September 21, 2014
World's highest capacity memory card
512 GB, how's that work for you?
A terabyte's just around the corner.
[via The Awesomer]
September 20, 2014
"Macbeth" — starring Sean Connery (1961)
YouTube caption: "Directed by Paul Almond, starring Sean Connery as Macbeth, Zoe Caldwell as Lady Macbeth, William Needles as Banquo, Ted Follows as Macduff, Robin Gammell as Malcolm, Sharon Acker as Lady Macduff, Bernard Behrens as Lennox, Raymond Bellew as Donalbain, Eric Christmas as Porter, Gillie Fenwick as Angus and Rex Hagon as Fleance. Produced for television."
[via Open Culture]
"Surprise your family and friends with the funny clever replies to their math equations with our Crazy Calculator! Fool your friends, family, co-workers… even the tax man! The calculator has two modes, normal and crazy, which can easily be set back and forth. When in crazy mode, get ready for the laughs as the LCD panel reads lines like, 'R U SERIOUS' or 'YOU TELL ME!' Our Crazy Calculator uses dual power operation which is solar power with back-up battery for low-light situations. Powers off automatically after 90 seconds of inactivity. Measures 4.5 inches long x 3.5 inches wide."
"The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things" — by Bruce Sterling
2015 Stendig Calendar by Massimo Vignelli
Invariably these are sold out by the time the year depicted comes around.
From the website:
A true design classic, Massimo Vignelli first designed the Stendig Calendar in 1966, and its bold timeless design still works perfectly in any modern home or office.
Calendar consists of 12 sheets of randomly alternating black and white pages in Helvetica type printed on 60 lb. paper.
It has three matte black metal eyelets on the binding strip for easy hanging,and the perforated sheets are easily torn off.
36" x 48"
September 19, 2014
Fall Color: The Chemistry Behind the Color of Autumn Leaves
[via Compound Interest]
Time for Tea Clock
From the website:
Slipcast in decadent porcelain with accents of gold lustre.
Featuring 12 classic British cookies as porcelain numerals, Rebecca Wilson's clock is an homage to that great British tradition: Afternoon Tea.
All the great classics are there — malted milk with its little gold cows, the good old digestive (plain and chocolate), and our favorites, nice cookies.
21.7" diameter as pictured.
Size can vary with biscuit placement.
Materials: Porcelain, gold lustre, quartz clock movement, brass hands.
Raspberry Pi Smart Watch
Take that, Apple!
[via Bruce Sterling]
Department of Redundancy Department T-Shirt
September 18, 2014
Inside the magical room where the best headphones in the world are made
From Wired: "Smart people know that Sunset Park is where you get the best Chinese food in Brooklyn. Really smart people know it's also where you get great headphones — some of the best in the world [above]. The Grados have been making audiophile-grade cans in the same building since 1955. What was the family produce mart is now a factory, and through the graffitied doors [below]
is the listening room, where company president John Grado uses a special hi-fi stack to tune every headphone his company makes."
Paper Mimicry Trash Can
14-liter capacity polyethylene trash can designed to look like crumpled paper.
£35.99 (crumpled paper not included).
HMS Victory: Lord Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar
HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805."
She was also Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel, and Jervis's flagship at Cape St. Vincent. After 1824 she served as a harbor ship.
In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She is the flagship of the First Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.
Chocolate Donut Camera
I guess the bow tie is no longer operable.
Had to happen eventually, I guess.
September 17, 2014
The Pitch and Width of Airplane Seats
From Vizual Statistix:
There has been considerable debate lately about reclining airplane seats. Some feel it’s their right to recline. Others see it as outrageously rude. And then there are those who couldn’t care less. As a short person, I've never had a problem with the person in front of me reclining, but I can understand that it would be frustrating if your legs were already wedged in the space.
The leg room we’re given on a plane varies significantly by airline, seat class, and whether the flight is short haul (less than six hours) or long haul (greater than six hours). The data source provides the seat pitch (distance between your seatback and the one in front of you) and seat width (armrest to armrest) for various seat types (e.g., standard, recliner, flat bed) and plane types (e.g., Boeing 737, Airbus A320) for all reporting airlines. Currently, the source has data for 109 airlines. For instances where a range was reported, I used the average value.
I've graphed the data on six separate plots because there was considerable overlap, even after jittering the points. This allows you to see clustering by seat class. The average seat pitch and width for short-haul economy class is 31.7 inches and 17.5 inches, respectively.
Batman Candle Shadowcaster
$35 (candle not included).