things is now ready to ship its xNT implant to consumers later this month. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the xNT is an ISO/IEC 14443-A and fully NFC Type 2 compliant NTAG216 RFID chipset encased in a 2×12 mm cylindrical USP grade lead-free Schott 8625 biocompatible glass casing. In plain English, that basically means it's a tiny capsule designed to be inserted into your body (usually ...