First-ever game of international border volleyball

September 30, 2006

Joshua Bearman wrote a story for LA Weekly about a game of “border volleyball,” in which players on either side of a two-story fence separating the US and Mexico hit a ball back and forth.

All this activity finally brings down the hammer of the border patrol, and a jeep shows up to separate us. The officer is friendly but firm. He’s just come on shift and has no idea we’ve been playing volleyball over the fence for the past hour.
“Really?”

He tells us that a daredevil launched himself across the border in a cannon a while back, but that ours was, in fact, the first-ever game of international border volleyball.

“And it worked over that tall fence?”

“Yup,” we say. “We’re up for one more round if you want to play.”

“No, man,” the officer says. “I’m on duty.”


PPP Contest

September 30, 2006

Okay so PayPerPost.com, the blog advertising website I endorse is having some big announcement next week calling it “payperpostbignews”, This image here is a puzzle peice that could win me $1000! You know, if you blog and haven’t jumped on this yet you should do it. I love getting the emails that say “You’ve Just Been paid”!


Bennett Robot Works

September 27, 2006

These robot sculptures, created by Gordon Bennett are made from a mixture of found objects which are both old and new. these parts are found in various places including garbage dumps, basements, construction sites, and garage sales. They are inspired by Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy whose visions of the “Modern Age” helped shape industrial design of the 40’s and 50’s.

The materials are wood, metal, bakelite, glass, plastic, rubber and paint. Each robot is a unique, one-of-a-kind sculpture and recieves its own numbered metal tag as proof it’s an authentic Bennett Robot Works robot. Each robot takes about a month to build. They range in height from 14″ to 25″. There are no moving or battery operated parts. They are not meant to be a toy. Do not taunt happy fun ball.


Take 15 minutes and watch these!

September 27, 2006

Inside a Wind Tunnel

September 25, 2006


Paris-based photographer Laurent Thion, recently photographed ONERA’s S1Ch Wind Tunnel, which was the biggest in France until the end of WWII. Iit was here that planes such as the Caravelle and Concorde were tested, as well as the first ‘delta wing’ airplane cars and the Volkswagen. French skiing champion Jen-Claude Killy also used the wind tunnel.

Although this tunnel is no longer in use, it was recently saved from destruction and is now classified as an historic building. This wind tunnel was built between 1932 and 1934 and it made possible the testing of a real plane of 12m, with ignited engine and pilot on board. The wind tunnel is 120m in length and 25m high.

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Theo Jansen – Kinetic Sculptor

September 22, 2006

Theo Jansen is an artist and kinetic sculptor living and working in Holland. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals which are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering. In the current BMW commercial Jansen says “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds”.

From his website:

Since about ten years Theo Jansen is occupied with the making of a new nature. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic matierial of this new nature. He makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.


Wash That Booty Ms. Peachez!

September 22, 2006