We’re excited to announce that Lucky Peach is now on Medium, meaning we’ll be posting articles from the magazine in their entirety (live and uncensored!) online for your enjoyment. All seven of our James Beard nominated stories will go up this week.
Image by Helen Tseng
Totally beautiful transition from print to web. Love that Lucky Peach isn’t trying to completely recreate the print experience.
This is my favorite part about how we make predictions: people make accurate specific predictions but completely blow the context.
Here, the author accurately predicts that computers will eventually shrink to a size where it’s practical to wear them on our wrists. But they completely miss wireless communication and non-QWERT interfaces.
In drawn out prediction work, the cultural context is adorably off. It’s a Jetson’s like future where cars fly and robots clean the house but it’s still a nuclear family with only the husband working, traffic jams, and the 9-to-5 commute.
My favorite example of this is in 2001, where Arthur C. Clarke imagines offices on the Moon, complete with a typing pool of female secretaries.
In 2012, a group of friends in Joensuu, Finland built a not-so-ordinary raft. The eclectic-looking boat has some unexpected amenities, one of which is a fully-functional sauna. It’s the product of a DIY project that’s known in Finnish as a Saunalautta, and it is an ingenious way to spend a day on the water.
Fascinating, retrofuturistic, tragic and eerie. Worth a look.
WE WILL LIVE AGAIN looks inside the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger who, in his nineties and long retired from running the facility, still self-publishes books on cryonics, awaiting the end of his life and eagerly anticipating the next.
Interactive furniture for children from teamLab is a wide round table with many projected little characters navigate around the objects you place on it - video embedded below:
This is a table where little people live. The little people run around and do not notice us, but place your hand or an object on the table and the people will notice and jump onto it. The action of the little people changes in response to the shape and color of the object placed on the table. The more objects that are placed on the table, the more the little people’s world comes to life and they play with delight.
You can find out more about the project at teamLab’s website here
(It is also part of Tokyo Designers week at Milano - more info here)