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November 13, 2010

Henryk Gorecki is dead

He died yesterday in Katowice, Poland, at the age of 76.

Why is he important?

Listen to the second part of the third movement of his 52-minute-long Symphony No. 3 (1976).


November 13, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Standing Toothbrush


I want one.

A 2009 design by Ryan Harc.


"DEWS is an upstanding toothbrush that incorporates a weight within its rounded handle base to keep the bristles away from dirty surfaces."

"When the toothbrush is set down, it will sway momentarily until it reaches a balanced standing position, just like a tumble doll."


"DEWS has been designed with ergonomic considerations, and itw weight allows for comfortable brushing."

[via crazyegg.net]

November 13, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

An overview of a Turing machine

"A Turing machine is a math concept that shows that a few simple rules can be used to solve any computable computation. It is the basis for all of today's computers. My goal in building this project was to create a machine that embodied the classic look and feel of the machine presented in Alan Turing's 1937 paper, 'On Computable Numbers.' More information can be found at aturingmachine.com."

[via Jane Smiley's superb new book, "The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer" and Gizmodo]

November 13, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pen with integrated rubber band launcher


No one will know you're carrying.

"Simply stretch a rubber band from the nib end to the button at the back, then hold by the clip and carefully push the button."

$5 CAD (Desk and Stationary, page 7).

November 13, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Things That Are Rectangles


Don't be a square.

And yes — I know a square is a particular type of rectangle.

Don't you have anything else to do except pick nits here?

What about that itchy red spot?

You sure it's not from a bedbug?

Two can play at this game....

About the perpetrator.

How do you spell parallelepiped?

November 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Super Bowl — Paul Loebach


"A bowl for storage and a bookshelf, combined with a smooth curve into a single form."


Poplar and fiberboard.


28" x 10" x 6" (71 x 15 x 10cm).


Loebach has crossed the unmarked border between design and art and straddles the frontier.

A good place to be.

What would be great: a hidden camera activated when someone tries to remove the bowl from the shelf.


November 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Steampunk Time Machine Antique Master Bathroom Computer Workstation


From yesterday's New York Times article by Eve M. Kahn: "Inside a 'Steampunk Time Machine Antique Master Bathroom Computer Workstation,' a vintage toilet pivots on a manhole cover, and a cantilevered Victorian sink serves as a desk. SteamPuffin, a design firm in Sharon, Mass., built the work station."

More: "Ten dealers at the Pier Antiques Show on Saturday and Sunday [today and tomorrow] at Pier 94 in Manhattan are demonstrating how to twist and weld obsolete objects into somewhat useful steampunk.

"With prices starting at a few hundred dollars, the booths will offer clocks cobbled together from Victorian hardware, an 1870s upholstered rocking chair converted into a wheelchair, guitars decorated with salvaged gauges, and old bicycles kitted out with GPS and new brakes.

"Bruce Rosenbaum, an owner of SteamPuffin, said that shoppers are welcome to bring unwieldy objects from other Pier Show booths over to the steampunk section and ask, 'What would you do with this?'"

From the SteamPuffin home page: "Steampunk can also go both ways: (1) Take authentic Victorian items or homes and modernize them for today’s use or (2) Take modern items and 'Victorianize' them to appear they are original from the period."

I had no idea it was a two-way street.

Pictured up top is SteamPuffin's "Steampunk Victorian Organ Command Desk," a snip at $39,900.



details of the Steampunk exhibit at this weekend's Pier Antiques Show.


November 13, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Salt and Pepper Rings


You don't wear them — but you could.

"A gift that will find favor with your entourage of modernistas...."

Funny, Gray Cat looks nothing like how I'd imagine a "modernista" to appear but you learn new stuff every day.

joe, it's "something new every day."

If you can't use English like a native, find someone who can.


Where was I?

Oh, yeah, shaking Quakers.


Hold on....

"This perfectly round pair of salt and pepper shakers runs circles around the ordinary fare."

Shiny nickel-plated brass.

Perfect for people who aren't supposed to play with their food.

Nobody ever said anything about condiments.



Only someone with a mean or perverse streak would even think about putting salt in the one with three holes....

I'm so glad I don't know anyone like that.


November 13, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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