November 5, 2012
Cuboid Door Mat
From the website:
This doormat, made from coir (natural coconut fiber), is far more intriguing than a mere "Welcome" rug.
The illusion of three dimensions created by the shape and shading invites interaction with an object that is usually overlooked.
29" x 20.5".
Sandy Day 8: All 4 gas stations in Bernardsville, NJ remain closed
They're cordoned off and closed — because they have no electricity.
Which means you can't buy gas there since the pumps require electricity to function.
What a fiasco.
No one has any idea when power will return to these gas stations or, for that matter, to the unfortunate citizens of Bernardsville, once a playground and resort for the affluent but now just another Third World dump — albeit located in Somerset County, one of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States of America.
For the record, the power went out last Monday, October 29, 2012, at around 5 p.m.
Appreciative note from Paul's Podunk town friend/enabler (that would be me): each day's video — in terms of picture, sound, and general level of sophistication — is significantly better than the previous day's.
If this outage keeps up for another week or more — as may well be prove to be the case — he'll be ready for a Kickstarter campaign.
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: Located in London, England.
New iPad mini commercial made me lick my TV screen
It's a fanboy thing, you wouldn't understand.
I saw it for the first time yesterday during Stillers-Giants epic clash (Apple only put it on YouTube two days earlier) and immediately went over to the Apple Store to check on my order in the hope that maybe a miracle had occurred and they'd moved up the shipping date.
Alas, no: Still ships mid-November.
On the brighter side, I have the mini's Smart Cover right here in front of me and I can stroke it every now and then when I want a change from Gray Cat's mink-like fur.
Hand-Forged Iron Frying Pans
From the website:
"These frying pans have been made
by a company in Germany since 1857
from one piece of iron using an open-die hot forged process."
Three sizes: $69–$129.
A fearful symmetry — Would you recognize your face if it were perfectly symmetrical?
[via Julian Wolkenstein]
Solar Tablet/Smartphone Charger — Sandy has raised my consciousness BIG-TIME
Having followed Paul Biba's on-the-ground reports from Sandy-ravaged Bernardsville, New Jersey for the past week — power went out at 5 p.m. last Monday and there is no restoration even remotely in sight — I've woken up and realized that we all live on a thin edge of civilization that can be tipped over into "The Road" in a heartbeat.
To that end, when I happened on this nifty all-in-one 10 watt solar charger for tablets and smartphones a moment ago, I ordered one for Paul, one for me, then wrote this post.
It has two USB ports so you can use both your tablet and phone while simultaneously charging both.
Paul's iPad and iPhone have served him well as his only lifelines to civilization during the outage and he has remarked on several occasions, after we'd been on the phone speaking for an hour or two, that he'd need to stop and charge his phone soon.
Since he opted for Verizon, he can't use his iPhone as a computer while we're talking but instead relies on his iPad for Internet access.
This device would let him charge and use both at the same time.
$62.70 if you're not in a crisis — priceless if you are.
I'm thinking Paul may get this puppy delivered by UPS before he ever gets his electricity back — I'm having it shipped to him via Amazon Prime Next-Day — in which case I'm gonna feel like for once I've done something that didn't annoy the crap out of him.
But I digress.
Think Like An Anesthesiologist.
And if you can't do that, become friends with one.
Failing that, there's always bookofjoe.