Announcing: Skytemple Space Division

Skytemple Design is proud to announce our latest project, SKYTEMPLE SPACE DIVISION Until now, Skytemple Space Division has been kept top secret. Skytemple staff have been legally bound to nondisclosure agreements. We have lived the last year in the shadows while secretly preparing to lead the way into the final frontier for web design companies. Finally, our story can be told. All the way back in 2011  a strange discussion erupted at one of our weekly meetings concerning the news of actor Ashton Kutcher’s recent purchase of a $200,000 ticket aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s new sub-orbital space ships. Richard Branson, the billionaire head of the Virgin Group claims to have already sold 500 tickets aboard Virgin Galactic’s as-yet launched sub-orbital space fleet. This got us wondering: why doesn’t Skytemple have a Galactic Space Fleet? We couldn’t come up with an answer. So after months of soul-searching, we started construction on our proposed Orbiting Sky Temple and our fleet of Skytemple Space Cruisers. It is thanks to these efforts that we are able to offer our celebrated services in a whole new way. Websites, in SPACE! The orbiting Sky Temple hosts three shuttle docks and an impressive array of anti-drone space missiles. Inside its fifty-thousand square foot interior, it boasts impressive living quarters including 70 bathrooms, a full space tennis court, a zero g sauna, and a staff of over three hundred robots. It is 4G and Space Wi-Fi integrated. Each of the six Skytemple Space Cruisers is staffed by a crew of seven pilots, three engineers, and four attendants. In-flight meals are prepared by master space-chefs and include ‘Astronaut’ versions of...

Shared Backyard Design Presentation: An Example of Fresh Design Ideas In Northampton

The Whoo Space on Market St, has been host to a variety of community events, from an art exhibit of handmade books to campaign headquarters for Arnold Levinson in this years past Ward 3 Special Election. This past Tuesday was no different when University of Massachusetts’s Permaculture Program, in conjunction with Creative Community Collective, and a number of local residents hosted a presentation on shared community space. According to C3’s website, “three Northampton neighbors decided to take their fences down and combine their yards to create a larger space for shared recreation and food production.” The goal was to create a Permaculture site, which C3 defines as: …a vision, design system, and global network that draws on patterns and principles found in nature to meet human needs, while regenerating the natural world and creating abundance we can share. The students redesigned the shared backyards into a sustainable open space,  taking down the barriers of the three neighboring backyards and integrating them into one cohesive shared area for recreation and sustainable gardens. The goal is to inspire others in the community to open to the idea of turning neighboring land into shared space for the community to gather around. The presentation consisted of a number of design possibilities. The various options which the team of UMass students had assembled ranged from the more conservative rearrangement of bushes and minor terraforming to the highly progressive, with much of the shared backyards transformed into a super efficient organic farm powered by animals complete with rice paddies and greenhouses heated by chickens. Owen Freeman-Daniels, newly elected Ward 3 City Councilman, owns a condo on part of...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

The mirror on the wall may soon reveal more than your appearance, becoming a two-way mirror for advertisers Two years ago, MIT student Ming-Zher Poh managed to turn his laptop’s webcam into a heart rate monitor. At the time he was looking for a way for doctors to check vital signs in the least invasive way possible. The method he came up with was fairly simple: As each pump of the heart sends fresh waves of blood through your veins, the light that penetrates your skin and bounces off your muscles fluctuates subtly. When these fluctuations are analyzed by a computer and camera, they can be translated into heart-rate data. Although the technology is not new, Poh created a new algorithm which allowed a much less sensitive standard laptop webcam to isolate the blood flow light pattern from other light collected by the camera. Using an adapted process to extract single sounds from a noisy recording, Poh, managed to cleverly tie this into a way for even a lower resolution camera to isolate data and even track multiple subjects. So what did he do with it? He built a mirror that could look inside of you. A webcam mounted behind a two-way mirror monitors your vitals invisibly as you gaze upon your visage, displaying your heart-rate reading. Poh imagines improving the system further to measure other vitals such as respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels. Still years away from the market, Poh plans to bring the mirror to consumers after, he hopes, he finishes his PHD later this year. Poh remains hopeful of the devices uses saying,”This shows your inner...

We Like the Moon

‘Cause it is close to us. (Be careful not to have your speakers up too loud when you click that!) All silliness and Spongmonkeys aside, we also like the moon because there is going to be a spectacular total lunar eclipse on the morning of Tuesday, December 21st!  In the Eastern Standard Time zone it is all going to start around 1:30 am, be totally eclipsed at 3:17 am, and finish up at 5:01 am. An eclipse like this doesn’t happen all that often, the last one was on February 21, 2008, and those of us in North America and parts of western Europe are in the absolute perfect area for viewing.  So if you can drag yourself out of bed, it should be a spectacular...

Strandbeest Wander the Sand…

How would you feel if while sunbathing on your favorite beach, a large tube structure walked up to you all on its own?  If you are in Holland, that could be a possibility. Art is a fantastic thing, but what good would Theo Jansen’s beasts do, populating the beaches? We don’t know about the beasts on the sands, but this application of Jansen’s mechanical systems is pretty dang...

Bubble-Blowing Dolphins!

It is a bit of an understatement to say that dolphins are incredibly intelligent animals.  Many have even figured out how to make their own toys…from blowing bubbles.     This behavior is not limited to the dolphins at SeaWorld, dolphins in the wild blow bubble rings and beluga whales make rings too. Bubble rings and smoke rings, their above water sibling, are both examples of a complex physical phenomenon called a vortex ring, which is basically a puff of air that has curled back around on itself and then keeps spinning, creating a doughnut shape. Pretty cool,...