It's essentially a concrete cup that you put flammable liquid in, then light on fire inside the comfort of your own living room. If that sounds like a terrible idea, you're right!
Basically, any dumbass with CAD software can throw together a concept of whatever deranged idea, and then I feel compelled to ruin it.
The idea of solar roadways has been around for a while, and I haven't said anything about it because I thought it was self-evident how stupid it was. I was wrong. The Indiegogo page raised $2.2 million and recently, prototypes have been built, to much applause from the environmentally-minded. So now, instead of just being a... Continue Reading →
UPDATE: I came back in this morning and elaborated. I was being pretty lazy with explaining the math when I wrote this, but I've expanded it a bit. This is where I find a thing on Kickstarter that someone is raising money for, then I point out that it won't work, then hundreds and thousands... Continue Reading →
A little over 18 months ago, this baffling object popped up on Memebase, well known for contributing nothing of value to the Internet ever. The caption that they gave for this is "How is this not on shelves?! Toast-making would be epic." Let's ignore the crushing sadness that fills my heart at the idea that... Continue Reading →
A while ago, several news outlets of varying degrees of reputability reported on the intentions of a company called Liftport to build a space elevator, but not on the Earth where it'd be accessible by human beings. They want to build one on the moon. But first they have to figure out if it's possible.... Continue Reading →
Hey there! You know how, each morning, you have a cup of hot coffee and then mess around on your phone, reading Facebook updates or whatever?And you know how, every time you do that, you wish that your phone was simultaneously being charged and that your coffee was getting cold faster?No? What's that? You're saying... Continue Reading →
Last week, we talked about the first five finalists (I don't think they're ranked in any way) of the Electrolux Design Lab Competition. All of them, as you may recall, were the product of the drug-fueled raves/Photoshop parties that I have no choice but to believe are the chief activity of all design students. In... Continue Reading →
Think back to what you were doing on Wednesday, September first, 2010… Don't remember? It's ok, I do. You were eagerly reading through that morning's blog post from your favorite internet writer (me) because I assume you're all loyal and dedicated readers who have been with me from the start. The headline in question was... Continue Reading →
Every once in a while, I think about how many of my posts come from Inhabitat. Sometimes I feel like this blog is just becoming a response blog to everything they post, and I wonder if I should change the name of the blog to some clever pun like Incompitat or Inhabijustshutthefuckupalready. Sometimes I think... Continue Reading →
There is a thing called a Taga. Apparently, it's the ultimate bike-stroller combo. I wasn't aware that bike-stroller combos were a thing, so being the "ultimate" one doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment, but fine. Now, you may have looked at that headline and had a vague sense of foreboding. A feeling of dread,... Continue Reading →
Eventually, there will come a day when people stop listening to "designers" with no background in physics who propose physics-based things. Until then, the word "designer" will continue to mean "dude with AutoCAD/Photoshop skills, a wild hair up his ass, and no connection to the actual world that real people live in." Now when you're... Continue Reading →
Japan has a problem. And I'm not referring to their propensity for putting literally anything in vending machines, or their seemingly endless supply of anime tentacle rape porn (click here if you don't believe me, but you've been warned). I'm referring to old people. You see, Japanese people retire at 60, but have a life... Continue Reading →
You're getting older. Gone are the gallivanting days of being single, the one night stands, the keg stands, the ability to take 15 shots in a night and still function the next day. Gone is the six-pack that you could maintain on a diet of frozen pizza and Snickers bars, gone is your full head... Continue Reading →
I'm not a graphically creative person. I'm a wordsmith, a sculptor of language. When it comes to actually making the pictures, I…well I don't do that. I pilfer from Google Images and put captions to them, which again is just with the words. That said, I've never thought it would be that difficult to design... Continue Reading →