Tableformer

My son finally deserved a desk. He’s a Transformer fan, and I had some Lack shelves to be recycled. The structure is made of Broder rails and cantilevers, the desk itself with the shelves, silver and red, in perfect “transformer style”. The height of the working surfaces can be changed following child growth. (Please note that “Lack” and “Broder” items can be named differently in your country).

I bonded the shelves toghether with a screw bar tightened by nuts. Note how the bar fits in an existing channel (if you ever mounted a Lack you know what it’s for), so you don’t have to drill much. Then I screwed the shelves to the cantilever. The result is sturdy enough, I climbed on the desk just to check.

The front edge has capped nuts, and it looks pretty neat.

Check all my Ikea hacks.

Google Map Escher Style

Look at the image I just copied from Google Map. We are in the very heart of Rome, where via Arenula crosses river Tiber.

Notice that on the left of the street you can see the northern façade of the buildings (shaded), while on the right you can see the southern (in full sunlight). This “Escher style” effect would be possible if buildings were bending in different directions due to a strong motion earthquake, or if the satellite were approaching the surface at almost the speed of light. Another explanation is that geeks at Google juxtapose images from different geostationary satellites (look at the tracks near the blue car turning on the bridge, they are slightly displaced). That’s real hard work guys, I appreciate it, but the result is a mess!

ShrinkIKEA

IKEA products are experiencing a shrinking process. A case history of this disturbing phenomenon is described here.

First image shows LAMPLIG, a stainless steel travit purchased in 2001 (boiler is a non-IKEA item). LAMPLIG has 10 ribs spanning 30cm, and it weights 1500 grams. Same article seven years later (second image). Two ribs disappeared, width shortened to 25.5cm and weight decreased to 600 grams. Rib diameter is constant, while rib interleave slightly increases. The graph assumes that shrinking process is linear in time. According to this, LAMPLIG will become weightless during the summer of 2012, and will continue to lose ribs at a rate of two each seven years. Last image shows LAMPLIG as in the 2029 edition of the IKEA catalogue.

WRITERS OF THE WORLD, SATELLITIZE!

HAVING A VISIBILITY PROBLEM? YOU HAVE TO THINK BIG!!! NOW AUDIENCE IS WORLDWIDE!!!!!

FIRST CHOOSE AN ACCESSIBLE FLAT ROOF.

PAINT YOUR TAG WITH A ROLLER, MAKE IT AS BIG AS POSSIBLE, MAXIMISE CONTRAST.

LOCATE THE ROOF ON GOOGLE MAP (or similar program), WAIT FOR IMAGE TO BE REFRESHED (it can take several months). SOONER OR LATER YOUR TAG WILL BE VISIBLE FROM SPACE!!!

ADD URL TO HELP PEOPLE LOCATE YOUR SAT-ART. (Thanx to Nero for using his tag)

Worship the Sun

Talking about atheism, I went to the source of all religions: the Sun, and there I found two of it’s most faithful worshipers, probe Ulysses and probe SOHO (FLASH ANIMATION, 596kB)

Check out these links:

Ulysses spacecraft in depht.

Ulysses trajectory in Java.

Extraordinary SOHO movies.

customIKEAtion

“…as soon as you buy IKEA, you start working for IKEA…” that’s what a friend of mine complained about the swedish furniture retailer. I’ve worked hard for IKEA in these years, customizing the basic items to fit my personal needs. Here’s a gallery of examples (beware, name of items may vary from country to country).

VINK is supposed to hold CDs, but by coupling two of them you will get a dish drainer (works also with circular dishes, design Enrica Vatteroni).

BILLY is a very cheap shelf system. Modules come in two heights, 202 and 106cm. I piled them up to  maximize wall coverage.

BILLY comes in two different shelf spans, 80 and 60cm. First bends under book load, second has no front panels. I accomodated FAKTUM front panels on a BILLY 60cm structure.

FAKTUM modular kitchen system is here integrated in a handcrafted frame.

Bookshelf combines PETER stands with handcrafted shelves. I had to shorten the legs of LIDEN tv carrier to fit a larger screen.

RADIUM rail spotlight system was deconstructed to fit on the bathroom mirror.

Spotlight prop was screwed to a clip gripped on the mirror.

Mona Pixa’s Smile

If Leonardo Da Vinci were to be alive in our days, he would have painted his masterpiece pixelating it. Ok, you lose all the details, but squeezing your eyes you will still be able to see Mona Pixa’s Smile (first image).

I managed to index the color palette, allowing diffusion so to match original colors. The result is a new pattern that adds to the original checkers (second image). You can download a hi-res version, to be printed at the original size of the painting (GIF, 1.8MB). As you can see in this enlargement of the smile (third image) details are back! By the way, I’m not the first to discretize Mona Lisa.

On War by War

Durante il Crack!, festival di fumetto indipendente tenutosi al Forte Prenestino per la prima volta nel 2005, ho avuto l’opportunità di parlare davanti ad un piccolo pubblico. Visto il tema dell’evento, mi ero preparato un discorso sulla guerra, ma il dibattito ha virato in un’altra direzione, ed in questa animazione ci sono le parole che ho tenuto per me (in inglese).

During the CRACK! comics convention, celebrated in Rome, June 2005, I had the chance to speak in front of a small audience. According to the main theme of the event, I had prepared a speech on WAR, but debate took a different direction, so here are the words I held for myself:

Clicca qui per vedere / Click to watch (flash animation, 990KB).

Grow a Brain

Few remarks on past, present and future, +3 good links. Drawings by Anna Guerra.

<<click to watch (flash animation, 352KB).

GROWABRAIN is a wonderful weblog, full of interesting topics remarkably linked. You must pay a visit.

LE DERNIER CRI translates “The Latest Fashion”, but also “The Last Gasp”. It’s a collective artwork that has independently produced hundreds of picture books in the last ten years.

RADIOACTIVE CAT – Home of the drunken scientist (improve taste of cheap vodka through Brita water filter).