Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

50% off

Seen in Toronto Chinatown: 50 % off (but you have to be fast, these are the last ones)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Small improvements

You might think: "Why bother making a hole in a bottle cap", but if you have kids that love making bubbles by blowing on a straw, you'll appreciate it.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wooden batteries

Hereby I would like to introduce my latest toy concept: Wooden Batteries for kids on Rudolf Steiner schools ("Almost as cool as real batteries")

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What's the difference

Once in a while it happens: you buy the wrong razorblades. For some very bad reason, there are many different interfaces of Gilette razorblades, meaning that for some (probably very commercial) reason, Gilette blade A doesn't fit on Gilette system B.

I bought 10 blades that were not compatible with my Gilette razor set and therefore, I went back to the shop in order to buy me a new set that could use the blades. For some (probably very stupid (something to do with marketing)) reason, there are no shaving sets for sale in Denmark that can actually use the blades I bought (I have asked in 3 different shops!)

I gave up. I gave into the bitter taste of commerce: I found myself in a situation wanting to buy anything that could turn my hairy chin into the sweet chin of a young god. The only shaving sets on display in the last shop were both of Gilette. They both were very expensive and more or less looking the same (in the end, they both remove hair from chins). I asked the helpful lady to explain the difference to me. She clearly wasn't sure and after studying the packaging carefully for a while, she replied, "well, this one is called "Power" and the other one isn't". "Right", I replied understandingly. Obviously she wasn't a user herself and therefore I gave her a chance to make up for this rather obvious answer. "Yes I can read that, but what is the difference since "Power" seems to cost me an additional 50 kroner". After another close study the lady concluded that "power" had batteries. It was getting late and we clearly couldn't turn this dialogue in something constructive (especially since I really wouldn't know what a razor blade could do better with 1,5 Volts of electric power mounted on it) so I thought: SHE IS RIGHT! That is the difference; one has a battery, the other one doesn't. That's how it is, not everything needs to make sense in life.

I left the shop without a shaving set but with a deeper insight in life richer.

PS
Since even America seems to want to do something with the CO2 problem, COULD GILETTE STOP ADDING BATTERIES TO STUFF THAT DOESN'T NEED BATTERIES?!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Learn to read!

How many people that couldn't read picked up this DVD and learned to read?

Friday, November 21, 2008

fake texture?

Yesterday I saw this perfect hole in a brick wall. How was it made?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What does it do?

I took this picture on a German railway station. This is the front panel of a ticket-machine. By pressing the left button I hoped for a little black flag to pop out the top of the machine, waving in the wind. Instead, the screen language changed. Bit of an anti-climax but at least the first time I encountered such a type of a machine with language selection.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The financial crisis hits Denmark

Copenhagen Airport

Priorities...

I appreciate the Munich airport being concerned with my safety when it comes down to people throwing fire extinguishers to my head...

Elevator improvement


By sticking information about the various floors on the door of an elevator, one makes waiting on the elevator to arrive less annoying...

Nice detail: note that the black arrow on the left door actually points out where you are right now.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spring is (was) comming!

While cleaning up my mobile, I found this picture that I took in spring time. A fresh pin popping up through the asphalt.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mission "Underwater"


Today we made the third game (all graphics are made by 5 kids). Download it here (PC only)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Toilet Paper Franz

Toilet face that has a mouth full of paper...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Games by Kids









I'm running computer game workshops with kids aged 7-9. You can download some of the results here. The game is made in advance (Gamemaker), kids think of a theme and do all the drawing. Enjoy.

Good to know

if you are in doubt, you can find the fire extinguisher on the right

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Modern technology in its finest hour...

If there was one thing that kept me from going to a church it was the hazardous candle-lightning business! The sound of dripping wax, I couldn't stand it. But now, there is good news! Modern technology enables us to light up to 20 candles at once and the high tech candles are behind bullet proof glass!
(I only had 50 euro cents in my pocket)

Hoorah Tuna!

Sometimes, I'm so happy that time can stand still; the graphic design on cans with tuna luckily never developed after 1950...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Street-face

Very nice faces in the streets of Horta.

