‘Motorville’ Video By Patrick Jean: Like The Iron Giant But With An Oil Addiction.

Motorville by Patrick JeanAmazing video! From Motorville’s Vimeo Page:

“The map of an american city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways and freeways.”

Directed and animated by : Patrick JEAN patrick-jean.com
Sound design : David KAMP davidkamp.de/

[Vimeo via Grist]



Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Nothing Says ‘Consumption’ Like A 1200 Sq. Ft. Luxury Garage With Flat Screen, Library Etc.

Maserati Dream Garage in Los Angeles.This dream garage recently one a design award. The garage was designed by Holger Schubert of archisis for a home in Los Angeles. Here’s a description (from Design Driven):

“The 1,200 square foot space provides a designated spot for the car and a large open area for a couch, a slide-away TV, a built-in book shelve in front of a large storage room, as well as a small kitchen, a bathroom and a library.

An area of 8′ x 12′ is made of sandblasted aluminum grating that is set flush into the concrete floors. It hides a 9′ long steel ramp, which the driver raises five inches by remote control to create a slope sufficient for the car to roll out and be started outdoors.”

In a nutshell – this garage is nicer than my house. Who needs this much to house their car? The only person I could think of was Cameron’s dad from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and you probably know already what Cameron thought of his father… [Design Driven via Neatorama]


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

The $875 Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition Car Seat.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition Car Seat.Car seats are vital for safely driving with your younger kids. The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition with Air Protect® Technology and a Perfect Fit Harness has all the features you’d want in a car seat and works for kids up to 70 lbs but it’s $875 price tag is pretty extreme. Infant/child cars seats normally run in the $100-200 price range and provide the same regulated level of protection.

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition reminds me of the $45 baby perfume from Dolce and Gabbana – unnecessary for the kids but necessary for status-driven parents. I wonder if the product reviews for Pria 70 Leather Edition will come from the parents or the nannies. [Gizmodo]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

New Zealander Pounded 10 Liters Of Coca-Cola Per Day And Dies At Age 30. Was It Soda’s Fault Or An Over-Coke?

Empty bottles of CokeNatasha Harris died three years ago of cardiac arrest and according to coroner David Crerar, drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a substantial factor leading to her early death. Prior to her death, Ms. Harris was drinking approx 10 liters of Coca-Cola per day which is equal to 2.2 lbs of sugar and 970 mg of caffeine. Her addiction to Coke not only cost her her teeth but also lead to a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and that’s what eventually killed Ms. Harris.

Who’s at fault – the soft drink or the soft drinker? I think coroner David Crerar hits on the head in the BBC Article:

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died…

The fact she had her teeth extracted several years before her death because of what her family believed was Coke induced tooth decay, and the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth, should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning,”

Mr. Crerar uses the “if your teeth are falling out, reduce your consumption” technique and it should work with most people. I’m not a fan of Coke and I try to avoid it but we can’t place all of the blame on unhealthy soft-drinks when consumers consume irresponsibly. The whole teeth falling out should’ve been enough of a sign – unfortunately in Ms. Harris’ case, it wasn’t and her continued over-consumption shortened her life. [BBC via Inhabitat]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Climate Inaction Is Like A Global Ponzi Scheme That Is Paid Into By Future Generations.

Before and After: Tar sands extraction

Uncle Charlie (Ponzi) would be so proud.

There’s a great article, “Global Ponzi Scheme Revisited: How Climate Inaction Betrays Our Children And Future Generations,” by Joe Romm on ThinkProgress. From the article:

“Fundamentally, homo ‘sapiens’ sapiens has constructed the grandest of Ponzi schemes, whereby current generations have figured out how to live off the wealth of future generations. We are all in essence Bernie Madoffs (many wittingly, most not) or at least his most credulous clients.”

It’s an update to an article Mr. Romm wrote in 2009 and the comparison is still spot on. Another powerful quote from the article:

“Madoff is reviled as a monster for targeting charities. We are targeting our own children and grandchildren and on and on. What does that make us?”

[Think Progress]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Best Part Of The World’s Most Expensive Dog Wedding Was Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Calling It Insane!

Thank you Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. You successfully pooped on the World’s Most Unnecessary Wasteful Expensive Dog Wedding! [Laughing Squid]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail