February 19, 2017
Color Shifting Hair
bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Cable Clip
Not just any cable clip, mind you: the Beluga brand iteration pictured herein.
What's to like:
• they work
• they stay put
• a buck each isn't bad
• like in the Rolling Stones song they come in colors
• they're relatively small, unobtrusive and low-profile
• when you remove them, half the thickness of the surface they were adherent to doesn't come off
White, black, or assorted colors: Eight for $7.99 (cables, cords, and wires — and the devices they connect to — not included).
Hey, wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?
February 18, 2017
Homer's Iliad — Map of Where the Characters Come From
This is a Wikimedia map showing where all of the characters originated in Homer's epic poem "The Iliad."
I know Greece is small by today's standards, but it was surprising to me how geographically widespread the hometowns of the characters were.
"The Iliad" is set sometime in the 11th or 12th century BCE, about 400 years before Homer lived.
I wonder if that level of mobility was accurate for the time or if Homer simply populated his poem with folks from all over Greece as a way of making listeners from many areas feel connected to the story.
Update: I've gotten lots of feedback saying that not every character is represented in this map (particularly women) and that some of the locations and hometowns are incorrect.
Wikimedia might need to take a second look at it.
Long story short: this projector lets you trace any smartphone photo.
[via The Verge]
$75 (smartphone not included).
February 17, 2017
Inconstant Moon: The Moon at Perigee and Apogee
Got Air Pollution? Face Masks Are The New Black
You can too!
Apply within (limited-edition: you snooze, you inhale, you die. Fair warning).
February 16, 2017
7 More Dwarfs — Benjamin Schwartz
Beauty Lift High Nose Extra
From the website:
One of our all-time hit products is back in an enhanced model.
The Beauty Lift High Nose Extra allows you to shape and improve the look of your nose without the need for expensive or painful surgery.
Just wear this gadget over your nose for around three minutes a day.
The gentle vibrations from the inside and outside will help to raise your nose and adjust the way you look.
Now larger and improved, the Beauty Lift High Nose Extra is the easy answer to your facial worries and can be worn while you watch TV, read, or go about your life at home.
Features and Details:
• Recommended use time: three minutes per day
• CR2032 battery
• Made in Japan
• 2" x 2.6" x 3"
• ABS plastic
February 15, 2017
200 countries x 200 years — in 4 minutes
Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development.
Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before — using augmented reality animation.
In this spectacular section of "The Joy of Stats" he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers — in just four minutes.
Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
Rosling died last week at the age of 68.
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: smaller than a bread box.
Another: suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
A third: moving parts.
February 14, 2017
12 Rules for a New Academy — Ad Reinhardt (1953)
Back story here.
From the website:
Growing Jewelry goes back to the root of all art by drawing nature towards man.
It represents a clash of couture and organism, combining silver with dried moss hand picked on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
February 13, 2017
The Met's now giving it away (free, the way we like it)
Long story short:
They've made 375,000 high-resolution images — including those of some of the greatest works on the planet — available to anyone who wants to use them in any way, shape or form, no permission needed.
There goes the day.
Moving Rorschach Inkblot Mug
From the website:
Inspired by illustrations published by Swiss psychoanalyst Herman Rorschach in 1921, these heat-sensitive mugs reference the young doctor's fascination with unveiling the unconscious by way of random inkblots.
3.75"H x 3"Ø x 4.75"W
$24.95 (interpretation and psychiatric diagnosis not included).
February 12, 2017
Jupiter From Below
Psychiatrists in the Jovian moon system won't have to bother with Rorschach ink blots: instead, they'll just tell their patients to look out the window.