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A cryogenic chamber inside your mouse? Yup, it's Project Cryo. Says on the page;
I'm not sure if you want to place a Lego figure inside your mouse but if you do now you know how.

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The colored food trend spearheaded by green and purple Heinz tomato ketchup continues full force with Heinz Funky Fries™ in many exiting flavours; Cinnamon and sugar potatoes, Cocoa Crispers and Kool Blue french fries "Kids will love new Funky Fries because they are a wild new way to enjoy french fries" said John Carroll, managing director for North American potatoes and snacks at Heinz Frozen Food Company.


Dee-licious!
In other food related news, Årstiderne has a beautiful new website up and running.
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Now here's a little Quicktime movie combining no less than three of my favorite subjects; LEGO, Apple and irony; LEGO Switch. If you don't get it, see earlier post about the Apple Switch commercials. [Thanks to Claus for the link]
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Hurra, teknologi redder nærdemokratiet i Danmark. Se blot denne artikel fra dagens Computerworld Online;

Bogstaveligt talt kan de åbne byrådsmøder nu blive endnu mere åbne for alle borgere. Man monterer blot en 360 graders linse på et videokamera, placerer dette centralt i byrådssalen [...]
- Så kan man dreje sig rundt og følge sin yndlingspolitiker. Det vil om noget skabe større nærhed og medindflydelse i lokalsamfundet, tilføjer John Sommer.



Hvaffornoget?!
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One of my heroes, the man behind Hypercard, Macpaint and key parts of the Mac user interface, Bill Atkinson has been working as a professional nature photographer for many years. Check out some of his beautiful pictures on his site. I'm wondering if some of the images in the Mac OSX screensavers ("Forest" etc.) are his, perhaps a little tribute to one of the pioneers?
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Article from Fast Company on Six Surefire Ways to Kill a Brainstorm. A few snippets;

The six strategies below are absolute no-no's -- surefire innovation killers from Tom Kelley, general manger of Ideo Product Development.

1. Let the boss speak first.

Nothing kills a brainstorming session like a dominating CEO or the brownnosers who rush to agree with his every statement. Ideo recommends that bosses lock themselves out of idea-generation sessions all together. Send him out for doughnuts, and you'll get better results.

2. Give everybody a turn.

Kelley remembers packing 16 people into a room for one particular meeting. Each person had two minutes to speak. It was democratic. It was painful. It was pointless. It was a performance, not a brainstorm. "In a real brainstorm, the focus should never be on just one person," Kelley says.

3. Ask the experts only.

4. Go off-site.
By conducting off-site brainstorming sessions, you only reinforce the concept that great ideas only come on the beach or at high altitudes -- not in the proximity of your daily work.

5. No silly stuff.

6. Write down everything.


Luckily there are also Seven secrets to good brainstorming
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Hahaha, sarcasm from Zeldman;
We’ve all heard the one about the Japanese soldiers stationed on a remote Pacific island who continued to fight World War II through the 1960s. Nobody had told them the war was over. We’re not sure why we mention that story, but a shiny new Netscape 4.8 upgrade is now available for downloading.

(I will not provide you with the link for downloading Netscape ;-)
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Surprisingly shortlived, the ministry of Ideas has shut down. I've never really felt there was a lack of good ideas floating around, the hard part is bringing them into reality. Idea = 5% Execution = 95%
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The company Wherify Wireless now offers a nice prisoner-style GPS watch so you can monitor your child 24-7. The parent can define "safe zones" on a map and be notified when the little offender strays from the right path. Big Momma is watching you, but in these unsecure times(?) I'm sure the product will do well, especially in the States.

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Attention all Billionaires! Please send donations to Steve Grand asap, so he may continue his exiting "Lucy" project. Mr. Grand, the inventor of Creatures is working hard to bring robot baby orangutan Lucy to life, but economic funds are running low.. Hopefully, a grant will help the Grands soon.


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Selvom sæsonen for is-spisning formodentlig synger på sidste vers, er der lige tid til at minde om denne gamle traver fra gaab.dk's katakomber.

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Adventures in Pop Part I
Record industry rule number 4081: Never include the group/artist's name in first hit single, since this will lead to instant disaster, obscurity and/or ridicule. To name a few; Cleopatra (coming atcha!) or maybe not, just like "living in a box" (remember them? Didn't think so). Same story with Zididada although currently having a pseudo-summer-hit in .dk and let's not forget the almighty Ice Ice baby (to go). But watch out, Vanilla Ice is back; Says so on his site;

That’s right, V-Ice -- the artist also known as Vanilla Ice—returns with a brand new album and a brand new attitude.  Hard-nosed and harder-edge, this time, says Ice, "It’s all about keepin’ it real."

