May 19, 2009
Best. Wetsuit. Ever.
Diddo Velema's new collection includes four designs: "A rusted iron diving suit evoking the days of Jules Verne, the anatomic musculature suit [above and below] as a homage to our inner strength, a wet suit which gives the illusion that the wearer has been attacked by a group of hungry sharks, and finally a whale shark patterned suit that celebrates the brilliance and originality of our natural water world."
Limited-Edition Captain Kirk Chair
From the website:
Authentic James T. Kirk Captain's Chair
This is a meticulously detailed, full-scale replica of James Tiberius Kirk's captain's chair from the original Star Trek television series.
The chair is constructed from the design conceived by Matt Jefferies, the set director and art designer from 1966 to 1969 — only 1,701 are being produced.
A press of the yellow alert button (located at the front of the right armrest) produces one of nine original sound samples from the series, including the entirety of the famous prologue: "Space... the final frontier..." spoken by William Shatner.
Other samples include "Kirk to Engineering... Mr. Scott, report!," "Position report Spock?" and more.
Seven sound effects are produced by activating the red alert button, including the classic intercom hail, phaser and photon torpedo sounds — even the ambient background bridge noises.
The chair includes various toggle switches, knobs, and buttons from the series that invoked the jettison of pods and activated the main viewscreen.
All sounds are produced from a single speaker built into the left armrest.
The chair's platform is made of wood surrounding a steel frame.
The back and seat are made from leather, braced on either side by two oak arm rests; the chair swivels 360°.
41"H x 42"W x 39"D.
Plugs into AC.
$2,900 (Enterprise not included).
Meet Laura Mercier
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20) from 3:30–5:30 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. at Bloomingdale's 59th Street on 1 in New York City.
What is it?
theauteurs — Martin Scorcese's new 'virtual cinematheque'
Many will be free, the way we like it.
Back story here.
Cliff Hanger Mug
"Seat of the pants workout
for the domestic thrill seeker.
Feel the burn!"
[via Neil, Dane and Joe over at The Play Coalition]
Country Music Association Retirement Home
Wrote Rhymer Rigby in a May 15, 2009 Financial Times story, "In the U.S., plans for a highly targeted retirement community are under way. The Country Music Association has announced that it will break ground for a $95 million (£63m) senior living facility for musicians near Nashville, Tennessee. Along with living quarters, it will boast recording studios and performance spaces; there will also be a fund to help those of limited means."
"According to country star Martina McBride, who sits on the project's board: 'Residents will have other people from the industry to talk with and share memories. This is not just some kind of assisted living facility.' Rather, she says, they will still be connected to Music Row, the heart of country music in Nashville."
To be called The Crescendo at Westhaven, it will be open to all seniors, not merely retired musicians, but "... the facility will court country music-industry veterans since its inception came from the local industry's desire 'to take care of its own,'" wrote Lisa L. Rollins in a November 18, 2008 story.
Jawbone PRIME: Poster child for Einstein's epigram, 'Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler'*
Mine arrived last week, my second Jawbone Bluetooth wireless earpiece to date.
I have the original (below)
but skipped Version 2.0 (below)
after reading a number of reviews comparing it quite unfavorably to the original.
What's good about the new one (top):
1. It syncs up to your phone the first time, without a lot of failed attempts and frustration that oftimes accompany Bluetooth device pairing
2. It's got a supercool MagSafe-like charger connector
3. It's very small, light and comfortable
4. The sound is very good
5. It stays put in your ear
6. It's sharp looking
So it's a no-brainer, right, joe?
What's wrong with the device?
1. The on/off switch is so hypersensitive and hard to avoid touching that when I put the device into my ear and move it into position for the NoiseAssassin feature to work properly, about half the time I disconnect the call
2. It's so small and light and comfortable that should it fall out of your ear when you're not talking, you'll never notice until it's too late
I think you're better off with the original at $58.95 than the new new thing (below)
at $129.99 unless you can accept the drawbacks noted above.
* The epigram itself is a compressed paraphrase of the following sentence from Einstein's June 10, 1933 Herbert Spencer Lecture delivered at Oxford University: "It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience."