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Napkin Look and Feel

From the “Napkin Look and Feel”:http://napkinlaf.sourceforge.net site:

bq. The Napkin Look & Feel is a pluggable Java look and feel that looks like it was scrawled on a napkin. You can use it to make provisional work actually look provisonal, or just for fun.

bq. The idea is to try to develop a look and feel that can be used in Java applications that looks informal and provisional, yet be fully functional for development. Often when people see a GUI mock-up, or a complete GUI without full functionality, they assume that the code behind it is working. While this can be used to sleazy advantage, it can also convince people who ought to know better (like your managers) that you are already done when you have just barely begun, or when only parts are complete.

Brilliant idea.

Vehicle to autonomous biped robot conversion for the Mini Cooper r50.

An engineer near Oxford has built a Transformer (as in the childrens’ cartoons from the 80’s) from a BMW mini. “This demo”:http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/internal/v2i/engin/videos/stop_test.htm is amazing. “Read more”:http://www.r50rd.co.uk.

From “Fast Company Now”:http://blog.fastcompany.com/archives/2004/04/30/guerrilla_transformer.html