"2001: A Space Odyssey" icon set#

A fantastic set of icons from Mischa McLachlan. (I'm currently using two of them.)

Speaking of icons, anyone know how to change the main system icon in Mac OS X (i.e., the icon corresponding to the machine on which the OS is running, not the drives, etc.)? CandyBar doesn't seem to offer the option at all; LiteIcon shows the computer's icon, and let's you change it within the program, but the change never takes.

I've tried going straight to what I'm assuming is the source, namely the .icns files within the CoreTypes.bundle package (from /System / Library / CoreServices/), but none of the icons looks exactly like the one currently being used to represent my machine, and so I don't know which, if any, to overwrite.

Finally, the usual "‘Get Info,' then copy/paste the icon" trick doesn't work on this particular icon.

(Via John Gruber.)

The Astounding World of the Future#

An amazing video that offers a brutal dose of intelligent cynicism with regard to our previously-imagined future (i.e., today). It's a funny and tragic must-watch.

RunPee iPhone app#

RunPee tells you [at] which points in a movie you can safely "run" and "pee" without missing a hugely important plot point.

Each PeeTime tells you:

  • Approximately how many minutes into the movie each PeeTime is.
  • Cue: what happens in the movie to let you know when that PeeTime begins.
  • How long the PeeTime lasts — so you know how many minutes you have before missing something important.
  • Exactly what you'll miss while you're away.

Brilliant.

Carnivorous robots eager to eat your pests#

UK-based designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau believe that, if robots are ever to be welcomed into people's homes, they'll need to fit in with the rest of the furniture, and earn their keep. Their prototypes trap and digest pests like flies and mice to gain energy.

Awesome and creepy.

What happened to theoretical AI?#

[Theoretical AI] has more or less shut down because it ignored an all-important detail: Intelligence isn't just about problem-solving, but about a whole cognitive spectrum that includes dreaming and other forms of unconscious activity.

MIT hopes to exorcise 'phantom' traffic jams#

Kasimov found that jamitons have a "sonic point," which separates traffic flow into upstream and downstream components, much like the event horizon of a black hole. This sonic point prevents communication between these distinct components so information about free-flowing conditions just beyond the front of the jam can't reach drivers behind the sonic point. Ergo, there you sit, stuck in traffic and have no idea that the jam has no external cause, your blood pressure racing toward the stratosphere.

Googling with Bing#

So remember, the next time you Google something, Google it with Bing.

Hahaha, College Humor bringing the funny. All joking aside though, and my, um, general and constant disappointment with Microsoft notwithstanding, Bing actually is quite good. Recently on Twitter I said, "as soon as Bing launched I set it as my default search engine [because I kept hearing such great things about it] and really have no complaints so far, which is, uhh, amazing."

It's amazing 1) that I changed my default search engine at all (I've been using Google almost exclusively since before it was even a going concern) and 2) that I just don't have much to complain about regarding Bing. I search for stuff, and it finds it for me, quickly and without any fuss. You can't ask a search engine for much more than that.

(It's kind of blowing my mind (and surely Google's "mind" (see what I did there? ;)) that this conversation is actually happening.)

"Jam" -- Michael Jackson v. Michael Jordan#

As a 12-year-old basketball- and music-loving kid, how could I not be smitten with this video starring the only true sports "hero" I've ever had (and I had it bad) and the inimitable Michael Jackson?

The best part starts at 6:03 where Jackson is teaching Jordan how to dance. Relatedly, Jordan is the worst moonwalker ever. (See also behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the video.)

Ebert on the Transformers sequel#

The opening paragraph of his review:

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.

Well, that's unfortunate.  :(

Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers#

Sketches provide a truer reflection of a designer's thought processes, preoccupations, and problem-solving strategies than can be had by simply viewing finished projects. Highly personal and idiosyncratic, sketchbooks offer an arena for unstructured exploration -- a space free from all budgetary and client constraints. Sketchbook aims to elevate these books -- visually arresting objects in their own right -- from mere ephemera to important documents that provide valuable insights into the creative process.

Ordered.

Google Wave highlight reel#

I think you should watch the entire 80-minute presentation, but if you just don't have the time, Gina's highlight reel probably is the next best thing (and it clocks in at less than eight minutes). (See also my quick thoughts on Wave.)