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December 10, 2012

Experts' Expert: Animated Knots — "Better to know a knot and not need it than to need a knot and not know it"

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I'm gonna memorize that tag line 'cause it's just too good.

But I digress.

This fantastic site makes it possible for even the dexterity-challenged to practice to their heart's content without being told to "Just stop because you're hopeless."

Been there heard that.

"Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself."

Even I can do that.

You can too!

[via my erstwhile LA correspondent, trying hard to convince me of his wholly terrestrial origin but so far not doing a very good job of it. Heh.]

December 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Angel T-Shirt

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"Be a saint, or at least an angel, with this tee. White cotton with wings on the back. One size."

I can't explain why the instant I saw this I thought of @chelssmiesterr.

I was surprised when I read that the wings go on the back because from the accompanying picture (top) it sure looks like they're in front.

Shows what I know.

$85 CAD (Clothing).

December 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Mr. Stoopid (that would be moi) wakes up and smells the personal hotspot coffee

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Last night, preparing for an imminent boj World Tour 2012 stop in Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi — hey, wha chew tink, mon, it's all Paris and Tokyo here? no way José! But I digress... — I got to being morose about how it's impossible to post to bookofjoe using my iPad because of TypePad's "not even wrong" tablet interface.

I decided to try to solve the problem with what was in my head, a variant of the longtime "Solve the problem with what's in the room" elegance of Edwin H. Land's clarion call.

I hate to drag my 2004 PowerBook around though it works wonderfully anywhere I happen to be with my trusty Virgin Broadband2Go flash stick, as long as I'm willing to fork over $50 for a month of service.

The PowerBook is just so relatively big and clunky compared to my 2011 Air, plus the display is so primitive, especially since my default screen is the MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display, which almost makes me weep every morning when I first set eyes on it, so magnificent is its visage.

Anyway.

I've heard about using my iPhone as a personal hotspot since forever but figured it was way above my TechnoDolt®™© pay grade.

The bad psychological karma engendered by my too close encounter of the worst kind with Google's Chromebook last night — when I finally unboxed it three weeks after it arrived only to be greeted by a world of pain and frustration before I finally screamed "FAIL!" and put it on the shelf next to its fellow duds Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD — was still in my head this morning, which may have given me the activation energy necessary to overcome my fear and loathing of yet another personal tech failure. 

I put the iPhone in my pocket and the Air in its case and toodled over to Bodo's 29North, where I'm sitting right now happily creating this post via the iPhone's personal hotspot function, which I turned on for the very first time 15 minutes ago.

It was so easy I almost started crying when it worked.

Here's what I did:

1. Went to Settings in iPhone

2. Turned on Personal Hotspot

3. Opened up the Air

4. A window appeared on the Air screen listing Joseph's iPhone as a WiFi option

5. I clicked it and it asked for a password

6. I looked at the iPhone and there was the password

7. I entered the password into the box on the Air and five seconds later I was connected, with a new icon up top of two interlocked chain links.

Can it be that easy, I wondered?

Is that even possible?

I clicked on bookofjoe and voilà, there it was — a miracle. 

I just tested the speed and it's 3 down and 0.8 up, a bit faster than the Virgin BB2Go and a whole lot more convenient and cheaper. 

Now I can use the Air on my World Tour as opposed to the PowerBook and I must tell you I'm dancing inside as I type these words.

w00t!

December 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet/Blackboard

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From websites:

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Say goodbye to paper.

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This is the original Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD writing tablet that started a revolution.

Ultra-light (4.2 ounces) and thin (1/8-inch).

Get one for on the go, in the office, and multiple places around the house — anywhere you'd keep memo pads, sticky notes, or scrap paper.

The Boogie Board tablet's pressure-sensitive LCD writing surface creates lines of different thickness based on how hard you push, just like paper and pen.

Write or draw with the included stainless steel stylus or any other suitable instrument — even your finger.

Never search for a pen or pencil again.

Sealed 3V watch battery never needs replacing.

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$49.99.

December 10, 2012 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Erratum: Luxury objects that don't work

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Below, excerpts from Oliver Wainwright's December 4 Guardian story.

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A cheesegrater without any holes, a tennis racket with two heads, and a golf club twisted into a loop are some of the items on sale at the surreal Erratum boutique, which opens at the Paradise Row Gallery in London tomorrow.

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The project is the work of artist Jeremy Hutchison, who has invited workers from factories across China, India, Poland, Turkey, and Pakistan to insert an error into one of the everyday items they typically produce in bulk and send him their results.

The malformed objects have a disturbing, eerie quality, suggesting an alternative reality, a jarring aberration in the polished, homogenous world of mass-produced goods. They also hint at a possible form of artificial evolution, each mistake suggesting a potential success, a mutation that could evolve to serve a future race.

Hutchison was inspired by allegations last year about the working conditions in Apple's Foxconn factory, including a story from one worker who said he would deliberately drop a spanner on the floor so that he could have a few seconds of rest while picking it up.

"I became fascinated by this idea of an intentional human error to break the tedium of mass-production," says the artist. "I wanted to see what would happen if you commissioned this kind of intentional mistake into the smooth logic of a hyperefficient globalized machine."

Hutchison went online and discovered Alibaba, the global production portal, and began sending thousands of emails to manufacturers across the world, requesting a version of what they produced, rendered useless by a human error.

The resulting products, from leadless pencils to double-heeled stilettos, will go on sale as limited edition works in the luxury boutique, as well as via the Erratum online store — alongside photos of supermodels crashing down flights of stairs, as if following an encounter with one of the mutant objects.

"The endgame of luxury is when things slide into obsolescence: true luxury has no function," says Hutchison. "It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility. It is an ethic of perfect dysfunctionality."

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[via Ian Wayne]

December 10, 2012 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Spin-Off Necklace

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What's old is new again.

From the website:

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The Spin-Off Necklace is designed after a version hugely popular in the  1920s — spin the necklace and the images come to life.

It's like a flipbook for your neck, with two different images available.

Choice of all black ink or 1 side red/1 side black.

Brushed brass and ink pendant: 1" x 1".

Brass chain: 18".

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$89.

December 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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