Breaking Bottles in Brooklyn

Posted: May 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , | Comments Off on Breaking Bottles in Brooklyn

Nice piece in NY Times about David Belt’s new project in Brooklyn called “Glassphemy!”. David’s the guy who created DIY pool parties in dumpsters last summer and obviously he’s trying hard to one-up himself by creating a bottle smashing venue in Gowanus. Designed by Belt & Vamos Architects it is essentially a 20′ x 30′ box made from steel tubing, bulletproof glass and a lighting system designed by Jason Krugman that flashes when bottles smash.  Users stand on a raised platform and throw bottles onto the opposite wall where they smash before the faces of people standing behind the opposite clear wall 30 feet away.

Recently unveiled at a private party in the undisclosed section of Brooklyn, “Glassphemy!” is inspired by a desire to mix the visceral pleasures of breaking glass with the socially conscious needs of recycling. And what happens to all the broken glass? Belt plans to have it all recycled on-site in a variety of ways. There’s a machine to make sand for one a local beer garden and local designers Hecho have built a bicycle-powered glass polisher from a concrete mixer.

“Glasssphemy!” will officially open on May 20 to invited guests. Though not as awesomely simple as a Dumpster Pool, its nevertheless a nifty way to mix our lust for breaking things with saving the planet.

Underwater Robot crosses Atlantic

Posted: January 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Underwater Robot crosses Atlantic

Traveling from New Jersey to Spain in 221 days, the Scarlet Knight is the first autonomous vehicle to safely cross the Atlantic ocean. Traveling mostly underwater at depths of up to 600 feet, the device was controlled remotely from a control room at Rutgers University as it collected measurements of temperature and salinity of water.

I don’t know if it is possible for us to manage the environment, but if so I’m sure that lots of real time data will be needed. I’m no expert but it seems the oceans are pretty important in our ecosystem… and it looks like robotic vehicles will be helping collect oceanic data.

via slashdot