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June 12, 2006

The Making of a Do Hit Chair — by Droog Design

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Take a plain box of polished steel.

Take a sledgehammer.

Beat the heck out of the box until it's a comfortable chair.

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Watch the video here.

Perhaps one of my readers whose pay grade is above TechnoDolt™ will post this video on YouTube so that others around the world may partake.

I would if I could but I can't.

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What makes Droog radically different from everyone else in the design world is its insistence that designers should care most not about form and function but, rather, "... about what an object means."

[via Blake Gopnik and the Washington Post]

June 12, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

No-Slide Car Clothes Rack

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From the website:

    Car Clothes Bar

    For bringing dry cleaning home wrinkle-free.

    Attaches to grab bars in back of car and lets you neatly hang clothes on hangers to preserve their condition.

    Features no-skid cover that prevents hangers from moving.

    35"-59" x 1-1/2".

    Steel and vinyl.

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What's the big deal with a bar that extends over the back seat to hang stuff up?

Plenty of people have them.

But all the one's I've seen have smooth, shiny metal or plastic surfaces so every time you go around a turn it's like an amusement park ride back there for the hangers and contents.

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This one takes it to the next level.

$19.98 (it's getting tiresome so I'm not going there).

June 12, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

King of the River — by Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006)

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If the water were clear enough,
if the water were still,
but the water is not clear,
the water is not still,
you would see yourself,
slipped out of your skin,
nosing upstream,
slapping, thrashing,
tumbling
over the rocks
till you paint them
with your belly's blood:
Finned Ego,
yard of muscle that coils,
uncoils.
If the knowledge were given you,
but it is not given,
for the membrane is clouded
with self-deceptions
and the iridescent image swims
through a mirror that flows,
you would surprise yourself
in that other flesh
heavy with milt,
bruised, battering toward the dam
that lips the orgiastic pool.
Come. Bathe in these waters.
Increase and die.
If the power were granted you
to break out of your cells,
but the imagination fails
and the doors of the senses close
on the child within,
you would dare to be changed,
as you are changing now,
into the shape you dread
beyond the merely human.
A dry fire eats you.
Fat drips from your bones.
The flutes of your gills discolor.
You have become a ship for parasites.
The great clock of your life
is slowing down,
and the small clocks run wild.
For this you were born.
You have cried to the wind
and heard the wind's reply:
"I did not choose the way,
the way chose me."
You have tasted the fire on your tongue
till it is swollen black
with a prophetic joy:
"Burn with me!
The only music is time,
the only dance is love."
If the heart were pure enough,
but it is not pure,
you would admit
that nothing compels you
any more, nothing
at all abides,
but nostalgia and desire,
the two-way ladder
between heaven and hell.
On the threshold
of the last mystery,
at the brute absolute hour,
you have looked into the eyes
of your creature self,
which are glazed with madness,
and you say
he is not broken but endures,
limber and firm
in the state of his shining,
forever inheriting his salt kingdom,
from which he is banished
forever.
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June 12, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Wacky Noodle — Episode 2: NeoNoodle

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From the website:

    Pool NeoNoodle

    Definitive proof that not all pool noodles are created equal

    By combining cushiony microbeads with soft and supple water-sport neoprene,

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    our NeoNoodle becomes a pliable, quick-dry and multi-position pool float, the most versatile you've ever experienced.

    No matter how much you squish it, stretch it, pull it or push it, NeoNoodle keeps its shape.

    48"L x 7"D.

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Can your Wacky Noodle do that?

I know mine can't — but it's a heckuva lot cheaper.

The 21st-century iteration,

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in Lime or Aqua, will set you back $59.50.

June 12, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

EnronEmail.com

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"Search through hundreds of thousands of email messages to and from 176 former Enron executives and employees from the power trading operations from 2000-2002."

Well, you don't seem to be doing much with your own email so far today: why not noodle around in someone else's?

Please read the site's disclaimer (below)

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before proceeding.

[via Frank Ahrens and the Washington Post]

June 12, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TagAlarm — Because even paranoids get robbed

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Andrea Sachs reviewed it in yesterday's Washington Post Travel section and found it rather difficult to use; here's her take.

    It Came in the Mail: An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.

    What: Zipper alarm for handbags.

    Aimed at: Travelers venturing into sticky-finger zones.

    How much: $19.95

    But does it work? Our ideal anti-pickpocketing device would be a rat trap with an unforgiving jaw. Until that's invented, the TagAlarm does a good job of policing your bag while you're distracted by tourist sights, exotic markets, subway rides, etc. The idea behind the low-tech gadget is that when a bandit tries to unzip your bag, a siren-like noise goes off (there's also a panic button). The set-up involves multiple steps, some of which we fumbled on. We struggled to set the code that would allow us to activate and deactivate (essential!) the alarm, but once the red light was flashing "Go," the rest was easy. Attach main piece (which is the size and weight of a clunky keychain) to zipper tag (it's not designed for clasps or other closures), clip clasp and pin to fabric at the end of the zipper, pop pin into the main piece and wait . . . When we broke into our own bag, strangers looked up to see who -- or what -- was making such a ruckus. That's exactly the kind of attention you want for a bag alarm.

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$19.95 (batteries included).

June 12, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'An invisible person would... be blind'

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Is that so?

    The full quotation, from a story in the May 25 issue of The Economist:

    According to the laws of physics, an invisible person would necessarily be blind. In order to see light, the eye must absorb it, but in order for a person to be invisible, the body must not absorb any light. Thus, a spy plane could not be completely invisible if it were to be used for espionage or, indeed, flown at all, since its pilots would need to know its position relative to the ground.

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    From the New York Times, December 10,1903, editorial page — one week before the successful flight of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk:

    We hope that Professor Langley will not put his substantial greatness as a scientist in further peril by continuing to waste his time and the money involved, in further airship experiments. Life is short, and he is capable of services to humanity incomparably greater than can be expected to result from trying to fly.... For students and investigators of the Langley type there are more useful employments.

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If you can imagine it then it is possible and it will happen.

That is my view of limits.

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And that's all I have to say about that.

June 12, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rolling Suitcase Bottle Holder

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From the website:

    Rolling Suitcase Bottle Holder

    Attaches to luggage for hands-free storage, making it easy to quickly display passport, tickets and other documents at check-in and customs — no more fumbling.

    Expandable, water-resistant, insulated bottle holder keeps drink cool for extended periods of time.

$9.98 (water bottle — and waternot included).

June 12, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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