Real Antiques, 50 million year old fossils


Last night, today and tomorrow, I’m shooting video and photography at an Antiques Show downtown. I’ve shot it in some capacity for the past five years.

While shooting “B” roll last night, I happened upon a new vendor who sells 50,000,000 year old fossils. I imagine it’s shale with fossils embedded in the rock, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to the guy long. I grabbed a quick shot that I posted above. It’s not great, because I was there to shoot video last night.

I leaned to him, and I asked, “How do you feel when you hear people say the earth is only 6,000 years old, and here you are selling 50 million year old fossils?” And he said, “It gets my ire up.”

I laughed. He laughed.

We had an evolution moment.

VW’s Folding Bik.e: Because Two Spare Tires Are Better Than One


From Fast Company:

Did you know that Volkswagen’s “focus on mobility” extends beyond cars to two-wheelers? Neither did we until VW research and development chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said so at this week’s Auto China 2010 show. Hackenberg introduced the VW bik.e, a battery-powered two-wheeler that resembles a bicycle without the pedals.

According to Autobloggreen, the specs look pretty good: a 12.5 mile range (perfect for short trips around town, nothing more), a top speed of 12.5 mph, and most impressively, the bike can easily fold into a disc that fits in a car’s spare tire compartment.

VW hasn’t revealed when–or if–the concept bike will go on sale, but chances are good that it will be commercialized at some point soon. What do you think–would you ride around on such a tiny contraption? Video of the bike in action is below. Just skip past the part with the goofy undersea dancers.