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December 10, 2010

Time-lapse footage of cordyceps fungi

Voice of Sir David Attenborough on BBC's "Planet Earth."

The astonishing part starts 4:10 in.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 10, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Facebook Friends Poster


"Create a high-resolution print of all your Facebook friends, ready for your real-life wall."


20" x 40" on quality photo paper.



December 10, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Vintage Radios


Excerpts from Eve M. Kahn's "Antiques" column in today's New York Times follow.



Michael Schoeman, a retired clothing manufacturing executive, ran out of room this summer for the 1930s and ’40s radios he kept at his home on the Upper East Side.


His three cats kept squeezing between the 100 machines on his shelves and threatening to knock them over.


[Bonhams] will auction them on Tuesday.


Mr. Schoeman and his wife, Diane, purchased the pieces through dealers in a decade-long buying spree that ended about four years ago.


Mr. Schoeman was always drawn to "something I didn’t have yet, in a color I thought was amazing, in prime condition," he said.


The Bonhams lots are mostly made of Catalin, a formaldehyde mixture, sometimes combined with tinted mirrored glass and iridescent enamel.


Product names like Air King, Duchess, Temple and Cathedral reflect pre-World War II optimism that radio would keep dominating the news and entertainment market.


Estimates range from $700 for a marbleized green 1946 model from Bendix Aviation Corporation to $35,000 for a red 1933 Air King that looks like an Art Deco ziggurat skyscraper.


The radios often have their original frayed cloth cords. Mr. Schoeman never had them rewired; he also said he never turned any of them on to hear the AM programs that they were built to receive. "I’ve always been afraid," he said.


He said he knows a collector whose wife once distractedly switched on a vintage machine worth over $10,000, "and the tubes melted the radio," he said.



The auction starts at 11 a.m. ET next Tuesday, December 14, 2010.

Catalog here, from which the exemplars above and below are pictured.

Bonus: you can bid online.

email Jo Barber (jo.barber@bonhams.com) to find out how.

Fair warning: there goes the day — and your savings account.

December 10, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Bath Planetarium

"Waterproof design floats in the tub while projecting images of stars all over, even into the tub itself when flipped over."


Includes Rose Bath and Deep Ocean options.



[via DVICE]

December 10, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Winterizing a motor scooter — Russian-style



[via English Russia and snowmobile.ru]

December 10, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Martin Margiela x Ruby Motorcycle Helmet


Production limited to


600 worldwide,


serially numbered.


Carbon fiber shell,


lamb leather lining.



[via Lynn Yaeger and the New York Times]

December 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Phillips Collection iPhone App


Just released on the first of this month, it features "a fully searchable mobile collection that takes advantage of touch screen technology to magnify artworks to the brushstroke."


There goes the day.


Free, the way we like it.


I highly recommend a visit to the Washington, D.C. museum;


it's based in what was once founder Duncan Phillips' home, and is replete with wonderful pictures in a warm, intimate setting.


Note added 11:48 a.m. Saturday morning, December 11, 2010: This app is designed for the iPhone. It will appear on the iPad as an iPhone-sized window which may be then expanded, with a concomitant loss of resolution. Thanks to Richard Kashdan for pointing this out. Too bad, as this app really would benefit from iPad optimization. Maybe the next version.

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

Wall-Mounted Toothpaste Squeezer


Blue, Orange, White or Green.


[via DVICE]

December 10, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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