Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Here’s a piece that another artist is working on that could also help inspire change in the U.S. government. He’s trying to raise money to send every U.S. Senator a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “The Zax.” They clearly should have paid more attention to stories about compromise like this in kindergarten. Indiegogo.com/TheZaxProject.
11 months ago
This should be the official flag of summer. It will remind the old people of imagination and curiosity.
12 months ago
You’re looking at the Inside Measurement tool by BMI, an ingenious tape measure for measuring inside windows, doors, and small spaces. The reading on the dial shows you the measurement from the back of the tape measure to the hook, so you don’t have to do that awkward bent tape measure technique, which I can never seem to do accurately.
Joey showed me his, its like his carpenter’s family heirloom from sixty years ago, and after several googlings, I’ve finally found the original with its square design. Success.
I’m afraid that I might find a reason to need this sometime, so just posting for future reference.
12 months ago
UPDATE: This is probably a bit too specific of a product. So I’ve abandoned the idea of making it for iPhones exclusively, which (I know!) was nuts. I have redesigned Stereo Slide entirely to work with any camera that can be mounted onto a tripod. Naturally, I am interested in using my phone, so I will probably buy a Glif.
Stereo Slide is a tool that stabilizes your iPhone for shooting stereoscopic photographs in portrait orientation. It can be mounted onto a tripod or held in place on a flat surface. After taking the left photo, you just slide the phone over to take the right. This helps ensure that the only camera movement is along the horizontal plane. It is a primitive system but fun to carry around in your pocket for those good times.
I laser-cut the first Stereo Slide prototype using black acrylic. I intend to have a small batch manufactured out of medium-density fiberboard with white melamine laminate on both sides if enough people express interest. So if you are interested, please let me know. The more I make the cheaper they’ll be.
I use and recommend 3D Camera to make the “3D” photos. It’s a no-nonsense app. The “wigglegram” of my mom’s kitchen, for example, was made using my iPhone 4 and the Stereo Slide. Check out the video tour, which also explains stereoscopy succinctly. The 3D Camera FAQ as well:
Each eye sees the world from a slightly different perspective, and the human brain uses this difference to perceive distance. 3D images use various techniques to mimic the delivery of two different views from slightly different angles, and the brain does the rest.
The small holes on the Stereo Slide are for the little bolts (included but not shown) that attach the camera piece to the base piece. It is modular, of course.
Original concept and design. All rights reserved. Pending patent pending. Copyright Forever Derek A. Brown.
1 year ago