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April 14, 2010

Paris as you've never seen it before

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Gilles Vidal has done

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something

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wonderful.

[via Joe Peach]

April 14, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

PixelPad — 'Ambient-lit 9.7-inch matte screen multi-sketch display'

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I wonder if the Cupertino lawyerbots consider stuff like this within their scope or whether it's innocuous enough to slip under the Cease and Desist radar.

From the website:

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PixelPad

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Supports milliions of colors, diagrams, sketches, languages and characters simultaneously.

Wireless — works anywhere in the world.

Unlimited functional life.

Now shipping.

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$24.

[via Milena]

April 14, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Do Hit Chair

Created by designer Marijn Van der Poll (above, demonstrating in his Eindhoven workshop how to shape it perfectly) for Droog Design, it cost $6,000 when released in 2007.

It's now $9,750.

Wrote Tim McKeough in the April 2010 issue of Wired magazine, "The potential perch arrives as a perfect stainless steel box; you bash your own seat into it with the included long-handled hammer. 'I make a cube,' Van der Poll says, 'then you create a chair.'"

It measures 39.3" x 29.5" x 27.5" (unbashed).

Which means it's not a cube but, rather, a parallelepiped.

April 14, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Adjustable Rolling Pin — Episode 2: Lock and roll

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A variation on a theme which surfaced here over three years ago, at which time I remarked it was "ingenious."

That iteration at the time was about 40% of the price of the current incarnation but in fairness did not include a rolling pin as does today's featured system.

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From the website:

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Take the guesswork out of rolling out bases for pizza, lasagna or pies with this updated rolling pin.

Three sets of removable discs save space (no need for three pins) while providing three raised surfaces for a pastry thickness: 0.07" (2mm), 0.323" (6mm) or 0.39" (10mm).

Discs and locking nut are dishwasher safe.

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Hand wash the wooden pin and air dry.

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Pin size: 16.5"W x 2.5"Ø.

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$20.

[via 7Gadgets and my7475]

April 14, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Continue Time Clock

By Sander Mulder.

"On this Continue Time clock, two out of the three pointers rotate around another pointer, instead of the central point of the clock face as with traditional clocks. The resulting kinetic artwork and fully functional clock continually changes its shape during a full rotation of 12 hours."

"The widest pointer (attached to the clockwork) shows the hours, the medium-sized pointer (attached to the hour pointer) shows the minutes, and the smallest pointer (attached to the minute pointer) shows the seconds."

Limited edition of 40 pieces.

Apply within.

April 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Geek Dice — 'If you want to know what you rolled, you better be fluent in calculus, matrix theory, probability, trigonometry and modulo arithmetic'

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Created by Eric C. Harshbarger.

From his website:

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Above are some original dice I have created myself (using a laser cutter to engrave blank dice).

I grew up playing tabletop role-playing games, including 1st edition AD&D (I still have all of my old modules and DRAGON magazines). I don't play anymore, but if I ever needed to roll up stats for a new character, I have created the ultimate geek-dice for just such a task: math-dice. Instead of dice with numbers one though six on them, I've designed three six-sided dice (blue, green, and red) with various mathematical expressions on them which equal the numbers 1-6.

These are not your friendly, school-supply-store-dice to teach adding and subtracting. Screw that. If you want to know what number you've rolled, you better be fluent in calculus, matrix theory, probability, trigonometry, and modulo arithmetic. If you're lucky a die might land face up with "1+4" on it, or maybe just a square or cubic root.

The dice are 5/8" (16mm) in size. And yes, opposite faces add up to the fifth root of 16,807.

So, if your Dungeon Master can't calculate an infinite series or trignometric functions, I guess he'll just have to take your word on how high that Agility Score really is.

Note: I have licensed these math dice to Game Station. As they now have exclusive rights to produce and sell them, I will not be selling them on my site (I'll put a direct link to them as soon as they have them available).

Here is a PDF file showing the expressions

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used on all of the faces.

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[via Microservios and MathPuzzle]

April 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sign of the times

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[via Dahlia Rideout and divine caroline]

April 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rolex Deep Sea Special (circa 1960)

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According to Rolex, "Never seen by the public, this Rolex model [above] descended nearly 7 miles, and withstood 8 tons of pressure per square inch."

It's one of possibly fewer than 10 exemplars, made in stainless steel and fitted with stainless steel or stainless steel and gold bracelets.

On January 23, 1960 it accompanied U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) Don Walsh, "who piloted the historic U.S. Navy bathyscape Trieste 35,800 feet below the surface, to the deepest point on the planet."

Both the watch and Captain Walsh will be at Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia today — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 14, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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