B.M.W.: Pursuit Across Europe

When I saw this nifty BMW promo on Motionographer, I couldn’t understand all of the lingo they were using to describe it. Terms like “3D cutscenes” and “sprite based games” may as well have been written in greek. But I did see those three letters together that always get me excited: B, M, and W. We’re pretty big fans of the BMW driving experience over here, and since mine’s in the shop right now, I thought I’d give this little game a whirl. The first stage of the “pursuit” is open to everyone, but after that, you have to sign up to continue the race. I had fun with the first stage, and have to agree with the guy who commented on Motionographer who said it reminded him of F-Zero for Super NES. Credits: Electric Umbrella did the cutscenes, Artificial Duck did the actionscripting, and Interone Worldwide is the Agency behind it.

Fresh Designer / Fresh China

Gary Birks, a twenty-something designer still working on his MA in Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University, is the brain behind these pretty pieces of bone china, and I have to send a solid high five his way for getting me this turned on to a freaking salt shaker. Currently, Gary is working for Wedgewood in a short eight week placement helping to improve on new and existing ranges (some of the results are shown above– I could cry over that tea cup it’s so pretty), but he’s also made a name for himself with a line of contemporary pet bowls that are being sold in a special line commissioned by eBay. What I find the most promising about Birks is his successful execution of such varied concepts; it’s amazing that he can execute a vinyl toy-inspired salt shaker as well as he can design a delicate cup and saucer. I don’t think it’s a good time for me to be investing in anything breakable, but if any of you want to get your hands on some of his designs, you can bid on them here.

The Arctic Man

Part speed skiing, part sledneck, The Arctic Man is event I would describe as “uniquely Alaska.” I actually found out about it because a friend of a friend will be competing in this year’s event, which is taking place at mile 196 of the Richardson Highway, near Summit Lake, Alaska, from April 11-15. The format of the race is pure insanity– The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1,700 feet in less than two mile to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his snowmobiling partner. The snowmobiler meets the skier, on the go, with a tow rope and pulls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph. The skier and the snowmobile then separate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1200 feet to the finish line. Take it from someone who’s been towed behind a snow machine going close to that speed: it is rough on the body. But for a prize purse beginning at $25,000, and growing with each team entry fee of $900, the racers are more than willing to risk life and limb. I’m hoping that some video footage from this year’s event ends up on YouTube. This is something I think you just have to see to believe. For an account of one participant’s Arctic Man experience, read this– supposedly, it’s quite the party as well.

Happy Merry Whatever

We’re big fans of these new wrapping papers from Happy Merry Whatever. Okay, so it’s not exactly the holiday season (even if my birthday is coming up), but we thought it was worth sharing nonetheless. Outfit your next present in Plastic Wrap, Bubble Wrap, Shawl Wrap, or my favorite shown here– Aluminum Foil Wrap. You might be asking yourself “why should I spend $12 for wrapping paper that looks like aluminum foil when I can go to my kitchen and get the real thing for less?” Their response, “How tacky are you to wrap a gift in real aluminum foil?” Use this stuff for the same effect and don’t get tagged as a cheap-skate gift giver. These quirky wrapping papers are a side project of Paradowski Creative, a St. Louis based design firm.

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