June 27, 2017

ORWL — World's first open-source physically secure computer


[via DesignShift]

June 27, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 26, 2017

BehindTheMedspeak: MAUDE — the FDA's manufacturer and user facility device experience database


"MAUDE data represents reports of adverse events involving medical devices."

Plenty here if you've got the patience to drill down deep.

June 26, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fondoodler — A kitchen accessory worth having just for the name


The Fondoodler is a hollow cartridge and ratcheted plunger mounted in a nozzled pistol with a heated tip that discharges cheese.

Features and Details:

• Works with any cheese

• "Do not apply melted cheese directly onto skin" 


$30 (cheese not included).

[From The Guardian]

June 26, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 25, 2017

Turn any link into one that looks suspicious


You can too!

June 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Folded Paper Furoshiki Scarf


From the website:



Furoshiki (pronounced fu·rosh·ki) is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.

It can be worn as a scarf, carried as a bag, or used for bundling or gift-wrapping.

This lighter-weight furoshiki softens up the more you use and wash it.

Each is crafted by hand in Japan and printed manually by an experienced team of craftsmen onto premium Japanese cotton.

The edges are carefully hand rolled and sewn for a polished finish.

Collaborating designer Lucinda Newton-Dunn describes her artwork: "This design is based on the Japanese tradition of origami. Continuing with the theme of folding and wrapping, this design depicts a folded piece of paper, exploring three-dimensionality through line and pattern. At first glance, a quarter of folded furoshiki appears to be decorated with nothing more than bold stripes, but viewed as a whole it transforms into an intricate trompe l’oeil."

35.4" x 35.4".



June 25, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 24, 2017

Google Maps: Mars & Moon


Just released.


There goes the day.

June 24, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Coin


From The Guardian:


Canada releases world's first glow-in-the-dark coin to mark 150th anniversary

Canadians may now have a slight advantage when it comes to digging for lost change in sofa cushions and car seats.

The specially designed two-dollar coin — or toonie, as it's known in Canada — features two people paddling in a canoe as the Northern lights — vivid in green and blue — dance high above them.

When the coin is put in the dark the aurora borealis glows softly, thanks to a new ink formulation that contains luminescent material.

The coin, part of a collection created to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, also ranks as the world’s first coloured bimetallic coin.

"Only the core of the $2 coin is colored and the glow effect makes the aurora borealis part of the design look lifelike," said mint spokesperson Alex Reeves.

Recent weeks have seen 3 million of these coins enter into general circulation.

This is the first time the mint has applied the technology to a coin in general circulation.

Approximately one in 10 Canadians are expected to come across the glow-in-the-dark coin.

June 24, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 23, 2017

2017 Emojis Unveiled

Back story here.


June 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

No-Spill Kangaroo Cup


Invented by eleven-year-old Lily Born to help her grandfather who had Parkinson's disease.


It appeared on Kickstarter in 2014 and blew up.


Four in plastic as pictured above: $24.99.

In white ceramic: $39.99.

June 23, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 22, 2017

Informed Delivery — USPS Channels "Minority Report"

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From the USPS website: "Seeing what's in the mail has never been more convenient."

June 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

David Chang Momofuku x Nike Limited-Edition


From Eater:



You know you've made it when Nike asks you to collaborate on a limited edition sneaker. 

Time to induct Momofuku maestro David Chang into the hall of fame: his personal shoe drops today.


The reigning sneaker company hooked up with Chang through his cousin, who has worked at the company for a while.

Momofuku has catered Nike events through the years, and its senior creative director was one of Noodle Bar's first customers.

"This is all so crazy! I've looked up to Nike as a brand and company for years," Chang fanboyed in an email to Eater.

The sneaker itself is a high top made with dark denim — just like the aprons at Momofuku — and an embroidered Lucky Peach logo.

The numbers 163 and 207 are on the sock liners, signifying the addresses of the original Noodle Bar location and Ssam Bar, respectively.

The $110 shoe will be available at 10 a.m. today, June 22, at Fuku in the East Village and at select Nike retailers tomorrow.

