Archive for August, 2012

Tunes on the Move: A Trolley Show

If there’s one thing San Diego isn’t known for, it’s our stellar metro transportation, but occasionally, MTS steps up to the plate. Such is the case with A Trolley Show, a transit tribute to Take Away Shows. Originally a guerilla project, the Rowlberto Productions team now boasts public transportation permission and Pizza Parlay support. Promoting local creativity since early 2012, “A Trolley Show demonstrates that people can create art literally anywhere, and we hope it sparks new and interesting ideas” says co-creator Andrew Rowley. Here’s my favorite from The Burning of Rome, but swing by their site for more transportation treasures from Little Hurricane, Maren Parusel and The Wombats, just to name a few. It’s safe to say that “catching a moving performance” now joins “not wearing pants” on our list of fun things to do aboard the San Diego Trolley.

Inception helmet. Now, before you bother telling me it’s impossible…

Get this: researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have created a helmet that manipulates reality through cheap, commercially available electronic components – a video camera, a computer and a head-mounted visual display. Nicknamed the “Inception helmet”, but officially called the “Substitutional Reality system”, it’s made to study cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric patients and investigate how our conscious experiences are constituted in daily life. Researchers have already begun testing with a group of participants in a controlled experiment. Say hello to the superfuture: we’re living in it. So, do you want to take a leap of faith? You can check out the system in the performance art video below. Just remember to come back to reality.

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It will always be the Zack Morris cell phone

Forget that the first cell phone call was made in the 70s from the original Motorola DynaTAC. That it weighed 2.5 lbs, offered 30 minutes of talk time and took 10 hours to recharge. To me, it’ll always be known as the Zack Morris cell phone. With the release of the new iPhone next month, it’s hard to imagine anyone once envied that brick of a phone, but I’m glad someone has documented it in all it’s glory at ZackMorrisCellPhone.com. Something had to be made to teach the youngins about Saved By The Bell and our ancient history.

Zack Morris Cell Phone

Zack Morris Cell Phone

Zack Morris Cell Phone

 

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