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“Each level takes place in a different flower’s dream as it sits on the windowsill of a dull city apartment. As the player progresses through the game, the apartment and city gradually becomes more vibrant and colourful, until it climaxes at the 100% completion mark and the cityscape is replaced by a vibrant field with mountains in the background. The player guides a petal through brightly coloured, abstract fields by tilting the motion-sensitive controller; pressing any button on the controller gives a speed boost. The aim is to guide the petal into other flowers in the field, triggering an explosion of colour that spreads through the game world.” Wikipedia: Flower

The Way Things Go by Fischi and Weiss

The Way Things Go by Fischi and Weiss

The previous post wasn’t for nothing, I wanted to point out that in thinking about function as a factor in determining the differences between art and design, I would reconsider the charges presented in the Fischli and Weiss vs Honda (Copyright Dispute), where The artist Fischi and Weiss claimed that Honda stole their art film, The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge), to make this Honda car ad. Honestly, I would say that the film and the Ad are totally different, primarily for the fact that in the Fischi and Weiss film, all the chain reactions, in the end, have no function, that is there is no final purpose to the way things go (art); while in the VW Ad the chain reactions have a function contributing to the building of a VW (design). This clarity of function is probably the reason why the urinal designer didn’t sue Marcel Duchamp.

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp, 1917

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp, 1917

In the end Honda did admit to stealing the tire sequence, but is that enough?  Can Fischli and Weiss copyright a chain reaction involving a tire? Have Fischli and Weiss ever seen Rube Goldberg’s work? I bet if you look long enough you can probably find a similarity or two. I guess they could argue they’ve never seen his work before.

The Hema's website version of the Way Things Go

The Hema's website version of the Way Things Go

Finally, take a look at this cause and effect website sequence by the Dutch department store Hema before it’s take down. There’s more video examples out there just do a search. (HEMA site read from provocat blog post “The Rube Goldberg Effect”)

Reborn Doll Ebay

Maybe I’m late to report this craze, but a recent spam post tipped me off to “reborn dolls” listings on ebay – baby dolls made to look like hyper realistic babies. I Googled and found this site MBB Creative Doll that has the tag-line of: Art that Captures Life. I don’t really know how to categorize this post? Is it art? games & toys? science & tech? pop culture? All of the above it is!

Wired Magazine's New Office in Secondlife
View of Wired Magazine’s new office in SecondLife designed Millions of Us.

What took them so long? Everyone and their mothers have already set up shop in SecondLife- Geez! Were they too busy expanding in their first life? Anyhow, Wired Magazine say’s “whether you’re man or machine, furry or vampire, we want you to make yourself at home.” Read the entire article w/more pics on Wired in Second Life, issue 10.14.

re:blogged from Kent-Havercamp’s blog on mySpace.

P.s. To: H., if you’re reading, here’s more proof that the world already knows about Secondlife, it’s really not a secret anymore.

Rockstar Games table Tennis Screen Shot

Just yesterday a friend of mine unhide his ping-pong table so we could play a couple of games. How he hid it in the first place is a mystery. With the weather being so unpredictable it was a good call to play indoors. He won most games, but I’ve got to admit I hardly broke a sweat. Later that day I came across an email from Dimmak Records promoting Rockstar Games’ Table Tennis tournament here in New York City. I had heard about these huge basement table tennis parlors in Chinatown and figured they went that route and then I remembered… Rockstar Games usually don’t involve any physical effort besides thumb twiddling a-la-shadow-thumbs.

Apparently Rockstar Games have been hosting these semi-private PR tournaments since the start of this month leading upto the day of the release, May 23rd.

GiantMicrobes - Alimentaries

I hope nobody got salmonella or E.Coli this Christmas! I love these critters, but couldn’t find the perfect person to give these to for Christmas. They’re cute plushy reminders of the fact that we share the earth with equally destructive buggers. I heard of these GiantMicrobes stuffed toys before but just recently ran into them again at the Safe: Design Takes on Risk exhibition at the MoMa in New York City (closes January 2nd run!!).

Priced from $5.95 to $6.95, with discounts if you buy them in sets. GiantMicrobes has just added the A.I.D.S., Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Polio to a new line for health care professionals “to convey information about public-health diseases in a unique and memorable way.”

Available from thier website:GIANTMicrobes.com
Dolls available are… HEATLH: The Flu, Stomach Ache, Sore Throat, Ear Ache, Cough. MALADIES: Bad Breath, Kissing Diseasev (aka mono), Athlete’s Foot, Ulcer, Pimple, Giardia. EXOTICS: Martian Life, Beer & Bread (Yeast). CALAMITIES: Black Death, Ebola, Flesh Eating, Sleeping Sickness, Mad Cow. CRITTERS: Dust Mite, Bed Bug, Bookworm, Louse. VENEREALS: Gonorrhea (aka Clap), Syphilis. ALIMENTAIRES: E. coli, Salmonella. GIANTMicrobes Professional:
H.I.V., Hepatitis, TB, Polio

We got spammed with a couple of “buy viagra” comments on our blog the other day (see below). I wonder how common this is? Those viagra sellers will do anything to promote their product. Can you imagine when the AI in BlogBots gets a bit better? We’ll have BlogBots scanning the pages of MySpace, Livejournals, and Blogger to invent realistic lives of their own. There’s just so much human emotion, ritual and routine out there to pull from. I guess the tricky part is for the BlogBots to figure out how solicit their product without being obvious.

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These are the comments I recieved:

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BlogBot by Alex Dragulescu

Append: I just googled BlogBot and found this artistic take on the phenomenon of artificial blogs…

BlogBot by Alex Dragulescu “is a software agent in development that generates experimental graphic novels based on text harvested from web blogs.”