Clear Concrete, Short Songs, Movie Bunnies, Canadian Cities, Questions, and Flirting Billboards

  • Listen, Stop & Roll. The World Of Stuart has a neat little project, Big Songs for Little Attention Spans: 100 songs you can download. Not only 100 songs, but 100 short songs; 100 songs that actually fit on one compact disc.
  • Movie Magic. And, from the people who brought you The Shining, reenacted by bunnies (mentioned here previously), comes: Alien in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies. (via the ever-helpful MeFi)
  • You’ve got questions? So do we. Question: What would happen if bees disappeared? Question: When is Assassination in Order? (The former is informative, if only slightly, whereas the latter [in the comments section] covers some interesting ground.) (Science Actualitßs: “What would happen if bees disappeared?” by Jacques Tarnero)
  • Clear as Stone. BoingBoing mentions translucent concrete that’s being developed by a Hungarian architect, ferrying you along to an AP article and to the National Building Museum exhibit on liquid stone, where you can learn that concrete is the second most widely consumed substance on earth. (BoingBoing [July 8, 2004])
  • It’s Aboot time. PLANetizen guides you to a pretty interesting article about the differences between Canadian and US cities (and between Canada and the US in general). Not too long, with plentiful illustrations along the way. Requires PDF reader. (Funder’s Network for Smart Growth: “Canadian Cities American Cities: Our Differences Are the Same,” by Patrick Condon [February 2004])
  • Quotes to Live By.
    1. Just think Teletubbies—with a hint of Hooters. Eleven-inch, flat television screens adorn the fronts of T-shirts worn by winsome women deployed to be, in the words of the product’s developer, “aggressively friendly.”

    2. “There are so few people in the world saying, ‘I wish advertising were a little more intrusive,’ ” says David “Jelly” Helm, a longtime adman now at Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Ore.

    Both quotes are from an article in CSM on the new trend of placing “billboards” (the TV-in-a-T-shirt) in high foot-traffic areas. (CSM: “‘Billboards’ that walk, talk, and even flirt a little,” by Clayton Collins [July 8, 2004])