July 29, 2008
Performer — You're a star
Watch the video.
"Performer is an interactive installation in which a virtual audio audience applauds viewers lit by a spotlight. The installation uses a real-time audio audience simulation and movement sensors to produce an illusion which reverses the traditional relationship between viewer and subject. Viewers actually feel as if they are being observed by a real 100-member audience."
Perfect for aspiring "American Idol" contestants" — see what it feels like when "the crowd goes wild!"
Ice Cream Cone Soap
Could've fooled me.
"'Jump the shark' is for people over the age of 60" — Jason Nicholl, grand panjandrum of nukedthefridge.com
You could look it up, just as it appeared in yesterday's New York Times article by Noam Cohen.
Jason Nicholl, a 37-year-old high school teacher who started nukedthefridge.com after the new "Indiana Jones" movie was released, noticed that the phrase was all over a message board and thought it might well catch on.
Leaning Amphora of Baccarat
No need to adjust your set.
"The Amphora Vase, an amusing design inspired by a classic form, rests on its side, as does a flower stem. It was designed by the French interior and product designer Jean Marc Gady, and is 14.5 inches long and 7.25 inches high; $4,325 from Baccarat (800-777-0100)."
[via Marianne Rohrlich and the New York Times]
Free fMRI brain scan*
*There are a couple catches, however.
"Cephos is offering scans without charge to people who claim they were falsely accused if they meet certain criteria in an effort to get scans accepted by the courts," wrote Gary Stix in an article appearing in the August, 2008 Scientific American.
He continued, "Allowing scans as legal evidence could open a potentially huge and lucrative market. 'We may have to take many shots on goal before we actually see a courtroom,' says Cephos chief executive Steven Laken," in a metaphor that may be mixed but still passes muster with me.
According to the article Cephos claims to predict with 90% or greater certitude whether you are telling the truth.
On the other hand, wrote Stix, "A major review article last year in the American Journal of Law and Medicine by Henry T. Greely of Stanford University and Judy Iles, now of the University of British Columbia, ... found that lie detection studies conducted so far (still less than 20 in all) failed to prove that fMRI is 'effective as a lie detector in the real world at any [their italics] accuracy level.'"
Water Booster — What do you want to feel like today?
From the website:
Delo Water Boosters
Here's a fabulous innovation by Marguerite Deperrois so groundbreaking we immediately fell in love with it — a water booster.
What's a water booster, you ask?
A fabulous, 100% organic additive to the water you are drinking.
But it's no banal powder or syrup — rather, it's a smart booster cap that you simply screw onto your standard water bottle until you hear it click.
Then 50 centiliters of 100% organic herbal essence is released into the bottle below — you shake it a wee bit and voila, you are ready to enjoy.
5 different flavors are available: Energy, Sexy, Balance, De-stress and Fitness (called Minceur in French).
Each uses different ingredients to promote the desired effect.
• In Energy you'll find the usual dose of Guarana but this time combined with Acerola to boost your defenses and Ginseng for your vitality — combine it with a hint of Orange and Cinnamon and you've got an energizing taste.
• Sexy uses Ginger for stamina, Galangal to relax and incline sexual desires and Cardamom to increase your blood circulation — add Bee Balm and you have a fabulous tropical taste.
• Balance uses Peppermint to provide energy, Nettle to supply minerals, trace elements and amino acids and Ash Tree to enable good elimination of rejects and prevent water retention — combined with French Vanilla it creates a refreshing taste sensation.
• De-stress uses Walnut and Calamint to calm you down at night, Hawthorn to relieve tension and Orange Blossom to soothe your tummy and relax your body — this is combined with the coolness of Verbena for a fruity taste.
• Fitness uses Yerba Mate and Bitter Orange to burn off the flubber and Green tea to decrease the assimilation of fat and sugar while draining excess water stored in your body. And to make it all look pretty, Mango, Litchi and Kiwi reinforce the natural glow of your complexion so you'll look good while working out. The flavor is enhanced with Rosemary and Licorice for a smooth taste.
We think so too.
And because we couldn't decide which ones we wanted to get, we have put together a pack of all 5 flavors in one.
This way you can try them all to find your favorite.
Now, if you are wondering how all this goodness gets into this little cap, well, that's the magic part.
Actually it's not magical at all — the herbal essences are created through a flash process to preserve the benefits of the ingredients and are 100% organic and natural, with no chemicals.
Each booster cap mixed with a small bottle of water tastes fabulous and provides your body with the elements it needs.
One booster cap a day is all you need as the effect is immediately noticeable, and including it in your daily routine is highly recommended.
You can use any water you like as long as it is chilled — who likes lukewarm water anyway?
Oh, one last thing: the sugar content in the fruit is used to add a touch of sweetness, so each dose contains 5g of fructose (4 kcal per 100 ml).
That's it, now get your hands on those booster caps and be the first to savor the goodness.
And if you want to show off your inner Frenchy, look at the name and change the pronunciation a little bit and suddenly you are saying 'some water' in French.
Set of 5: Energy, Sexy, Balance, De-stress and Fitness.
[via James Thornburg]
Things Shouldn't Be So Hard — by Kay Ryan
A life should leave
ruts where she
went out and back
to get the mail
or move the hose
around the yard;
where she used to
stand before the sink,
a worn-out place;
beneath her hand
the china knobs
rubbed down to
the switch she
used to feel for
in the dark
Her things should
keep her marks.
of a life should show;
it should abrade.
And when life stops,
a certain space—
should be left scarred
by the grand and
be so hard.
Wearable Dog Toilet
The caption for the photo above reads, "Lampion jako vystřižený z průvodu je hlavní součást této vychytávky — lapače na psí výkaly."
Long story short: They do things differently in the Czech Republic.
Read all about it below.
- Lampion na výkaly
To na Tchaj-wanu přemýšleli, jak vyzrát na psí výkaly.
Právě ten totiž připomíná část této vychytávky, kterou pomocí popruhů pejskovi před procházkou připevníte.
A pak už nemusíte mít starost, kde vykoná svou potřebu — vše se totiž »uloží« do onoho lampionu, který stačí jen vyhodit a vyměnit za jiný.