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Water calligraphy is a poetic activity that you can observe in many Chinese parks: Artists use a large brush to write Chinese characters using water instead of ink. Minutes after the characters are written, they disappear.

Media Artist Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that writes Chinese characters on the ground as it moves.

His tricycle is part of an exhibition for Beijing Design Week: You can see it at the Northern Electric Relay Factory in Dashilanr, south of Qianmen gate. The exhibition opens 6pm  on Saturday September 24, 2011, and runs until October 3.

The video below was shot ands edited by Jonah Kesssel. You can also watch it on Vimeo and on Tudou.


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Nike MAG Auction 2011 Final Numbers

We all watched the Nike MAG go live on eBay. Some of us bid, and a select few even won. The auctions have ended and the numbers are in. Thanks to some statistical analysis from our friends over at Nike Talk, we go inside the numbers on the biggest sneaker release of the year. What did it take to get the Marty McFly Nike’s in your size? What was the best day to bid? How much money was raised towards Parkinson’s research? Find out all this and more.

Highest winning bid:

$5,744.44 for a size 10

Lowest winning bid:

$2,955.00 for a size 8

Total amount raised per day:

Day 1 = $911,927.34
Day 2 = $647,539.91
Day 3 = $554,120.31
Day 4 = $508,077.50
Day 5 = $511,112.10
Day 6 = $492,481.97
Day 7 = $488,076.90
Day 8 = $499,851.16
Day 9 = $511,479.82
Day 10 = $570,523.52

Total Amount Raised:

$5,695,190.53

Size Distribution by Day:

Day 1 & 2
Size 7 – Qty 13
Size 8 – Qty 13
Size 9 – Qty 30
Size 10 – Qty 40
Size 11 – Qty 30
Size 12 – Qty 15
Size 13 – Qty 9

Day 3, 4, 5, & 6
Size 7 – Qty 6
Size 8 – Qty 26
Size 9 – Qty 32
Size 10 – Qty 35
Size 11 – Qty 25
Size 12 – Qty 14
Size 13 – Qty 12

Day 7 & 8
Size 7 – Qty 5
Size 8 – Qty 26
Size 9 – Qty 33
Size 10 – Qty 36
Size 11 – Qty 25
Size 12 – Qty 14
Size 13 – Qty 11

Day 9 & 10
Size 7 – Qty 5
Size 8 – Qty 26
Size 9 – Qty 32
Size 10 – Qty 38
Size 11 – Qty 25
Size 12 – Qty 13
Size 13 – Qty 11

Total number of bids per day:

Day 1 – 5389
Day 2 – 3558
Day 3 – 3713
Day 4 – 3352
Day 5 – 3881
Day 6 – 3117
Day 7 – 3582
Day 8 – 3657
Day 9 – 3891
Day 10 – 4324
Total38,464

Highest and Lowest Selling Price for Each Size:

Size 7 – High – $5,331.88 on Day 1, Low – $2,300.00 on Day 6
Size 8 – High – $6,100.00 on Day 1, Low – $2,500.00 on Day 4
Size 9 – High – $6,300.00 on Day 1, Low – $3,050.00 on Day 5, 6 & 9
Size 10 – High – $9,959.00 on Day 1, Low – $3,200.00 on Day 6
Size 11 – High – $7,600.00 on Day 1, Low – $3,350.00 on Day 8
Size 12 – High – $8,100.00 on Day 1, Low – $3,100.00 on Day 7
Size 13 – High – $7,875.00 on Day 1, Low – $2,750.00 on Day 7

All data courtesy of Mugen EP and Adrian “Abstractly” of NikeTalk. Props to RetroKid.

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HeadPlay “Bad Banana Man” Toy

“Bad Banana Man” is the latest “toy” from craft-toy company HeadPlay, known for making humorous, beautifully crafted figurines for adults. Some of which include The Expendables collection of actions stars like Jason Statham, Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone. The Bad Banana Man is made out of PVC with a 1:6 ratio, and features a banana man exposing himself with goggly eyes and an exaggerated smile on his face. The piece is fully textured, and is the first alternative figure carved by the figurine house. It costs $299 HKD (approximately $38 USD) and is available through the CTMA Centre in Hong Kong.

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Nike MAG Auction Live Now

As we stated earlier, the Nike MAG auction kicks off tonight. 150 pairs are now available by way of auction on nikemag.eBay.com. As of now, the highest priced pair has a current bid of $65,000! Place your bid on eBay now.

**Note** All net proceeds will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the 10-day auction, 150 of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction has started tonight, and will end September 18.

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Nike MAG 2011 (McFly) – Officially Unveiled

The 2011 NIKE MAG – It’s About Time. – Nike

Many proclaimed it to be the “greatest shoe never made.”. Some naysayers even gone as far as calling it “vaporware”. But all the changed this afternoon at the back lot of Universal Studios as Nike CEO Mark Parker and designer Tinker Hatfield unveiled the Nike MAG 2011. Aptly dubbed the Air McFly, or Marty McFly’s shoe, the shoe is an almost exact replica of the original movie prop in the 1989 Back To The Future II. Worn by the film’s hero, time traveler Marty McFly, played by actor Michael J. Fox, the futuristic footwear by Nike featured a auto-lacing system and electrical lighting scheme. While the Nike Air MAG 2011 will not include the auto-lacing feature, it will include the same exact silhouette and the LED glowing panels as the prop. The shoe will also be the very first footwear in Nike’s product line to have electroluminescent technology, with the ability to glow for 5 hours after each charge.

