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February 19, 2009

International Necronautical Society

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Simon Critchley is the head philosopher of this group, whose website "... says its central tenet is 'inauthenticity' and its purpose... devotion to the study of death, a 'space which we intend to map, colonize and eventually inhabit," wrote Dinitia Smith in her January 29, 2009 review of Critchley's new book, "The Book of Dead Philosophers."

February 19, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

February 19, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

London's Brick Lane — Britain's First 'Safe Text' Street

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We're a little late (almost a year — does that work for you?) getting to this story but our motto, "Better late than never," saves us from feeling all that bad about the lag.

Anyway.

Long story short: To prevent people crashing into lampposts and fracturing their skulls while wexting (that's a neoligism you read first right here, right now — it means walking + texting at the same time), the grand panjandrums of London, England have ordered the lampposts on Brick Lane padded (top).

First goalposts, now lampposts... is there no end of padding?

Here's the March 4, 2008 story from The Mail.

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Britain's first 'Safe Text' street has been created complete with padded lampposts to protect millions of mobile phone users from getting hurt in street accidents while walking and texting.

Around one in ten careless Brits has suffered a "walk 'n text" street injury in the past year through collisions with lampposts, bins and other pedestrians.

The 6.6million accidents have caused injuries ranging from mild knocks and embarrassing cuts and bruises through to broken noses, cheekbones and even a fractured skull.

Almost two thirds — 62 per cent — of Brits concentrate so hard while texting that they lose their peripheral vision, researchers found.

Given the apparent dangers of "unprotected text", over a quarter of Brits — 27 per cent — are in favour of creating a 'mobile motorway' on Britain's pavements.

Texters could follow a brightly coloured line, which which would act like a cycle lane, steering them away from obstacles.

And 44 per cent of those surveyed wanted pads placed on lampposts to protect them while texting. The study found that busy city streets were the worst for "walk 'n text" accidents.

The research showed that Brick Lane in East London was the top spot for texting injuries.

Now Brick Lane has been made the country's first "Safe Text" street, with brightly coloured padding, similar to that used on rugby posts, placed on lamp posts to test if it helps protect dozy mobile users.

If the trial is successful, the idea could be rolled out to other London blackspots, including Charing Cross Road, Old Bond Street, Oxford Street and Church Street, Stoke Newington.

Across London, it is claimed there were more than 68,000 such accidents last year, with victims' injuries ranging from minor bruises to fractured skulls.

The blame was placed on the large amount of street furniture such as lamp posts and bins and a growing number of pedestrians attracted by the area's curry houses and bars.

The survey, by text information company 118.com, revealed 44 per cent of mobile users backed the idea of the padding to save themselves from injury and mild embarrassment. Other suggestions included "mobile motorways," like cycle lanes, giving people a brightly coloured line to follow to stay out of danger.

William Ostrom of 118.com said: "The study found Brick Lane was the worst for a combination of reasons. It has a very high concentration of lamp posts, signs and bins in a small area. Added to the pedestrian footfall and the number of drinking establishments, it's a hot spot for accidents."

Britain's 48 million mobile users together send 4.7 million texts an hour.

Campaign groups blamed growing levels of street 'clutter,' such as lamp posts, bins and recycling points. Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, said: "Britain's streets are becoming increasingly like obstacle courses. We were surprised by the scale of accidents but know from our members that cluttered streets continue to cause daily danger."

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Or you could wear one of these

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and safely text your little heart out anywhere.

February 19, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Translucent File Tote

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For those with nothing to hide.

$4.99.

February 19, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Leonardo da Vinci Nail Mosaic

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records it's the world's largest nail mosaic.

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You could look it up.

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Saimir Strati (above and below),

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a 42-year-old Tirana (Albania)-based artist,

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made the piece (top) in August and September of 2006.

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"Using industrial nails, the artist recreated [a] self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci

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using nearly 400 kilos [880 pounds] of nails over a 2 meter x 4 meter [6.5 feet x 13 feet] surface.

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The technique resembles digital photography, in that each nail represents a pixel."

[via Ashley Simko's blogBits & Pieces, Neatorama and obvious]

February 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's most technical butter dish

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At first glance I thought Thomas Heatherwick had turned his attention to the kitchenware space.

TechnoDolts™ will please move along, nothing to see here.

From the website:

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Buttermate™

Measure and store butter easily in this plastic dispenser.

Just insert a stick of butter and move the slider.

Markings for cups, Tbsps., tsps., and pats.

Stainless steel blade cuts tidily.

Hinged lid closes for storage.

Includes replacement blade.

2"L x 2.25"W x 6.25"H.

Dishwasher safe.

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$6.49 (Butter included? Sure, why not? You want Lurpak or Plugrá? What's wrong with you?).

February 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hendrix Electric Vodka Disappears in a Haze

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Long story short: The only place you're ever gonna see it from now on is right here.

Here's Dave Itzkoff's February 18, 2009 New York Times "Arts, Briefly" item with the details.

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Hendrix-Inspired Vodka Disappears in a Haze

A vodka named for Jimi Hendrix will probably never be experienced by consumers after a judge ruled that the product infringes on his trademarks. Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, which own and license Hendrix’s likeness and music, said in a statement that they had won a $3.2 million judgment against Craig Dieffenbach and his Electric Hendrix Spirits, maker of Hendrix Electric Vodka. Electric Hendrix Spirits had described the liquor as inspired “by the innovative spirit of legendary musician Jimi Hendrix,” but the judge, Thomas S. Zilly of Federal District Court in western Washington State, prohibited the company from using Hendrix products for commercial purposes and ordered that the vodka and any related advertising be withdrawn.

February 19, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Ashtray Candlestick

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Multifunctional cast aluminum object from Russian production.

Looks like it fell out of a William Gibson novel.


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Or perhaps got left behind at an abandoned Russian polar nuclear lighthouse, à la "Roadside Picnic."

€30.

February 19, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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