December 2, 2016

Oil Interacting With Water — Fabian Oefner


From the Washington Post:



Fabian Oefner first noticed the stunning beauty of the world when he was a kid, looking up at the moon through a homemade telescope.


Since then he has used photography as a tool for examining his surroundings.

His work has ranged from devising a way to photograph sound to shooting magnetic fluids.


Oefner's most recent series, "Oil Spill," featured here, shows the results of oil interacting with water.

When Oefner noticed the beauty of a puddle of water with a thin film of gasoline, he decided to re-create the phenomenon in the controlled environment of his studio.


To execute this project, he painted a plank of wood black and poured a layer of water on top.

Then, using a syringe, he applied drops of oil, which morphed into iridescent blossoms.

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Phone Bed


Lie down with phones get up with viruses.

Well, I thought it was funny.

Though admittedly, the bar is awfully low.

Never mind.


This pricey device charges up to 10 phones at once.

Can your charger do that?

From the website:



Features and Details:

• Constructed of solid wood with velvet-lined compartments and satin linens

• Dual-sided blanket with microfiber and satin to clean device screens

• Phones charge on top of a satin-clad mattress

• Tablets tuck compactly underneath


$100 (phone[s]/tablet[s] not included)

[via TheVerge]

December 2, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 1, 2016

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: no visible mote.

A third: Swiss.

December 1, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Turbo Cat Scratcher — Gray Cat recommended (so you know it's got to be good)


I got one of these for Gray Cat a couple months ago and she loves it.


The ball that goes around and around? Meh.

But the corrugated cardboard that occasionally yields a small piece to her needle sharp claws? That makes her purr.


The device is just the right size for her to curl up and take a snooze on, which she does several times a day.


Bonus: you can buy refills for the cardboard thingie but you won't need to for a while — two months of multiple sessions a day with it and 90-95% of the original surface is still untouched (you turn the cardboard disc upside down once the top surface has been sufficiently demolished: this presents a pristine new aspect).


$14.27 (cat not included).

December 1, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 30, 2016

How to Use the Dial Telephone (1927)

From Public Domain Review:


A film by the American Telephone and Telegraph company, showing through both animation and live action how to use the rotary dial of the telephone.

A woman shows how the numbers should be dialed and the mistakes that should be avoided, such as dialing before having picked up the receiver or not finishing the series of numbers properly.

The first telephones of the 1870s were arranged in pairs, meaning that one could only call up the person with the other telephone.

With the invention of the telephone exchange, callers could be connected to other numbers and switched between lines.

The first commercial telephone exchange in the United States opened in Connecticut in 1878.

The video above shows the change to automatic switching, meaning that one could dial the number without having to go through the telephone exchange, although dialing number 8 does connect the caller to the information center where a group of women are frenetically looking through telephone directories in order to find the telephone number needed.


When I was a senior at U.C.L.A. (1969-70) I worked for the telephone company (GTE) 20 hours/week as an information operator. 

It was easy and not at all frenetic: I had a right-angle cubicle with all five Los Angeles-area directories arrayed along the two sides and a comfortable swivel chair to move easily between them.

After the first week it was boring, but not so unbearable I couldn't continue until I'd saved enough money to go to Europe once school was out.

November 30, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Penne Garlic Peeler

Garlic Peeler

5"L x 1.45"Ø.

Garlic Peeler 2


$8.73 (garlic not included).

November 30, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 29, 2016

Your social media fingerprint is now live and public for anyone to see

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From Robin Linus:


The Problem

Without your consent most major web platforms leak whether you are logged in.

This allows any website to detect on which platforms you're signed up.

Since there are lots of platforms with specific demographics, an attacker could reason about your personality, too.



For most web platforms there's a way to abuse the log-in mechanism to detect whether a user is logged in to that service.

Although this vulnerability has been well known for several years, most companies won't fix it.

The exploit is pretty simple and actually easy to fix.

November 29, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: shape-shifting.

A third: inedible.

November 29, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 28, 2016

Draughts: London's first board game café


From the website:


Draughts is London’s first board game café, a haven for game lovers.

We have a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff to help customers select from a huge library of games — 600 and counting!

We serve high-quality food and snacks, and a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders, and wines for all those late night sessions.

We also host tournaments, themed evenings, and design workshops (with professional board game designers there to teach).

Board game cafés are opening all over the world to cater to hungry gamers, yet in 2014 London was still bereft: we wanted to change that.

On 15 November 2014, after a lot of effort and a successful Kickstarter campaign, we opened our doors in a railway arch in the heart of Hackney.

Our dream with Draughts was to create a hub for all things board gaming; playing, teaching, and designing.

We want to be an active part of the community to spread the joy of board gaming to everyone.

If you want to find out more about Draughts, please read our FAQ or email us:


One of these would be so successful here in Podunkville, it's not even funny.




November 28, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Binder Cup Clip




Think outside the cup space.


How about using it as a keychain, among other things?


Or a hook for hanging things?


4.92" x 2.87" x 0.82".



November 28, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 27, 2016

Paul Klee's Notebooks — 3,900 pages now online


From Open Culture:



Paul Klee led an artistic life that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, but he kept his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the future.

Because of that, much of the Swiss-German Bauhaus-associated painter's work, which at its most distinctive defines its own category of abstraction, still exudes a vitality today.

He left behind not just 9,000 pieces of art (not counting the hand puppets he made for his son), but plenty of writings as well, the best known of which came out in English as "Paul Klee Notebooks,"


two volumes ("The Thinking Eye" and "The Nature of Nature") collecting the artist’s essays on modern art and the lectures he gave at the Bauhaus schools in the 1920s.

"These works are considered so important for understanding modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo’s 'A Treatise on Painting' had for the Renaissance," says Monoskop.

Their description also quotes critic Herbert Read, who described the books as "the most complete presentation of the principles of design ever made by a modern artist — it constitutes the Principia Aesthetica of a new era of art, in which Klee occupies a position comparable to Newton’s in the realm of physics."


More recently, the Zentrum Paul Klee made available online almost all 3,900 pages of Klee's personal notebooks, which he used as the source for his Bauhaus teaching between 1921 and 1931.

If you can't read German, his extensively detailed textual theorizing on the mechanics of art (especially the use of color, with which he struggled before returning from a 1914 trip to Tunisia declaring, "Color and I are one. I am a painter") may not immediately resonate with you.

But his copious illustrations of all these observations and principles, in their vividness, clarity, and reflection of a truly active mind, can still captivate anybody — just as his paintings do.


[via Monoskop]

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Royal Car Window Treatment


Everything but the wave.


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November 26, 2016

Time Machine: What Paris sounded like in 1739

[via Smithsonian, MentalFloss, and Open Culture]

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Traffic Cone Salt & Pepper Shakers






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November 25, 2016

Dorodango (Mud dumpling)


From Wikipedia: "(泥だんご, lit. 'Mud dumpling') is a Japanese art form in which earth and water are molded to create a delicate shiny sphere, resembling a billiard ball.


From a website: "One can feel serenity, surprise and a great joy in the fact that one can make from her or his bare hands such a desirable and pure object from just mud."


You can too!

November 25, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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