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June 9, 2010

A note on shadows

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Constant readers will know that as a rule I crop photos very tightly, with no more than a pixel or two of margin around featured objects or people.

Yet once in a while I'm faced with a quandary, in that sometimes shadows are integral to a photo's effectiveness.

Consider the two above and below.

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Which do you prefer?

Or how about this

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and this:

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Or this 

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versus 

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this?

June 9, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

June 9, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Dream Water

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At first I thought it was from the Outback but I was quickly disabused as I read Laura Johannes's March 30, 2010 Wall Street Journal story about the plethora of new relaxation beverages hitting the market.

She wrote, "Dream Water contains melatonin, a hormone which has been shown to aid sleep in healthy people and help fight insomnia...."

More: "Melatonin in beverages has come under regulatory scrutiny. The FDA issued a January 13, 2010 warning letter ... stating that melatonin... is not an approved food additive."

June 9, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The shape of things to come?

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[via bennybb]

June 9, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Pocket Enigma

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"One wheel version of a real Enigma in a smart CD case. Designed exclusively for and only available through Bletchley Park, Pocket Enigma is a little cipher machine."

£4.99.

June 9, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fake Swimming Pool

Designed in 2004

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by Buenos Aires artist Leandro Erlich.

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"In one of the courtyards of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa,

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is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck.

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When seen from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water.

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In fact, however, a layer of water only some 10 centimeters deep is suspended over transparent glass.

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Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter."

[via Amusing Planet and Milena]

June 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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Apply within.

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June 9, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What your email address says about your computer skills

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June 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Chairless — Episode 2: Brainless™

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You may recall April's post featuring Alejandro Aravena's "Chairless" (above and below), an "ultra-minimal strap designed to be wrapped around the body in lieu of a chair."

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It was introduced with much fanfare at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this past March.

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Well, guess what?

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My BrainGenius™ crack research team put their collective cortices together and came up with the Brainless™ strap.

Introduced at the Fête de Morons in Charlottesville this morning, our Podunk town iteration employs the same principle as the famous Chilean architect's creation, but offers a very low-rent, for-sale-right-now alternative to his as yet unavailable version.

Simply get a yoga strap and cinch it, then put it around yourself and voilà: Brainless.

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I don't know what the designer version will cost if it ever goes on the market but I guarantee you it'll be a multiple of 10 times more than the $3.88 you'll pay here.

June 9, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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