Under Deconstruction: <br>Electro Boy

Just to assure the world -but mostly the voices- that I’m still deconstructing, here’s an update from my current project: the Electro Boy. The voices keep telling me I’m a quitter, but I tell them ’you’re quitters yourselves’ and ‘I’m just way better at starting than I am at finishing’ and I’m quite sure that’ll teach them. Official sources (the …

Mercury Mania

When the US entered the space race in 1958 and started Project Mercury, many companies in the West were quick to jump on the bandwagon and use the public’s enthusiasm for all things space-related for marketing purposes. Philips, being a Dutch company, went for maximum effect with minimal effort and decided to re-market one of their existing products. Their 752x …

The Devil's Pin Cushion

The Devil’s a sneaky bastard (though technically, he has no parents). Ever since his early days in the Garden of Eden, he’s been plotting to pervert and enslave man. His latest trick was the internet. Initially, it was intended as the digital era’s apple: a means to drown man in a world-engulfing sea of knowledge of everything and all, in …

The Wolf Who Cried Rain

Having lost World War II because of the Allies’ superior weather forecast capabilities, Germany was anxious for success on the weather front. On any front, really, as long as it wasn’t one of the military kind. But how could they possibly trump the breakthrough of the home weather station network? Meteorologists agreed that mapping and forecasting global weather was now …

How the War Was Won

In the history of humanity, no topic has been discussed more than the weather. In fact, even before humanity, birds were tweeting about sunrises, rain and wind. Cavemen would look at the sky and grunt approval or dismay, and later they even communicated forecasts based on earlier weather experiences. Nowadays, we all have weather radars and two week worldwide forecasts …

The End of Fruity Ambiguity

There was a time when you could compare apples and oranges. In fact, for the most part of history it was near impossible to differentiate between the two. Which may seem silly now, in hindsight, but consider the similarities. Both are fruits, growing on trees. Both are roundish in shape, attached to their tree by a stem originating from their …