Efteling is an amazing Dutch theme park about an hour outside of Amsterdam; while it deploys many of the same technologies as Disney-style parks, it has a completely different affect, centered around small, homely, perfect little jewel-box rides that bring fairy tales to life.
Case in point: the new Elisa and the Six Swans ride, which uses swan-boats as ride vehicles to bring visitors into a set of watery caverns for a brief, soft-focus encounter with a detailed and lovely animatronic, followed by a short denouement.
It’s a huge investment in a very short, very sweet experience, the kind of thing that’s motivated by equal parts craft and business.
This Sunday, November 10th, see the wonderful science fiction writers Charlie Jane Anders (previously) and Annalee Newitz (previously) in conversation with Terry Bisson at the always-great SF in SF lecture series; doors open at 6PM at the American Bookbinders Museum (366 Clementina Alley) ($10/$8 students) with a post-show podcast from Somafm, and books on sale […]
Facelesstech created a fun pair of “smart glasses” with an embedded a miniature attiny85 Arduino controller, and followed it up with a pair that concealed a TV-B-Gone (Mitch Altman’s open source hardware gadget that cycles through all known switch-TV-off codes, causing any nearby screens to go black). It’s a much less creepy use than the […]
Lynda Barry’s “Making Comics” is one of the best, most practical books ever written about creativity
I’ve been a fan of cartoonist, novelist and memoirist Lynda Barry for decades, long before she was declared a certified genius; Barry’s latest book, Making Comics is an intensely practical, incredibly inspiring curriculum for finding, honing and realizing your creativity through drawing and writing.
Tech-wise, the modern office employee has never had so much freedom. More and more businesses are kicking away from the desk and getting work done remotely on tablets, laptops, and phones. That’s great for the worker. But for management — and especially IT — it can be a real hassle configuring settings, installing security protocols […]
The reputation of Damascus steel goes back as far as the 3rd century, to ancient Syria. Without getting into the nerdier aspects of metallurgy, there’s a good reason it was highly prized by the weaponsmiths of old. These days, you can still get a taste of its distinctive look in this Hand-Forged Damascus Steel Chef […]
Being home for the holidays is great, but it’s nice to know you’ve got a vacation waiting just around the corner. Impossible with all those gift expenses? Not so. Right now, you can enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift certificate to the airline of your choice. Entry is free, so you’ve got […]