Thursday, November 22, 2007

Top Trumps currency converter

My latest cash cow idea:
the Top Trumps Currency Converter

How much more fun will playing a game of Top Trumps become when you finally get the chance of beating the shit outof Pavel Nedved with a pair of stainless steel siccors?

Or how about himiliating Cloe with a Korg keyboard?

Which programmer feels like helping me out here? The only thing we have to do is enter all Top Trump cards in some database and do some currency converting... Anybody?

Family fun, safety first


The last sentence says "Safe, runs on a 9 volts battery"

Good news...

Good news mam, my last baby tooth is out!

That's what happens...

And now some useful information for foreigners with kids thinking of immigrating to Holland: maybe wait with moving after the 5th of december since naughty kids are dragged ourof their classroom to be put in smelly bags and transported to Spain! (Now luckily in this case, they take the ugly (and most likely poor) kid, so no harm done)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Good information

Its amazing how much a traffic-light is improved with additional time-duration information. Six seconds of waiting is nothing when you know you have to wait six seconds.

Ambitious...


I like ambitious designers... has anybody met an Aussie gril? You might find one at the fishing pool.




Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hell-wok

I started cooking too early. So after having cut all vegetables I put oil in my wok but didn't start the cooker and left the kitchen. After 30 minutes I returned and this skull was staring at me... Hell-wok.

Monday, April 9, 2007

What's in it?

Yesterday, I had to wait 15 minutes before my suitcase showed up on the conveyor belt in the airport. While waiting, this object kept on passing by, nobody seemed interested. The first few times it passed by, I didn't really take notice either but after my daugther asked "What's that?" pointing at the sealed suitcase. I started wondering... What can it be? What is inside? Is it supposed to water or air-proof? Why are the extra blue wires needed? Why is it left behind? What is that enormous barcode-label about? WHAT WENT WRONG??Go to belt number 6 on Copenhagen airport and find out yourself, it's probably still circling around...


Art?

The Copenhagen Airport has won several "Airport-of-the-Year" prizes in the past few years. Yesterday, I ran into their latest art project "Waterfall". The picture above shows the ceiling in a very narrow passway, the picture below shows the floor.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

When does the madness stop?

We all know that we are fooled by advertising every day. We get promised all kinds of wonderful things that turn out not to be that wonderful after all (i.e. "shoe shelves", former post).

But now things run out of hand! The image on the left shows a game of memory (for innocent children). On the front of the box, you are promised wonderful imagery of smiling lions, yellow and green triangles and big juicy strawberries; FORGET IT! AINT GONNA HAPPEN! I found the cards that come closest by the front cover images. The strawberry is half as juicy, the lion doesn't look happy at all and the green triangle turns out to be red. For the private investigators under us, you might even have noticed that the two lions on the box not even are the same... WHERE DOES THIS END?! (No miracle the world is in such poor shape these days)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Flying Eagle

I was so lucky to run into 4 boxes "Flying Eagle" for 2,98 kr a piece. The box contains 16 colours, non-toxic that is.

Flying Eagle... sounds like "Swimming Fish" or "Digging Mineworker", I love China...
It seems like Flying Eagle changhed their business over the years though. That's why the eagle in the logo flies in the other direction I guess...

Alternative Pokemons 12


Monday, March 26, 2007

Shoe shelves

When you see them in a shop you think: "How could I ever live without shoe-shelves, I need two at the least!". The image on the left shows our half-year-old shoe-shelves. I didn´t feel like taking another picture from the rest of our hallway, filled with shoes.

Shoe-shelves are a misunderstanding. The only type of shoes that fit on it are those worn out all-stars, not the fancy boots that need care and attention. The solid-stainless-steel looking shelves turn out to be highly instable, especially when packed with shoes. They are very flexible, meaning that if you try to put the final pair of shoes on the shelve, the shelve starts jumping up and down, throwing all shoes off...

If anybody has a good idea what to use already-on-the-wall-mounted-shoe-shelves for, please comment on this post.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Faces 6: boats in Rotterdam

I got this picture from Niels: "two gruffy boats in Rotterdam".

The more faces I recognise in objects, the more I wonder whether designers are influenced in their unconsciousness by the "pattern" of a face when designing. Does anybody feel like doing a PHD on this? Would love to read the conclusions.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Wonderful wonderful internet

One of the things I really like about the internet is having access to random information easily in order to get new inspiration, a tool used very actively in creative thinking.

At my work we make computer games for interactive television. Once we had to make a game with Scooby Doo as the main character. For the sake of the game-play, it would be best if Scooby would walk on two legs only (standing up). Cartoon Network was fine with the idea if only we could proof that Scooby performs this behaviour in an existing cartoon. I started searching on the internet for a Scooby standing on his back-legs and found the picture above.

The picture got lost on the internet though, "old stuff must go, yoo-hoo" (quote Dutch writer Kees van Kooten). Still, I think it's a loss that Scooby the donkey went so silent. Therefore I chose his picture (of all my random-pictures-database) to be on my blog, Scooby forever!

If Scooby reads this post, please give me a call, I would like what you are doing these days (do you use LinkedIn?)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Ran-over breed...

