A forgotten childhood observation was unveiled when I saw this video posted on Facebook. I was greatly intrigued by this phenomenon when I was younger. I was never scared that anything was wrong with me. Still, it is nice to know that I am not the only one seeing amoeba moving in my eyesight!

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The blog post by Bicycle Dutch, “Making a 1960s street grid fit for the 21st century”, nicely shows how the Dutch are making their cities bike friendly.

Picture by Utrecht Municipality

Urban street planning. “Left the original 1960s design, right the optically narrowed street with the centre line removed and with added cycle lanes.”

A video about the project:

These running shoes by Saucony are now mine:

Picture by Saucony

Saucony Guide 6 in blue.

With a new goal: running a half marathon in December 2013.

And a training plan for my old pair, my natural running shoes:

Picture taken from AnyonesRunShop.nl

Training plan to start barefoot running.

I was doing some training on them already, but needed more guideline to increase the mileage in barefoot running that I do.

Maps distorted by economic indicators visualise lack of balance in the world:

Picture taken from fastcoexist.com

GDP (wealth)

This picture is intuitive to understand: it shows an overweight US and Europe compared to very thin South America and Africa. Poorer countries are squeezed.

Picture taken from fastcoexist.com

Poverty

The Poverty map is counter intuitive, as it shows just a skeleton of the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Students at the Technical University of Munich have a fun way of being lazy. They don’t have to take the stairs or wait for an elevator to go to the ground floor. Instead, they use giant slides.

Slides out to the main hall at Technische Universität München.

Slides out to the main hall at Technische Universität München.

For the rest, the building looks slightly like a prison…

Watched a game of Pong yesterday on this amazing 3D cinema set at Festival de Beschaving.

TV Wartburg is made by Tristan Kruithof who took a classic 311 and removed 60 cm from its width and then installed a cinematic system on its roof.

TV Wartburg is made by Tristan Kruithof who took a classic 311 and removed 60 cm from its width and then installed a cinematic system on its roof.

The installation is called Tv Wartburg – the mobile cinematic groover. In the video below you can see how Pong was played at another festival. Pong was created by fieldOfView.

Just came home from my parents, a bike ride away. Halfway between Nieuwegein and Utrecht it started raining. Once home, still raining, I decided to browse the internet. Came across this blog post on bicycle routes in Utrecht: the road I just took!

Once the sun is shining and these plans are realised, the route will be even better in the future…

Click on the picture to see the whole 30 minute bike ride by Urban Trajectories.

Click on the picture to see the whole 30 minute bike ride by Urban Trajectories.

The project Urban Trajectories by Aorta Architectuurcentrum (center for architecture) is researching the bike routes people take on their commute from and to Utrecht.

Video about the project by Urban Trajectories(in Dutch):


I read that there is an exhibition about the project at Architectuurcentrum Aorta until 27 September. Seems well worth a visit.

Attach a Tile to your keys, wallet or bag and you will never have to look for them again. If you do not know where you put the item, you can make it beep with the Tile app. If it is further from home, it can be located by other Tile users that pick up its signal.


Fulfills some of the whishes I had for the locating technology I set out to create for my HCI class from Coursera.

Publisher of story books for children Clavis Uitgeverij hold open days for illustrators in their offices in Hasselt and Amsterdam.

Robbe vanbinnen en vanbuiten and Robbe van top tot teen by Peter Teunissen, Uitgeverij Clavis.

Work of illustrator Peter Teunissen for Uitgeverij Clavis.

The dates for 2013:

  • 7 March (Hasselt, Belgium)
  • 12 March (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • 5 September (Hasselt, Belgium)
  • 10 September (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Aspiring artists can show their portfolio of illustrations for children without appointment between 10-17h. They will receive helpful tips and feedback on their work and the chance to convince the publisher of their talent.

“Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better.” The Fun Theory made it happen in Stockholm where they transformed a public staircase into a piano.

I noticed the video on One World today. It reminded me of my post on the urban games by Everdien Breken. She created hopscotch for children and adults, well everyone, on the streets.

Another fun one:

The Fun Theory is an initiative of Volkswagen to find concepts that can change people’s behaviour for the better.

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