You tell 'em, V-Ice...
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Fun cartoony presentation of our little kingdom of Denmark done well, done in Flash by Savannah, one of the few companies that makes decent software for young kids.
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OK, it's official
My weblog is now public. Welcome! Still not 100% done, archives does not work correctly, but getting there... stay tuned for multiple mad megapostings as the week unfolds.
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Adventures in Spam Part I
Today I got this lovely piece o' unsolicited e-mail;

Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 21:36:13 +0800
From: "Erlinda Petrossian"
X-Priority: 3
Subject: bjarne,Increase your breast size. 100% safe!

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breasts in 60 days or your money back!!

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I've seen the shape of things to come, with all these WiFi accesspoints springing up like mushrooms, and the future is about DRIVEBY SPAMMING. Hordes of drug-crazed spam barons in dark minivans will roam our neighborhoods and infect our machines with millions of commercial vira, wireless infomercials, streaming video offering limited time only special offers and 24-7 ultraspam instant messages delivered directly into our homes.
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Thought is was worth sharing the worst 3 celebrity weblogs/sites with you, from this piece in SFGate;

1. melaniegriffith.com: Actress Melanie Griffith's site appears to be a parody. The "Working Girl" star materializes on the site in a nightgown, in front of what looks like the old "Melrose Place" set.

2. jeffbridges.com: Everything about this site is bizarre. Bridges writes in illegible longhand, then has someone digitize it for computer display. His ramblings include promotions for his projects and pictures of creepy little heads he made out of clay.

3. genesimmons.com: Simmons is portrayed as the chief badass from the band Kiss, so one would expect him to be rocking and rolling all night and partying every day. So why is the aging face-painter spending valuable hell- raising hours at celebrity softball games with cast members of "Dawson's Creek" and interviewing on women's TV programs?

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Der vil være perioder med ensomhed og tomhed i alle menneskers liv. Dette er et fordelagtigt tidspunkt for dig til at få adgang til deres barskab.
Rune T. Kidde
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Despite annoying popups on every single page, it's worth reading this long article The Sorcerer of Sony in Business 2.0;

Sony chairman Nobuyuki Idei is worried. His company sells a lot of PlayStation 2s. It also sells tons of Walkman units, Trinitrons, and Vaio laptops -- about $57 billion worth last year. But intense competition has shaved profit margins on Sony's core electronics business to a razor-thin 1 percent, and Sony is locked into a price war with Microsoft, which last quarter trimmed the cost of its critically acclaimed but struggling Xbox to a money-losing but market-share-gobbling $199.

Luckily, some much needed (and maybe even unexpected) profits roll in from the massive online game Everquest;

But instead of simply load-balancing the number of players per computer, it allows fans to relocate their characters to different worlds on other servers -- for $50 a move. "Would you believe we've generated over $1 million in revenue simply from moving characters?"
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Bizreport tells us that according to Nielsen//NetRatings 20% of the total US online users are between the ages of 2 and 17, as of July 2002. Twenty million US teens are online, over half of these use Instant Messenging.
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Must.. Finish.. Redesign... Why does it take me so long?
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Postcard from the Edge; Not the movie, the website where Jaron Lanier talks about his job as a technical consultant on Spielberg's movie "Minority Report";
When I demoed Eyematic's face-grabbing software, I mentioned in a macabre aside that face matching to determine a person's identity might sometimes be a better idea than, say, iris matching, because criminals might be tempted to gouge out someone's eyes to fake out an iris-based system. (Not that it would actually work; living and severed eyes can be distinguished by machines. ) Well, you can see the result in the movie.

Hate to rain on your parade, Mister Virtual Reality ÜberVisionary™, but that little trick was used in a little ol' movie called Demolition Man nine years ago. Sorry.
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And the nominees in the category "Best Contemporary Scandinavian Music Video employing Massive Amounts of Nifty Visuals" are

A-Ha | Lifelines [Link to Real clip at bottom of page]

Royksopp | You remind me [Real clip]

Junior Senior | Move your feet [5MB Quicktime]

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As you have probably noticed by now, the Summer02Meme/MahirClone-of-the-year is Ellen "Is she stoned" Feiss of Apple Switch commercial fame. She seems to be all over the place, New York Times, Wired News and now - not surprising - several kinds of merchandising (beep, beep, beep)

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According to C|NET, Gateway will launch an "iMac-Killer" next week. Sounds like a really good idea, until you see how it looks (no sleepless nights for Apple's design dept. over this one)
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Certain people have publicized this very page for the world to see. It almost feels like when a group of people come to your house and you're still in your underwear and the place is a mess and... I was going to redesign the rest of my site, add more features, fine-tune the design and... Aargh, too late now, just note that this is not the final URL for my blog, it'll live on the frontpage of t v e s k o v . c o m one day when I'm ready... (but thanks for the kind words anyway, guys)
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What do you get when you cross LEGO, e-commerce and military equipment? Something like MECHANIZED BRICK Custom Lego® Kits for the Military Modeler

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Interesting section in the latest Wired on the kids who are Born Digital. Check out Wired's comparison of nerds in 1982 and 2002. Echoes of Mygdal's year-old rant
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Now you too can become an action figure, thanks to
AndGor Toy Company or get the amazing 90 dollar Hello Kitty talking USB hub.

