Chillin with my pup. It’s been a lazy day for the both of us
Passing Cloud is a recently submitted project for the international ideas competition: Life at the Speed of Rail, organised by the Van Alen Institute and partly funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City.
Although it wasn’t one of the winning proposals, Passing Cloud reveals a strong conceptual approach that is worth noting: It is a new vision on traveling, based on the old Zeppelins.
Nowadays, traveling is achieved with this idea of having a fixed destination and an estimated time of arrival. Passing Cloud completely inverts this system. A floating device is introduced that travels around the entire USA territory according to current predominant winds. It has no fixed time of arrival or place for arrival. The journey becomes the essence. Imagine traveling at wind speeds in a totally sustainable object that leaves no Human trace behind.
This project envisions a distinct approach towards moving around the United States being also a revival of the act of traveling. Why traveling at high speed? Why having the final destiny always defined? And why always departing and arriving on a tight schedule? Nowadays, everything is set and everyone is always running around. It is time to reconsider the act of traveling and start enjoying it accordingly.
The Passing Cloud is an innovative and environmentally friendly method of transportation that doesn’t require expensive steel tracks or concrete highways. It is made of a series of spherical balloons that form the shape of a cloud. Its inner stainless steel structure is covered with heavy weight tensile nylon fabric. During the journey, It moves according to prevailing winds speed and direction at the time of travel. Since it moves with the wind, no wind is ever felt during the trip, offering the passengers a full “floating sensation”.
It’s an unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere – on top of a cloud – with an open schedule and unknown final destiny. All National Ground would be potentially covered at virtually no cost and the help of the wind. The journey becomes your destiny.
Organiser: Van Alen Institute
Competition: June 2011
Design Team: Tiago Barros
Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza.
speaking of “on your porch”….
i grew up with nate.
my best friend nick died in ‘06.
nate and sam showed up at his funeral to sing “on your porch”.
if you ever wanted a mental breakdown, that was it.
I can’t believe this episode of Adventure Time, and I mean that in the best way. Can we please take a moment to appreciate the fact that this CHILDREN’S show, (which airs at Seven PM Eastern Standard Time in the US) shown on a network that is entirely and undoubtedly produced for CHILDREN, just did an entire episode filled with subtext about an actual SERIOUS issue?
Adventure Time just addressed the fact that at some point in your life, you might be faced with sexual assault, coercion, or even, as shown in the last two gifs, emotional manipulation and or abuse. And what did Adventure Time, this children’s show, have to say about it?
DON’T LET ANYONE DOMINATE YOU OR FORCE YOU TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANT TO.
Adventure Time just told its audiences: “If some big galoot is trying to have his way with you, fight back. Don’t be afraid to show him that you are strong.” And most importantly? “Be prepared for this to happen, be ready to defend yourself.”
Last time I checked in with kids cartoons they were spouting crap like “Share with your friends”, “Help your parents clean up the house!” and, my personal favorite, “Treat others as you’d like to be treated! (Unless this is a show about sexy teen girls, in which case, be super judgmental and treat everyone around you like shit because that’s what “cool” characters do in shows, even if they’re made out to be bad guys.)” But not Adventure Time, they were like “What do children need to know that is absolutely essential?” “Well, we could tell them to defend themselves if someone is forcing themselves upon them…” “Hey, yeah, sexual assault is a serious problem. Let’s do that.” I MEAN HOW MUCH MORE FUCKING AWESOME CAN THIS SHOW GET?
/end enthusiastic rant/
Doodling at work
A while ago, a 21-year-old Malaysian student, artist, and nerdfighter named Mei began uploading watercolor paintings containing quotations from my books.
I loved them, and Mei was excited about the idea of releasing limited edition runs of some of my favorite of her paintings as DFTBA posters. So we are! All these posters will be signed by me. You can find them at the links below.
I’m the mother f***ing fox (from Looking for Alaska)
You don’t get to choose if you get hurt… (from TFiOS)
and of course People Rain Drizzle Hurricane (from Looking for Alaska)