April 12, 2011
Jimi Hendrix portrait made from 5,000 guitar picks
From Recycleart: "UK mosaic artist Ed Chapman created a unique Jimi Hendrix mosaic out of 5,000 variously colored Fender guitar plectrums. It was auctioned on February 24, 2011, selling for £23,000 at Cancer Research UK's Sound & Vision event at Abbey Road Studios."
Bedford Avenue Bike Rack
"Custom made to fit your bike frame; birch ply and veneer; custom colors and veneers available."
Price on request: email@example.com
"Break up the New York Times!"
Not the company but, rather, the daily paper.
Interesting question raised by Ads of the World: should the Times sell sections à la carte as opposed to the whole piñata?
And what about online?
Would people be more apt to subscribe to Times Sports or Times Dining than the entire virtual Grey Lady?
Might just be the paper's saving grace.
Illuminated Remote Control Moon
From the website:
Authentically detailed Remote Control Moon hangs on your wall and shines with moonlight just like the real moon.
12 different phase settings let you match what the moon looks like on any given night.
Requires 4 AA batteries/2 AAA batteries for included remote (batteries not included).
10"Ø x 2.5"D.
Note added 10:51 p.m. same day: reader Mike Harney just commented that this item is a renamed "Moon in My Room" by Uncle Milton Toys, "it sells for $17–$20 in most stores."
True: $18.75 here.
Beer Apps — Great taste (less filling)
[via Bob Tedeschi and the New York Times]
Totobobo anti-pollution mask
[Caption for photo above: "These filters show the buildup of particulates in the mask's filters after a bike ride through the various cities."]
This is a new respirator design which has advantages for mass distribution, emergency preparedness, and multi-ethnic populations. I've been using/testing it for 5 or 6 years in the Unorganized Borough in Alaska.
The respirator can be cut with scissors to fit faces properly. Because it is clear, fit is easily ascertained. A clear respirator may mean they are more acceptable culturally (the face is not hidden).
The filters are replaceable. They allow a lot of air to pass through, so can be useful in bike riding and outdoor work. They also allow moisture to pass through; I haven't found the exhaled moisture to be a problem except in subzero temperatures (quite a bit of condensation then).
Instead of stocking respirators of every size, only one size needs to be stored for emergency use. One doesn't need to check sizes before distributing the respirators. Respirators can be cleaned and re-used by the individual (replace filters). I have seen them be used for pandemics, volcanoes, dust, woodworking, and cycling, and I am hoping to continue testing them in Alaska where we have faces from many different populations.
"How firms should fight rumors: Denial is useless. Spread happy truths instead."
That's the gist of an article that appeared in the February 12, 2011 issue of The Economist.
More: "If you Google the phrase 'Middle East rumours,' the first link that pops up is not, as you might expect, a website propagating conspiracy theories. It is Coca-Cola's website. For several years now the company has struggled to rebut ridiculous rumours about its products.
"For example, some people believe that if you read Coke's Arabic logo backwards, it says: 'No Muhammad, No Mecca.' Others insist that the company is owned by Jews, or that it bankrolls Israel. These rumours are one reason why Coke does worse than Pepsi in Arab countries. Yet they are all false, as Coke's website explains in painstaking detail.
"Such rebuttals are unwise, argue Derek Rucker and David Dubois, of the Kellogg School of Management, and Zakary Tormala, of Stanford business school, three psychologists. By restating the rumours, Coke helps to propagate them. Its web page is a magnet for search engines. And people who read rebuttals tend to forget the denial and remember only the rumour, says Mr Rucker.
"As information is passed around, important qualifiers are lost. A rumour may start as 'I'm not sure if this is true, but I heard that…' Then it evolves into: 'I heard that…' Finally it becomes: 'Did you know that…?' Even when no one intends to spread falsehoods, they spread.
"Instead of denying false rumours, a company should put out a stream of positive messages about itself, reckon Mr Rucker and Mr Dubois. This deprives myths of oxygen and also nudges people to doubt nasty things they may hear about the company in question."
"Great for people with disabilities."
Easily holds heavy books.
"Lightweight (under three pounds),
strong (holds up to 22 pounds)."
[via Leah O]