Wonderful Icons

I thought I more or less had seen the majority of toilet icons but I was wrong. I found those beauties in "Horta" (Azores). Without the letters "WC", they probably wouldn't look like a man, woman and a wheelchair. Quite fantastic.

Stuff you can do with a piece of wood (1)

Hereby, I would like to introduce a new series on this blog: "Stuff you can do with a piece of wood". Everybody has been in this situation: you are at home, all goes well but then there is all at once this piece of wood in your garage or shed. It is too small to really do anything with it, but you don't feel like throwing it away; it is still too good for that.
I'm planning to collect inspiring examples of what you could do with these pieces of wood. I found the fabulous example above on the Azores: the mail-box-blocker.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

You like it... it likes you!!

I saw this on Pico (Acores). I have no clue what Tom-Maso is, but it made me feel really happy. I think I like it, so it likes me! Just to make sure you all are aware of this: it is a universal symbol of achievement (!)

SaSugar face

Nice job!

I saw this box in an airport cafeteria. It contains bags of sugar. The front of the box shows a pretty face. When it is opened, it creates a new face with a huge mouth. I hope this design was done deliberately. I also enjoyed the extra hat-add-on by the employees.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bicycle repairman

I think this guy repairs bikes (at least 5 times) . . .
(cykelreparation = bicycle repairing in Danish)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Amstrad 2

Showing the Amstrad I found (former post) to a colleague, we saw that the engineers at Amstrad actually chose to explain where the computer, tape deck and monitor were (or should be) located. I guess there wasn't enough red line left over to make it all the way from the word "tape" to the red square and the green monitor line seems to have the opposite problem; it is too long.

Another important detail for all people that think the Amstrad uses a tape deck I have some bad news: it uses a Micro Computer Software Datarecorder (not some ordinary tape deck).

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ready...

Yesterday I found an Amstrad cpc 464 computer outside in a pile of junk. I guess the former owner has been using it intensively (remember all good reasons to buy a home computer in the 80's? Put all the addresses of friends in it so sending Christmas cards is a piece of cake, mom could enter her shopping lists, so you quickly understand: a must-have, how could we ever live without? What were we thinking?) I have a weakness for old 80's computers, I guess I'm getting old and missing the good old days of owning a computer for no good reason.

It had been snowing the night before, so the computer and monitor were covered in a thick layer of frosty ice. I couldn't resist and took it home. I put it down in my basement so it could catch a breath. The next day, I had to know whether I found a dead computer or not, so I plugged the power cable and with an extra set of fuses in my hand, I turned the machine on . . .

It took one or two seconds for it to boot and told me it was ready. It has been on its way for over twenty years through storm and snow to tell me, it is ready for me . . .

How an excitement! I found a website with some Locomotive Basic examples (thanks Sean). After writing

10 s=0: WHILE s<>2.77: READ s
20 SOUND 1,s,40,15
30 WEND
40 DATA 478,379,478,2.77


my computer played three tones. The moody melody created tears in my eyes, I was emotionally worn out...

I guess I'll take it with me to work next Monday and give to one of the nerds through some lottery.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Naughty electronics

A week ago, I organized my electronics drawer. All wires, headphones and adapters were left behind looking like a neat box of chocolates.
After one week, I opened the drawer again and it looked like this:
It's a known fact that wires move in the dark. Never keep your wires in a dark place. Just after only one week in the dark, my Barbie mouse (the naughty pink one on the left) got pretty familiar with my DAP radio (the muscular fellow on the right). God knows what I would have seen if I had waited another week...


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Elevator

A very ambitious designer designed this elevator panel for an appartment complex consisting of 4 floors... This means that there are only 6 buttons too many and what is the full-stop all about (can I go to the 3.44th floor?) We didn't dare pressing "9" since we might be launched through the roof.

Now what?!

I don't know how many of you have experienced this, but I threw a pack of toilet paper in our wagon and then it broke in two... I've never been aware of the fact that the toilet paper plays such an active role in its packaging (without the rolls of paper, the packaging is crap)