Studo 360 with Kurt Andersen: Life On Mars
25 May, 2010, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Culture, Design, Mars, Media, Politics, Science, Space Exploration

Check out my radio segment for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen about my experience at the MDRS Martian analog station in Utah. It aired in March of 2010 as part of the PRI Science and Creativity segment of Design for the Real World.  Life On Mars.


NASA finds Water on The Moon. Still no cheese though.
13 November, 2009, 10:56 pm
Filed under: Culture, Education, Politics, Science, Space Exploration
Moonwater3_Header“I’m here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount”  –  Anthony Colaprete, NASA project scientist.

On October 9th, NASA decided to pull off a feat worthy of a James Bond villain and fired missiles into the face of the moon. (In Japan they would have called it rabbit season.)  They weren’t demanding ransom (this time), but today scientists found out that we did in fact make him him cry.

NASA’s experiment was to analyze the exploded moon debris to look for any evidence of water traces buried beneath the lunar surface. Well, they found it. A lot of it apparently: LCROSS Impact Data Indicates Water on Moon. CNN reports: NASA finds ‘significant’ water on moon.

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Cora “Name Your Poison” Bar Glasses from Neiman Marcus
12 November, 2009, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Culture, Graphic Design, Products


My family had a set of these “Name Your Poison” glasses growing up. They were large heavy bottomed drinking glasses individually titled: Cyanide, Currare, Hemlock, Strychnine, Belladonna and Arsenic. They came with little glass stirrers and did a very good job of looking kind of ominous.

I’m not sure where or when (1970s I suppose) my mother originally got them, but they functioned as one of our sets of drinking glasses(non-alcoholic). But as a child I refused to use them, or at least did so with a sense of dread. It’s not that I though my mom was trying to poison me, but I was certain they were at one time filled with whatever was written on them. By drinking out of them I was sure to die from whatever trace amounts might be left. Obviously I was a bit literal, gullible, yet selectivly suspicious of dishwashers.

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a less epic scale
23 March, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Culture

because of a certain ancestral revolution in Battlestar Galactica’s series finale I had tried to put the show into a human scale.


onpointless’ top ten animated series
23 March, 2009, 1:42 am
Filed under: Cartoons, Culture

Yes, I’m doing a top Ten. Set in a vaguely chronological order, these series are whittled down from a huge list as the top (or at least most important to me) animated shows I’ve grown up with.

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ready to form voltron
22 March, 2009, 7:19 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Branding, Culture, Design, Graphic Design, Packaging


Voltron: Defender of the Universe is a DVD collection that does everything right with its premium packaging. Collection One: “Blue Lion,” arrived in stores in September of 2006, 20 years after the 1986 cartoon. The first time I saw it I was browsing the DVD selection at a local Best Buy in California. My jaw dropped when I beheld the special molded blue tin on the shelf. Normally I’m not a fan of tin super structures on DVD sets, they add to the cost and are more difficult to shelve, but here the material was intuitively applied to capture the spirit of the show. The roaring lion’s face was sculpted perfectly and the watery metallic blue had an iridescence to it that made it shimmer amongst its neighbors. Its graphics were not excessive; the only type was the Voltron logo, set intuitively on the lion’s crown. The casing set up a hierarcy of teaser like visual stimulus that propelled me into the experience. Blue. Lion. Voltron. The experience was more magical than it deserved to be.

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16 March, 2009, 1:26 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Culture

Why do they call it a “building”? It looks like they’re finished. Why isn’t it a “built”?

-Jerry Seinfeld