Gehry long ago stopped pursuing any interesting material or tectonic experimentation—and he used to be an interesting architect!—to become the multi-billion dollar equivalent of a Salvador Dalì poster tacked to the wall in a stoned lacrosse player’s dorm room, an isn’t-it-trippy pile of pseudo-psychedelic bullshit that everyone butbillionaire urban developers can see through right away. What’s particularly frustrating about Gehry’s career is that he’s somehow meant to be cool, a kind of sci-fi architect for the Millennial generation, a Timothy Leary of CAD; but he’s Guy Fieri, his buildings hair-gelled monsters of advanced spatial douchebaggery.…But it’s no use. We’re stuck now. It’s like being forced to watch M. Night Shyamalan films when you were hoping for David Cronenberg, or being stuck in a room with Steve Vai when you thought you were listening to Andrés Segovia.
MT. VERNON, N.Y.—A short walk from the train station, on the second floor above an auto repair shop, is a quiet, dusty studio bathed in the smell of turpentine. Sleepy sunlight falls on an assorted array of items that have settled there from close to two decades of creative work.
Drafting tables and countertops are obscured by piles of invoices, postcards, hand-written notes, and printed emails. On three 20-plus-yard-long tables lie samples of hand-screened wall coverings of cotton, silk, and paper. Compared to commercial makers of wall-coverings who use 50-yard-long tables, Zina Studios is small and homey.
Countess Bobrinskoy was born in 1923 in Germany. At two months old, her family emigrated to France, where people were becoming increasingly wary of the young Nazi party’s rise.
“My father persuaded the judge that I really couldn’t be too much of a Nazi at two months,” she said, laughing. “That’s the way the bureaucracy goes.”
A human pretending to be a robot telemarketer.
When a salesperson named Samantha West called a TIME reporter, she seemed like a computer. But with current technology, it might not be possible to build such a robot, raising a truly bizarre possibility.
The toy company GoldieBlox garnered heaps of attention recently, first through its co-opting of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a commercial for one of its toys, and then via the ensuing legal spat between the toymakers and the B-Boys.
In reality, however, the toy is mostly pink and baby blue, and it doesn’t do very much.
According to Lisa Wade, chair of the sociology department at Occidental College, “It’s not that radical, and that’s why people are loving it. The idea started in the ’70s that the way we should liberate women is to get them into guys’ stuff. There’s nothing about this toy that breaks with what we tell girls to do in this country every day: model what boys do, but do not break with femininity.”
Every year this list is 100% fresh. Every list also takes on a life of it’s own.
The categories change, but the grading criteria remains the same: I look at design, content and that creative “x-factor” that sets a site apart from the pack. I hope at least 95% of these sites are new to you. There are a couple that I simply couldn’t believe I hadn’t included before. You’ll know which ones when you see them.
Tech startups are making sensors and electronics easier to use than ever, and for users to build their own designs.