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December 2, 2009

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers — Radio City Music Hall Rockettes


As promised.

December 2, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Clementine Henrion's Eternal 'Balloons'

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Wrote their Parisian designer,

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"They are entirely handmade of fabric in my own workshop.

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They are stuffed with kapok and feel like a soft pillow, and contain no helium.

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Rather, a tiny flap

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at the top allows ceiling mounting,

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recreating the effect of a magic flying balloon that will never descend."

$132–$275.

[via Pulp]

December 2, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

McDonald's Hotspot — 'Wi-Fries'

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Genius.

From O VALOR DO DESIGN: "Embora eu não simpatize com as práticas selvagens das grandes redes capitalistas, principalmente as redes americanas (por questões ideológicas), não poderia deixar de elogiar esta campanha do Mcdonalds, apelidada de “Wi-Fries”. Esta campanha de cunho altamente minimalista, foi bem aceita na Austrália, país em que foi veiculada (a boa aceitação de tal campanha será devido ao fato deste país ser o grande quintal dos americanos ou porque a campanha é boa mesmo? Penso que ambas as respostas sejam afirmativas). A campanha é simples e bem resolvida: para divulgar a informação de que todos os estabelecimentos do Mcdonalds iriam ter Wi-fi de graça, a Agência DDB, de Sydney."

[via Brogui]

December 2, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Yves Saint Laurent x Caviar House & Prunier Caviar

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Original design by the great couturier.

125g.

£395.

December 2, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Cord/cable control hack

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If you're anything like me you hate cords marring the overall feng shui of your environment, and so are willing to go to what some might consider extreme lengths (as it were) to make them as inconspicuous as possible.

But oftimes you just don't have the energy or time to do an all-out disguise job.

At such times I've always turned to good old Scotch tape.

The ubiquitous transparent version (below)

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works fine but tends to be reflective in light-filled environments.

Thus, my default choice in recent years has been the Magic Tape pictured up top.

It's got a matte finish so it's less visible and reflective, and it sticks as well as the original.

One additional tip: I recommend the 3/4"-wide iteration as opposed to the 1/2" — it holds much better and you'll end up using fewer pieces to secure your cord or cable.

December 2, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Elastika — by Zaha Hadid

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Her sculpture (above and below)

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in the historic Moore Furniture Company Building in Miami

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is part of the current fifth edition

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of Design Miami.

December 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"In the future, everyone will have his own TV show" — Adam Penenberg

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Kerry Hannon's November 30, 2009 USA Today review of Penenberg's new book, "Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves," reported his surmise in the headline up top.

Interesting stuff.

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'Viral Loop' shows how viral marketing boosts start-ups

Adam Penenberg's latest book, "Viral Loop," is catching.

Penenberg, a professor of journalism at New York Univesity, dizzily taps into the energy of the entrepreneurs who over the last decade and a half created some very successful Web-based businesses — Facebook, PayPal, Hotmail, to name a few. Their mode of operation: viral marketing, a method of product promotion that relies on getting customers to market an idea, product or service by telling their friends about it, usually by e-mail.

There is a big difference between virility online and what is found in nature, he points out. "Most people do not spread viruses intentionally. Over the Web, however, users enthusiastically disseminate information, ideas and more."

Penenberg's well-reported analysis of the viral landscape, from its history through its future promise, will resonate whether you plan to start a business, promote one online or simply are feeding off its offerings both as a consumer and a social butterfly.

Through interviews with Web pioneers, and extensive use of books by other authors, magazine and newspaper articles, he weaves together an engaging tale of how viral businesses start, operate and ultimately make money (or will) in today's Web-savvy world of commerce and social networking.

What's a viral loop? Think Hotmail. In 1996, the firm placed a link in every online message offering the recipient the ability to set up his or her own free Web-mail account. Within 30 months, Hotmail went from zero to 30 million members. Viral networks include big guns such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn along with hundreds of others around the world.

It's pervasive. "Because we are almost constantly communicating with friends, family and colleagues over a vast viral plain, our written self-expressions, whether they be forwarded e-mails, ideas, jokes, links or memes, spread virally. Not just person to person, but social cluster to social cluster. As the Internet continues to go more mobile, becoming gradually untethered from the desktop, this viral plain is both breaking up and expanding," he writes.

To advance the Andy Warhol observation that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, Penenberg surmises that in the future, everyone will have his own TV show. "What is a profile on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo or Tagged but a kind of reality show starring ... you?" he asks.

For a business to make it in our Web world, it needs to drill down to the core of its consumers. It's the consumer who will ultimately become the billboard for a business and spread the word.

As au courant as it sounds, viral marketing has been around for decades. The 1950s Tupperware party was "the greatest viral network of its day," Penenberg writes. Its "rabbit-like" growth was the epitome of word-of-mouth virility. Each party attendee was a potential salesperson.

Virility is suited to the Internet "where enough clicks can project a message to millions of people." It has proved a success not just in business but in politics. Barack Obama's presidential bid delivered grass-roots campaigning to the Web by uniting social networks and the mobile Internet into a vital platform of Obama's successful effort to win votes.

What about making money from the business itself, not just by building up a free consumer base and selling it for megabucks? A final section, "Monetizing the Social Graph," presents ways a viral business can get people to make recommendations through their online social network for paying advertisers. As with Tupperware, people trust the opinions of those they trust, while they usually disregard pop-up ads online.

December 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Icetris

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"Icetris allows you to make ice cubes shaped like the famous tetrominoes."

Blue, Red or Green.

9.6" x 4.3" x 1".

$13.46.

December 2, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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