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August 18, 2010

Clipboard Mirror

Clipboard-Mirror

A 2009 design by Adrian Allen.

Glass and stainless steel.

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May be hung on wall.

15"H x 9"W.

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$60.

August 18, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wordnik — "All the words"

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From Wordnik

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Wordnik, the online dictionary and language resource, today launched a new, smarter online thesaurus that shows related words in context to help writers find the right word quickly and accurately.

Traditional online thesauruses show related words, but ignore context. They don’t tell you that people like brownies that are moist but not brownies that are damp, or that it doesn’t make sense to moisten your enthusiasm.

Wordnik’s thesaurus lets you see words in real-world sentences drawn from a vast and constantly updated collection of texts. Whether a word was coined by Shakespeare or Sarah Palin, you’ll find high-quality sentences to help you understand how that word is used by others, and how to use it correctly yourself.

Wordnik is also the first online thesaurus to let you compare words side-by-side. Want a more nuanced understanding of "vacant" vs. "void?" Viewing their definitions and example sentences next to each other reveals that they’re not interchangeable.

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[via TeleRead]

August 18, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Keith Moon reincarnated as 4-year-old Chinese boy?


You won't doubt it after you watch the wonderful video above, which starts off great and just keeps getting better and better.

Guaranteed to lift your spirits or your money cheerfully refunded.

[via bubbub]

August 18, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Jello drop @1000 fps

On impact it looks like game over for the cube — but then it "remembers."

August 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bling Staplers

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These will put paid to the eternal office space question, "Who took my stapler?"

$4.99 at Staples stores everywhere.

August 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Google Draw: World's best simple drawing program — and it's free

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Kevin Kelly reviewed it in this week's edition of Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland, as follows.

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The best simple drawing program there is is hidden away inside of Google Docs. It's free, and completely intuitive to use. Google Drawing is the opposite of Adobe's Illustrator, which while insanely deep (and expensive) requires hours if not years to master. You can draw with this one in seconds. The controls of Google's app follow the same general novice format as those in Power Point, or Word, but don't require any other software beyond your browser. More importantly, it is a no-brainer to export the drawing directly to the web, or as a jpeg or even PDF. And it has the usual advantages of cloud life: the drawing can be collaboratively worked, and it is backuped automatically. Despite being idiot-proof you can do amazingly sophisticated work with it — diagrams, charts, doodles, or paint over photographic images. For 99% of your drawing needs, this handy free app will satisfy nicely.  As Jerry Micalski, who introduced me to this gem, said of it: "it's as simple as MacDraw but smart enough to publish to a Web page."  

Google Docs Drawings: http://www.google.com/google-d-s/drawings/

If you're already signed into Google Docs, click the "Create new" button, drop down to Drawing

Also: Tips from the Official Google Blog: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/search/label/drawings/

August 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Music Stand: Treadmill Workspace Tool?

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Reading Tom Sacket's review in the current edition of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland, I began to wonder if this music stand might be a quick and dirty solution to the problem of finding a suitably high platform for a laptop computer that would be compatible with a treadmill.

Reading more about the stand on both Amazon and the manufacturer's website, I became convinced that at least for some people, this might well be a fast and cheap kludge for a treadmill office.

And if it fails, well, you'll still have a great music stand that looks like it could also double as a cookbook or dictionary stand.

Here's Sacket's Cool Tools review:

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As a junior high school music student, one of the first things I learned was to get to the orchestra room early enough to get one of the few good music stands. Almost all of the stands wobbled, wouldn't stay at the height you set them, or simply dumped your music with no warning. However, the small handful of Manhasset stands had taken just as much abuse as the others, yet worked perfectly.

 The standard Manhasset #48 Symphony music stand is the backbone of ensembles and school music programs across the country. It has no clamps or adjusting knobs; the height and angle of the music table holds through friction. Somehow, it's easy to adjust, but stays exactly where you put it, even as you load it with stacks of music. The height of the standard model adjusts from 26" to 48" (measured from the floor to the bottom of the table), allowing you to use it both sitting down and standing up.

The table is aluminum, powder-coated black. The base is steel, with the lower section also powder-coated and the upper chromed. The base has three arched legs. Despite its stability, it's light and nicely balanced, making it easy to carry in one hand. The simplicity of its design gives it a kind of unobtrusive elegance, and makes it one of the few pieces of gear used by both students in a classroom and virtuoso performers on stage.

I was still a teenager when I was given my own Manhasset music stand. After thirty years it is slightly (but only slightly) beat up, but it functions perfectly.

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$29.50 for basic black.

For those who prefer to coordinate,

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it now comes in colors.

August 18, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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