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March 24, 2008

You ask, we answer: 'Do they shoot models if they break a leg?'

joehead Skipweasel (sounds like a regular at the Mos Eisley Cantina, what? But I digress), after digesting this morning's 10:01 a.m. post ("High Tide Heels") commented, "Given how hard it is to walk forwards in flippers to start with, adding heels is just asking for trouble. Do they shoot models if they break a leg?"

No sooner did his question come in over the virtual transom than I pulled my crack research team away from their many and varied duties (retrieving a button cell battery dropped down a heating vent, etc.) to find out whether in fact such a fate awaits models who fall while strutting their stuff.

Believe it or not, they came up with footage of the Gaultier show featuring the model pictured in the earlier post (below) —


and indeed, she almost did a face plant!

It occurs two minutes and 18 seconds into the video up top.

Nice job, team.

Even though you didn't answer the question.

March 24, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Weight Loss Sunglasses


From the website:






Hold on a sec....

Okay, from the top.

From a website:

    Shades that help you lose weight

    Check out these weight loss blue-shaded sunglasses that make food look dull and boring [top].

    The glasses make food appear more blue and according to research, blue is the least appetizing color on the spectrum.

    Not sure how effective they are but if you have used a pair let us know.



Me, I like the following explanation, perhaps from the same folks who brought us "All your base are belong to us."

    How it works:

    It stimulates the physiological circulation of the human that it is appetite the effect of red approaches the brain among non consciousness, would like to eat generally, that it increases. It is said that the appetite it calms the excitation of the brain above that would like to eat blue color conversely, is held down. Those where the color physiology is applied are these sunglasses. “You drink continuously” if and so on poor even with the person where “it moves”, this because just you apply with easily is, it is easy to continue without being chased in stress, probably will be.



Well, there it is, then.

¥1,890 ($18.75; £9.45; €12.15).

[via LaValle Linn and techchee.com]

March 24, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Michael Reynolds is the 'Garbage Warrior'

Stephen Holden in yesterday's New York Times noted tomorrow evening's one-time only screening in New York City of Oliver Hodge's new documentary, "Garbage Warrior," about Reynolds.

Long story short: He's a rebel architect who decided soon after he finished school that his training was worthless.

Wrote Holden, who called Reynolds "the ultimate recycler": "... he and a small band of followers have devoted their energy to creating structures he calls environmental earthships: housing made of discarded automobile tires, beer cans, plastic water bottles and other landfill materials mixed with dirt. The shapeless structures have no electrical lines or sewer pipes and make maximum use of light, wind and rainwater."

"Garbage Warrior" belongs to the David and Goliath school of documentary filmmaking with its true story of a scrappy little guy taking on the big, bad establishment. Mr. Reynolds’s constructions, many of them in the New Mexico desert around Taos, inevitably violate local zoning and housing regulations. The movie focuses on his 1997 courtroom battle after the authorities tried to shut down an earthship community. A charismatic, shaggy-haired renegade with a warm sense of humor, Mr. Reynolds makes agreeable company."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) in Lincoln Center; 212-875-5600; filmlinc.org; $11.

But perhaps you're not going to be able to make the screening.

I can see how that could be the case, considering how busy you are.

No problema.

The film will make its US TV premier on the Sundance Channel next week Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

March 24, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

March 24, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

DNA Smiley Faces


Paul W. K. Rothemund manipulated molecules of DNA to create smiley faces (above) that are one one-thousandth the width of a human hair.

The graphic below


is one of over 200 images and objects in a new exhibition, "Design and the Elastic Mind," at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

[via John Schwartz and the New York Times]

March 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nixie Tube Wristwatch — 'What if LED and LCD displays had never been invented?'


Alas, you'll just have to gaze in technolust at these photos, unless you're fortunate enough to find someone who owns one of the 10 created and given away by the designer, Jeff Thomas, for Christmas in 2001 or the 25 he made and sold (for $495 apiece) in early 2002.

The back story is on the watch's website.


The Nixie Tube Digital Wristwatch


Why a Nixie Tube Wristwatch?... because it had never been done before!

The wristwatch was designed using surface mount components and miniature NOS (1968 vintage) Nixie Tubes.

To view the time, simply press the button on the front of the watch to illuminate the Nixie Tubes.

Daylight viewing is good and nighttime viewing is like an orange beacon.


The dimensions are only 2.75"L x 1.5"W x 1.2"H — it's very small (for a Nixie wristwatch).

The Nixie Wristwatch does not have a microprocessor or programmed components.

Standardized low-power CMOS logic drive the Nixies in DC mode.



the underside of the Nixie Wristwatch circuit board at 5X.

March 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

High Tide Heels — by Lisa Carney


Nice job by my crack research team, drilling down all the way to the Antipodes to identify Australian designer Lisa Carney as the inventor of these amphibious heels, which appeared on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald.

On Friday, July 13, 2007 she wrote Manolo (of Manolo's Shoe Blogs) as follows: "It was me! I am the designer of these high heeled flippers! I made them for my catwalk show for Mercedes Australian Fashion week 2002 at Bondi Iceberbs. This model opened the show and played the part of Ursula Andress walking (with not a lot of grace) from the sea."


You could look it up.

The aforementioned Manolo wrote, "Perfect for the She-Cousteau."

I won't disagree.

A commenter on Manolo's post wrote, "Perfect for Scuba Barbie."

Once again, I won't disagree.

the Elle mentioned to Manolo that Jean Paul Gaultier sent these


high-heeled flippers down the runway


in his Spring 2007 Ready-To-Wear show.

[via cat@log]

March 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (18) | TrackBack

The Gripper — 'Don't slip, get a grip'


From the website:

    The Gripper™

    Grip strength not what was?

    The Gripper goes over a metal faucet handle, making it easier to turn on and off.

    Use with outdoor faucets, stubborn spigots, wash sinks, water heaters, etc.

    Includes 2 different sized grip locks and one red and one blue indicator cap per handle.

    No more sore hands!


Though not mentioned in the ad copy, these would be very helpful for kids who need to use those faucets.


March 24, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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