When Rubber Meets the Sky

In 1940, Henry Ford said, “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Fast-forward to 2017, and the proposed debut of AeroMobil. Share → Tweet

Hess’ Triangle

noggBLOG permalink New York City is a mosaic of weird little nuggets hidden in plain sight. Billions of tiles, each representing a small piece of history at once both public and private (the rub of New York City life), are mortared together with the sweat and struggle of over 1.5 million people begrudgingly smooshed into less than 34 square miles of real estate. Each tile is sacred. Each tile is coveted and protected. Each tile is a war, and no New Yorker knew that better than David Hess. Share →... Read The Rest →

The Hyperreality of Hogeweyk

noggBLOG permalink Tucked away in the small Dutch town of Weesp is Hogeweyk, a village of 152 residents. It is a village much like any other. There are 23 houses, several promenades, squares, parks and supermarkets, all the simple hallmarks of a quaint country town. A postman delivers the mail, the gardener cuts the grasses, neighbors smile to each other, and the sun casts its shadow as it rises and falls just as it does everywhere else in the world. What sets Hogeweyk apart is incredibly difficult to see, but only... Read The Rest →

A Mounting Problem on Everest

noggBLOG permalink Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, is now more deadly than ever, but not for any of the reasons you might guess. Share → Tweet

Google Street View Moves Off the Beaten Path

noggBLOG permalink Inch by inch, Google is mapping the entire world with its Street View program, taking its cameras off of the basic Prius and into the wild. The cameras have been ushered all over the world by boats, trikes, and even camels and submarines. Now, researchers at the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, in partnership with Google’s Street View camera loan program, are taking you into—and over—the Amazon rainforest with ziplines. Share → Tweet

Treehotel

noggBLOG permalink There’s nothing like breakfast in bed. Toast, juice, coffee, fresh fruit, muesli, lingonberry pancakes, aquavit, meatballs, fermented shark, red-colored candy fish, all for you to enjoy as you’re nestled cozily in the top of a tree, but you have to make it yourself because there’s no one for miles around, and did I mention you’re stuck in a tree? Ok, so there’s nothing like that breakfast in bed, unless you’re the privileged guest of Sweden’s amazing Treehotel. Share → Tweet

Scoot Smart

noggBLOG permalink What are you doing with that Vespa? You look so stupid! I bet that thing even uses, like, gas or something? Get smart. Scoot smart. Share → Tweet

Jetpacks Is Yes!

noggBLOG permalink With self-driving cars slated to be commonplace by 2025 and a flying car on track for the retail market by 2017, the world is not so surprisingly abuzz with insane travel fantasies. Well, you can add one more thing to the list: your very own, and very real, $150,000 personal jetpack. Share → Tweet

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