June 30, 2012
Back to the Future 2 Marty McFly Hat
From The Green Head:
"Pull out your pants pockets. All kids of the future wear their pants inside out." — Doc Brown ("Back to the Future: Part 2")
"The future world of October 21, 2015, as predicted by 'Back to the Future: Part 2,' hasn't happened — yet — but since the cool new Back to the Future 2 Marty McFly Hat now exists, the possibilities of hoverboards, auto-lacing shoes, flying cars, self-drying jackets, food hydrators, Mr. Fusion, and a World Series Cubs win are now closer to reality (disregard this post if reading it from the future and it's all wrong)."
"This cool cap is an exact replica of what Marty wore on his time traveling trip to the future and uses the same bizarre ultra-refractive material that shimmers and changes color in the light. Sure, you'll look like a butthead wearing it now — but not for long...."
Kandinsky at work
From Open Culture: "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and look over the shoulder of one of the early 20th century's greatest artists to watch him work? In this brief film from 1926, we get to see the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky as he turns a blank canvas into one of his distinctive abstract compositions."
"The film was made at the Galerie Neumann-Nierendorf in Berlin by Hans Cürlis, a pioneer in the making of art documentaries. At the time the film was made, Kandinsky was teaching at the Bauhaus. It was the same year he published his second major treatise, 'On Point and Line to Plane.' The contrasting straight lines and curves that Kandinsky paints in the movie are typical of this period, when his approach was becoming less intuitive and more consciously geometric. Kandinsky believed that an artist could reach deeper truths by dispensing with the depiction of external objects and by looking within, and despite his analytic turn at the Bauhaus he continued to speak of art in deeply mystical terms. In 'On Point and Line to Plane,' Kandinsky writes:
The work of Art mirrors itself upon the surface of our consciousness. However, its image extends beyond, to vanish from the surface without a trace when the sensation has subsided. A certain transparent, but definite glass-like partition, abolishing direct contact from within, seems to exist here as well. Here, too, exists the possibility of entering art's message, to participate actively, and to experience its pulsating life with all one's senses.
"These teak stirrers are made from excess material that the logging industry leaves behind."
"Use these stirrers to gently mix cream and sugar into your tea or coffee. They might also be good for reaching into narrow spice jars. These pieces are naturally lightweight, great for picnics and your lunch box."
Each is approximately 6.25" long.
Set of four: $16.
Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to prevent the lid of a can from falling into your food
Who knows where that can has been?
And who's been handling it?
Now you don't have to worry about their shmutz in your food.
Here's a handy hack, featured in the "Quick Tips" section of the July & August issue of Cook's Illustrated.
A lot of electric can openers boast a handy built-in magnet that holds the can lid after removal, preventing it from falling into your food. Most manual can openers lack that feature, but Leonard Corazza of East Islip, New York, found that he could upgrade his by simply gluing a strong magnet (or two) to the end of the opener's handle.
bookofjoe bonus tip: Use Crazy Glue rather than rubber cement if you want to avoid a magnet-tooth confrontation, which more likely than not will result in a triumph of the industrial over the biological.
eco-amp iPhone speaker
"The eco-amp is an environmentally friendly iPhone speaker-amplifier
constructed out of FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper."
"eco-amps require assembly."
"Directions are on the packaging as well as in an instructional video accessible on this site."
Two for $7.99 (iPhone not included).
By Brock Davis, whose creations I find wonderfully pleasing.
Rock the (handmade) cradle
"What is the gestation period of a cradle? Fifty hours (not counting breaks), if you're intent on constructing the piece using techniques associated with Windsor chairs."
"Aaron Scaturro, 28, a self-taught woodworker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, first built such a cradle for a friend who was expecting a baby. He shaved the spindles with a handmade shaving horse and wedged together most of the 100-plus joints. 'There is no hardware,' Mr. Scaturro said of the design. 'I use screws only as a fail-safe to hold the spindles in.'"
"Made of curly cherry or walnut, with saddle-leather webbing, the cradle is $6,000 at BDDW in SoHo. (The mattress is sold separately.) 'It's highly crafted, yet perfectly imperfect,' said Tyler Hays, BDDW's founder."
Start your life in this puppy, it's all downhill the moment you step out.
Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?