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January 30, 2011

Books-for-Kindle exchange: Trade in your e-reader for some real books


Tired of reading on dingy grey electronic "paper?"

Microcosm Books in Portland, Oregon has got a deal for you.

Here's what they have to say.



Do you love print? Do you still read books? Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Do you want to trade in your soulless faux-literary technology for its worth in good old fashioned books? Well, friends, Microcosm Publishing's got your back! Beginning RIGHT NOW you can bring in your Christmas Kindle to the Microcosm store in Portland (636 SE 11th) and trade it in for its worth in new or used books and zines! That's right! Why let fad technology kill print when you can take a stand and fill up your shelves in the process? (Don't worry, we won't tell your parents.) And make sure to bring a friend to help you carry all your loot; most of the store's books are priced in the $2-$6 range so for your $139-$189 trade-in (note: going retail prices for the Kindle at Amazon's site) you might be carrying your books out in a fleet of wheelbarrows!

On Amazon's Kindle page you'll be able to read glowing endorsements like the following, ""My first impression of Kindle's screen was: 'That's a screen?! It doesn't look like a screen.'... It looks like a book page, only perfect. No grain or pulp." — Jeremy."

Well, you know what, Jeremy? We love the and grain and pulp. Long live the grain and pulp! Long live the PAGE.

Thanks for helping to keep print alive!

Microcosm Publishing book and zine store
636 SE 11th
Portland, Or 97214
11am-7pm, Seven days a week


Tell 'em I sent you for a special surprise.

[via Cary Sternick]

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Cabled Fingerless Gloves





[via Svpply]

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LEGO Antikythera — Episode 2: A Closer Look

Andrew Carol's LEGO Antikythera Mechanism created a sensation last year. Since Episode 1 appeared here on October 23, 2010, a professional team has made a movie featuring Carol's creation; it appears above.

Above and below, an in-depth look at this ancient marvel.

[via Richard Kashdan]

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Edible Candy Heart Ring


Handmade and completely edible.


Made in Barcelona, Spain.





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Chand Baori Step Well


Built in the 9th century,


the step well of Chand Baori, Abhaneri,


near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan,


was a practical solution to the limited water in the area.


The dry climate forced the populace to dig deep


for a dependable water source,


one that would last throughout the year.


The well is 98 feet deep and has 13 floors and 3,500 steps.

[via Weird Universe, Visual News and ZizA.Qip.rU]

January 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Suitcase Sticker


From the website: "Designed to stick to anything, they will draw attention to your bag, making it easily identifiable and sure to make you some new friends."

"Caution: Some of these stickers may cause offense to airport and immigration staff. But you would have figured that out whilst enjoying those cavity searches."

26 x 33 cm (10" x 13").


[via Lost At E Minor and mappeal]

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Pantone Chip Cookies


From PetaPixel: "Freelance designer Kim Neill had the awesome idea of creating Pantone Chip Cookies, and stuffed some Pantone tins full of them as gifts for her clients. Needless to say, they were a hit, and she soon began receiving requests for refills."


"What’s also great is that Neill published the instructions on how to make you own."


[via Laughing Squid]

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Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit

Beet foam

From the top down: beet foam,

Arugula spaghetti

arugula spaghetti and

Molecular bruschetta

molecular bruschetta.



[via Ufunk]

January 30, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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