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August 29, 2009

Laura Linney Cloned

In her new incarnation she has red hair — as any fool can plainly see in the new Apple commercial above.

August 29, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Clutch Light — by Scott Jarvie


"Made of hundreds of simple striped plastic drinking straws


and based on the structural characteristics


of trees."

[via MoCo Loco]

August 29, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Every known picture of Thomas Pynchon


The seven above and below, gleaned from a variety of sources, appear to comprise all that exist outside of the dark world, where no doubt there are many more — perhaps even home movies, who knows? — of the elusive writer, whose latest novel, "Inherent Vice," has just been published.

If anyone has other photos you know whom to contact.

That's right — Yosemite Sam.

But I digress.

Above, a 1953 photo from Pynchon's Oyster Bay (Long Island, New York) High School yearbook (The Oysterette), captioned: "'Pynch'; P&G Yearbook; Trade Fair 2,3; Sr. Play student director; Spanish Club 3,4; Honor Society 3, 4; likes pizza; dislikes hypocrites; pet possession, a typewriter; aspires to be a physicist."



a second photo from that yearbook, where it appeared in the "Best Student" section and honored Pynchon for being the best male student of 1953.



is one lifted from a high school yearbook group staff photo.

Then there's this one,


part of a staff photo for the Purple and Gold, Pynchon's high school newspaper.

Its caption reads, "The Purple and Gold has carried on the old tradition of service to the school. It has also made its own new innovations. The principal one being a column by Thomas Pynchon that has dealt with such learned subjects as the 'Life and Times of Hamster High,' a legend about a stupid knight, and, of course, the 'Boys.'"

This undated picture


comes from Microsoft's Encarta.

The 1957 shot below


is of the 20-year-old Pynchon at the Navy's Bainbridge, Maryland Training Center.

It was first seen in David Cowart's 1980 book, "Thomas Pynchon — The Art of Allusion."

Then there's a 41-year hiatus, until correspondent James Bone of London's Sunday Times decided to try to find him in New York City, where he'd managed to place Pynchon.

Bone succeeded, publishing the results of his quest in a June 7, 1998 article accompanied by the "paparazzi-style point-and-snap" below of Pynchon and his then seven-year-old son Jackson,


"the first published photograph of Thomas Pynchon for more than 40 years."

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Umbrella Pot


"Rainwater drains into the plant pot via internal holes."

33cm W x 29cm D x 52cm H.

Hnmgbb jm

By Kyouei Design.




[via Spoon & Tamago and noquedanblogs]

August 29, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Bodies in Urban Spaces' — by Cie. Willi Dorner

Above, the Austrian artist's piece at Philly Fringe 2008.

[via Milena]

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Back to school socks


From the top down: Notebook,




and Composition.

Apiece, $11.99.

$32 for the set.


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Rules of Thumb — by Tom Parker

In case of emergency 1

From the introduction to the 1983 edition: "A rule of thumb is a homemade recipe for making a guess. It is an easy-to-remember guide that falls somewhere between a mathematical formula and a shot in the dark .... Rules of thumb are a kind of tool."

And: "... a rule of thumb is not always right. It is simply a personal tool for making things work most of the time, under most conditions."

Also: "This is a book for curious people. It is not a book of facts; it is a book of experience. It is by people who like to guess with precision."

Parker's written three volumes of rules over the years, of which I happened on the 1983 iteration, which I believe was the first (the 2008 edition appears to be the third).

Among the various tips and tricks in it were two from Kevin Kelly, then of Athens, Georgia, still in his Whole Earth/CoEvolution Quarterly incarnation and yet to emerge as grand founding editor panjandrum of Wired magazine.

One of Kelly's hints was among the most useful in the book, to wit: "To untangle anything stringlike keep pulling the mess outward, making it larger and looser until the loops untangle themselves. This is your only hope of success."

True enough.

But you have to love that Kelly-esque final line.

On second thought, you don't have to love it.

It's OK to like it.

Or even hate it.

I don't care.

Nor does he.

And you can take that to the bank.

Other ones I liked:

"Don't tap the face of a sticky gauge any harder than you tap the bridge of your nose."

"Don't tell a reporter anything you don't want printed. Not that they can't be trusted, but what you tell reporters off the record can lead them to another source who may not be so discreet."

"It takes almost twice as long to find something in your coat pockets when you are not wearing your coat. If you have a flight jacket or parka with more than four pockets, you can usually save time by putting it on just to look through the pockets."

"For capturing pythons, anacondas, boas and other large constrictors, it is wise to have one person for every 4 or 5 feet of snake."

I sent a draft of this post to Kevin Kelly and he noted that there's now a Rules of Thumb website.

One great thing about Kelly I've noticed over the years is that invariably anything he touches is improved after contact with his BrainField™.

One of these days I'll do a BehindTheMedspeak Rules of Thumb.

August 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Octopus Fun Float


From websites:


• Includes 4 inflatable rings for toss game and repair patch

• 6 extended arms, measures 85" x 85" x 33.5"

• For pool or lawn



[via InventorSpot and O VALOR DO DESIGN]

August 29, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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