The next nuke

Roll-your-own roadsigns!

Check out this fun little java app — SignMaker! You pick the size of the size, the number of lanes, and any other elements you want … then it generates it against a lovely blue sky. The app was written by the husband-wife team at Kurumi.com, who refer to themselves as “roadgeeks”. I’m coming insanely late to this one; apparently, SignMaker won a Yahoo “Pick of the Week” award in 1998. But hey — better late than never.

While you’re trying it out, go look at this sign — illustrating 86 East and 291 West, two interstates that were once planned but never built.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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