June 25, 2007
Crochet Steel units
The Icelandic design team, Studiobility, has created some very sweet steel shelving units that cast perforated and somewhat nostalgic shadows on the wall. See the Fairy/Tale bookshelf and the Crochet Steel units, based on traditional Icelandic crochet lace work. (via Abigail of Supernaturale)
Posted by cat at 02:39 AM
Getting Smarter at Auditing
There is a continuing debate on the pros and cons of social auditing. Labour advocates have pointed at the many weaknesses the dominant model of social auditing contains. To debate the growing crisis in social auditing, members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - including Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Asda, Tesco and Next - met to discuss what could be done. This report discusses what goes wrong, why does it go wrong and gives a number of recommendations on how companies can move forward. Download report here. (via clean clothes campaign)
Posted by cat at 02:31 AM
June 18, 2007
Schalalala :: Fan-scarf Remix
Just found out about this really exciting project called Schalalala from Berlin artist, designer and developer Rudiger Schlomer. We are both participating in a project Otto von Busch is organizing in Istanbul this September. Schalalala takes existing fan-scarfs and recombines them into new words and statements, there is a gallery on the site that documents the various knitted outcomes.
Posted by cat at 11:06 AM
June 14, 2007
Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested
Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today. The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year's conference, which had 20,000 attendees. In it, the "NPC rep" was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who is also the chair of the study.
Posted by cat at 11:11 PM
June 12, 2007
Voting rom swapped in 60 seconds
e had a voting machine hack, but this video that [Marcel van der Peijl] sent in not only reminds me of Real Genius, but makes a great point. Maybe one of these voting machine companies will wake up, bring some decent designs to a hacking con and get things right. These guys popped apart a machine and fully swapped the roms in 60 seconds. How's that for stealing a vote?
Crocheted Yoda and Princess Leia
June 11, 2007
Clean Clothes Campaign rejects GSCP invitation
The world's largest retailers -Tesco, Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Metro announced the formation of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) - supposedly to encourage a unified approach to promoting good working conditions in the supply chain.
The GSCP represents business' latest proposal to address sweatshop conditions in the global supply chains of multinational corporations, but with an aggregate annual sale of over $500 billion this initiative potentially shadows all others.
Right now the GSCP is consulting various labor rights organisations on the initiative; inviting them to take part in their advisory board; and to give comments on their draft code. In this letter download (pdf), the CCC explains why at the moment we see no value in accepting their invitation.
Posted by cat at 09:23 AM
June 08, 2007
Feel Tank Chicago - Festival of Political Emotion
WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE? No, really, where is your outrage right now? Can you locate it on a map - in your body - in the world outside? Feelings might happen in our bodies, but they aren't only private or individual events. They take shape in physical locations: they're connected to memories of events, movement from place to place, and views of changing landscapes, urban or otherwise. They take place in social spaces: they happen in groups and in interactions and relationships among people and between people and things. Feelings are produced and productive. They move around, circulate, get communicated. They can be contagious; they can be vehicles for a connection; they can be obstacles to a connection. How do you carry your political feelings, and how do you want others to carry theirs? In Pathogeographies, Feel Tank Chicago and its collaborators map the affective expressions of various publics to reveal hidden histories and create new ones.
Feel Tank Chicago says: Depressed? Anxious? Enraged? IT MIGHT BE POLITICAL!
Posted by cat at 10:03 AM
June 05, 2007
Trade & War in Columbia
'We need to spread the word that U.S. aid and trade should alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Colombia, not support a military solution to problems arising from political, social, and economic inequalities. View our Audio Slide Show on Trade and War in Colombia http://www.tradeandwar.org/. You can find out how to tell Congress to vote "NO" on the U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement and stop funding military aid to Colombia.'
Posted by cat at 01:53 PM
June 04, 2007
Nose Notes - Zane Van Dusen
In the adaptive-use musical instrument, a patient is placed in front of the computer, where they see live video of their face through a Web camera. Motion-tracking software places a red box on the tip of the person's nose and tracks the user's movement across an onscreen keyboard.
Posted by cat at 12:02 PM