The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games showed off its new prototype for the 2012 Olympics torch yesterday, and it's straight-up blingasmic. A sparkling, perforated gold metallic tube, it'd look right at home on Kanye's mantel -- all the more so because it is shaped, as one writer suggests, like a giant spliff.
Step into Industrious|Artefacts: The evolution of crafts, and you'd be forgiven for wondering aloud what in hell a smattering of clogs is doing alongside a big robot that knits scarves... using wind energy.
This is mostly the same illy coffee cup you've always known, except for a single alteration made by the artist, Anish Kapoor. (Who's most famous for his Cloud Gate, the silvery bean in Chicago's Millennium Park.) Commissioned by the coffee-maker to do a new take on the classic, Kapoor responded by leaving the exterior untouched but silvering the interior -- and adding a hole in the center of the saucer.
What's every (straight) guy's fantasy woman? Ted Noten takes a conceptual crack at answering that question, with two pieces in a provocative seven-part series titled "Necessities for a Woman (to Feel Like a Woman Through the Eyes of a Man)."
People are making movies, commercials, and music videos using nothing but the cameras on their iPhones nowadays, but what about directing live TV? You know, the kind of thing where a guy in headphones yells at a bunch of little screens representing multiple cameras: "Ready camera one! Take one!
Manhattan inaugurated the hotly anticipated second stretch of the High Line on Tuesday with something entirely befitting one of the most mind-blowing parks of the century: "inflatable sculptures" that look like Willa Wonka's garden on acid.
Hit games for smartphones tend to be ultra-simple, like Angry Birds. But was designing that experience simple? Hardly. Creating an engaging experience on a tiny screen that's inevitably obscured by the player's sausage-fingers is a pretty tough nut to crack.
Amid all the debate about our rising health care costs, one thing you almost never hear about is rising drug costs. Think about it: You hear plenty about emergency rooms and chronic care, but nothing about drug prices, which are the main interaction most of us have with the medical industry.
And that's totally ridiculous: No wonder health care costs are rising so fast, when your doctor prescribes you a $100-a-month drug that could be replaced by a generic, but whose cost neither you nor your doctor is aware of, thanks to the mediating presence of an insurance company.