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Michael, over at GRL Utah (yes, the G.R.L. hand extends deep into the mountains of Utah), has updated with the long anticipated One Laser Tag Per Child. This DIY system brings the Laser Tag CPU cost to down around $200 USD, and as always the software is free. Peep the tutorial here.

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Posted on February 3, 2009


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Either Ubuntu is getting into mergers and acquisitions, or hired a lazy graphic designer.

Posted on February 1, 2009


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Linoleum asphalt mosaics, also called Toynbee Tiles, are artworks permanently embedded in pavement. In this video I’ll show you how to construct your own from inexpensive materials. You can get real linoleum (don’t use vinyl flooring) for this project by ordering free samples online. By cutting out a mosaic design in the linoleum and sandwiching it between layers of paper, wood glue, and asphalt crack filler, you can affix the mosaic very permanently to any asphalt surface, such as your driveway. You may choose to use a heat gun to make the linoleum easier to cut, or even a laser cutter. The earliest examples of these tiles were found in the 70s and 80s on streets in Philadelphia, all bearing the same (or very similar) message: “Toynbee idea / in Kubrick’s 2001 / resurrect dead / on planet Jupiter.” They are speculated to have been created by the same person until they began to gain a following. There’s an active message board on the topic which shares sightings and other information.

Costar is Matt Mechtley, used this cc-licensed photo, music by Kyle Gabler.

Reposted from CRAFT.

Posted on January 30, 2009


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Sorry Ms. Jackson, but I just gotta say it… Is it me, or was Barack Obama a lot cooler a few months back when he was Muslim?

I know I’m not going to make any friends among the land-locked flocks in the Obaaaaahmanation, but from this perch in Berlin, orbiting the U.S.A. (third rock from the Sun), one of Obama’s inaugural notable quotables has raised my warning flag:

“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect…

…To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
~ Obama

Hm? Vielleicht? I’m sorry ya’ll, but i don’t care how competent a high-five our current Commander-in-Chief can administer, I think this comment, specifically the last line, is lame in *at least* two ways: 1) it completely defers responsibility for the current SNAFU in the middle east away from the U.S. (Why dont we remove those bases in Saudi Arabi, stop the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop funding the massacre of Palestinians by funneling billions into the Israeli military, stop meddling in other countries self-determination as we have done in Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, etc… maybe that fist will just naturally open up a lil bit, eh?) and 2) it begins the era of brand new war on an wholly undeserving front: the war against Fists.

I, for one, love the symbolic power of the fist. I like mine served raised and clenched. But, I’m not the only one: The clenched fist has been a symbol of resistance and solidarity across a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic peeps and political organizations for generations, to name just a few:

The Black Power Movement,


The Anti-Apartheid Movement,

The Zapatistas,

The American Indian Movement,

Tibetan Independence

And the Pro-Beard Lobby.

From the young,

To the old,

From souljas,

To sailors,

To civilians,

From the big,

To the small,

From the famous,

To the infamous,

To the rest of us.

If you look for people who have fought for…

and chased their dreams of freedom and liberty in the face of resistance,

You will always find a Raised Fist.

So this one is for you Barack…

… A toast to fists: Raise em if you got em!

He would if he could…

Take a flick (under 1MB please) of you and your favorite fist, clenched and raised, and send it to Ill upload them here.

“First they came for the fists… and by the time they came for me,
there were no more fists to raise up…”

Radio F.A.T. Europe signing off…

Posted on January 26, 2009


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