Archive for July, 2008

Rainy Sunday Pic

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

It’s a gloomy sunday in New York — the sky’s been threatening to open up all day.

But this pic really perked me up:

Sam Spenser's 'Bloom'

Sam Spenser's 'Bloom'

Google Patents Invalidated??

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I really wish I understood patent law better, I must say.  But I just read this article and it seems unbelievable to me.  If I gleaned this correctly, a shifting of the Patent Office’s position on what technically qualifies for patents basically invalidates software patents.

Now that I look around, it seems like this has actually been up for debate for quite some time.  Even Wikipedia seems pretty opinionated about the matter.  And I guess there is definitely some debate as to whether software should be protected by patents or by copyright.

Still.  Seems pretty aggressive on the part of the patent office to go after Google.

And this after the nonsense yesterday where one guy (he’s got a company called Anascape, but it’s basically one guy working out of Carson City, Nevada — the sketchiest place on earth) is suing Nintendo over patent infringement on his highly specific patents such as

  • Patent 6,208,271 “Remote Controller with Analog Button”
  • Patent 6,344,791 “Variable Sensor with Tactile Feedback”

… which seem like they could be applied to pretty much anything!  I mean, a mouse is a remote controller with an analog button! And the guy already won $21 million from Nintendo in ‘damages’.

Long ago I should’ve patented ‘Flat Surface with Texture’ and sued the entire world.

All of that said, I’m all for open source culture.  I think it’s a step in the right direction.  But when it’s the patent office and the courts that are making the decisions, I find they are generally completely ignorant about most things technical.

I’m all for making Google fight harder for their bread.  But only if the Patent Office actually knows what they’re doing.

Gmail Vid

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This is old news by now, but I just thought of it today:

Amazingly precise.

But I must say: some people have way too much time on their hands…

Stop-Action Madness!!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

OMG this is amazing.  And it must’ve taken them forever to make:

If you like this, you should definitely check out PES.

via FormFiftyFive

Italian Police on Parade

Thursday, July 24th, 2008


via FormFiftyFive

Skip Waste

Thursday, July 24th, 2008


I love it when designers use found materials in unexpected ways.  Take for example, Oliver Bishop-Young’s SkipWaste project:

project by Oliver Bishop-Young

project by Oliver Bishop-Young

Creative, no?  I think it’s a lot of fun.

Be sure to visit dezeen’s feature to learn all the creative ways you can repurpose a dumpster.

Oliver Bishop-Young’s site is here.

thanks, It’s Nice That

Constructive Criticism

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about passive-aggressive notes:

Just found this via FFFound — it’s a note left on a graffiti-ed wall of a Lower East Side school:

Photo by GammaBlog on Flickr

Photo by GammaBlog on Flickr

It’s a little hard to read b/c it’s on a bit of an angle, but it’s remarkably frank, kind and uncompromising.