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December 26, 2011

Close-Up Cuisine

Fortune cookie

Above and below,

Pineapple leaf

exemplars from "Terra Cibus," a series of magnfied photos of food by San Francisco-based food photographer Caren Alpert.


The process involves sending ingredients to a lab in Arizona, where they are dehydrated, coated with conductive metals, and finally photographed with a scanning electron microscope.


"Terra Cibus" is up at the James Beard Foundation in New York through the end of this year.

Table salt

From the top down: Fortune Cookie, 150x magnification; Pineapple Leaf, 85x; Blueberry, 19x; Raisin, 35x; Table Salt, 45x; Cake Sprinkles, 65x.

Candy sprinkles

[via the Wall Street Journal]

December 26, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

This Is a Lamp — Tobias Wong


A 2001 piece by the late, great designer.


[via Fancy]

December 26, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Useless unless paired with another of its ilk.

December 26, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Knife Cufflinks

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They'll never know you're carrying.

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"These little blades come in handy for cutting loose threads."

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Stainless steel blades and handles.

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$55 (diamond dust sharpener included).

[via LikeCool]

December 26, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Rise of Insect Cuisine


Above: Waterbug Papaya Salad: "A salty, watermelon Jolly Rancher flavor, with a fishy finish. Wine pairing: Prosecco."


Long story short: A growing number of insect suppliers are promoting bugs as food for people, selling organically raised mealworms and crickets for as much as $40 a pound.


From Caroline Winter's November 21, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek article: "Insects are often packed with amino acids, fats, vitamins, and nutrients. Stinkbug, for instance, contains about the same amount of protein per gram as steak and six times as much iron."


More: "California-based BugMuscle has a patent pending for arthropod-based nutritional supplements. Founder Dianne Guilfoyle says her recipes may include crickets, mealworms, ants, or even housefly pupae, which she says taste like blood sausage due to their high iron content. Since insects are a legal source of steroids, her products should appeal to  'cage fighters, bodybuilders, and extreme athletes,' which could help with marketing, says Guilfoyle, a nutrition supervisor for her local school district. 'I thought that if people see bodybuilders taking it, they might accept it more willingly.'"

I wonder what the NFL's position will be.

Stay tuned.

December 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Evian Baby T-Shirt


Unisex (women order one size smaller).



December 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Klip — Twitter for videos


Long story short from Brad Stone's December 19, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek article: "Introduced in the Apple App Store in September, Klip is a little like a Twitter for videos of one minute or less, without all the text. Members specify topics they are interested in and users they want to follow and launch a constant stream of video, as well as additional recommendations they might enjoy."


Said founder Alain Rossmann, "This is the golden age of startups."


Free, the way we like it.


Fair warning: there goes the day.

December 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Jetlag Travel Alarm Clock


Nice and simple.


Red, Black or White.




[via the Wall Street Journal]

December 26, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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