June 19, 2011
Keira Rathbone's Typewriter Art
"27-year-old Keira Rathbone
[top and below],
from London, first started experimenting with typewriter art when she was in university.
She bought an old typewriter from a flea market in the hope that she would soon use it to write something.
By the middle of her first year at the university, she hadn’t come up with anything to put down on paper, so she decided to use it as a drawing tool.
The first results were promising, and young Keira quickly realized she would be exploring this new art form much further."
Finally, one that nobody got.
From the website:
Made of rubber and brass.
Height 5 cm, width 6.5 cm, length 11.5 cm; weight 50 g.
With 3 interchangeable hollow needle tips, detailed instructions and seed list.
One by one.
Not for the market gardener: but if you like planting out on a small scale following a precise plan — one plant here, another there — you’ll find this sensible little gadget a great help.
With it, you can pick up even the finest seeds or grains one by one and sow them in your ready-prepared bed, tray or pot.
The great advantage is that you’ll never have to do any more thinning, for many gardeners an unwelcome, time-consuming chore.
It's easy to operate: you just press the air out of the rubber air-bag, put the tip of the device on to the (single) grain, release the pressure on the bag, which will then pick up the grain and sow it (after you pressed the bag again) in exactly the spot that you’ve selected for it.
It comes with three attachment tips in different sizes (instructions included) for smaller or larger seeds and grains.
It's made by an American sowing machine firm – this is the smallest in their whole range!
Meetways.com — "Meet you halfway" gets real
"Welcome to MeetWays! MeetWays was established to help people easily find a halfway point between two locations. If you're thinking about meeting-up with a far-away friend, organizing a Craigslist transaction, or meeting a client for lunch, MeetWays can help you find the perfect middle point. Simply enter the addresses and a point of interest (e.g., pizza, coffee, hotel) and MeetWays will do the rest!"
JackBacks for iPhone — Nature x Technology
"JackBacks is not just another iPhone case company. We create custom wood back replacements for the iPhone 4. This is real wood that is laser cut and etched, then handcrafted to work perfectly with your iPhone, giving you a custom look that merges the beauty of nature with the power of technology."
JackBacks is Adam Baumgartner, who writes, "Every JackBack is handmade in Cincinnati, Ohio by me. JackBacks are laser cut and etched for super-precise fitting. The wood is then sealed, sanded, and finished with Tung oil, then affixed to an OEM iPhone 4 bezel."
"All your base are belong to us" — Origin of a meme
From Wikipedia: "'All your base are belong to us' (often shortened to 'All Your Base,' 'AYBABTU,' or simply 'AYB') is a broken English phrase that became an Internet phenomenon or meme in 2000–2002. The phrase came about as the result of the spread of a GIF animation [top] that depicted the slogan. The text comes from the opening cutscene [below]
of the 1991 European Sega Mega Drive version of the video game Zero Wing by Toaplan, which was poorly translated from Japanese. It was popularized by the Something Awful message forums."
Google "I am here" T-shirt
Who even knew there was a Google store?
[via Rob Walker]
"Lifesaver Manhole" — Allora & Calzadilla
The Puerto Rican-based artists will represent the U.S. at this year's Venice Biennale.
Their sculpture, a bright-orange life preserver from which hangs a black manhole cover, is on display at the Gladstone Gallery booth at this week's Art Basel.
It sold to an Australian collector on Tuesday for $110,000.
[via the New York Times]
USB Battleship — "Conquer port limits"
Dock at any of five USB ports in a storm.
10"L x 4.6"W x 2.2"H.