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The Global Pursuit of Happiness, or: The Army of Luck

The Global Pursuit of Happiness, or: The Army of Luck

“The Global Pursuit of Happiness, or: The Army of Luck” is an impressive piece of installation art by Boris Petrovsky, Georg Nagel, and Nina Martens.

The work is based around the Maneki Neko (aka Beckoning Cat; aka Lucky Cat/Money Cat), a common Japanese figurine which is believed to bring luck, attract customers and bring prosperity.

520 of the shiny, golden, XXL Lucky Cats are arranged in 40 rows and 13 columns on a ramp-like stand made of aluminum.

The Lucky Cats form a dot-matrix display, which consists of 520 waving paw grid points as its pixels. A servo motor in each cat controls the paws, and moves them exactly in position and speed.

Words and sentences up to 40 characters long can be entered into an attached keyboard, and are displayed with the paws, letter by letter, as a sliding text marquee. The Lucky Cats are also able to perform spontaneously as well, showing 25 different salutatory and signalizing gestures, as well as mass movements like the Mexican Wave or an ecstatic hyperkinesis.

It’s something that truly must be seen to be believed:

[The Global Pursuit of Happiness, or: The Army of Luck via Laughing Squid]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Judge A Book By Its Cover?

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Can you judge a book by its cover?

I’ll be the first to admit that when looking for a new book to read, the cover ranks second only to recommended by a friend in terms of what I’ll look at first, but does this prejudice actually work? Does a good cover actually predict a good book, and vice versa? aims to find out, and presents you with an endless stream of book covers that you must rate. It then matches your rating to the Amazon user’s rating to see how close the two are. I was able to guess 7 out of 10 correctly, which means I either had a good bout of beginners luck, or there’s actually a bit of falsity behind the old saying, so give it a try and see how you do.

[Judge A Book By Its Cover]

…Drink terminology can be tough?

Bar DrinksEver go to a bar and wonder what the words “neat”, “straight up”, “on the rocks” or “with a twist” mean?

If you have, then you’re in luck, because Jeffrey Morgenthaler is here to help you sort them out. (And apparently they’re confusing for both sides of the bar, so don’t feel bad.)

The short version is as follows:

    Neat: Right out of the bottle.
    Up: Chilled, and served in a cocktail glass.
    Straight Up: Usually means “neat”, but check first.
    Twist: A thin strip of citrus peel. Default is lemon.

But for the long version with a full explanation, you’ll just have to visit the site.

[Jeffrey Morgenthaler – Up, Neat, Straight Up, or On The Rocks]

…The Fail Whale has a story to tell?

Fail Whale

How did Yiying Lu’s “Fail Whale” go from an unfortunate placeholder to an entire social media brand?

As with most things on the Internet, it was a little bit of skill mixed with a whole lot of luck, and some randomness thrown in for good measure.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Fail Whale phenomenon, or if you’d like to know a little more about the behemoth beast, then check out ReadWriteWeb’s “The Story of the Fail Whale” and see what you’ve been missing.


[ReadWriteWeb – The Story Of The Fail Whale]

[Yiying Lu]