June 22, 2012
Single Thread Portraits — Kumi Yamashita
"Each image is constructed from a single unbroken black thread wound through a dense array of galvanized nails mounted on a painted white board,
meaning that the darker areas within the portrait are formed solely from the density of the string."
Credit Card Size Cellphone Charger
That's the good news.
The bad: not for iPhone.
From a website:
This cordless cellphone charger fits in a wallet and provides an additional hour of power.
Only 1/4" thick, the device fits inside a wallet's credit card slot, enabling impromptu charging of any cell phone with a micro USB port when traditional power sources are unavailable.
The portable power hub's lithium-ion battery extends a cell phone's battery life by 25% before requiring a recharge itself.
It connects to devices with its 1-1/2"-long fold-out micro USB cord (compatible with most Android and Blackberry smartphones or traditional cellphones).
Recharges in two hours via the included USB adapter.
3-1/4"W x 2"H x 1/4"D.
Weighs one ounce.
Brown or Black.
The Book of my Enemy Has Been Remaindered" — Clive James
Motorized Electric Skates
From a website:
These innovative electric skates strap onto your regular shoes and propel you around at speeds up to 8 mph for up to 5-6 miles.
They each feature an 80-watt motor that's integrated into a rugged fiber-reinforced nylon frame and smooth-rolling 6"-diameter rubber tires.
A handheld wireless remote control throttles both skates at the same time.
To stop, just let go of the throttle or lean back on the heel stopper just like a regular pair of skates.
A fun and inventive mobility solution for students to get around a campus quick more quickly, workers to zip around from cubicle to cubicle, or any time you want to lazily enjoy the outdoor scenery without too much exertion.
[via The Green Head]
Spaceships Real and Unreal Drawn to Scale
From Supernova Condensate: "This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date. The past, the present, and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown are to scale (assuming my sources were accurate). Because I felt I needed to exercise my graphic design muscles. And because, well, let's face it — space ships are just inherently cool, aren’t they?"
"If you feel like seriously geeking out, see below."
Giant Fist Koozie
From a website:
You don't need full blown super powers to keep your drink ice cold and your hand comfortably warm — you just need the cool new Beast Giant Fist Can Koozie.
Just slide on this massive foam fist, insert a can into its powerful insulated drink holder grip, and chug it down like a true hulk.
Unless you have real superpowers, avoid smashing the can against your forehead when finished.
[via The Green Head]
Gummy Bearskin Rug
By Brock Davis.
Lillipad — "Squat on the loo, it's good for you!"
I won't argue: billions of Asians concur.
From New Zealand comes this remarkable addition to the W.C. space, offering a whole new perspective.
From the website:
The natural squat position — the healthy way we evolved to go! Infants instinctively squat to poop and pee, as does the majority of the world's population.
The Lillipad is an ergonomic squatting platform that sits around your toilet to facilitate the squat position. The Lillipad enables a variety of squatting and squat/sitting positions to suit the flexibility of you and your family.
To ensure comfort, the footpads are adjustable and slope slightly forward and towards each other. To ensure a good fit, the Lillipad is available in two standard heights and the footpads allow width adjustment.
The Lillipad and the build-your-own squatting platform are far more comfortable and stable options than simply perching on the rim of a toilet. They also introduce the healthy and hygienic concept of squatting to others.
The step of the Lillipad provides access for children and (if they are sitting) a footrest too. While the Lillipad or the build-your-own squatting platform are in place, the toilet can still be used in the sitting position.
History of the Lillipad
The Lillipad* squatting platform was conceived in 1991 when I was confronted with a sit-down toilet after having adapted to squat toilets throughout India and South East Asia.
Perched on the rim of a toilet, I realized resting my feet on some timber would make things more comfortable and stable.
Today, many years on, the Lillipad packs down into a small box and has been shipped to over 20 countries.
What's kept me producing Lillipads all these years is a passion to create a beneficial, environmentally friendly, and affordable product — and a certainty that squatting is the way to go!
We also offer plans to build-your-own squatting platform for just US$10 (customize your squatting position).
*For all of you who thought Lillipad was spelt Lilypad, Lillypad, Lily Pad or Lilipad — good on you for finding us!
Squat toilets are also known as Arabic, Chinese, French, Hole in the ground, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, Natural-Position, Nile pan, and Turkish toilets.
$169 at http://lillipad.co.nz
Full disclosure: Mine's en route.
Can't hardly wait. Erm....
[via a reader whose name I've forgotten — please advise so I can credit you.]