horse(y) power

‘horsey’ by eungi kim from korea

designer’s own words:

‘horsey’ is an attachable bicycle ornament/accessory which makes one’s bicycle look horsey!
the ‘horsey’ package includes wooden ornaments (horsey shape body), metal parts, and screws.
the manual is very simple so that anyone can easily arrange it according to one’s needs.
through this ‘horsey’ project. I wanted to give a special look to bicycles so that people would care
about cycling not only as transportation but also as a lovely pet.

this project is a part of the seoul cycle design competition,
organized by designboom in collaboration with seoul design foundation


i came across skateistan in the fall on Wired and thought it was a pretty brilliant idea. the article was all about these kids in kabul who were given an opportunity to learn to skateboard by an australian guy who started the organization in 2007. instead of living in a world of violence and fear, skateistan is a chance to get away from that for a little while and to learn, play, work together, and have fun.

there is a much better summary about the organization here:

and here:

but i bring it up again because recently there has been news that the organization has grown! afganistan’s first skate park is now home to a rock climbing wall.
full article here.

Henniger [Max Henniger, Skateistan’s deputy director] first got the idea to add a climbing tower to Skateistan while rock climbing with the German Alps Association in Weinheim, when some climbers suggested it to him.

“We thought that having a climbing wall would be a great asset for Skateistan’s mission to establish trust between Afghan kids from different backgrounds, but also between Afghans and foreigners,” Henniger said. “Furthermore, the future potential for the sport to grow in Afghanistan is exciting, as the country’s landscape boasts many natural wonders to challenge rock climbers of all abilities.”

duck hunt gun

so how did the nintendo duck hunt gun work?

maybe everyone else knew this, but i sure didn’t.

the gun utilizes a light sensor technology that was around since the 1930s but nintendo was the first successful home-video game light gun game. released in october 1985, the duck hunt gun is, yes folks, a libra, which according to wikipedia makes it an air sign and the only inanimate object zodiac thing. being a non-living piece of plastic that you wave through the air, i guess that makes sense…

so, unlike to the wii-mote, which send signals to the little signal detector by the tv, or so i assume, the duck hunt gun detects light from your screen. basically, when you fire the trigger, the screen blacks out for a split second, leaving only the target or targets illuminated. the gun can detect if it is pointed at the target, there by awarding or not awarding a point to the shooter. in other words, rather than shooting the ducks on the tv, the tv is shooting you, and since we are only human, we cannot detect the brief blackout that occurs on the screen right in front of our very eyes.

longer explanation here