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Please read this fantastic speech by Bruce Sterling, given at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,. A few great quotes;

The contemporary PC, this is like hostility and paranoia made into a plastic consumer device. By Intel, and Dell. And Bill -- I don't sense that he's happy about this. The man seems troubled. He has a guilty conscience. He's vaccinating kids in Africa who don't have telephones, while kids in the USA who have Pentium 4s are spewing his viruses

And yes, that's also the contemporary computer system. The computer industry is really screwed up now. There are razor-thin returns on investment, because you are no longer allowed to invent anything or genuinely surprise anybody. And if you do, that will be immediately swept up into Microsoft's operating system, or even Apple's dinky little operating system. The computer industry is losing tons of money now.

Given that there is a ferocious triple dominance of Microsoft on operating systems, Intel in chips, and Dell in hardware, the computer industry is finally getting boring. Almost as boring as my own business, the book business. It's still pretending to innovate, but its glamour routine has gotten all ritualized.
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Here is a 2.5 MB quicktime videoclip of the relatively new SDR-3X Sony Robot It seems quite slow, but the body movements of the bot are very sophisticated.
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Well, we've seen all these big LEGO mosaics before, but how about this Elvis portrait made from 4000 slices of toasted bread?
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The new dream setup for Mac users is here; Dual 1.25 GHz and dual cinema display...
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It's a pleasure to use Blogger, no wonder 1.5 Blogger blogs were created per minute during July according to Evan It took some time to tweak the Blogger template to make it look right, but my extremely limited HTML skills are to blame, not the tool.
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Douglas Rushkoff attended an architecture review at Columbia University where some ideas for the WTC site were presented;

One of them (the one I liked best) explored the various perspectives from which picture postcards were taken of the original WTC. Most seem to come from the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or the Brooklyn Bridge. So, this architect came up with a design that would make the buildings look just like original WTC from those three angles. From any other angle, however, they appeared to be either imploding or emerging from the ground. I'm not exactly sure of his intent, but for me it represented the WTC in various moments of linear time. Before the attack - as a static icon; during the attack, as an imploding form; and after the attack, as an emergent form

Rushkoff says; If it were mine to do, I'd replace the World Trade Center with some kind of World Creativity Center. I'd make a building that both stands for and promotes imaginative new solutions to problems of all sorts.

A WCC? What a great idea.
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Why not make your own PC case out of LEGO elements? Paul here shows how to do it...

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Det koster cirka en milliard kroner i minuttet, når Villy Søvndal udtaler sig om velfærdsstaten. Det kan virke af meget, men er kun rimeligt, hvis man som Søvndal og et flertal af forfatterne bag antologien ”Velfærdsstaten i krise” mener, at der skal rettes op på det massive forfald, velfærdsstaten har været udsat for under Poul Nyrup Rasmussens forskellige regeringer mener Henrik "Hvis din nabo var et varigt forbrugsgode" Dahl der skriver skarpe klummer på det stærkt undervurderede Kommunikationsforum.dk.
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What can I say; The Brick Testament, complete with rating scheme and all. The Garden of Eden looks wonderful with studs on...
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Great Salon article on one of my favorite topics; Bad domain names I come to bury IAmCarbonatedMilk.com, not to praise it
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Even smaller motors Popular Science | Tiny Motor, Giant Leap but when will we see them in a product. As with battery tech there is much research and talk of breakthroughs, however when it comes to real life apps we seem to be stuck with the same old stuff.
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Animatronic online-enabled dolls to put next to your computer When the toys talk back via Instant Messaging - CNET.com I wouldn't mind having a little animated Ozzy Osbourne twitching and cursing next to my iMac.
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The shockwave wizards and all-round nice guys at The Planet have a brand new corporate site up. Looking forward to their next LEGO games, in the meantime be sure to check out the wicked SW3D alpha prototype game right here , it's coool...
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The Michael Jackson of usability Master Jakob points to the company Nanomuscle in his latest column. Future nanomuscle applications may be mobile devices that would morph into different shapes, force feedback interfaces and other wonderful stuff. Interesting fact from Nanomuscles website; The toy industry uses approximately 150 million motors per year(!)
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