Something unusual and spectacular is happening in NYC tonight. It’s called Manhattanhenge. It happens four nights a year, starting tonight! Basically, the sun is positioned in the sky so that it sets directly within the grids of the streets of Manhattan. How cool is that!? So get up, get out and check it out tonight! Want to know more? Click here on the American Museum of Natural History website.
In the mood for some creepy Halloween photos? Check out some photos dating between 1875 and 1955 from this book called Haunted Air, here. See one of the photos and the book cover below. They are mostly older, black and white photos from the personal collection of Ossian Brown and I have to say, quite a creep-fest! Enjoy!
In an increasingly inhumane world, I often find myself pleasantly surprised by the gentleness and kindness of humanity. This simple project called tweenbots by Kacie Kinzer illustrates that tenderness for me. The tweenbot basically looks like a small lost object trying to get somewhere. I think that people responded positively to it’s vulnerability and neediness. Sometimes you can get what you want, if you just ask for it! In this case, the tweenbot needed help getting to it’s destination and it got it! I also love that this project took place in New York City, my home town!
From the tweenbots website:
Given their extreme vulnerability, the vastness of city space, the dangers posed by traffic, suspicion of terrorism, and the possibility that no one would be interested in helping a lost little robot, I initially conceived the Tweenbots as disposable creatures which were more likely to struggle and die in the city than to reach their destination. Because I built them with minimal technology, I had no way of tracking the Tweenbot’s progress, and so I set out on the first test with a video camera hidden in my purse. I placed the Tweenbot down on the sidewalk, and walked far enough away that I would not be observed as the Tweenbot––a smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary––bumped along towards his inevitable fate.
The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the “right” direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, “You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.”
Read more about this project here.
“Why not think about something you have always wanted to try, and give it a shot!?” Watch this short, inspiring video by Matt Cutts, an engineer from Google. He (and I) encourage you to try something new for 30 days!
Photo from the streets of the city that never sleeps.