April 27, 2011
Spike Jonze captures Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck performing
Said filmmaker Spike Jonze, "The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young dancer in LA, Lil Buck. Someone who knows Yo-Yo Ma had seen Lil Buck on YouTube and put them together. The dancing is Lil Buck’s own creation and unlike anything I've seen."
From Mixing Reality: "Lil Buck's performance is a contemporary interpretation of 'The Dying Swan' from Camille Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals,'" with live musical accompaniment by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Plastic Bag Sealer — "Better than twist ties"
From the website:
Just press to open, then release.
Reusable closures seal bags tighter than twist ties.
Helps prevent freezer burn.Great for seniors or anyone with hand and wrist problems.
Magnet on back keeps them handy on the fridge.
Package of 10: $14.99 (plastic bags not included).
I said be careful my iPad 2 is really a scanner...
Proof above and below.
I realized this morning that I could take a picture of a document with it, then email the picture instantly.
Infinitely better than being tied down to a box-style scanner connected to a computer and only then being able to send a copy of a document.
Besides which I can actually use the iPad 2 camera/iPhoto email features, unlike scanners which continue to befuddle me.
But joe, you say, it's not like you're getting a really detailed scan with your kludge.
You know what I say to that?
Tough noogies, a phrase I haven't used since junior high.
Remote Control Light
It's a sad commentary on TV technology that remotes aren't equipped with a button to illuminate all the buttons in the dark — which is, after all, where the device is most often used.
This aftermarket kludge may not be the most elegant looking thing you've seen this year but it might serve the purpose for which it's intended.
From the website:
In low-light situations, this LED light lets you easily see the buttons, so you won't push the wrong one.
Adjustable 8" gooseneck attaches to remote with Velcro.
Will not interfere with infrared beams.
Set of two: $16.99 (television not included).
United States of Gastronomy Map
Inspired by a visit to California earlier this year, London-based graphic artist and book designer Lucy Stephens created this map.
An interview with the artist on LAweeklyBlogs offers more about how the map came to be.
She remarked, "I suppose I've been quite surprised by how much people have engaged with it. I've had a few people telling me their life story through food — 'I grew up in Mashed Potatoes but now I live in Popcorn etc.' which is quite funny."
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: could easily fit inside a bread box if you chose to put it there. But you wouldn't.
Journal of Universal Rejection
"The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected."
I like it.
I have long contended that it is much better to be a reject than a project.
From Design You Trust:
was inspired by the frequent use of emails and mobile phone messages."
Find them on Facebook.
[via Richard Kashdan]