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May 12, 2009

Lobotomy Bock


Just in this afternoon from the sage of Indiana, Mr. Cliff Marsiglio.

The subject heading of his email: "Jooooooooooe!"

I wonder how much of his six-pack was already on the inside


when he got around to giving me the heads-up?






I guess that Delirium Tremens post hit a nerve, what?

[via NOTCOT]

May 12, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Water Clock


"This elegantly minimal clock lets you create your own custom time-telling device using a combination of plates, cups and liquid of your choice."


"Designed by Kouichi Okamoto with ceramicist Daniel Jo, the Water Clock consists of a small fired clay base topped with a pair of magnetic spheres. A pair of powerful magnets underneath the delicate clay surface move the tiny orbs in a circular path to tell the current time. The red shows the minutes, the white one the hours."


"While the spheres are magnetic, they’re also buoyant, so if you fill up a glass with water, the 'hands' of the clock actually float on the surface of the water. Each of the spheres can be placed into any dish, plate or other vessel."


2"H x 7.85"W x 7.85"D.



[via CoolestGadgets and technabob]

May 12, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is this famous bust of Nefertiti a fake?

A bust of Nefertiti, on display at Berlin's Altes Museum, may be a fake, art historians say.

Yesterday came news of a heretofore hidden face; now it turns it may have been made in Germany in 1912.

Here's this past Saturday's CBC News story with the details.


Nefertiti bust may be a fake: art historians

The bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, considered to be the Mona Lisa of the ancient world, may be a fake, according to two art experts.

Swiss historian Henri Stierlin, author of several books on Egypt and the Middle East, claims in his new work, Le Buste de Nefertiti – une Imposture de l'Egyptologie? (The Bust of Nefertiti – an Egyptology Fraud?) that the treasure, until now believed to be 3,300 years old, could be a 1912 copy.

He suggests it was made by an artist named Gerardt Marks on the orders of German archeologist Ludwig Borchardt, who is credited with digging it out of the banks of the Nile south of Cairo in 1912.

"It seems increasingly improbable that the bust is an original," Stierlin, who has been working on the subject for 25 years, told Agence France-Press.

He said Borchardt had hoped to produce a new likeness of the 18th-dynasty Egyptian queen wearing a necklace he knew she had owned, and at the same time carry out a colour test with ancient pigments found at the archeological site.

But Stierlin said a German prince admired the copy as an original, and Borchardt didn't want to make his guest look stupid.

Recent radiological tests seemed to have proven that the bust was more than 3,000 years old. They also uncovered a hidden face carved into the statue's limestone core.

But Stierlin has argued that while is it possible to carbon-date pigments, it is impossible to accurately date the bust because it is made of stone covered in plaster.

Inconsistent with Egyptian style

He noted that the bust has no left eye, which the ancient Egyptians would have considered a sign of disrespect to their queen. He pointed out that the shoulders were cut vertically, while Egyptian artisans cut their busts' shoulders horizontally.

And he said French archeologists who were present at the 1912 dig never mentioned the find, nor did contemporary written accounts.

Berlin author and historian Edrogan Ercivan's new book, Missing Link in Archaeology, which was published last week, adds to Stierlin's argument. Ercivan has also called the Nefertiti bust a fake, saying it was modelled on Borchardt's wife, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Both historians have said Borchardt kept the bust for 11 years before handing it over to a Berlin museum.

Dietrich Wildung, director of Berlin's Egyptian Museum, has refuted the historians' claims, saying they are attempts to exploit the work's popularity. "A beautiful woman and a putative scandal — that always sells," he told the Guardian.

The bust is now on display at Berlin's Altes Museum. It will return to the Neues Museum when it reopens in October after a restoration by British architect David Chipperfield.

Queen Nefertiti, the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, lived from about 1370 BC to 1330 BC.

May 12, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Football Tape


"Adhesive tape with a football pattern. Allows you to construct footballs. Works better if you stuff them with sports publications."

A 2004 design by Martí Guixé.

May 12, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: The Body Botox


Above, a superb graphic that accompanied Natasha Singer's informative and educational (certainly to this anesthesiologist) April 11, 2009 New York Times Science section article about how Botox — like bad girls — pretty much now goes everywhere.

May 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Coffin Couches


Long story short: They recycle caskets collected from funeral homes that, under California state law, cannot be sold to the general public and cannot be used as final resting places because of "slight cosmetic inconsistencies."

From the website:


Welcome to Coffin Couches


We at Coffin Couches have the mindset of
thinking "Green" and we know it is different
but we strongly believe in recycling. Our niche
happens to be 18 gauge steel coffins which we
collected from local funeral homes primarily in
Southern California. It is a health and safety law that
funeral homes cannot resell used coffins to the general
public. We approached funeral directors with the attitude
of recycling. These coffins are not used for burial due to


slight cosmetic inconsistencies. They are reconfigured and
modified resulting in a finished product — a unique one-of-a-
kind coffin couch. If you notice (although it may be too small) the six
cast iron heavy duty legs are embossed with the universal biohazard
insignia. The reason we utilize this sign is because safety is our utmost
concern. If you are not aware, once a human body is placed in a coffin
it is considered biohazard tissue. The legs have the embossed insignia for
precautionary reasons in the event body fluids are exchanged on these coffins.
Perhaps you would feel safe knowing that you are at a designated biohazard scene!


Thirteen styles to choose from.

From $3,500.


Apply within.

May 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Old Time Radio

Wrote Dean Kaltsas, "Go to www.archive.org. Then search for the term 'OTR' which stands for 'old time radio'  and you will find a list of shows. In many cases in the upper right there is a player you can use to play the shows. You can also download the MP3 files of these shows. Fascinating stuff!"

There goes the day.

May 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Squeeze Cup


A 2003 design in slipcast ceramic


by Maya Vinitsky combining a juicer and cup.

May 12, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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