August 25, 2011
Roman Opalka, painter of infinity, is dead at 79
The Polish painter's work was largely defined by the project "Opalka 1965/1-∞," a series of five paintings a year begun in 1965.
He had long thought about how to visualize time, "the pulse of his life approaching his death within the vastness of infinity."
On each canvas he painted numbers beginning with 1 and increasing one at a time.
"By painting numbers in careful succcession from one to infinity, he would make a work of art that tracked as well as anything the movement of time in a life, and life in time," noted his obituary in The Economist.
Typically he would paint around 400 figures a day while standing at an easel, whispering their names as he painted, eventually into a tape recorder.
His 233 canvases were each 196cm x 135cm, convenient for working at while standing and for carrying.
From 1968 on at the end of each working day he took a black-and-white photograph of his expressionless face in front of the canvas in progress.
In 2004 he remarked, "Only death can finish my work."
By the day he died, on August 6, 2011, he had reached well over 5500000 (he used no commas).
[via Economics Newspaper]
Miniature Chinese Takeout Box
Laser-cut medium-weight paper shipped in flat packs of 5 boxes with pre-cut wires.
Bite Counter — "Like a pedometer for your mouth"
I've heard of motormouths but this is ridiculous.
Wrote Ron Barnett in Monday's USA Today story, "The Bite Counter [above] is a wristwatch-shaped device being marketed to weight-loss clinics and fitness professionals. Like a pedometer, it keeps count of a repetitive physical movement. The wrist rotation necessary to move a fork from plate to mouth turns out to be the critical motion in eating; the machine counts bites with 90% accuracy. It also counts bites taken without the use of a fork or spoon, such as eating an apple; the rotation of the wrist is the same whether eating with the hands or utensils. One bite generally averages about 25 calories. It's expected to be on the consumer market in about a year for about $100."
Hockey Stick Pencils
You mean you've never played desk hockey?
What's wrong with you?
There's a reason empty desktops exist.
12 for $12.15.
Equip your officemates and then "Game on!"
Rolling Stones Rice Krispies Commercial
Back in 1964 they'd do anything for a pound.
Brian Jones co-wrote the jingle for a snappy, crackling and poppin' 30-second commercial (above) shown only on British television and destined to remain in the English vaults until YouTube came along and gave it a second life.
According to the YouTube caption, "This commercial is a parody of a UK game show called "Juke Box Jury."
Que Barbecue Cologne — "An intoxicating bouquet of spices, smoke, meat, and sweet summer sweat"
From Pork Barrel BBQ comes this heady entry into the fragrance arena.
From the website:
A tantalizing fragrance that attracts the opposite sex, giving them whiplash as you saunter by.
An alluring aroma that stops all conversations as others breathe in your presence.
An Eau de Barbecue.
Meet Rafael Nadal in the flesh today at Macy's
"Macy’s invites you to meet 6-time French Open champion & tennis superstar Rafael Nadal! Stop by the Men's Department beginning at 5 p.m. to say hello, plus be one of the first 200 people to make an Armani Jeans purchase of $150 or more & score his autograph!"
From the full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times: "Be among the first 200 people to purchase a pair of jeans from the Armani Jeans Collection and have your photo taken with Rafael Nadal in a private meet and greet on the 2nd floor in the Armani Jeans Shop. Plus, be one of the first 100 people to make a $150 or more Armani Jeans Collection purchase and receive an Emporio Armani Underwear brief autographed by Rafael Nadal."
The photo up top occupied the entirety of page seven of Section A of Sunday's New York Times and is, I suspect, pinnned to the wall of more than a few domiciles in Gotham.
Rhino Chair — Seating with attitude
By Spanish designer Máximo Riera,