October 30, 2010
Notice anything different about the past two days' boj?
Not really, joe.
I mean, who really pays attention?
We're doing other stuff, on the phone, pretending to work, pretending to care, while we're on your site.
So stop with the annoying questions, already.
I was just wondering.
[Shoutout to MG who yesterday at 3:16 p.m. emailed "Good job on the music videos following each post."]
Shredding and its discontents
"Shredders are rated according to international standards of shred size: Levels 1 and 2 produce strips that are no bigger than one-half and one-quarter inches wide, respectively, and can be pieced back together by dedicated hands. Level 3 cross-cut shredders produce pieces roughly 3 inches long by 3/16 of an inch wide and offer a certain amount of security, while Level 4 and 5 machines, used by corporations and governments for sensitive documents, produce even smaller pieces."
"In the last decade, the United States National Security Agency came out with a new national standard: Level 6, at which paper is cut into pieces that are no bigger than 1/32 by 1/32 of an inch. Level 4 and 5 machines, used by corporations and governments for sensitive documents, produce even smaller pieces."
Lots more where the video up top came from here.
Questions to ask before buying a shredder here.
Which shredder is right for you?
[via David Colman and the New York Times]
Car Crazy in the U.S.S.R.
Soviet cars weren't the most comfortable automobiles in the world, but the brands were fancy — Volga, Moskvitch, Zaporozhets.
Volgas were built to last in the harsh climate and rough roads of the Soviet Union, with high ground clearance (what gives it a specific 'high' look, contrary to 'low-long-sleek' look of Western cars of resembling design), rugged suspension, strong and forgiving engine, and rustproofing on a scale unheard of in the 1950s.
ZAZ-968 Zaporozhets was produced from 1972 to 1980. It was the cheapest Soviet car and so the most affordable to common people. At the same time, it was rather sturdy and well suited to Soviet roads.
You don't know how lucky you are,
[via a reader who knows the difference between a Moskvitch and a muskrat]
Crystal Ball Carafe
"Colored round crystal ball doubles as a top and a tactile magic ball."
"Place on top of the carafe as a seal or let it nest at the bottom of the vase [bottom photo].
Amethyst, Black, or Clear ball.
50 fl. oz. capacity.
"Look over yonder,
what do you see?"
DNAtex — Forensic textile analysis to thwart counterfeiting
Leslie Meredith's October 26, 2010 MSNBC.com story follows.
Textile 'DNA' thwarts designer counterfeiting
Glued-on labels and misspelled brand names were once dead giveaways to exposing counterfeit designer goods, but high-end counterfeiters have become far more sophisticated. Today, it can be far more difficult to distinguish designer products from their counterfeit cousins using visual inspection alone.
German textile manufacturer Schoeller Technologies Schoeller Technologies has invented a new technology to help keep counterfeit goods off the street. A secret chemical is used to create a unique DNA-like signature called DNAtex that can be instantly verified using a handheld scanner.
"We can now give a product a unique ID. Based on this unique feature, the product can later be clearly identified," Hans Kohn, chief operating officer at Schoeller Technologies, said.
"DNAtex was originally developed to protect the company’s own technologies," but "then we realized that we might be looking at a small sensation," Kohn said.
He added that consumers and companies should worry about the authenticity of their materials and products for safety — and not only fashion — reasons.
"When, for example, a fireman or a motorcyclist is not wearing the safe, original technology, but rather a non-functioning copy, the results may be fatal," Kohn said.
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While unwittingly buying fake designer goods may not be life-threatening in most cases, it is a waste of money and can undermine the reputation of the designer, Schoeller said. Damage resulting from copies and fake products worldwide is estimated to be between $280 million and $420 billion, he added.
Designers are getting serious about battling counterfeiters. Last summer, Christian Louboutin, the designer renowned for its red-soled shoes, began conducting raids in Chinese factories and warehouses around the world, resulting in the destruction of thousands of pairs of fake Louboutin shoes.
In August, 20,000 pairs of True Religion jeans were seized after arriving at the Port of Long Beach from China. The True Religion label on each pair of jeans was covered with another label that read, "Tough–Made in the USA" in an attempt to fool the agents, U.S. Customs officials reported. The jeans’ street value was estimated at $1.5 million.
Last week, Burlington Coat Factory agreed to pay the Italian design house of Fendi $10 million for selling counterfeit Fendi bags at its retail locations.
Even China, the counterfeit capital of the world, has announced the government will "launch a special campaign to fight intellectual property rights infringement and the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods" in an attempt to improve its image abroad.
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DNAtex is the first chemical tool available to manufacturers to protect their products. How this identification is made, when and how it is integrated into a product and who is interested in DNAtex is confidential, a Schoeller spokesperson told TechNewsDaily.
"DNAtex is fake-proof and it is intended to be kept so," Kohn said.
The detection of a fake jacket, pair of jeans, shoe or bag using DNAtex is made possible through a small electronic scanner.
"You scan the identified product with the detector. It looks for this unique ID and emits clear signals: a green light for real or red light for fake," Kohn said. Checks of this kind can be carried out at customs, for example, so that counterfeit goods can’t get into circulation.
DNAtex has no effect on color, look, feel, breathability or functionality of a product, the company says. It can be applied at all stages of production, from adding to chemicals during the manufacture of textiles to applying to a finished product.
The company reports its DNAtex is currently being used by manufacturers, but would not reveal their identities, citing its obligation to protect its brand partners.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Nail-it Bottle Opener
Sure, you could make one yourself — but you won't.
And designer Brendan Ravenhill did.
A piece of walnut and a bent nail tricked out with "... two flush magnets, one to catch the bottle cap and the other to secure the opener to the fridge or other metal surface."
[via Florence Fabricant and the New York Times]
FunFact: the first line of Britney Spears' "Soda Pop" is "Like the great poets Homer, Agamemnon, or even Zeus."
You could look it up.
Norman Rockwell, Photorealist
From PDN Photo of the Day:
"Norman Rockwell’s rosy illustrations of small town American life looked so photographic because his method was to copy photographs that he conceived and meticulously directed,
working with various photographers and using friends and neighbors as his models.
'The Runaway' (1958) [top] is one example from the recently published book Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera (Little, Brown and Company, 2009).
More about Rockwell’s photo realism, including an image gallery, is currently on NPR's web site."
[via Joe Peach]
"A long, long time ago."
"Bye, bye Miss American Pie."
Felt your own bowl
No sham she/he (is yogahz a woman's or a man's name?),
that's for sure.