August 1, 2014
Wash Day in New York City, 1930s
Emergency Bow Tie in a Can
Snap it on and you're money.
Cat Feeder with Facial Recognition
What took so long?
From Scientific American:
Facial recognition systems match a face, for example, at an airport or border crossing, with a photo and identity on file. Now Taiwan inventor Mu-Chi Sung thinks that this stealthy technology could also be used with other potentially uncooperative individuals — his cats.
Sung adapted facial recognition so it could be part of his Bistro smart cat feeder. Bistro features food and water dishes inside a clear plastic enclosure big enough for a cat to slip its head in. Sensors measure how much the cat consumes. Bistro's target is multi-cat households, so a camera studies the cat's face to determine which feline is feeding. Owners can thus know whether a fat cat is pigging out while less aggressive housemates go hungry.
Sung created an Indiegogo campaign, hoping to make them available starting next March.
$179 (cat[s] not included).
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: smaller than a bread box.
Another: contains no wood.
A third: made in Germany.
The Writing of Stones (61)
July 31, 2014
From Beautiful Life:
"Nickish Sano Walder Architects sought to preserve elements of this Graubünden, Switzerland holiday home."
"From a distance Refugi Lieptgas looks like a traditional wooden hut. Taking a closer look, you will actually find that this cabin is made of concrete. The old barn that stood here previously characterises the appearance of the new building."
"By using the logs of the block construction as a formwork for the concrete a fossilized version of the old barn has been created. An unusual holiday home for two people – both romantic and modern."
Tip-Top Tape Tip
Bet you can't say it four times in a row fast.
From the website:
Slide this neodymium magnetic tip onto your 1"-wide steel tape measure and it hangs on to steel surfaces by itself (attention electricians, plumbers & sheet metal workers) plus it has double top tabs so it will hook onto things above it, plus plus (here's the best part) it turns your tape into the longest pick-up tool on the planet.
Two for $3.95.
A note to our readers (from The New Yorker)
"Beginning this week, absolutely everything new that we publish — the work in the print magazine and the work published online only — will be unlocked. All of it, for everyone. Call it a summer-long free-for-all. Non-subscribers will get a chance to explore The New Yorker fully and freely, just as subscribers always have. Then, in the fall, we move to a second phase, implementing an easier-to-use, logical, metered paywall. Subscribers will continue to have access to everything; non-subscribers will be able to read a limited number of pieces — and then it's up to them to subscribe. You’ve likely seen this system elsewhere — at the Times, for instance — and we will do all we can to make it work seamlessly."
"Beginning this week, every story we've published since 2007 will be available on newyorker.com, in the same easy-to-read format as the new work we're publishing. Over the summer, we'll also provide a sampling of many of the older pieces that our readers keep asking for — including short stories by Alice Munro and Junot Díaz, Janet Flanner on Isadora Duncan, Calvin Trillin on the crime reporter Edna Buchanan, and Mark Singer on the magician Ricky Jay. We've also asked our writers to recommend favorite stories from the past, and those selections will be featured on the site and on social media throughout the summer."
It's not gonna get a whole lot better than that.
[via Richard Kashdan]
THE NEIGHBORS HAVE BETTER STUFF
Ultra low tech home security system.
30" x 18".
The Writing of Stones (60)
July 30, 2014
"Worst name for an Apple Store employee"
So said 9GAG.
If you ask me, it's the best.
Retractable Gear Tether
Reviewed by Charles Kinnear in Cool Tools as follows.
I use the T-Reign Gear Tether to keep my stuff within reach and ready for use. I received a gear tether as a gift and quickly had to order a couple more for other uses. I keep one for my EMT shears clipped to a D ring in a cargo pocket. The shears are ready for immediate use and if they're dropped they retract right back to where I can find them again without looking. I have another for my GPS and a third with a case for my digital camera.
Made in the USA, they have a strong Kevlar cord which after a year of continuous use is not fraying or showing signs of wear.
My sons are in the army and both use these to keep critical tools and gear secure and available when on duty.
Interview with Stacey D'Erasmo, author of "Wonderland"
From Kirkus Reviews: Her fourth novel "captures the experience of an aging rock goddess so well, you'd swear she's been on tour before."
You can read excerpts from the book free here.
Cat Exercise Wheel
"I said be careful, my cat isn't really a hamster...."
[via No Puedo Creer]