Sunday, November 23, 2008

Northampton Hospital sign

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The litigious profession of architecture

Profit within architects' fees hardly covers the cost of liability insurance, over the 20 years following a project. A public building is an arena for almost any accident or problem, and almost always the architect is named in the lawsuit. Here's a good one:

“The mother of accused serial killer Maury Travis, whose bizarre hanging death in the St. Louis County Justice Center was ruled a suicide, filed a suit Friday against the county, the architects who designed the jail and the contractors who built it.” Authorities believe Travis committed as many as twenty murders; he hanged himself in his prison cell after leaving a note. (Peter Shinkle, “Mother of accused serial killer sues over death in jail”, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 15th.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You'll never guess the value of this one

Likely the only one left out of 6 made, and driven only in the Le Mans, by Stan Antlocer. Looks deceive. The lucky owner hadn't a clue at the beginning of the auction. Started at $500. The curiosity began when he mentioned it only had a plexi windscreen. 7 minutes before the end of the auction it had risen to $95,000, then it sold for $222,521.63.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A disturbing truth, somewhere in the world

Do we believe them?

They might be fake fake watches, which would be worth... less than 10 Euros?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The art of interior camouflage

A man at his desk.

Building a Lamborghini in your basement

Ken Imhoff took seventeen years to build a Countach entirely by hand, and then bulldozed it out.

Miscommunication 2

The Welsh translates as "I'm not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated."