London has benches that look like opened books! and.. Kansas City, M.O. has a Library that looks like books!

Jane Headford designed this Dr. Seuss bench, which is spending the summer alongside the River Thames
Jane Headford designed this Dr. Seuss bench, which is spending the summer alongside the River Thames

Chicago had cows, St. Louis has cakes and now London has benches that look like opened books.

The National Literacy Trust, along with public art promoter Wild in Art, has commissioned and placed 50 benches around town that are painted to look like pages and scenes from famous books.

Among the artists participating are Ralph Steadman, who recreated illustrations from his 1973 edition of Through the Looking-Glass; Rae Smith, the set designer for the stage version of War Horse; and How to Train Your Dragon creator Cressida Cowell.

In addition to the benches, which will be auctioned off in October, the project will include several literary-themed events, “such as an attempt to break the world record for the most number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes, next to the Arthur Conan Doyle-inspired bench outside the University of London,” according to Time Out.

Here are some of other favorites:

This Sherlock Holmes bench is expected to attract the detective's lookalikes
This Sherlock Holmes bench is expected to attract the detective’s lookalikes
Fiona and Neil Osborne designed this salute to the 1905 class, The Railway Children
Fiona and Neil Osborne designed this salute to the 1905 class, The Railway Children
How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell invites people to sit and "imagine dragons wheeling above you in the skies."
How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell invites people to sit and “imagine dragons wheeling above you in the skies.”

 

Also, Kansas City, M.O. has a Library that looks like books!!

Library in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Library in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Advertisements

An Ingenious Design Solution for an Aging America

Bathrooms come with all sorts of hurdles for the older population. Safety is clearly a concern, but less obvious is the fact that many people, old and young, have a hard time creating a customized bathroom on their own. Porcelain and ceramic are hard to work with, and often require professionals to install something as simple as a shelf.

Ingeniously, MAP came up with a system of products that centers around a single building block: the peg. The collection includes bathroom standards like towel racks, mirrors and toilet paper rings, but each of those components connects to the wall through little aluminum pegs that adhere to the wall, no screws necessary. This way you can mix and match components or remove the pegs altogether if you decide that’s not where you want to place your mirror. “This is something you can’t do with any products in the bathroom right now,” says Marshall. “You can’t change your mind.” You also can’t expand upon the pieces you’ve already bought, reconfiguring them to changing needs. This system allows that.

Each piece comes with an ingenious graphic: On the back of the package, there’s a true-to-size rendering of the product, along with installation instructions. That way, you can literally hold the package up to a wall, and see how to install your new shelf or rack. It’s a thoughtful design touch, and the line is full of them. For instance, a rubber-coated aluminum grab bar that goes near the shower, the place where the majority of accidents happen in the bathroom. MAP worked with engineers to create a circular form that varies in thickness. “Some people, when they have arthritis, their hands become quite curved and they find it difficult to grip onto a thin round rail,” says Marshall. “So this is a range of different grip positions.”

 

These One-liners may blow your Mind

  • A million seconds is 11 days, and a billion seconds is 33 years
  • Anne Frank and Martin Luther King were born in the same year
  • When you say “crisp”, the word travels from the back to the front of your mouth
  • There’s no reason for the alphabet to be in that order 😮
  • The word bed looks like a bed. (shark looks like shark ??)
  • If you’re in a group of seventy people or more, there is a 99.9% chance that two of them share the same birthday. 50% probability with 23 people.
  • Mammoths were still alive when the Pyramids were being built
  • A Venus day is longer than a Venus year.
    Really?
    The length of day on Venus is 243 Earth days. A year on Venus is only 224.7 days. And things get even stranger. Venus rotates backwards. All of the planets in the Solar System rotate counter-clockwise when you look at them from above. But Venus turns clockwise. So, it’s impossible to stand on the surface of Venus and survive.
  • Because information has to travel to your brain via neural pathways, everything you are experiencing actually happened 80 milliseconds in the past o_O
  • No one is going to remember your memories 😛
  • It is impossible to clean something without making something else dirty. (In reality, all we are really doing is just moving a bunch of atoms around, hoping for the best)
  • There are more slaves today than ever in human history.
  • You are just a background extra in most people’s lives 😥
  • There are more possible combinations of a standard 52 card deck than there have been seconds since the Big Bang. This is the amount of combinations. 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000………      [Time is ticking…] o_O

And The Last One… 🙂  

When you remember a life event, you are remembering the last time you remembered it, not the actual event.

😎Possible Thesis:

A lot of people think of memories like they would a file stored in a cabinet somewhere. When you want to remember something, you go fetch it from the cabinet, read the file, then put the file back in the cabinet so you can find it next time.

Well, That’s not how memory works!

