November 15, 2011
Street art, Paris
Solar-Powered Taco Stand
From BloombergBusinessweek: "In sunny Oaxaca, Mexico, Alfredo Garcia's taco stand sports a reflector [above] that concentrates sunlight for cooking. The Swiss designer behind the idea hopes to sell the system to other food carts for about $500."
Oaxaca is a city that boasts an average of 311 sunny days a year; and with a latitude of 15-degrees above the equator, that sun is hot. So, it makes sense why Oaxaca bears the nickname Tierra del Sol (Land of Sun). What better idea, then, to exploit that limitless resource for daily use? Meet Michale Götz, a Swiss inventor and solar energy specialist. He, along with two partners, converged to consider how solar energy could be harnessed for use by the plethora of street food vendors in Oaxaca City. For years in the city, the common practice of those who sell tacos, tlayudas, memelas, even hot dogs, was to burn coal over open comals (or clay griddles). Over time, many vendors have switched to using gas, hooking small tanks up to metal griddles or grills fixed to their mobile carts. On arriving to town, Götz met Lorena Harp, a local Oaxacan who had already been designing and promoting small solar ovens for use in homes around the city. Their energies and ideas combined.
Harp researched local food vendors in the city to suss out their needs and practices. The ideal candidate for a pilot solar project emerged close to home, just down the street from her house. There she met Alfredo García. The group put García's taco stand to use to test a new sustainable project to harness the sun’s rays to create steam to cook his tacos.
Stay Put Bowls and Spoons
I was tossing mine
on the floor?
"FILM" — Tacita Dean
YouTube caption: "Tacita Dean is the latest artist to take up the challenge of filling Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Her response, entitled 'FILM,' is a silent 35mm looped film projected onto a monolith standing 13 metres tall."
Wrote Dean in the Guardian, "My relationship to film begins at the moment of shooting, and ends in the moment of projection. Along the way, there are several stages of magical transformation that imbue the work with varying layers of intensity. This is why the film image is different from the digital image: it is not only emulsion versus pixels, or light versus electronics, but something deeper — something to do with poetry."
Emily Eakin's October 31, 2011 New Yorker article about Dean is here.
More on "FILM" by Nicholas Cullinan, Tate Modern curator, here.
80's-Style iPhone Case
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
But I digress.
How do you spell "retro?"
How about "throwback?"
Fits iPhone 3/3GS, 4/4S.
$14 (iPhone not included).
Creative Coffins — "Putting the 'fun' in funerals"
Long story short from BloombergBusinessweek: "Design your own coffin or choose a scheme from this U.K.-based company's panoply of themes, which includes sports, music, and video games. The structure is 60% recycled paper combined with wood pulp."
From the company website:
CreativeCoffins.com provide a green solution for a distinctive funeral.
Environmentally sympathetic, our cartonboard coffins are suitable for both burial and cremation.
We have a large range of pre-designed coffins that are available through your local funeral director.
We also offer a free personalization service so that you can add a memorable saying, name or dates to all of our designs.
Alternatively we can create a completely new design to your own specification.
To view our pre-designed range and to find out more about our personal service, please select one of the categories pictured above.
Microwave Potato Chip Maker
My own private Spudmaster?
I might just take a flyer on this puppy.
From the website:
Make your own healthy potato chips without oil or deep frying.
Slice potatoes with slicer that's built into the lid, then place potatoes in cooking rack and in minutes you'll have crispy golden brown chips.
$12.98 (potatoes not included).
The Neglected Books Page — "Where forgotten books are remembered"
Or, to put it another way, what went down the memory hole.
[via Cary Sternick]
Felt zip pouch measures 10.5" x 4.5" x 2".