This morning, I found this ran-over knot on the street. This probably explains why walking knots outside are such a rare sight; they are poor performers when it comes to traffic.

Alternative Pokemons 9


Friday, February 9, 2007

Faces 6: the HotDogBot

On the left side of his coffee brewing colleague, I found this HotDogBot in action... He looks like he is about to fry his last sausage.

Alternative Pokemons 7


Sunday, February 4, 2007

Faces 5

I found this - sad looking - face in Copenhagen's zoo. Although it seems a pretty hopeless situation there was something good though: he can fill two cups with its nose at the same time...

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Faces 4: Astonished Speaker

When I play music on my laptop, my Sony speakers look as if they are not really sure about my taste of music. They look astonished about the sound that comes out of their giant noses… Did the Sony designer plan for this?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Faces 3

One scary teapot grip, thanks peter

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Pissing Crocodile 1

May I introduce: the Pissing Crocodile
(Danish speaking)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Global Warming

Why can't we use the heat created by global warming as energy source?

Long life the friendly SmallLetterFriend people!

I my hurry to get it all online I forgot to mention that the "Koffie drinken met Ed" website was totally unusable of not I stumbled over this wonderful piece of freeware:
Small Letter Friend
Since the Koffie drinken met Ed website is 12 years old and saved and back-upped on various cd-roms from various systems (PC, Mac, PC again) all filenames were in capital letters. Since all links were in small letters and my web server is case-sensitive, the website didn't work anymore. The website counts over a 1200 files and renaming files is not my primary hobby; I considered the website dead. I use FireFTP (also just great by the way) in Firefox to upload and I couldn't find a "upload files in small letters" (I can recall such a function in WSFTP).

LONG LIVE THE FRIENDLY PEOPLE THAT CREATED SMALL LETTER FRIEND, The entire team behind the cunning "Koffie drinken met Ed" story is more than grateful!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Blog device

Does anybody know of the existence of a custom made blog device? It would be so nice to have a piece of hardware especially made for mobile blogging, so:
- Large colour (touch) screen (I guess the size of an electronic book)
- Pen input (so I can draw on the screen)
- Camera
- Keyboard (I'm still of the generation that thinks writing an SMS is quite an achievement)
- A bunch of USB connections
- Very long battery lifetime
- Wireless internet connection / Bluetooth
- Hard disk
- Did I forget anything?

The device should be tailor-made for blogging only, so no unnecessary features (I have enough trouble dealing with my mobile phone)

Koffie Drinken met Ed

Look what I found! My first website: "Koffie drinken met Ed" ("Drinking coffee with Ed") I got it working again and put it online.


In the past century, I created a website together with my nephew Niels. The website is an interactive commic containing over 400 pictures linked together. I think we lost track at a certain moment in time since our knowledge of how to set up and maintain a website was very small.

On each page, the reader has to click one of three icons to continue with the story. Have a try

Monday, January 15, 2007

My blog elements




Unimportant, yet amazing

Underneath the proove that electric powered cars not always need to look stupid.

After wasting 2 hours of my life converting this racing-track-car to a can-drive-anywhere-car, I realized that having racing-cars driving on tracks is not such a bad idea after all. This car manages to cross my living-room in a few seconds after which I need to collect it myself. I guess it keeps me from the street...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Alternative Pokemons 1

When I really have nothing better to do, I create alternative Pokemon cards. Objective is to make the Pokemon look as if he has no clue why he is on the card.

Adaption

Having two young kids I now start to understand what marketing and advertising does to an average home: floors, cupboards, tables, any surface really, are covered with toys. The reason why you need such an huge amount of toys is because having just one Lego-set doesn´t make sense: you need to buy quite a collection before it gets fun. You don't want to be a bad parent forcing your kid only to play with Lego, so you have to buy Lego, Barbie, Brio wooden train, Hotwheels, Brats, you name it, and all of those in great quantities.

The solution would be that you could blend one brand of toys with the other, for example: Lego with Playmobil. Toy manufacturers are clever enough to not let this happen: a Playmobil hand can not hold anything made of Lego.


My solution: ADAPTISE!
Design toy-adaptors making it possible to use one brand with the other. Our Lego collection is not that large and it doesn't contain any train yet. Instead of buying more Lego, I made an adaptor.

I took a Brio train wagon and glued a standard Lego plate on top. This wagon turned into my son's favourite train wagon. Each time I make a new (Lego) top he is so happy. Besides trains, he now can drive around with aeroplanes, spaceships, animals, etc.


Now its a matter of keep on going making more toy-adaptors. If anybody feels inspired and wants to share thoughts, don't hesitate and comment on this post.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Faces

Always good to take pictures of objects that look like faces. I know, this has been done many times before but still... The picture above shows my cheese-slicer this morning on which, coincidently, one drop of coffee and one drop of milk were spilt...

I took the picture below last summer. It turned out that some mysterious carrot-man had moved in our kitchen window...

I guess the reason why I like the faces in the two pictures is because they exist(ed) because of me and my family's acts. Many objects have a face (our toilet looks very angry for example) but when a face exists because of your interaction with an object, it is nearer to you.