Monday, September 18, 2006

Behold the Wonder of... Pizza!

If you live on the East Side, one of the Pizzas that you probably have bought is from Pizza Pie-er. I interviewed them once back when they were Pizza Pizza (so you know it was a long time ago) It's a good operation, they make excellent pizza, and they've got a new sideshow campaign that a good friend of mine drew. [
CORRECTION: I'm not sure if I made this clear-- these are sculptures, not illustrations. Erminio made these puppets/creatures, which were then photographed for the ads.]

My friend (Erminio Pinque of Big Nazo>) is an accomplished artist, illustrator and genius puppetmaker (he does all of the posters for Bright Night) Pizza Pie-er had a crazy idea to create a series of sideshow freak vegetables as an ad campaign. Naturally, Erminio was the right guy for the job...

I'm not sure if it's working (do you really want to eat Freakish vegetables?) but I love the idea, I love the concept, I love the execution, and I absolutely love that they hired my friend and local artists in general re (a few years ago, they hired another friend of mine as a local mascot/street performer who would hand out stuff to college students and entertain at local events as a representative of Pizza Pie-er.)

Have to say-- that's good community thinking!

And their pizza is good-- not sure if it's freakishly good, but it's well worth eating.

Here's two more edible freaks for your viewing pleasure:

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Just One Word For You... Plastics

Interesting stuff from that liberal arts university up on College Hill.... Apparently they have some pretty good engineers, too!

Brown Engineers Build a Better Battery- With Plastic

It's thin, light, flexible-- and plastic. Brown University engineers Hyun-Kon Song and Tayhas Palmore have created a prototype polymer-based battery that packs more power than a standard alkaline battery and more storage capacity than a double-layered capacitor. Their work, published in Advanced Materials, will be of interest to the energy, defense and aerospace industries, which are looking at more efficient ways to deliver electricity.