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The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore last Sunday was the first of the republic – it was also the first time it takes place at night. I’ve always been partial to street circuits as I feel they give a raw and yet romantic sense of speed – perhaps something that is easier to relate to for the average fan.
Anyway, it was a magnificient night with the flood lights gracing the track with the Singapore downtown skyline as a backdrop. Most Singaporeans probably haven’t watched a single F1 race in their lives (“too boring!”) – but last weekend droves turned up to check it out and I’m sure many have found new appreciation in the sport. I was down near the track too as the cars zipped around on practice days – and certainly for me it felt quite a bit different from what I’ve seen: the noise, the smell and the sense of proximity (that the cars aren’t just doing overhyped roundabouts in some circuits far away) gave me a different perception of the sports.
As seen from the examples above, Boston.com seems to be getting into a habit of amassing great events-reportage pictures (see their Olympics coverage too).
[Full set of Singapore F1 Grand Prix pictures from Boston.com]
This is Multicolr by Idée Labs – allowing you to search Flickr’s photo pool based on the key colors. What’s cool about this is you can choose more than 1 color. As shown above – you can have just one color, or keep adding key colors into your criteria. Pretty nifty huh?
Now when’d they combine this with tag-searching as well…(e.g. look for pictures of green apples)?
Promise to yourself that you’d not let a number define you – Hip Hop Grannies defy stereotypes!
Google is launching a new project called “10 to the 100th” (known as a googol) to find ideas that can change – I certainly assume it is for the better – as many people’s lives as possible:
At Google, we don’t believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university — but maybe not.
Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you’ve observed, some notion that you’ve been fiddling with, some small connection you’ve noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes.
If you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, we want to hear about it. We’re looking for ideas that help as many people as possible, in any way, and we’re committing the funding to launch them. You can submit your ideas and help vote on ideas from others. Final idea selections will be made by an advisory board.
Do you have any ideas? Big ideas? Well this may well be one of the most straightforward ways you can leverage a behemoth like Google to bring your idea to light and hopefully improve the course of humankind. Google is committing $10million to implement five selected ideas.
This is perhaps too design-geeky for the average Joes and heck, even for average designers, but the spirit of curiosity, intellectual acrobat and an almost-compulsive obsession over a small section of typography that surrounds this discussion over at Typophile forums (almost 3 years ago – just stumbled onto it) is right up my alley.
The premise is this:
The symbols that we now see peppered all over articles: ‘ampersand’ and the ‘at sign’ – (‘&’ and ‘@’ respectively) was evolved from common alphabets. Overtime, the more symbolic shorthand was distilled and developed. The question thus goes: if ‘@’ came from ‘at’ and ‘&’ came from ‘et’, then what can common expressions of today – say, ‘wtf’ and ‘lol’ lead to?
It’s probably only the hardcore typophiles that will ever think of this question – and here are some suggestions from the forum:
Here’s the Typophile forum with quite some interesting discussions.
Strollers have come a long way in terms of baby care. It was once exclusive and expensive, and only the upper echelons of the society could strut their babies around on wheels. Today though, strollers are almost a necessity for every mom, and we’ve also seen innovations that tries to make it simpler to use – to push, to store, to keep the baby safe.
4Moms just demonstrated the above stroller – ‘Origami’ – recently at a show, featuring a Transformer-like automatic folding, which simply takes the sweat out of this process (parents will know how frequently they’d have to do this). A one-button push initiates the sequence – and the stroller detects whether a baby’s still in the stroller before morphing. The battery is also rechargeable (about 300 feet of pushing will give you the power for 1 fold).
According to Maman et Bebe, this will appear on retail at around $650 in February 2009.
It isn’t the kinds of ad that will blow you away, but I thought this was quite a clever ad. Without spoiling it too much: you’d probably start to get the commercial maybe somewhere in the middle of the ad, and that’s when everything suddenly make sense. And you’d still want to re-watch it, just to revisit the little nuances and hints that was lightly sprinkled within the video.
I also like how switched tacks and turned a usually dry, boring and perhaps ‘too-rational’ topic into something much more poetic. Something from those typical corporate-y and ‘o-big-industry!’ tone to communicating at a much more personal level.
Catch my drift?
This, I guess is what happens when a mega-billion dollar company folds and files for bankcruptcy. Artist GV Raymond has a habit of painting a portrait picture of a popular figure and letting others comment on it with markers:
The idea behind the series is to paint the subject during a particularly interesting or controversial moment in time and then offer passersby a chance to comment on the surface of the canvas.
And what better time than now for President of Lehman Brothers Richard Fuld, the person who led Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy after 158 years of operation. A venue to vent – though the frustration and exasperation experienced by Lehman employees could probably not be worth the ‘I-told-you-so’s scribbled on the canvas. Honestly though, I thought it’d be a lot more vulgar or explosive, but all in all the annotations still look comparatively tame, I think.
This could just be the only Lehman derivatives that is worth something.
Singapore will be hosting the first ever night-race in the Formula One in a few weeks time, and AixSponza has an excellent animated reel showing the road-track that will bring F1 drivers around iconic architectures in downtown Singapore. I’ve always thought that street tracks are a lot more romantic than purpose-built racing tracks – typical track racing gives me a much more sterile impression, while street races feel a lot more immersive (and I comment from my very qualified experience founded upon years of video arcade & racing simulation games).
The pictures above are just some stills from the reel, showing its quality quite impressively. No further ado: