This is truly unbelievable: Lego has built a 1:1 scale model of the X-Wing fighter using an astounding 5,335,200 bricks! It’s as big as the real thing, capable of fitting the real Luke Skywalker—and Porkins.
New summer project idea.
For years Lady Doyle was his constant companion, accompanying him on all his travels. It was to her the dying novelist spoke his last words.
“You are wonderful,” he said with a smile.
The original New York Times obituary for Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on May 22, 1859, who died of a heart attack on July 7, 1930.
Honor him with a wonderful read on how to think like Sherlock Holmes.
Happy birthday, Sir Doyle.
The most endearing thing a brand can do these days is reveal that there are humans inside.
This quirk is as good a sign as any that brands as we know them are increasingly obsolete. Their future is as a brand/human cyborg, more akin to a sports star playing for a team than as a pure icon.
I’ve been getting some nice feedback from folks that are enjoying this series of guest posts about the “why” founders create their companies. So I’m going to keep going with them. Here are earlier posts about Skillshare, Runkeeper and thePlatform)Today, I’m going to introduce you…
|—||Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (via arpeggia)|
In 1900, a worn bronze machine was hauled from an ancient Greek shipwreck. With dozens of crumbling gears, the machine puzzled experts for more than a century. This documentary follows researchers who have come to suspect the machine, known as the Antikythera mechanism, is a miniature planetarium that tracked the Sun and the Moon and could predict eclipses. They have created working models, down to the pin-and-slot mechanism that gives a slight wobble to the lunar orbit, and have used a custom X-ray machine to probe layers of corroded clockwork. The Greeks “managed to cram nearly all their knowledge of astronomy into this small-geared device,” the mathematician Tony Freeth says on-screen. The maker of this “analog computer” — perhaps a thousand years ahead of its time — is still unknown, but some believe it might have been inspired by the work of Archimedes. (via Ancient Clockwork and a New ‘Eco-Drama’ - NYTimes.com)
joseph gordon-levitt singing our next national anthem, ignition (remix)
He’s not fair
With the 1 gigabit-per-second Google Fiber network rolling out in Kansas City, startups, social enterprises and makers have an enormous opportunity to build the future on broadband that’s up to 100 times faster than the typical home connection. How will people of all ages use this new infrastructure to live, learn and make? How will the network change the way we interact with people, businesses, government and institutions? Hacking the Gigabit City aims to answer these questions through a participatory event focused on creating code, products/services and compelling designs that can make a difference in people’s lives.
“We are looking for hackers to use the speed of the Google Fiber network to build applications that push the tech envelope forward,” said Cameron Cushman, manager in Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “We are trying to invent the future, and Kansas City is at the forefront of ultra-high-speed internet access. This event is for people who want to work and build something that can truly help others and improve lives.”