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July 14, 2010

Nature by Numbers — Cristóbal Vila

Back story here.

[via FlowingData and Infosthetics]

July 14, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

But how about giving us a fighting chance, joe?


1. It's man-made


2. It contains no metal

3. It's not edible

July 14, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Jewel goes undercover to a karaoke bar and sings — "It's the first time anyone's ever been asked to do an encore!"

Wrote Adam P. Knave this morning on his singular site, Stop Motion Verbosity, " This is priceless. Jewel goes undercover to a karaoke bar and sings her own songs. Just fantastic."


[via Funny or Die]

July 14, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

[Go fly a] Pocket Kite


Why the heck not?

Wrote Toby Plewak, "The pocket kite is a small sled-style kite that is kept in a small zippered pouch attached to a key ring that also contains a little reel loaded with kite string."


Plastic pouch measures 1-1/4" thick by 3-1/2" in diameter.

When unfolded, kite measures 12" by 18".

At $4.95, cheap at twice the price.

And no — you can't pick your colors.


They do that.

[via Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland]

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

Men v Women — It's all about shoes


[via b3ta and bennybb]

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

World's best crutches


Hey, don't take my word for it.

Read what Gus Gustafson had to say about them in his recent review in Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland.



These are the best crutches in the world, no hyperbole. If you've ever used traditional crutches you might remember how painful they were to the hands and/or underarms. Not these. I first got them after a pair of forearm crutches became so painful to the hands. By redesigning how and where you hold them they reduce pressure to the underarm and hands. Like traditional crutches they are adjustable, based on your height.

I had an articular cartilage tear in my knee (femur, specifically), necessitating microfracture surgery, and subsequently used these crutches for 2.5 months. Being able to ambulate comfortably made the many challenges of recovery much less stressful. When I first got the crutches I adjusted the armrest angle to my desired setting and never felt like changing it. Over time I adjusted the height to be a little lower when I was non-weight bearing, as I felt it easier to get around without the tips hitting the ground. When I began weight bearing with a single crutch, I liked it a little longer to more easily reduce weight on the operative leg. I probably would have done the latter two adjustments with any type of crutch.


As for wear, the crutches have held up well. The foam on the arm rest has compressed somewhat, but is still comfortable and I don't think it will compress further. Anyway, it is something that could be easily cut away and replaced with a similar material by the user if that became necessary. Other aspects of the crutch do not show signs of wear after 2.5 months of use.

The other thing that's awesome about them is that you can safely go up stairs by actually holding the railing! By setting the arm cuff angle to about 70-80 degrees, it allows you to hold the unused crutch in the hand of the side that's using a crutch for support, leaving your other hand free to hold the railing. Incredible.



You want a second opinion?

No problema: M. Clifford's Cool Tools review follows.



I had knee surgery and have to be on crutches for 6 weeks, completely non-weight bearing on one leg. After 1 week on standard forearm type crutches (more common in many places than the underarm ones you see in the USA), my hands were KILLING me from all my 160 lbs. being put on my palms. I found these smart crutches, and have done some major walking on them: NO PAIN. I will say that I feel slightly more unstable on them compared to the regular forearm crutches, but I also have them set to like 70% to put all my weight on my arms, and almost none on my hands, which may contribute to that feeling.

For me, they were well worth the cost, even if my insurance won't cover them.


Video review below.

Black, Blue, Orange, Pink or Camo.

$125 a pair.

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

NNDB — "Tracking the entire world"


From the website:


Q. What is NNDB?

A. NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)

But it mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person's otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been associating with.

Eventually, we will have synopses and analyses of creative works by the people in the database, including their books, films, and recordings.

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

iPhone Bacon Case


You know you want one.

Each is unique.



Wool felt.



[via LDJ]

July 14, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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