July 12, 2005
Nail Fashion Printer — World's most advanced nail technology
This machine quickly prints vivid colors and designs with photographic clarity onto natural or artificial nails.
Does your salon have one?
If not — you're over.
Just a few
in this post.
'What Sound Does a Color Make?'
Curated by Kathleen Forde, it showcases the work of 13 artists and artist teams.
The show stemmed from the observation that computers can simultaneously translate electronic energy patterns into aural and visual patterns.
It's not the same on your computer screen: better to take an afternoon off for mental health purposes and have a look.
Don't worry: sad as it may seem to you, no one will know you were gone.
Digital Wind Bell
It creates sound by wind pressure.
"There are three kinds of sound: 'Fuurin' (wind bell); 'Kawa to Kaze' (stream and bird); and 'Suikinkutsu'."
¥2480 ($22 U.S.) here.
Deep Sea Creature Hunts With Red Light
The current issue of Science magazine contains a report of the discovery of the first deep–ocean invertebrate — a relative of the jellyfish — to use red fluorescent light emissions to lure prey.
The creatures were found at depths between 5,200 feet and 7,500 feet by scientists using a remote–controlled research vehicle off the coast of California.
Watch a movie of the red–emitting hunter in action here.
Here's the abstract of the report.
- Bioluminescent and Red-Fluorescent Lures in a Deep-Sea Siphonophore
Bioluminescence (light production) and fluorescence (re-emission of absorbed radiation as light) are found in an unaccountably diverse array of marine organisms, where their functions are largely unknown.
Here we report a deep-sea siphonophore that twitches glowing lures to attract fish.
This is rare evidence of bioluminescence used for prey attraction among nonvisual marine organisms.
The lures also contain red fluorescent material that shifts the wavelength of emitted light.
The existence of a red-luminescent invertebrate suggests that long-wavelength light plays a greater role in marine interactions than previously suspected.
BehindTheMedspeak: Snowflake, Arizona endangered — 'We might have to evacuate'
Snowflake, Arizona is a town 150 miles northeast of Phoenix.
In 1988 it became a home for those suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities (M.C.S).
Since that time about two dozen people with M.C.S. have settled there.
Each has built a house without the plastics and adhesives which are the mainstays of modern building.
Now a relatively huge and expensive house there is on the market and the people with M.C.S. are fearful that it will be sold to an individual or family who don't care about the neighbors' problems.
Using chemicals on the house's lawn or installing a blacktop driveway could cause some people to be evacuated, said Susan Molloy to New York Times reporter Fred A. Bernstein, who wrote about the fragile community in this past Sunday's paper.
Here's a link to the story; a slide show narrated by Bernstein and accessible in the sidebar (under Multimedia) is especially interesting.
M.C.S. is one of the most controversial areas in medicine, right up there with chronic fatigue syndrome in a group of ailments many doctors don't believe exist except in the minds of their sufferers.
But then, who among us can claim with any certainty that the world as we know it exists anywhere but in our own mind?
Julianne Moore starred in "Safe," a gripping 1995 film about a woman with M.C.S. and the devastation it wreaks in everyone it touches.
The Chemical Injury Information Network website can guide you if you seek more information.
'She sang the best she ever sang'
The reviewer noted that there were cameras and recording devices set up around the John Ford Theatre where it took place, suggesting that a DVD may indeed happen.
Where do I preorder?
A joehead sent me this link Sunday.
I haven't a clue what it means or what it does but it sure looks cool (above and below).
I mean, it says, "OSXplanet is a live desktop program based on xplanet. It was written in Objective–C and Cocoa."
I can barely write my name, much less cope with "Objective–C and Cocoa." But I digress.
All those out there smarter than me — by the way, that's the default setting for bookofjoe readers, in case you were wondering whether or not you made the cut — I'm sure can figure it out and enjoy it.
Sure looks cool, though.
There are so many things I see that I would like to have and know more about but somehow never seem to be able to get my arms around....