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A special kind of permeable concrete system to prevent floods

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This is neat. There’s a special kind of concrete called Topmix Permeable that acts like a giant sponge to soak up as much as 880 gallons of water per minute. The material permits water to drain through the voids to prevent the puddles you’d see created on ordinary concrete.

It seems like a practicable solution to prevent urban flooding and cars from hydroplaning on the highway.

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‘Everybody sees it coming, but no one wants to talk about it’ 🐎🚗📱

There inevitably comes a time when our ideas, no matter how prolific, become extinct and get replaced by new ones. Just look at the emergence of autonomous cars. Writes former product head of General Motors Bob Lutz:

“The auto industry is on an accelerating change curve. For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime mover of humans and for the past 120 years it has been the automobile.”


There will always be a niche of traditionalists that want hands-on control, just as people still prefer to read hard books, string a brilliant guitar riff, and think with their hands in writing analog.

But the volcano of ideas are all digital. As Lutz quips: “I think probably everybody sees it coming, but no one wants to talk about it.”

There is no cart, there is no horse, there is no wheel. As Steve Jobs once discovered in Scientific American: “The man riding a bicycle was twice as good as the condor.” Humans build tools to maximize efficiency.

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Cars of Peru

Photos by Wells Baum

“I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favorite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’

Carroll Shelby

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Why parking sucks 

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Parking signs are intentionally confusing, especially in the cities. Take a close look at the rules and exceptions on the parking signs, and you’ll see things like:

  • Zone 2 permit holders only
  • Express pick-up: 15 minutes only
  • Monday-Friday: 2:30PM – 4PM & 6:30PM – 10PM
    Etc.

First, you have to squint and read the sign and check for the exceptions; then you have to interpret the day and the time. Sometimes signs on top of signs: one for the 3-hour parking, one for 2-hour parking, and one for all day parking. Sometimes signs are fifty feet down the block, and you miss it. Holy shit. So you ultimately take your chances and risk getting towed.

In New York, parking is a tax. On top of that, the signs are ubiquitous and ambiguous, so people fear to park at all. Residents and visitors walk and take public transportation instead.

Cities don’t want people driving. Thankfully, self-driving cars are on the way to eliminate the self-doubt. Once cars start talking to other cars and pay machines, the madness will go away. But for now, parking sucks. And on top of that, some cities don’t want you there in the first place.

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The Power of Attention

Any time you’re looking for something you’re more likely to find it but you’re also more likely to be disappointed. Objectives come in all shapes and sizes:

  • Looking for a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • Looking to buy a new car?
  • Looking to Instagram a photo?

Keeping these goals top of mind invites a lot of opportunity and failure. That first potential significant other ignores you, that new car is overpriced, and that photo ends up blurry. Fuck.

It’s no wonder then that when we stop trying so hard, things tend to happen naturally. All of a sudden you get engaged, find a decent car, and snap an awesome photo.

Success is more likely to come when the object of desire is in the back of your head instead of top of mind. And sometimes great things happen when you don’t think about them at all.

Still, luck favors attention. No one ever gets anything or anywhere by doing nothing. Just be aware of the possibility and everything else will take care of itself.

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