I’m not a biker, but this invention makes me seriously consider joining “the future” as Anna the Terese say. Their invisible bike helmet could very well revolutionize the cycling industry. I won’t spoil it so you’ll just have to sit through to the end to see how their device works. You can check out the discussion of their project over at the Focus Forward site.
Sponsored by GE, the Focus Forward film series showcases people with world-changing ideas. There’s a competition where you can submit your idea and win $200,000. Unfortunately, the deadline, August 23, is creeping up fast so you better have had your idea all along and just never bothered to share with anyone. If your idea is chosen, one of the Focus Forward film makers will produce a short that featuring you and your idea. Sounds pretty cool.
I missed out on most of the Olympic coverage because we don’t get cable and our antennae hates NBC so I totally missed Spain’s possibly unintentional tribute to Char Aznable. Though their warmup jackets were meant to make them train three times as fast, they failed to beat the U.S. team which I guess would make us the Feddies or Titans or something. God, I hope we’re not the Titans. Parent killing freaks.
On a completely not related note, I wanted to get married wearing Char’s Counterattack uniform. To me, it combines formal with badass in a way that just makes the ladies swoon three times as fast. Sadly, I wasn’t able to track one down in time.
Bane attempting to get cable hooked up so that Bruce can watch Gotham burn is pretty spot on when it comes to dealing with cable companies. Comcast sent a collections agency after me for payment on a modem that I’ve been using and making payments on for years now so who the fuck knows what goes on in their rats nest of a system. This sketch also reinforces how silly Bane’s voice will always seem to me.
Not gonna lie, Behrokh Khoshnevis’s TED talk presenting his concrete printing machine is very much on the dull side of things. However, the idea that you can print a house is freaking awesome! I imagine that future iterations of this technology will let you design all sorts of wacky shit to live in.
It will be interesting to see if this technology will be adopted by the construction industry. Certainly builders will want to eventually cut down on human labor costs. The fewer people they have to hire, the less they have to pay out for things like insurance and health care. With fewer people entering the construction industry, in theory that would mean more bodies for more intellectual pursuits. I don’t know though. I don’t think it’ll quite work out that way.
Still, it’s pretty cool seeing this thing lay down concrete.
Because I’m a big fucking nerd, as I watched Jenna’s take down of “Ponytail” I couldn’t help but relate her comments to super hero bewbs. For the past few weeks, we’ve seen amazing physical feats of athleticism from people of all shapes and sizes. The body types of athletes are as varied as the countries represented in the games. Yet when we turn to our super hero comics, we see one or two body types. I hope that maybe the games could serve as a reminder to artists that physical athleticism comes from a variety of body types. The Flash should never be as muscularly drawn as Superman.
Back to super hero bewbs. It’s perfectly fine for a super hero to have double Ds, but when fighting crime, they should probably be reined in. Sports bras somehow don’t exist in the super hero world which must be terribly annoying for the ladies. Breasts swing around when you’re in motion. When you’re fighting, they can throw off your timing. Why the hell would you let them flap around in the wind like that? Super hero sports bras should be standard issue to every super hero lady out on patrol. You can still draw them with large breasts when they’re not kicking ass. A lot of comics these days feature pages and pages and pages and pages of just talking. They don’t need to be in their fighting uniforms for the exposition. But when it’s time to suit up, get those breasts in check. You’d think with all the emphasis on realism and grittiness these days, the sports bra would fit in there somewhere.