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February 17, 2011

Expert's Expert: Karlie Kloss on how to walk the runway

Fifteen when the video above was shot in 2008, the now 18-year model is far and away the hottest thing on fashion runways around the world.

Wrote Sarah Kaufman in yesterday's Washington Post Style section front page story, describing Kloss's signature walk at this year's shows, "She has a way of moving — at once soft and powerful — that goes beyond simple locomotion. Think of the breaking surf, swallows in flight, breezes through palm trees. On Monday, in a turquoise and amethyst silk faille gown by Carolina Herrera, the six-foot-tall Kloss prompted thoughts of the Cutty Sark, with the silk billowing in her wake as she sailed down the runway."

Backstage, Herrera said, "I love the way she shows. She moves like a cat. I love the way she walks. For me, it's more important than beauty."

Kloss told Kaufman, "Ballet single-handedly is the reason why I'm here. My ballet training was honestly the most valuable thing I could've done to prepare myself for this career."

Modeling, Kloss says, "is about movement, about rhythm, about your body and your muscles. Ballet really taught me so much about the power of movement."

Wrote Kaufman, "There are other lovely models in the shows, but alongside Kloss, none conveys the same power. What makes Kloss stand out on the runway is not just her ease of movement, but the mood she projects. No bored stare here, no I-could-care-less dust-off. Kloss has a knowingness in her eye as she strides forth; she tucks her chin slightly so the light dances off her cheekbones, and she aims for the flashbulbs with the focus of a panther on the prowl."

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Bookmark

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Wafer-thin stainless steel with matte finish, weighs 1/2 ounce.

Made in Denmark.

5.75"H x 1.75"W.

$20.

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Working model of M.C. Escher's "Waterfall"

"M.C. Escher's "Waterfall" appears to show a stream of water fed by itself — something of a perpetual motion machine. This clever video of mysterious origin creates the illusion of a functional model of that image [below]."

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[via Google Reader, GearFuse, The Daily What, MetaFilter, Neatorama, and Gizmodo Japan]

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Bunny Booties

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"Bunny dives into his hole on the right foot and pops his head out on the left."

Embroidered wool/rayon felt.

6–12 months.

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$58.

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Monopoly — Watson x Jeremy Bentham Panopticon Edition

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Somewhere* the British economist and philosopher (1748-1832), who conceived the Panopticon to serve as a perfect prison, is smiling.

Why?

Because though it took three centuries, the makers of Monopoly have finally come around to his tower-centric point of view

Wrote Warren Buckleitner in a February 9, 2011 New York Times Gadgetwise blog post , "Coming this fall are versions of classic board games like Monopoly that watch your every move and know whose turn is next."

"In Monopoly Live ($50), you still land on Boardwalk and collect $200 for passing go. But the money flows electronically to your bankcard, and a computer manages such details as dice rolls and rent calculations, which can speed the pace of the game."

"More interestingly the game board watches your game piece from a 10-inch tower [top] that also announces turns and remembers how much money you have, down to the last dollar (no more slipping a $500 bill under the board)."

"How does it work, and what can it do that the classic Monopoly can't? The tower, powered by 4 AA batteries, bathes the board in infrared light, and a camera can see reflectors placed on each game piece. To roll the die, you hide your game piece from the camera by cupping your hand over it, and the computer rolls, complete with fake dice sounds. It then watches to make sure you land on the right property."

"What's missing? 'The disputes,' said Hasbro's Leif Askeland, one of the game’s designers. 'The tower never makes a mistake.'"

"For those questioning the need for such computer intervention, or perhaps feeling nostalgic for the feel of pretend dollar bills between their fingers, Askeland responds: 'You can still buy the original version for around $15.'"

Below, the computerized card that players of Monopoly Live insert into the tower to check their accounts.

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Wrote Stephanie Clifford in a story that appeared on the front page of yesterday's New York Times Business section, "In the new version of Monopoly, the game's classic pastel-colored bills and the designated Banker have been banished, along with other old-fashioned elements, in favor of a computer that runs the game."

"But in the center, instead of dice and Chance and Community Chest cards, an infrared tower with a speaker issues instructions, keeps track of money and makes sure players adhere to the rules. The all-knowing tower even watches over advancing the proper number of spaces."

"Hasbro hopes the computerized Monopoly will appeal to a generation raised on video games amid a tough market for traditional board games."

"But for families used to arguing over Monopoly’s rules, players who slip a $100 bill under the board for later use and friends who gleefully demand rent from one another, it may not be so easy to adapt to a computer’s presence on the board."

"The computer also tracks how fast or slow play is going, and may intervene to make it lively. If, say, very little property is getting bought, it will announce an auction in the middle of turns."

"'It takes away from the aspect of interpersonal negotiations if you have an electronic voice in the middle of the board telling you everything to do,' said Dale Crabtree, a finalist in the national Monopoly championships in 2009. 'The first thing I said was, 'The next thing they’ll do away with is the players.'"

*You can see Jeremy Bentham — or at least what's left of him — at University College London, where his preserved body is seated in a chair in a glass case (below).

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The head on display is a wax reproduction: his real head (below)

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is taken out only for ceremonial dinners "to satisfy the clause in the economist's will requiring his presence at such events."

You could look it up.

FunFact: "The real head was displayed in the same case [below, between Bentham's feet]

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for many years, but became the target of repeated student pranks, including being stolen on more than one occasion. It is now locked away securely."

February 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Gotham City Ring

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"Ring is solid brass, plated in gunmetal

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with cubic zirconia windows."

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$225.

February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What was Jonathan Adler doing in Lady Gaga's Grammy egg?

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This past Monday morning, reading the New York Times' Arts section, I turned to page 7 and right where Lady Gaga should've been, instead I saw someone named Jonathan Adler (if you can read backwards you'll note his name under his picture) inside the egg within which Lady Gaga made her entrance into Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

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No doubt this was the result of a lot of light from my yard shining in through the window directly in front of the paper, rendering page 8's image visible in reverse when viewed from the vantage point of page 7.

No matter.

I had my crack research team investigate and they learned that Adler is a designer known for his "happy chic" approach to home furnishings.

And thus endeth the story of how Jonathan Adler found himself inside Lady Gaga's egg.

February 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Elephant Ear Coffee Cup

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Hand made by Shino Takeda.

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Light red clay glazed with

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white and beige.

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Put a little wabi-sabi on your desk: it'll remind you that our essence consists of somehow extracting reality from the quantum foam.

$34.

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February 17, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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