Triffid chic: Indonesian bikers wear potted plants as helmets

To call attention to the environmental toll of fossil fuel consumption, a group of motorbikers/performance artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia strapped weighty shrubbery to their heads and tooled around town. This is a smashing look for the incognito Hell's Angel looking to masquerade as office foliage. Explains the … » 12/06/11 7:35am 12/06/11 7:35am

In Indonesia, lying on train tracks is a folk remedy

In Indonesia, ill people are searching for a New Age cure that transcends crystals and healing magnets — they're cozying up to train tracks, soaking in its curative aura. Thankfully, this therapy doesn't require the practitioner to get hit by a train. Rather, one lies on the railroad tracks and absorbs the rails'… » 8/08/11 2:25pm 8/08/11 2:25pm

Funky Indonesian Supergirl film is also a rip-off of Spider-Woman

Soraya Intercine's TV program Supergirl not only cribs a name from DC's lady Kryptonian — this Indonesian show also takes some serious fashion cues from Marvel's Spider-Woman. Frankly, I love these bootleg heroes. She can start a superteam with the Indian Incredible Hulk, the Bangladeshi Hulk, and every Turkish… » 2/13/11 4:10pm 2/13/11 4:10pm

Earthquake in Progress: Your Laptop Can Save You!

The Quake Catcher Network is the latest effort in distributed computing that aims to turn your computer into a node in a vast, distributed earthquake detection network. Developed by University of California seismologists and computer scientists, Quake Catcher uses accelerometers already built into many laptops to… » 4/04/08 9:33am 4/04/08 9:33am

Jakarta's Coastline Is Becoming A Sailor-Themed Space Station

If you're going to live by the sea, you should live like a high-rolling sailor with a penchant for fancy futuristic architecture. That's the idea behind the aerodynamically-shaped hotel, 10 apartment towers, and 2.4-hectare "Aqua Park" that will comprise Regatta, the new lux complex on the Java Sea coast in Jakarta,… » 2/14/08 4:00pm 2/14/08 4:00pm