What you’re looking at here is not a phone: it’s a computer. I noticed this phone parked at a number of Korean colleagues’ desks at the studio, and I finally asked them what it was. Designed to look like a cordless phone, it’s actually a computer that taps into any wifi network. Once connected, it [...]
Monthly Archives: October 2010
The future of the phone call? Who makes calls anymore? Clive Thompson recently argued: Consider: If I suddenly decide I want to dial you up, I have no way of knowing whether you’re busy, and you have no idea why I’m calling. We have to open Schrödinger’s box every time, having a conversation to figure [...]
Spotted in London, known, of course, for its rain. How does LA tackle the same problem?
One of the quirks of rapidly-evolving new media is that (1) we can remember a time when we didn’t need them and (2) we probably have a good number of friends who don’t need them (yet). I grew up without cell phones, Twitter, email and the like, but now I use them constantly. It’s easy [...]
When was the last time someone volunteered advice for you? Was it about the stock market, produce season, the SPF rating for lotion? Being jetlagged has me thinking about the situations when almost everyone has a suggestion, and almost everyone is happy to get more tidbits: * Jet lag * Common cold * Traffic/subway conditions [...]
A clipboard attached to a shopping cart. A good idea, but a quick scan around the store revealed no one using it for its intended purpose. A clipboard presupposes a certain size of paper, which presupposes paper in the first place. In a networked world, could this clipboard sync up with a USB drive, a [...]
A series of clocks: Tokyo, Sydney, London, Paris, NYC. Tokyo and Sydney are in fact on the same time zone, but culturally they’re a world away. Consider this: Vancouver and Los Angeles are also on the same time zone, but how often are their clocks listed separately? Even less so Los Angeles and San Francisco. [...]
Spotted at Heathrow’s Duty Free. No, it’s not an art project.
Thinking about the relationship between obsolescence and iconography. When something functionally no longer has a purpose, how much more likely is it to be remembered? Family shields, white horses, afternoon tea: all these remnants of Britishness I didn’t see in London, but which continue to hold some kind of relevance for outsiders.
Speciality red tape over the red stage to mask the wiring system at the Tate Modern’s Starr Auditorium. Below: the calm before the storm. T-34 minutes to showtime before Ai Weiwei’s public talk.