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Flickr Android app glitch art

Mt. Hood...I think?

It took some time before Flickr released their official Android app last fall. I was pretty excited about it. It’s not without its quirks though. There’s something in its upload code that doesn’t do near enough error checking. So when you’re on a flaky cell connection, something breaks, and out pops glitch art! The picture above is from my former coworker Taylor. The one below is from Frosty, which was taken recently and prompted me writing this post. The third example below I found by crawling pages of photos with the app’s machine tag; I don’t know if there’s a way to easily find these. Continue reading

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BalSat-1 at Balsa Man

far_call and BalSat-1

BalSat-1 held by Erik

I had been wanting to get out of town and my friend Chris Nelson suggested I ride back to Berkeley with him for Labor Day weekend. He pointed out that Balsa Man was happening and we started brainstorming how we could contribute to the event. Balsa Man is an annual event in its fourth year. It’s a micro scale Burning Man that happens on Baker Beach, the original site of Burning Man. It features a 1/16th scale balsa man and people are invited to bring other to-scale art to burn along with the man.  Continue reading

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Mega Force

Memories of the Mega Force toy series by Kenner recently popped back into my head. Premiering in 1989, the line had two different warring armies and didn’t specify which was “good” and which was “evil”. I’ve always been a fan of giant sci-fi vehicles (mechs and whatnot). I think that’s what the real draw for me was; I mean this thing had planes… that you could land planes on! The smallest units were diecast metal so they had a nice weight to them and didn’t feel cheap and plasticy like many toys from that era. Pictured above was my favorite vehicle of the four we owned. Its helipad is spring loaded and would pop up at the push of a button. The mechanism withstood a lot of abuse and all of the large vehicles featured some sort of action like this.

Of course, I couldn’t remember the name of this series the other day so I IM’d my parents to check the toy box. They actually found the checklist that used to be included with each toy and sent me a scan: front and back. You can find more pictures of the toy line on Toy Archive and here’s one of the commercials.

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The Hinsdales

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Pictured are the largest urinals west of the Mississippi (if the east coast pair even exist anymore). Pride of the University of Nebraska’s Architecture College, the Hinsdale urinals were installed when the building was built in the 1890s. The urinals were relocated in 1985 during a renovation which attached the old law college building. Every year the architecture college has a celebration around the Hinsdale’s patent date (which is near Halloween, so they combine the two). Thanks to Lane for this picture. Here’s the inscription:

“Many a Zen master envies the Hinsdale’s serene ability to teach the eternal truth that it is in loss that one gains and that, here in the solitude of the Hinsdale is most certainly where men come to find themselves.” – Rodger Welsch November, 1986.

Update: It looks like the other is pair at Old Town Bar in New York.

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