October 18, 2011
18th-century English hat made of feathers
Wrote New York Times art critic Roberta Smith in a September 23, 2011 review of the show "Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones": "The showstopper, and the exhibition's foremost candidate for masterpiece status, is a large, flat disc-shaped hat [above] from 18th-century England lent by the Victoria and Albert. Thickly covered in short white feathers dappled with highly artificial bursts of orange, green and yellow (dyed cock feathers) and more natural patches of brown-black (guinea fowl), it may suggest a painter's palette, only fluffier. You can also imagine it worn by a model in a Richard Avedon photo from the 1950s. Whatever its associations, it is a completely astounding object and, alone, worth the trip to this richly appointed, expertly orchestrated show."
The exhibition, at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, is up through April 15, 2012.
Soft Wood Sofa
In actuality, it's a photorealistic wood grain print on soft fabric over cushioning.
Follow me as I collapse and die while attempting the Marine Corps Marathon
The race starts at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 30, 2011.
Save the date.
Turns out the organizers have enhanced their social media connections such that every joehead on the planet can now follow my regress — erm, progress — as I make my way around Washington, D.C. early Sunday morning.
You can too!
I'm gonna make it so my times at the various marks specified up top get automatically posted on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
I'll try to remember to post a reminder on Saturday the 29th.
"No Swearing" Poster (in Cyrillic)
"This poster features a strike-through Russian swear word and says underneath: 'No Swearing.'"
33" x 24" (84cm x 60cm).
Made in Russia.
Experts' Expert: Nathan Myhrvold on decanting wine — with a blender
The mad scientist-chef explained in a September 26, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek article what he believes to be the world's best way to decant wine.
Wine lovers have known for centuries that decanting wine before serving it often improves its flavor. Whatever the dominant process, the traditional decanter is a rather pathetic tool to accomplish it. A few years ago, I found I could get much better results by using an ordinary kitchen blender. I just pour the wine in, frappé away at the highest power setting for 30 to 60 seconds, and then allow the froth to subside (which happens quickly) before serving. I call it "hyperdecanting."
Although torturing an expensive wine in this way may cause sensitive oenophiles to avert their eyes, it almost invariably improves red wines — particularly younger ones, but even a 1982 Château Margaux. Don't just take my word for it, try it yourself.
"Attach this pocket light with a super-bright LED to your bag and easily illuminate its interior when retrieving items."
A 2009 design by Fellina Sok-Cham.
Silicone rubber, ABS, LED.
WikiNodes app — Mind-mapping Wikipedia
"WikiNodes is an iPad app that uses a visual 'map' interface for searching and browsing Wikipedia,
providing an imaginative interface for handling and moving through Wikipedia articles."
"What's unique about WikiNodes is its 'nodes' view, which breaks articles into small icons you can touch and drag.
"The result is a visual map of related topics, like a mind-map."
Too bad there's not a hat with a mount for it.
From the website:
Designed with precision metal craft techniques used to make aviation parts, the playful Propeller Pen balances and spins on a stand when not in use.
Uses Pilot D1 refills.
Chrome or Orange.
Pen with stand: 1.5"H.