June 22, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 21, 2017

The Oldest Human-Made Metal Object Ever Discovered in South America


From Atlas Obscura:


About 3,000 years ago, someone in the Andes in what is now northwestern Argentina made an object unlike any other archaeologists have found in South America, reports LiveScience.

This sheet of metal, 7 inches long by 6 inches wide, was given the features of a person — eyes, nose, and mouth holes.

Along the edges, whoever created this object made small, circular holes — at the corners of the sheet and its middle, bottom, and top.

As far as anyone in our own time can tell, it was meant to be a mask.

This discovery, reported in a new paper in the journal Antiquity, is one of the oldest examples of metalwork in South America and the oldest manmade metal object on the continent.

There are older examples of metalwork but "none of the artifacts had been intentionally shaped into a recognizable form, nor were any perforated or shaped into three-dimensional objects," the paper's authors report. "This mask is unique."

It was initially discovered by locals in 2005, when a rainstorm washed it from the ground.

In the place where the mask was found, archaeologists uncovered the remains of 14 individuals.

One of the skeletons showed green stains, which indicated that the mask had been buried there.

At the time the mask was created, people in that part of the world were moving from hunting and gathering to a more sedentary, agricultural existence.

It was previously thought that the practice of metalworking in this part of the world originated in what is now Peru but as the authors write, this new discovery indicates that there may be more than one origin point for this craft in South America.

June 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"This new Moleskine is like an iPad made of paper"




Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree and they'll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Because as hardware and software get better, you'll be able to create the sorts of things you can only dream about creating on paper.

Moleskine — the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive — has presented its vision of another possible future. Its new Livescribe Notebook appears to be a typical Moleskine. Except when you write on it with a Livescribe Smartpen (a pen known for turning written paper notes into typed digital transcripts), your doodles and brainstorms not only are automatically backed up to an app, they're also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies.

The pen is programmed with the exact lines, margins, and buttons of the Moleskine notebook paper, so it always knows where the pen is hitting the paper, which opens the possibilities for a gee-whiz user experience. If you'd like to tag a sketch to pull up later, you simply tap on one of three icons printed at the bottom the page — a star, flag, or tag — much like you might tap an icon in your Gmail inbox. If you'd like to record a verbal note alongside your sketch, there are play, pause, and record icons at the bottom of the page. Additionally, two pull-out bookmarks offer some logistical features as well, like letting you update your pen's Wi-Fi settings (complete with password support), pairing your pen, or scrubbing through your recordings.

Now, a Livescribe pen — coupled with a Livescribe journal — can already pull off a lot of these stunts on their own. The cleverness here is that Moleskine and Livescribe are both thinking beyond their own brands, and designed the book and pen to work in tandem.

Moleskine is a powerful brand that does $100 million in sales a year, which Livescribe can use to extend its reach. At the same time, more than 90% of Moleskine’s revenue is from paper products. Livescribe offers Moleskine an opportunity to stay relevant in the digital age.




Notebook: $29.95.

Pen: $179.95.

June 21, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 20, 2017

Moist Towelette Museum


From Atlas Obscura:


This museum, housed in the Michigan State University planetarium, boasts a thousand-strong collection of tiny towelettes, including a used one from the hosts of "Car Talk."

The office of John French, a university employee who works in the planetarium, houses what is likely the campus's least visited, most unusual museum.


There, French keeps a display case full of his collection of moist towelettes from around the globe, with all but one unopened.

Beginning 20 years ago, when French first started collecting towelettes, the museum eventually outgrew its first display case as people donated more and more unique towelettes.

Some of the most notable include one called "Finger Pinkies," which is advertised as "the secretary’s hand cleaner," a few from the Hard Rock Cafés in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, and a series with Star Trek-themed packaging from the show's original run.


The only used towelette in the museum belonged to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the hosts of the radio program "Car Talk." French says that he asked them to donate any towelettes they might have, not knowing they would send him a used one. He has considered asking other celebrities for their used towelettes but decided it might be "a little weird."

The Moist Towelette Museum's website provides a sneak peek into the vast collection, but it can only be fully experienced in person, by visiting French's office at certain times in the week.



Tell him I sent you for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

June 20, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Super-Size French Fries


Each plush fry is 15" tall.

Does Morgan Spurlock know about this?



June 20, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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