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.

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 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


A tree that grows books.

Plastic protected containers cut into the side of an old tree trunk placed onto the street – all with the aim of sharing books. Sounds wild, right? This is a clever new way to promote reading brought to you by BookCrossing, a book swapping club dedicated to building up the “World’s Library”. Residents in Berlin – where this is being tested – are welcome to leave books or take one, the point is just to swap books in the public space. If this were a real tree that grows books, now that would be my dream come true. Hat tip to inhabitat for the find and lovely photos.

Tree That Grows Books

Holiday Matinee’s August Mixtape!

We’re going to make one last stand for an endless summer with this month’s mix. Although we weren’t able to resist having at least one Beach Boys song on here, we’re hoping tracks by The Radio Dept., Poolside, Kilo Kish and Frank Ocean will also remind you of everything that’s amazing about this time of year.

p.s. – Not seeing the tape ’cause you’re on your mobile device? Spotify premium users can listen to most, but not all tracks here. They get jealous when they see you wit yo’ mobile phone!

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