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Sosolimited: ReConstitution 2008

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

ReConstitution 2008 – Live Presidential Debates Remix by Sosolimited from Sosolimited on Vimeo.

ReConstitution 2004 – Sosolimited from Sosolimited on Vimeo.

ReConstitution is a live audiovisual remix of the 2008 Presidential debates. There will be three performances in three cities, each coinciding with a live broadcast of the debates.

We’ve designed software that allows us to sample and analyze the video, audio, and closed captioned text of the television broadcast. Through a series of visual and sonic transformations we reconstitute the material, revealing linguistic patterns, exposing content and structures, and fundamentally altering the way in which you watch the debates.”

I attended this event in 2005 and it was awesome! The extra information revealed visually based on spoken and visual content from each candidate was incredible. Data mining in it’s simplest form in a very cool way, especially the barrel of words! Watch the 2 videos above (1 summary of what they are doing this year, and the lower video giving you a peek into the 2004 remix) for an understanding of this event, attend if you can for the next rounds in NYC and DC then check out the rest of sosolimited’s projects on their website!.

Freeline Skate

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

A few months back I drove by a parking lot and saw 2 dudes skating around spinning around like mad men. The weird part was, I couldn’t see their skateboards. I thought weird and straightened my head avoiding the traffic I almost ran into.

I’ve finally realized what these bizarre inventions are. Their called Freeline Skates seemingly like mini skateboards for each foot, somewhat resembling sideway rollerblade besides the fact it’s not strapped to your foot. This is some pretty crazy weird stuff. That’s all I can say, but it seems to be making a blaze across the world! Check out the video above or their website for more info.

Freeline Skates

Thomas Kalak: Thailand – Same same, but different!

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Photographer Thomas Kalak sent me his new book “Thailand – Same same, but different!” containing a colorful variety of street improvisations containing creations in leveling objects in challenging environments, sourcing water in unique ways, making broken products useful, converting objects into other uses, and a variety of other everyday needs. The photos are simple, mind-provoking, and very humorous once you realize the entire story. You’ll look at an image, wonder what they were solving, realize the initial problem, then understand how they solved it. Each image is a puzzling fun story in itself.

We live in a culture where resources are abundant, but at times we also find ourselves sourcing our needs around what we already have. The art in improvising is one of the most elemental needs in creativity just as “perspective” is to creation. Just because something is made to do “this” does not mean it cant’ do “that”. Thomas has created a wonderful simple book giving us a lens in seeing such beautiful samples in Thailand!

A little bird tells me this is selling out fast! Get your orders at or direct here!

A few pictures from the book after the jump provided by Thomas!

I’m a PC

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Apple’s viral “I’m a Mac” ads tainted images of PC users over the years and Microsoft just launched a reply with their “I’m a PC” ads (not the semi failed Seinfeld ones, though buzzy) which surprisingly are pretty good. It’s not bashing Apple at all, and not saying I’m better than you or anything else. It just says hey, look at who uses a PC. No mud slinging, no joking, just purity which I frankly really like over their past “Perfect Family Lifestyle” ads that none of us connected with. “I wear glasses, I wear jeans, I have a beard, I’m a human”. There are quite a few celeb spots in the ads and there is a definite tone about the shear number of users out there vs “other” computers. Transparency in brands, relationship to customers, ability to connect, truth, being nice…. yes… all good things.

Anyhow, I’m not here to say who is better, but it’s great to see this reply from MS. I don’t say this often, but bravo Microsoft! I’m liking you a bit more…. and yes, “I’m a PC”.

Awesome job Crispin, Porter + Bogusky!(the rockin ad firm)

via gizmodo

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 has a pretty cool interactive visualization by designer Craig Mod depicting the amount of news published about both presidential parties Obama vs McCain. The obvious shift in news occurs in early September during McCains wild announcement for Palin. Will be a good visualization to watch out for in the weeks to come, though it sometimes acts up being viewed in firefox.

Sir Ken Robinson interview

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I post about Sir Ken Robinson way too much, but he rocks so watch this 2 part interview about “Schools Killing Creativity” (part 1, part 2), and of course if you don’t know who he is, watch his TED talk afte the jump with the 2 video interviews. (some of my favorite ted talks here)

Ron Arad: Rotator Bath to Shower

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The “Rotator” by designer Ron Arad is a bath that spins to empty and becomes a shower. No more bath plugs needed! Check out the video above.

via archipass

“My Documents” Folder Case

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

my documents folder case

I know this “pixel/make my desktop physical” trend is somewhat old, but I just had to post this cause it seemed right though the price is somewhat questionable. I might have to pick one up along with the metal “folderix usb” stick!

buy it here
via BetterLivingThroughDesign

Weekend Links

Monday, August 25th, 2008

jetblue terminal
Thought of the week: Keep trying and believe.

A peek into Jetblues new restaurant terminals!
Made in USA shirt in Chinese.
Flower Foaming Fire Extinguisher.
Wifi Heatmap..kinda nerdy, but kind of works.
How to get into any club by pretending to be a DJ.
A very bad paramedic!
Free the airwaves!(internet for all!)
Windows Error page projected during Olympics opening Ceremonies!

Wasara Paper Tableware

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Wasara Paper Tableware
Oooooooooo, my gosh, Wasara makes some unbelievably beautiful paper tableware pieces with a very keen sense in Japanese aesthetics. I especially love the slight curves in the plates to fit around your hand. I’m not sure if I’d ever want to throw these plates away but they are eco-friendly in manufacturing and in material.

If your seeking something more sturdy you can always buy the beautiful plastic “” object though there is a beauty about 1 time use paper plates.

via notcot
1 more picture after the jump of each piece.

Keyboard Napkin

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

keyboard napkin
How clever… a napkin for your keyboard which let’s ya keep typing without a worry in making a mess! So grab that sandwich oozing with cranberry sauce and type away as you get your lunch geek on!


Obama Buttons for FREE!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Free Obama is giving away free Obama buttons by simply giving them your address (the free ones the top one). I submitted my info and buttons should be arriving in a few weeks. They have 2 other buttons for purchasing, but free is easier!

I still personally dig the Obama 008 buttons (“double O8”, the next James Bond) I got from so if ya want some extra designer point, go get those!