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August 1, 2010

Tamsin van Essen's "Contamination" series


The British designer , currently based in Prague, combines ceramics with the medical world to create "A set of cups that appear to have been infected and colonized by bacteria."


At the top, Staphlococcus, followed by E. coli (just above).











[via Muuuz]

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Symbols are powerful


Take Facebook's logo, for example, which when truncated while scrolling down a page looks like the image up top.



Inspired by countless images absorbed long before their meaning was consciously understood?


More likely than not.

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txtBOMBER — "Generates political statements on the fly and immediately prints them on any flat surface"

That's the good news.


The bad news: German only for the time being.




it was first shown in 2005




appeared on Vimeo in 2008.


Where's my crack research team been?

[via @dsjkvf, @bruces and the Behance Network]

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A 2008 design by Brussels-based Mia Schmallenbach.

"Cette paire de moufles adulte/enfants illustre de manière poétique le partage de la chaleur. Lorsque l’adulte tient la main de l’enfant, ils ne sont pas séparés par du tissus: le contact charnel est retrouvé à l’intérieur du gand."

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BehindTheMedspeak: "The Future of Health"


Piers Fawkes, grand panjandrum and major domo of PSFK, was kind enough to send me a heads-up about his company's upcoming (to be released tomorrow) report on what the future holds in store in terms of medicine on our blue planet.

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Heavy Guy Chandelier


Designed by Amsterdam-based Mischa Vos,


it consists of five bulbs suspended by thin steel rods.



[via muuuz]

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Thirteen Days


For whatever reason I didn't see this film when it came out in late 2000, as best as I can recall because it got trashed by a lot of reviewers.

Then recently I happened on a more sympathetic take on the picture so I decided to put up $12.49 and ordered it.

Good investment.

It's a taut, high-stakes thriller that, while it may take liberties with the facts of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis for the sake of the narrative, nevertheless succeeds beautifully in giving you a sense of how fraught with ambiguity and uncertainty decisions of the highest import can be, and how much they depend on unpredictable occurrences and twists and turns that simply cannot be predicted from initial conditions.

Besides which, there are so many variables that it becomes impossible to control them all, and rogue elements can intrude which, by the nature of their constituencies, are impossible to simply dismiss.

All the principals are excellent, and the Boston accents are only occasionally annoying.

My sense of things in regard to what you and I are privy to compared to the facts that those who make decisions of major import work with is that while they may have much more information, at the same time they have too much information while believing they don't have enough of the right information.

And therein lies the rub.

What is the "right" information?

Is it information that tells you the way things are?

Or information that supports the way you want things to be?

And please, no need to bring up weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, that's simply a convenient piñata which obscures rather than enlightens.

My sense of how things unfold in aspects of life both large and small is that outcomes are both unpredictable and inevitable.

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

Foaming Sugar — "Dump it in a sugar bowl and watch the fun!"


From the website:


Do your kids have an uncontrollable sweet tooth and rebel against healthy foods?

Why not replace their regular sugar with this funny Foaming Sugar?

When they go to add sugar to their already sweetened cereal, it will start to foam and erupt uncontrollably like a volcano!

Also a great office gag — leave it next to the coffee maker!



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

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