“Empathy suit” simulates the reduced mobility, hearing and sight associated with aging so designers can feel what it’s like
“Goggles reduce vision, and a headset reduces hearing. Heavy gloves simulate the reduced mobility of arthritis. Back, knee and neck braces reduce flexibility, while special shoes make walking painful. Shoulder straps prevent arms from being raised. The result is a full-body prosthetic that ages its wearer 40 years.” [tx JC]
RIcky Gervais explains Spinal Tap's influence on The Office
“The brilliance of the film is that it’s for everyone. It’s universal, it just happens to be guitars. It was the biggest influence on ‘The Office.’ The actual vehicle and the rendering was Spinal Tap all the way…The characters in Spinal Tap and the characters in ‘The Office,’ they have a blind spot. That’s what’s funny about them. You laugh at them because, as a viewer, you see the difference between how they are and how they see themselves. It’s the gap that’s funny.”
Top 100 ad campaigns of the century
Top 5: Volkswagen’s “Think Small”, Coca-Cola’s “The pause that refreshes”, The Marlboro Man, Nike’s “Just do it”, and McDonald’s “You deserve a break today.”
Head of Yahoo Music says subscription models will make DRM irrelevant within 10 years
“Eventually, perhaps in 5 or 10 years, he predicts, all portable players will have wireless broadband capability and will provide direct access, anytime, anywhere, to every song ever released for a low monthly subscription fee. It’s a prediction that has a high probability of realization because such a system is already found in South Korea, where three million subscribers enjoy direct, wireless access to a virtually limitless music catalog for only $5 a month. “
Why Seattle's Qwest Field is the loudest stadium in the NFL
“[Paul Allen] had the architects design the structure of the stadium, especially the roof, to direct as much crowd noise as possible on the field. In addition, the north end zone seating, called the ‘Hawks Nest’, was specifically designed for rowdy fans; the seating consists of metal bleachers which reflect sound, and fans often stomp to create even more.”
Theodore Roosevelt quotes
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Royksopp “Remind Me” video featuring information design