Gel Conference 2003

Mark Hurst of has set up a sweet one-day conference called Good Experience Live (gel, for short) that’s taking place at the New York Historical Society on May 2, 2003.

Having been thinking, lately, that most of us concerned with Design for Experiencing are too focused on “computer stuff,” this seems like a great opportunity to begin a dialog with some interesting people in other domains, while still getting a healthy dose of the good stuff from some interesting people in our area of expertise.

If you attend, tell Mark I said hi!

Longest. Wheelie. Ever.

I forgot to mention that on the same day I was profiled, I saw this guy ride the longest wheelie ever! I remember when all it took to be famous was the ability to ride a wheelie for a block. Man, those were the days.

EPA Green Vehicle Guide

For those of you who have to own a car, you might want to look at the EPA Green Vehicle Guide before your next purchase.

It rates the environmental performance of vehicles in use (so it doesn’t consider factors such as recyclability of the vehicle) on a scale from 0—10 (in other words, from “suck my carcinogenic fumes, you hippy” to “not pollutant free, but close”).

The top two vehicles this year are both hybrids — the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. The next two top rated are natural gas vehicles — both Honda Civics. Vehicles rated the worst are almost exclusively pickup trucks, SUV’s and those big passenger/cargo vans.

An unexpected find near the top of the list was the Honda Element (which is arguably an SUV). It received a respectable, best in class rating of 8. Just goes to show that you don’t have to disrespect the environment to be sporty and utility-y.