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November 20, 2009

TechnoDolt™ Certification Program

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Suggested by Ray Earhart, who wrote, "I'm thinking you need to develop a TechnoDolt™ certification program. The fun part would be scoring it. Nobody who scores over 30% or anyone who quits in the middle of the test gets certified."

It's on.

November 20, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Inflatable Hanger

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"A must for drip-dry garments and fabrics. Separates front from back, improving air flow for faster drying. Rounded edges prevent 'hanger crease' at the shoulders. Swivel hook for easy hanging. Deflate to pack flat."

Two for $2.89.

November 20, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello — from 423 miles up

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Half-meter resolution photo taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite on July 25, 2009.

[via James Thornburg]

November 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A watch no amount of money can buy

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It's the limited edition Bremont MBI with a red anodized case (above and below).

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Why isn't your money good enough?

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Because this special model of the MBII is available only to those aviators who have been saved by a Martin-Baker ejection seat.

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Wrote Simon de Burton in a June 13, 2009 Financial Times story about the timepiece, "At the time of writing, the tally of ejectees, which is kept at Martin-Baker's UK headquarters in Buckinghamshire, stood at 7,280 since the first seat was put to use in November 1946, just four years after Sir James Martin penned the original designs for the MK1 following an airplane crash that killed Captain Valentine Baker, with whom he had founded the Martin-Baker Aircraft Company in 1934."

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For those who have no need for a watch since, having survived an in-flight disaster which required ejection, they're quite aware of being on borrowed time, there's also the Martin-Baker tie, which for a long time has been available to those fortunate souls who belong to the Ejection Tie Club.

November 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Quantum Woman 2 — by Julian Voss-Andreae

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The German-born Portland [Oregon]-based sculptor began as a painter, then changed course and studied physics at universities in Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna.

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He pursued graduate research in quantum physics, participating in a seminal experiment demonstrating quantum behavior in buckyballs (C60).

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He then moved to the U.S. to pursue further training in art, graduating in 2004 from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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The stainless steel sculpture above is 69"H x 19"W x 16"D.

Below, an interview with the artist.

[via Marshall Minshew]

November 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Virtual Jewelry — by Tom Binns

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Laminated magazine paper collage jewels.

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Binns may have a shop on Perry Street in New York City's West Village — if it even opened as was speculated in January of this year.

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Probe his website for stores that carry his wares.

[via Jazzi McG]

November 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tomorrow (November 21, 2009) is No Music Day

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Long story short: No Music Day, first celebrated on November 21, 2005, is "... the brainchild of Bill Drummond [above], former frontman of dance band The KLF and seasoned cultural provocateur," wrote Laura Battle in a November 16, 2009 Financial Times story.

Excerpts follow.

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As the recording industry has developed throughout the 20th century – “the Age of Noise”, according to Aldous Huxley – and into the 21st, there has been an increasing interest in the cultural and commercial value of music and, correspondingly, the function and significance of silence.

The date [November 21] is no accident: in true fast-before-the-feast tradition it falls on the eve of celebrations for the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, on November 22. And a theme of mild rebellion is promoted through a website displaying little more than a cheery, quasi-political manifesto ordering, among other things, that: “No hymns will be sung... no records will be played on the radio... iPods will be left at home... jingles will not jangle... milkmen will not whistle... ” What started as an almost private observance has gathered pace and publicity over five years.

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“I had this fantasy of being a medieval hermit and travelling from my hermitage in the middle of nowhere to a city. I get to the city, I find the cathedral, I walk through its doors into a shaft of sunlight, and there’s a choir practising,” Drummond explains. “I know that the impact of that music would be far greater than anything I could experience in my life from now on in.”

... many people have become frightened of silence. Inevitably, a fear of silence is inextricably linked with a fear of death, because even if we insulate ourselves against all extraneous noise we are still aware of the thudding metronome inside our chest. But many people now choose to live their lives with a continual soundtrack accompaniment. Aware of this effect, Drummond has gradually weaned himself off a dependence on music – he has got rid of his entire CD collection – and attempts actively to listen as opposed to passively hearing. He describes it as “a radical shift in my life” and says he has noticed a marked sharpening of the senses.

... he believes that recording was in essence “a 20th-century medium” and that it will not exist in the same way in the future.

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This year No Music Day is being hosted by the Austrian city of Linz, this year’s European Capital of Culture, and the planned events add up to an impressive swansong (if that is the right word) for the initiative: schools and churches are having no sung music during the day, the main cinema is playing only films with no soundtrack, Spar shops have agreed not to play music and McDonald’s outlets are displaying No Music Day statements on their canteen trays. As for the future, the website will remain but Drummond will no longer function as the public face of the campaign.

November 20, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Just how Goth are you? Bob Partington's Blood Pen

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Well?

[via Keystone Design Union and Jhuly Johns]

November 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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