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July 28, 2006

Prehistoric Gulliver: The Hand Tools

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Lenin observed that "quantity has its own quality."

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So with concrete.

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Artist Michael Heizer "since 1970 has been living in the Nevada desert and working on an immense environmental earthwork, a permanent complex of Minimalist forms which at more than a mile long and quarter-mile wide is one of the largest sculptures created by an individual artist."

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So wrote Ken Johnson in the July 21 New York Times in his review of Heizer's new show of eight sculptures (above and below), up though September 23 at the PaceWildenstein Gallery in New York.

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All the works were created in the late 1980s and represent much-enlarged concrete copies of prehistoric hand tools, not abstractions but, rather, precise magnifications of actual existing objects used for cutting or scraping, ranging in size from about 5 feet to over 16 feet.

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This show represents the first time that Heizer's sculptures have been exhibited together in the U.S.

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See how your ancestors earned a living.

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PaceWildenstein is at 545 West 22nd Street, Chelsea; 212-421-3292.

July 28, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A million dollar idea from a brain-dead anesthesiologist in a Podunk town

Tweak a treadmill such that it goes as fast — but no faster or slower — than the cat (or person, if there happens to be one sharing it) using it.

Long story short: I run fast, the treadmill matches my speed; I slow down to jog for a while, so does the treadmill to match me.

If Dean Kamen can create a wheelchair smart enough to rise up on two legs and safely go up and down the stairs with a person sitting in it, the SmartMill™ can't be all that difficult a concept to engineer.

Huge profits to the company that brings it to market first.

See how nice I am?

I even threw in the name for nothing.

July 28, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A. Hólmavík, Iceland

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Q. What is the happiest city in the happiest country in the world?

Those are the results of a recent study reported in the British daily The Guardian and a survey by news radio station NFS, according to a June 29 article in the Iceland Review.

"Hólmavík (above), which has a population 'close to four hundred' according to its website, is a fishing town in the north-western part of Iceland and boasts of a 'shrimp factory' and 'a good harbour,'" stated the Review.

The Guardian noted that the study, by economists Andrew Leigh of the Australian National University and Justin Wolfers, of the Wharton School, "ranked Russians, Ukrainians, Romanians and Bulgarians as the most miserable."

FunFact: Hólmavík is the home of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft (below).

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[via icelandreview.com]

July 28, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Butt Face Towel

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When I first saw this yesterday I thought it was disgusting.

But after I slept* on it last night, I woke up today and smelled the coffee** and came to my senses: who am I to decide what's too disgusting for you?

I mean, I just work here.

Without furthur ado, then, the website's description:

    Head To Bottom Towel

    100% cotton towel features "Butt" and "Face" embroidery so everyone is clear on what goes where.

    Makes a goofy gift for the good-humored and is a great way to get your guests giggling.

    25-1/4"W x 44"L.

    Machine wash.

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"Head To Bottom" indeed.

Res ipsa loquitur, really; I don't know what got into me to make me go on as I did above.

If all this is too confusing just go Biblical and turn the other cheek.

$9.99.

*Not literally

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July 28, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Red Roller — Find the fastest, cheapest (but hopefully not out of control) way to ship a package

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Still in beta but that's better than zeta, what?

The good news: redroller.com (free, by the way) generates all-in-one price quotes from DHL, the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and regional carriers Eastern Connection and Overnite Express.

The bad news: UPS refuses to play nice so you have to go to Iship.com, its company-owned site, for a price quote.

But wait — there's more!

Red Roller schedules pickups, generates shipping labels, checks addresses, tracks packages and lets you create an online address book.

FunFact: It can cost anywhere from $1.73 to $69.73 to send a one-pound box from Los Angeles to a New York residential address, depending on the shipping options you choose.

[via Stephanie Chen and the Wall Street Journal]

July 28, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Yves Béhar Limited Edition Cashmere Hoodie

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I want one but I can't have one, for three reasons:

1) Only 75 were produced for Lutz & Patmos back in in the Spring of 2002, and I suspect they're long since disappeared into some very stylish drawers and closets.

2) Even if one came up for sale at auction on eBay I'm certain the bidding would start in the high four figures and quickly ascend to five, more than I'd be willing to pay.

3) I'm not nearly cool enough to wear one.

But that doesn't mean I can't love the idea of it.

Consider the hoodie's features:

1) Each cashmere fiber was coated with Teflon to make the garment water-repellent

2) Straight body

3) Ergonomic sideseams

4) Riri zippers

5) Small shoulders

6) All seams fully fashioned

7) Deep tubular hems

8) Packs into separate nylon bag for storage, traveling and protection from "humidity and moths"

My best guess is that the hoodie cost $3,000 new when it came out four years ago.

Note: if anyone reading this knows the model up top, tell her to have that mole on her neck checked yesterday; I don't like the look of it one bit.

July 28, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Glossary of Coffee Terminology

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From acerbic to woody, everything you need to know is right here.

July 28, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pen Holster

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From the website:

    Pen Grip™

    Mounts in any position, even upside down, to hold 8 writing instruments.

    Place near desk, computer, phone or in car, garage or locker.

    Grippers keep items in place.

    Adhesive mount included.

    4-1/4W x 2-1/2"W x 1-1/2"D.

    Black plastic.

99¢.

Also available in white, but that's gonna cost you: $2.75.

In neither case (black or white) are the pens, pencils and Sharpie™ pictured up top included.

July 28, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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