Since day one of its design phase, Nike’s been adamant about support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. So as actor Michael J. Fox stroll onto The Late Show with David Letterman later this evening, Nike will will unveil an eBay charity site to auction off 1500 pairs of the Nike MAG, or 150 pairs per day for the next 10 days. 100% net profit will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation directly. Furthermore, a matching donation of up to $50 million will be given by search giant Google‘s Co-Founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki, a DNA specialist. The goal, as stated by Mark Parker, is the eradication of Parkinson’s Disease, which afflicts both Michael J. Fox and Brin’s late mother. The charity auction starts tonight at nikemag.eBay.com and ends on September 18th. See more renderings of the final product along with an introductory video after the jump.

Charity Auction Start Date: September 8th, 2011 (Tonight!) | 11:30 pm EST / 8:30 pm PST
Charity Auction End Date: September 18th, 2011 (Sunday)

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Putsch Racing Batmobile

There are many Batmobile replicas in the world, but only one of them is powered by a legitimate turbine engine. Casey Putsch is the proud owner and creator of that particular beast – a Keaton-era Batmobile powered by the same Boeing turboshaft engine found in the likes of a Navy drone helicopter. Now Putsch is putting his creation up for sale, and if you’re the ultimate Batman aficionado, you’ll need this machine in your collection. You’ll also need to be fabulously wealthy, as the vehicle carries a buy-it-now price of $620,000.

Typically, this is where we rattle off the number of lust-worthy exotics you could own for the same stack of cash, but we can’t quite bring ourselves to line this machine up against the rest of the motoring world. Maybe it’s nostalgia or the fact that the Putsch’s machine pegs the awesome meter in a way few other hand-built vehicles do. Besides, what figure would you put on a one-of-a-kind, U.S. Navy-powered crime-fighting apparatus? Hit the jump to check out a video of the Batmobile in action and head over to eBay Motors to take a look at the auction.

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There’s a lot of lore and misunderstanding with respect to what ‘improvising’ means with respect to filmmaking. I think there are some who take ‘improvised’ to mean that there is no script, or that actors go completely off-book when shooting a scene. And while there are a few directors who do shoot films like that — very few — most of the time improvisation on film means that an actor comes up with a new line or action in the context of a scripted scene.

Here’s a video that compiles twenty-five of the most influential unscripted moments in film. Some of these are things that weren’t in the script, but created on set between takes (supposedly Bogie’s “here’s looking at you, kid” line from Casablanca is one of those) and some are genuine spur of the moment creations.

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‘The Godfather’ Tops List of Films People Pretend to Have Seen VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie InsultsVOTD: 9 Famous Movies Recreated in One Take Music VideoPage 2: Superman, James Cameron, Spider-Man, Tyler Perry, X-Men, Christopher Nolan, The Big Lebowski 2Infographic: Famous Movie Quotes

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From Paul McCartney to Irving Berlin, the list of songwriters who famously never learned to read music before hitting it big is a long one indeed. Why? Because it's hard, mostly. Of course, they've managed to have successful careers as songwriters, even without the aid of an iPhone app that could read music for them. Surely they could have found some use for the new app from Kawai, which scans music notes from sheet paper and plays them back in real-time or with a delay, should you so choose. The app is available in the Japanese App Store ¥350 ($4.50). Japanese language video of the app in action after the break.

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It’s difficult to imagine The Shining being any more terrifying than its original release, but Duke Nukem has never cared much about impossible odds, and it’s taken on the challenge like a champ. Film fanatic and analyst Rob Ager has compiled a video dissecting the spatial anomalies in The Shining’s Overlook Hotel, as discovered through a Duke Nukem 3D mod attempting to recreate the building. Ager describes the impossible hallways, windows, apartments and stairways littering the Overlook that lend Kubrick’s movie a subconsciously eerie, something’s not quite right vibe.

Ager’s detailed analysis borders on crazed obsession, but it provides thrilling insight into a classic film — we just think he should take a vacation after this one. After all, all work and no play…

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Having a real-life Batmobile in your driveway sounds like a fun idea. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s not going to be that exciting. Most often, Batmobile replicas are powered by something like a junkyard-salvaged General Motors 350, featuring an interior reminiscent of a hastily cobbled together 24 Hours of LeMons racer. A man by the name of Casey Putsch decided he wanted a Batmobile to call his own, but he wasn’t ready to settle for second-rate.

This particular Putsch is the same man behind Putsch Racing, an outfit that restores, designs and appraises all manner of items automotive. When we said that Casey Putsch wasn’t going to settle for a low-rent Batmobile, we meant it. Instead, Putsch has assembled what he says is the only turbine-powered Batmobile in the world.

Under the long hood of Putsch’s Batmobile sits a Boeing turboshaft engine plucked from a naval drone helicopter. The power output is rated at 385 horses, which is good for a vehicle that weighs around 2,800 pounds.

Besides the engine upgrade, this Batmobile has an interior that would make Bruce Wayne nod approvingly. That’s all you can hope for really, since it’s impossible to make Mr. Wayne jealous. Putsch strapped an Apple iPad into the center stack of his super(hero)car, which then acts as his avionics system and also supplies GPS information.

We have footage of Casey Putsch driving his creation available for you after the jump, which is worth it for the sound alone. We also have a handful of photos in the gallery below. Be sure to check out Todd Cooperider’s website for more information on this mad machine.

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