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What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue

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SILK PAVILION by Mediated Matter Group. The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.

Ammunition bullets of World War II by Sabine Pearlman.

This is a great image of a city (NYC) that seems designed to bring great images into being. Sergey Semonov, a Russian photographer, submitted the image to the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards, and took first prize in the amateur category. View full resolution (click 3 times) to enjoy.

The U.S. state of Oregon established vote-by-mail as the standard mechanism for voting with Ballot Measure 60, a citizen's initiative, in 1998. The measure made Oregon the first state in the United States to conduct its elections exclusively by mail. The measure passed on November 3, 1998, by a margin of 69.4% to 30.6%.

  • Jacki Leach

    Perhaps some of my fellow Oregonians still want to vote in a booth.

  • LeannaRuth Jensen

    Those Alzheimers patient who don't even know their own name, would not be voting, someone else is voting for them THAT's the problem. Vote by mail does not insure one vote per person.

  • Clair Clark

    You can't vote more than once even if you receive extra ballots. The election office documents when they get your ballot so if they receive a second or third ballot they are not counted (and hopefully you are investigated). Vote by mail allows people to thoughtfully consider the measures in the comfort of their home and thus create a more informed electorate. I have heard many stories where people are taking their FIRST look at ballot measures while waiting in lines at polling stations in other states. Not to mention the crazy long lines and malfunctioning voting machines.

  • Martha Schram

    I live in Oregon and LOVE vote by mail. I take my time with the ballot. I can't easily "stand in line" anymore but I can exercise my duty to vote.

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Tactile Maps by Emily Fischer who researches digital information such as open source mapping to find a density of data that conforms to "Amish rules of quilting". Each resultant quilt is a tactile map.

Haptic Lab Creates Quilted Maps To Turn Wayfinding Physical
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The School of Ants allows you to participate in the arduous task of collecting ants from the whole country. Afterwards they're identified, and you can see what ants live in what area on the map.

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Jessica Drenk - mop head dipped in porcelain slip and fired

  • Lindsey Pennell

    Oh wow, I feel a little less crazy too, stuff like this has always bugged me.

  • Megan Marett

    If you can help it, DO NOT GOOGLE it!! Seriously can't stop thinking about it now!

  • Kaitie Alman

    All of these comments make me WANT to Google it just to see what all of the fuss is about. I will try to fight the urge...

  • Amy B

    Oh dear. I Googled. Now I need to look at many, many cute animals. And probably get a hug. *shiver* Cool mop though- totally looks like an undersea object.

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"White Elephant (Privately Soft)" by Jimenez Lai. Lai describes it as "a building inside a building," falling "somewhere between super-furniture and a small house." It's a flippable object, able to be tilted and set on any side. It tumbles, in the architect's words, its cowhide-padded interior offering a place to sit in any orientation.

BLDGBLOG: Space Jack

Engin Ayaz, Tak Cheung, and Doug Kanter created HeartWave, a tabletop device which uses water ripples to visualize the heartbeat of two people at once. via @Sha Hwang

HeartWave Converts Your Pulse into Water Ripples
  • Britton Sharp

    ok i think this is really cool, although it looks like they are somewhat solemnly staring at a large i phone.

Simon Evans - "Everything I Have", 2008 Pen, paper, scotch tape, white out 60 1/4 X 40 1/8 inches

Simon Evans - Artists - James Cohan Gallery
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Rainbow In Your Hand by Masashi Kawamura

Eugene Freyssinet - "The Father of Reinforced Concrete" - proposed this half-mile-high building for the Paris International Exposition of 1937, instead of the Eifel Tower.

'Une performance et installation intitulée “Mending” par cette artiste chinoise Beili Liu. Le concept : une jeune femme est assise sous 1500 paires de ciseaux suspendus au plafond, dans un nuage scintillant. Actuellement exposé à la galerie “Women and Their Work Gallery” à Austin.'

1500 Scissors Suspended

Army men for girls

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  • Jessica Beekman Roe

    Where can they be purchased???!!!!????

  • Terri Gilliland

    I used to play with these because I took Ballet. If I had the army ones I would have played with those also. So it's not sexist!

  • Emily Walsh

    There are pink army figures available now but I don't like encouraging war games. I'd love if someone would make ANY color of these non-violent figures. They're just the right size and weight for some great imaginative play.

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An Introduction to High-Magnification Macro Photography via @Cynthia Maxwell. @Ben Silbermann, you HAVE to see this . . . just keep watching.

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Shoji Hamada demonstating around 1968. “Take, for instance, eating and apple. The primitives took it right off the tree and ate it, skin, seeds, and all. But today we seem to think that peeling it looks better, and then we cut it up and stew it and make a jam of it and prepare it in all kinds of ways. In preparing the apple, quite often we commit many errors on the way. But in just taking it off the tree and eating the whole thing, there are no mistakes to be made”. Shoji Hamada

Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time.

  • Gabrielle

    @sarah vaz i have no problem with people using their money to do what they want... they can go ahead and wall paper their walls with 100 bills.. just like people can tile their floors with pennies. what i have a problem is people defacing money that will go back into circulation. there is HUGE difference.

  • George Yui

    Longest post I've ever posted. This is all about legalese. On the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing webpage: "Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is" There is no real hardline that this is defacement and this isn't. It's a judgement call. Also, on the same site: "However, there is no Federal statute which mandates that private businesses must accept cash as a form of payment. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise." So this is up to the business whether they will accept said money. With all this legal jargon above, that is why Occupygeorge stated on their site: "LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The intent behind Occupy George is not to render any money unfit to be reissued, and in fact the hope is that all stamped money will circulate as much as possible, passing knowledge to all those who come across the bills." Now that I know what I can't and can do with money, I'm going to create a machine that presses pennies into souvenirs. Oh wait ...

  • Jonathan White

    Based on the above informed posts, I don't think this "defacement" is prosecutable. It's a crafty idea. Of course, one can still be in the "bottom 99%" (there always is one) and not agree with radical ideas of wealth redistribution. The "elites" have existed since the beginning of civilization is some form or another. Aside from the elites, every one of us have the ability to change our own economic situation if we are so motivated, and willing to do what it takes. Others have realized that money does not determine happiness. Others are getting involved in the "Occupy (whatever)" movement. Other people are still contributing to society and their own livelihood.

  • Andrew Van Hook

    1. Keeping interest rates low makes it cheap for the 1% to borrow, which helps them make a lot more money. 2. Investing is not taxed at the same rate as work, which isn't really fair.

  • Sarah Vaz

    ahahahahahahaha. i'm sorry, i just DONT see the difference. Peace though. XO

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Theo Jansen makes beautifully alive kinetic sculptures out of yellow plastic tubes.

AMAZING. Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.