Friday, 17 October 2008

Basque Health HQ by Coll-Barreu Architects has a photo filled post about the new headquarters of the Basque Health Department in Bilbao, Spain that was designed by Coll-Barreu Architects.

Bonneville Salt Flats Rest Stop Shelter

The first in an occasional series of unexpected monuments - Bonneville salt flats is famous for its salty flatness - hence the name - and its predictable weather....making it a prime choice for land speed record attempts and possibly chip consumption.... A striking mid-century modern form at the rest area next to the (also striking) salt flats west of the Great Salt Lake. This is one of those historically significant public designs, like those of the WPA, that remains uncredited, and often unappreciated, by today’s administrators.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

2012 the year the internet ends...

Editors Note: I was tipped to this article and have talked with several others in trying to confirm its legitimacy. It has over 11,000 diggs and it seems legit.
Update:Bell Canada and TELUS (formerly owned by Verizon) employees officially confirm that by 2012 ISP's all over the globe will reduce Internet access to a TV-like subscription model, only offering access to a small standard amount of commercial sites and require extra fees for every other site you visit. These 'other' sites would then lose all their exposure and eventually shut down, resulting in what could be seen as the end of the Internet.

Dylan Pattyn *, who is currently writing an article for Time Magazine on the issue, has official confirmation from sources within Bell Canada and is interviewing a marketing representative from TELUS who confirms the story and states that TELUS has already started blocking all websites that aren't in the subscription package for mobile Internet access. They could not confirm whether it would happen in 2012 because both stated it may actually happen sooner (as early as 2010). Interviews with these sources, more confirmation from other sources and more in-depth information on the issue is set to be published in Time Magazine soon.

What can we do?

The reason why we're releasing this information is because we believe we can stop it. More awareness means more mainstream media shedding light on it, more political interest and more pressure on the ISP's to keep the Internet an open free space. We started this social network as a platform for Internet activism where we can join forces, share ideas and organize any form of protest that may have an impact. If we want to make a difference in this, we have to join together and stand united as one powerful voice against it.

Join the movement.

Don't let the Internet evolve to this!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Now I don't know if I'm scared or merely covetous...

Apparently, in another robotic development, Berkeley Bionics in the United States is already working on its second generation exoskeleton suit for hikers, emergency/rescue personnel and military. The company originally showed off their exoskeleton back in 2005 and has steadily improved the design. Like the HAL, the contraption consists of leg braces, a 1.2 lbs battery and a microcomputer. There’s also a back frame for military style rucksacks. More on both here

Domo arigato Mr Roboto

I want one of these...

Monday, 6 October 2008


'nuff said...

Liz on TED

worth keeping an eye on