July 13, 2024

Ring with Sugar Cube — Meret Oppenheim

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Designed by the legendary Swiss artist in 1936/1937, executed in 2003.

It can be seen at the Collection Design Museum Den Bosch in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

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July 12, 2024

'Wackiki Wabbit' — Bugs Bunny

Released on July 3, 1943 on the 4th of July weekend during WWII, it was likely seen by an enormous number of people.

From the YouTube description

"Wackiki Wabbit" is about two castaways adrift on a small raft in the middle of the ocean, about to eat each other when they discover an island out of nowhere!

But this is not just any island.

Until they find the island, the cartoon is pretty standard for a Warner Brothers cartoon animation: blue water, people, and a boat, but when they enter the island it looks like a strange trip into some kind of a art deco Alice in Wonderland fantasy!

This Looney Tune was an experiment in the use of strong graphics and nearly abstract backgrounds that had nothing to do with what you were suppose to see: an island, palm trees, maybe some flowers.

But it is done so well that we believe it is just that, a tropical island, and accept it without a word.

This restoration has brought out the true colors of the original production for the first time.

It is from a film print of the original theatrical version and is how it looked in theaters.

This is classic late 1930's/early 40's deco of Miami and Cuba that became a worldwide fad and can still be seen in LA, New York, Chicago, Paris, and other cities in buildings restored to the original deco look of that time.

Think "Miami Vice: South Beach" before it was redone into what it looks like today.

To say I was mesmerized by Bugs' dancing would be an understatement.

July 12, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fornasetti x Fender Stratocaster

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No, you can't have one.

At any price.

There are only two such guitars in the world, both created by Barnaba Fornasetti (Piero's only son).

He told Marco Velardi in a New York Times T Magazine interview, "A client asked me to decorate it. But I liked it so much that I decided to keep it for myself, and I did another one for him."

July 12, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Grow Your Own

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From Colossal:

No Foraging Necessary: Grow Mushrooms at Home with GUS, a Modular Countertop Garden

Meet GUS, a tabletop companion that helps you harvest fresh mushrooms at home. From the team at Good Growing, the minimal vessels hold what's known as a fruiting block — a mix of sawdust, grains, and mycelium spores — that, within a few days, burst with thick clusters of fleshy fungi.

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The breathable, low-fire ceramic helps to regulate the temperature while also maintaining a moist environment for the specimens to sprout. Plus, GUS is modular and stackable, allowing for several varieties to be grown at once without taking up valuable countertop real estate.

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GUS made Deezeen's longlist for product design in 2023.

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$387.

On the fence?

Watch the video.

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July 11, 2024

How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

From British Council Film, how a bicycle was designed and manufactured in 1945.

[via Kottke]

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DO NOT WORK FOR FREE UNDER THE GUISE OF GOOD EXPOSURE

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"If you don't value your own work, neither will anyone else."

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Helpful hints from joeeze: Refrigerator-freezer thermometer — be cool

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It's a fact: if your refrigerator's temperature isn't ≤ 40°F and your freezer ≤0°F, your food is more prone to going bad and making you sick.

You could look it up.

Drop a few bucks on a thermometer — get two, one apiece for your fridge and freezer — and see if you're running dangerously hot.

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The ones pictured above and below, all by Taylor, are for sale at Amazon for between $2.21 and $7.75.

Choose your unpoison.

99% of the people in the U.S., asked to name a refrigerator/freezer/oven thermometer brand, can't go beyond Taylor — assuming they got there in the first place.

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And yet I don't recall ever seeing an ad for Taylor thermometers.

FunFact: Taylor Instruments was founded in 1851 in Rochester, New York.

July 11, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 10, 2024

Eighty Iconic Piano Intros Played Chronologically Back-to-Back

[via Kottke]

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HOBO CODE — 'Went this way'

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PageKeeper Bookmark — 'Never lose your place again'

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Reviewed in Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools as follows:

I've used a PageKeeper bookmark for several years and love it.

Once in place it stays put.

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You don't have to do anything until you've finished reading whatever book you've put it in.

It keeps your place for you without you having to move it or dog-ear the page.

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Best of all, it won't fall out of your book, so no more flipping through trying to find where you were when stopped reading.

When I featured it in 2010 it cost $7.99: still reasonable at $8.99.

On the fence?

Watch the video.

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July 9, 2024

The Tutu: Episode 2

Episode 1 appeared last month and generated a surprising amount of feedback and interest: I figured I better strike while the iron is hot and get this 2009 video up and out there before everyone lost interest.

YouTube description: "There's no other garment like it in history. Judith Mackrell, the Guardian's dance critic, meets the Royal Ballet's dancers to discuss the perils of wearing the ballerina's fabulously frothy skirt."

More for ballet lovers here.

July 9, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

RNA Purification x Soylent Green

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Google AdSense created this wonderful juxtaposition on October 6, 2010. 

Loved it then, even more so now.

July 9, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

ClockTwo

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Last week's Rotar Revolving Watch post featuring an unconventional display evoked an interesting comment from Luke, who mused on watch design paths not taken.

He followed this up with an email about various apps available to create watch faces for Android watches.

I emailed him back as follows: "The penny just dropped: Apple could create a virtual Rotar-like face for its Watch without breaking a sweat."

That got me thinking about the wonderful QLOCKTWO.

I had my Crack Research Team©®™ take a deep dive and see if there might be a watch version: it turns out there is:

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That's the good news.

The bad news: it costs $800-$1,000.

I told my team to keep on digging.

After a long night of repeated dead ends they brought back great news: there's an Apple Watch app that turns your Ultra into a QLOCKTWO wristwatch for $14.95!

Cheap at twice the price.

I paid my money and then began a long, frustrating, and difficult quest — remember, I invented the word "TechnoDolt©®™ — which took some 10 hours with many dead ends and FAILs before I was able to successfully add the QLOCKTWO face to my Apple Watch.

Up top, my proof.

IMHO it looks a lot better on the Apple Watch ULTRA than the native high-priced version pictured above.

You can too!

$14.95.

Note: you also need to add the Clockology app to both your iPhone and Apple Watch before beginning your install.

July 9, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

July 8, 2024

Omniglot

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For those with these specialized interests, this site is the promised land.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

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Tetris Font — Coolest thing ever?

Fair warning: there goes the day.

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