When you remember something, you fetch that memory from where it is stored in your brain, and then you copy it. This copy overwrites the original memory, and the copy is never perfect. The copy you make is influenced by the context in which you are remembering the memory. The very act of remembering something changes that memory in your head. Once you’re done remembering it, your brain then re-files that memory to be retrieved again. But the original memory is gone, replaced with a copied, imperfect version of that memory.

Cool stuff.

If you know any other of such, please share in Comments. It could find its place in this list…

 

An Inside Look at the Insanely Complex Formula 1 Steering Wheel !

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you’re going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel at 180 mph, you can’t take a hand off the wheel to do, well, anything. Every task a driver might need to do, every bit of information he might need to know, is quite literally at his fingertips.

The steering wheel of the Sauber C33 Formula 1. Everything a driver might need to do, and every bit of information he might need to know, is literally at his fingers.
The steering wheel of the Sauber C33 Formula 1. Everything a driver might need to do, and every bit of information he might need to know, is literally at his fingers.

The modern Formula 1 steering wheel is, therefore, the most amazing ever made. It is, in every way, the nerve center of the car.

That’s because an F1 car has dozens of parameters that can be adjusted on the fly, but only by the driver. Although telemetry provides a nonstop stream of data to engineers on the pitwall and at team HQ, the driver has sole control over things like differential settings, the air-fuel mix, and the torque curve. All of these settings can change several times during a race, or even a lap. Adjustments must be made while keeping both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the track, which is why a modern F1 wheel might have 35 or more knobs, buttons and switches flanking a small LCD screen introduced this season. Drivers also use small paddles behind the wheel to shift up and down as many as 4,000 times in a race, and a third paddle to engage the clutch.

So What Do All Those Buttons Do, Anyway?

The photo above shows the steering wheel from the Sauber C33, the cars Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil are campaigning this season. Teams are notoriously tightlipped about technology, and none of the teams we reached out to had anything at all to say about them, but Sauber has published a diagram explaining everything the wheel does (we’ve mentioned the color of each button to help you find it):

  • Yellow N button: Selects neutral from 1st or 2nd gear.
  • BRKBAL (brake balance) rotary switch: Adjusts the front and rear brake balance.
  • Black Box button: Confirms the driver’s intention to come to the pits.
  • Blue and orange S1/S2 buttons: These can be programmed for various funcutions.
  • Entry rotary switch: This allows the driver to make changes to corner entry settings of the differential.
  • Orange and green BRK-/BRK+ buttons: These change the brake balance between a programmed position and the current BRKBAL rotary position.
  • IGN (ignition) rotary switch: Controls ignition timing.
  • White ACK (acknowledge) button: Acknowledges changes in the system.
  • PREL (preload) rotary switch: Controls the preload differential offset torque.
  • Red Oil button: Transfers oil from the auxiliary tank to the main tank.
  • Black BP (bite point) button: Activates the clutch bite point finding procedure.
  • DRS (drag reduction system) button, upper left edge of the wheel: Activates the rear wing flap in the DRS zone.
  • Red PL (pit lane) button: Activates the pit lane speed limiter, limiting the car to the designated pit lane speed limit (typically 100 km/hr).
  • Black R button: Activates the driver radio transmission.
  • SOC rotary switch: Controls the state of charge of the ERS energy storage system, whether the system is generating or consuming energy.
  • Pedal rotary switch: Changes the pedal map dictating how the accelerator pedal responds to inputs.
  • Fuel rotary switch: Controls the rate of fuel consumption.
  • Black OT button: Activates configurable performance maps to assist the driver in overtaking or defending.
  • Tire rotary switch: Tells the ECU and other systems what type of tire the car is running on.
  • BBal-/BBal+ switches: These are used to make fine adjustments to the brake balance offset.
  • MFRS (multi-function rotary switch): This allows the driver and engineers to control a variety of systems that don’t require a dedicated buttons. They include engine modes (PERF), rev limiter (ENG), air-fuel ratio (MIX), turbo-compressor (TURBO), corner exit differential (VISCO), MGU-K recovery limits (BRK), MGU-K boost limits (BOOST), dashboard options (DASH), cruise control (CC, disabled for qualifying and the race), shift type (SHIFT), and the clutch bite point offset (CLU).
  • White -10/+1 buttons: These allow quick navigation of maps from the MFRS dial.

That’s a lot to process, and it doesn’t even include the pages of data that can be relayed through the LCD screen. More information isn’t always a good thing, which is why most teams let each driver decide which wheel they prefer– the older style with the simpler display or the new wheel with the LCD. That said, the LCD screens have a distinct advantage, in that the driver knows exactly that’s going on, something that saved Nico Rosberg’s bacon when his car’s telemetry system failed just before the race in China. With no information from the car, engineers had to ask Rosberg for periodic updates on fuel consumption and other information. The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver eventually grew annoyed by the repeated queries and asked his engineers to kindly shut up and let him get on with the business at hand–taking second place behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.

