The Haka Dance

The Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry,dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.[1] The New Zealand rugby team‘s practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haka

Does your team have this degree of ba? If not, what could you do to foster it?

2017-02-13T13:13:24-08:00May 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up?

In the series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What’s more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores.

This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.

A note on methodology: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents, and other factors. This estimate of Walmart’s potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data.

Beautifully presented.

Via: http://slate.me/1j6hRyo

2017-02-13T13:13:57-08:00April 5th, 2014|0 Comments

The Decelerator Helmet: Slow Motion for Real Life

The Decelerator Helmet offers an experimental approach to an essential subject of our globalized, fast moving society. The technical reproducible senses are consigned to an apparatus which allows the user a perception of the world in slow motion. The float of time as apparently invariant constant is broken and subjected under the users control.

2017-02-13T13:22:18-08:00March 28th, 2014|0 Comments

A “Breathing” Piece of Optical Art Made from One-way Mirrors

Three out of six surfaces of the cube are made of flexible membrane (foil mirror) with air tank and a compressor connected to it and the other three mirrors are semi transparent spy-glass. By inflating or deflating the air tank, the membrane turns convex or concave, deforming the reflections.

Gorgeous! Instead of using a compressor, I think it would have been interesting to add linear actuators to each of the three flexible membranes so that more complex patterns could have been created. Alternative lighting schemes would have been interesting, too.

Via http://www.numen.eu/installations/n-light/membrane/

2017-02-13T13:22:11-08:00March 27th, 2014|0 Comments