As kids, most of us spent time laying in the grass, watching clouds roll by and imagining the shapes we could see in the fluffy white masses. Now, one company aims to indulge those flights of fancy by actually making “clouds” in the shapes of, well, anything, from the Atlanta Braves’ tomahawk to Mickey Mouse’s iconic head.These clouds are actually a mixture of soap-based foams and lighter-than-air gases such as helium, something like what you’d get if you married helium balloons with the solutions that kids use to blow bubbles from plastic wands.
The company uses re-purposed artificial snow machines to generate the floating ads and messages, dubbed Flogos. The machines can pop one Flogo out every 15 seconds, flooding the air with foamy peace signs or whatever shape a client desires. Renting the machine for a day starts out at a cost of about $2,500.
Designers use computer software to make a stencil that when placed into the snow machine, “cuts the foam in the exact right shape,” said Flogo inventor Francisco Guerra.
The Flogos are about two feet long and nearly a foot wide, and generally last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on conditions in the atmosphere, according to the company.
“They will fly for miles,” Guerra said. “They are durable so they last a while.”
They generally bob to heights of 300 to 500 feet (90 to 150 meters), the inventors say, though they can rise up to 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) in the air.
Guerra says that Flogos are environmentally friendly as the soaps that make up the foamy shapes are derived from plants, and that eventually a Flogo “just evaporates in the air.”
“It does not pollute the skies,” he told LiveScience.
Guerra also says the floating ads are not a danger to airplanes, because flying through one is “like going through a cloud.” Nothing from the Flogo sticks to the surface of a plane, even if it goes through the aircraft’s jet engine, he said.
For more information visit www.flogos.net
Getting ready to throw away that perfectly good work horse of a lap top because of a problem with the monitor? STOPPP!! Let Rich Hunt show you how to convert that laptop into a desktop! The mod shown is for a Mac PowerBook, but the same concept would work for any laptop, even a PC (even though you should throw out that crappy PC and get a Mac)!
Wow, do you think I might be on a political rampage today against government run cameras? Check out these articles via boingboing.net and leftlanenews.com and read about how cameras are used to generate revenue while endangering citizens lives!
As the idea of cameras on every corner begins to be pushed more and more down the throats of citizens around the world, including here in NYC, just think of what that really can mean. Do you really want every move you make documented by the government? I for one appreciate all the anonymity I can get! There is something unsettling about the government knowing where all citizens are, what they are doing and who they can mail tickets to for something as innocent as jay walking. The idea of preventing real crime via camera surveillance sounds great, but walking around like a controlled zombie after a lobotomy is not the world I want to live in. I prefer order based on education, better living standards and concern for one another, as opposed to suppression and fear. How about you? To me, cameras are just a cop out to instill order rather than develop valuable social solutions to the real problems that create a criminal. Beyond that the cameras also become a tool used almost entirely to generate revenue via television. If you agree with me, why not reach out and contact your local politician and let them know what you want them working on, instead of these foolish plans with pocket stuffing ulterior motives.
Photo courtesy of Boing Boing.
Gotta love that wacky Banksy.
Read more on how Banksy pulled this stunt off, despite being watched by closed circuit cameras here.
Via the NY Times:
More fighting in Iraq. Somalia in chaos. People in this country can’t afford their mortgages and in some places now they can’t even afford rice.
None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit, though, if two men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii turn out to be right. They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth — and maybe the universe.
Scientists say that is very unlikely — though they have done some checking just to make sure.
Maybe it’s just me, but I would prefer to hear that the end of the Earth and or Universe is impossible, not “very unlikely”. It seems to me when there is a chance of ending the World, I’d say forget about the experiment. Maybe I’m crazy, but I kind of like living.
Today it has become harder and harder to get noticed as a street artist. beyond the risk, longevity and other characteristics you must have to separate you from the herd, you simply have to go big or go home. Stencils, tags, stickers, posters, weldings, and just about everything has been done to death, so what do you do? Well, if you’re Skullphone you hack into a digital billboard and add your own advertisement. Sounds cool and deserves massive street cred, right? WRONG! Apparently someone (cough, rich daddy, cough) paid the billboard owner an undisclosed amount of money to run the Skullphone ads for two days. It was nice to think someone was cool enough to hack into a digital billboard for a brief moment, and hopefully some REAL street artist will, but as for Skullphone, he’s just a fake toy trying to sell himself to the street world. For this wackness, Skullphone gets no link love!
Read more about this fraud here.