In the video below, Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton explain the steering wheels they used during the 2013 season.


Source Link: www.wired.com/2014/05/formula-1-steering-wheels/

RIP Flappy Bird: the five next big free apps

As Flappy Bird bites the dust, we round up the next big free apps looking to take its crown at the top of the App Store.
The decision of Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen to remove his hit app from the App Store because it was ruining his “simple life” has been met with outrage across social media, as users mourn the demise of the tiny pixelated pest.
Now that Flappy Bird is gone, what other free apps are vying to take its place? The new number one free download is Ironpants, in which users press and hold the screen of their device to propel along a small superhero through a series of boxy obstacles. So far, so familiar. Riding high in second place is Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer, another cleverly named game very similar to the dearly departed app, which involves tapping the screen “to make the birdie fly”.
Distinct homages aside, we take a look at the five best free games currently available to download:

Dumb Ways to Die

1_xbefiw

Released as an app in May 2013, Dumb Ways to Die originated from an Australian public service announcement to promote safety around railways. Players can choose from 15 mini games to save a variety of brightly-coloured characters from a series of unfortunates deaths – including gnashing by piranha, eating glue and removing forks from toasters. Currently number 24 in the free app chart, Dumb Ways to Die is available for iOS and Android.

iCopter Classic

2_uiqphw

If you just can’t break the habit of tapping to avoid obstacles, iCopter classic could be the one to fill the Flappy-shaped hole in your life. Touching the screen propels your mini copter along, while releasing your hold causes it to drop down in the school of vintage arcade games. Avoid touching the walls and various obstacles to achieve your high score. Available on iOS and Android, it was originally released as an app in 2009.

Hungry Shark Evolution

Make the switch from an oddly-proportioned bird to a cold-blooded killer shark in Hungry Shark Evolution, the fifth incarnation of the hit game. Swim through the seas chomping on unsuspecting turtles, swimmers and fishermen to grow from a pup to a 10-foot Great White in 45 mini missions. Currently 185 in the free downloads chart, it could well be time for a shark attack come back. Available for iOS and Android.

Flick Champions Winter Sports

Get into the Sochi spirit with Flick Champions Winter Sports, currently number 43 in the free downloads chart. Choose a nation to represent in seven winter sports including slalom, ski jumping, ice hockey and ice skating and compete for 18 cups. Flick and swipe the screen of your device to control your little character in their race for gold. Available for iOS and Android.

JellyCar

A beautifully simple game, JellyCar puts you in the driving seat of a squishy car attempting to navigate a soft-physic world. Touch your device in the direction you’d like to drive your car, and tap your car to inflate it beyond its normal size. Available on iOS and Android.

A practical guide to learn HTML and CSS for Beginners

A-Practical-Guide-to-HTML-CSS-Learn-How-to-Build-Websites-720x450

Learn.shayhowe.com is a Practical Guide to HTML & CSS has one goal – to teach people how to build beautiful and intuitive websites by way of clear and organized lessons. The guide covers a variety of topics within web design and development, ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. Shay Howe, Designer and front-end developer, created this learning session.

This website has 2 sections. A beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS and An Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS. So if you are a beginner or expert, you can learn HTML & CSS more from this website.

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS is a simple & comprehensive guide dedicated to helping beginners learn HTML & CSS. Sections covered are

  1. Terminology, Syntax, & Introduction
  2. Elements & Semantics
  3. Box Model & Positioning
  4. Typography
  5. Backgrounds & Gradients
  6. Unordered, Ordered, & Definition Lists
  7. Images, Audio, & Video
  8. Building Forms
  9. Organizing Data with Tables
  10. Coding Practices & Additional Resources

Link to Beginner’s guide : http://learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/

An Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS takes a deeper look at front-end design & development, teaching the latest for any designer.

  1. Performance & Organization
  2. Detailed Positioning
  3. Complex Selectors
  4. Responsive Web Design
  5. Preprocessors
  6. jQuery
  7. Transforms
  8. Transitions & Animations
  9. Feature Support & Polyfills
  10. Extending Semantics & Accessibility

Link to Advanced Guide : http://learn.shayhowe.com/advanced-html-css/

So if you want to learn Web designing or to improve your HTML & CSS skills, This is the best option for you.

Another great website to learn CSS from scratch (for beginners mainly) is LearnLayout.com.

If you are starting out in Web Design and Development, then you’d want a resource exactly like this!

The website runs through all of the fundamentals for CSS layout. It gives information step by step on everything you need to know from floats, display and even media queries for responsive web design.

You can find LearnLayout.com right here make sure you check it out.