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August 3, 2010

How To Be Alone

Wrote Tanya Davis, "In 2009, I collaborated with the wonderfully talented filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and we made a videopoem entitled "How to be Alone."

[via Milena and Living Next Door To Alice]

August 3, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Fast, cheap and simple laptop table


Richard Blumberg reviewed it in the current edition of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland, as follows:


I recently found this fantastic laptop table at an IKEA for less than $20. Assembly was quick and easy, using the supplied tools (a pair of Allen wrenches). The table is sturdy, easy to haul around using the handle cut into the top, and the height adjusts easily so that I can use it in the back room, where the chair is relatively high, and on the porch glider, where I sit much lower.

A simple lever under the top lets you quickly adjust it from level to slanted — but nowhere in between, which is the only fault I've found with it. I'd like a position halfway between dead level, when my arms are not in the most comfortable position, and tilted, when the MacBook tends to slide off.


This table really takes the weight off my knees, and has made an enormous difference. I thought I was going to have to go in for knee replacement, but I quickly discovered that it was the weight of my cushioned lap desk that was causing the pain.

I've been using the Dave table more or less constantly since I bought it. One of the best things about it is the very low height of the feet which support the table post. This allows the unit to easily slide under a couple of pieces of furniture that could never accommodate a laptop table on wheels.



White, Black or Red: $17.99.

August 3, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Namib Desert — Indoors


From My Modern Metropolis:



Inspired by a magazine article he read about abandoned diamond mines in Namibia, 


photographer Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes wanted to learn more. 


In the article he had only stumbled across one picture of Kolmanskop,


a now-ghost town in southern Namibia that had once been a rich mining village. 


Online he found a treasure trove of interesting photos


and at that moment promised himself that he would one day experience the Namib desert for himself. 


He would see with his very own eyes how the desert sands had reclaimed their space.


When he got there, he found "the beauty in the abandoned, of the useless, of the time passing by." 


Left at the mercy of the Namib desert,


the winds had filled the rooms of the deserted buildings with sand. 


The diamond village that had once been thriving was now more like a surreal dream.


[via Milena and PDN]

August 3, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: not edible unless you're suffering from pica.

Another clue?

Why not? — it's Tuesday.


It comes in colors.

August 3, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Snoopon.me and the rise of screen-blogging


Takes "hide in plain sight" into the Internet age.

Snoopon.me says, "Give your fans an inside scoop. Engage in screen-blogging. Beat procrastination. Spot freeloaders."

Pretty impressive if it does even one of those things, not to mention all of them....

More: "To join Snoopon.me you need to install Little Snoop — a small application (Mac or Windows) that regularly takes mini-snapshots of your computer screen and posts them to Snoopon.me."


Is your life an open book?

Nothing to hide?

Then put your screen where your mouth is.

Wait a minute, that's not right....

Never mind.

August 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

USB Power Receptacle — Be more green


I was gonna begin by writing "Some day all power receptacles will be like this."

But they won't.

First of all, USB is a transient technology: I'll bet it doesn't exist on new electronic devices in 10 years.

Wired electricity is a transient technology as well — though it's going to be about 25 years till it's obsolete.

From the product website:


U-Socket is a duplex AC receptacle with built-in USB ports that can power any device that is capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter, but without the need for the power adapter.

When a U-Socket replaces a traditional 3-prong AC wall socket, you can eliminate the clutter of AC adapters that stick out and take up space in your home or office.

In addition, U-Socket's energy-efficient design only outputs power through the USB port if something is connected to it.

This can save you up to $25 per year in reduced energy costs.



[via Utility Journal]

August 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Philippe Starck: Why design?

He noted as he began his 2007 TED talk that he had "no pretty slides to show," so he spent his 17 minutes reaching for the root of the question, "Why design?"

[via Milena]

August 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Triple-Bladed Double Scissors


We knew nothing good would come from all this genetic splicing and dicing but this is ridiculous.

Mutant message right here in your face.

A scissors with two blades always knows where the paper goes, but one with three is never sure.

From websites:



Cutting slippery or oddly-textured material can sometimes prove difficult with normal scissors.

The clever design of these scissors gives you two scissors in one. 

Just choose which pair is right for the job and start snipping.

Opening the scissors reveals three blades — the top blade is a standard straight blade and the bottom blade is a micro-serrated blade.


The center blade is double-sided and works with either of the outer blades.

Utilize the top and middle blades together as a pair of straight scissors to cut ordinary things like paper.

Utilize the middle and bottom blades together to cut slippery material such as food plastic wrap, vellum, plastic bags, etc.

The fine zigzag design of the bottom blades can hold slippery material well.




[via Utility Journal]

August 3, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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