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May 18, 2011

Dust Jackets That Never Were

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The back page of Sunday's New York Times Book Review featured the 20 rejected cover designs pictured above, intended for books that would go on to varying degrees of fame and fortune under other dust jackets.

May 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Build your own Fermi spacecraft — including an Anticoincidence Detector

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Now where else are you gonna find a schematic for an Anticoincidence Detector?

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Go ahead and look.

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As if.

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You say, "It's not a real Anticoincidence Detector — it's only made of paper."

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To which I reply, "Your point?"

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Free, the way we like it.

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[via Richard Kashdan and NASA]

May 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

My next treadmill

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Pictured above in situ, it appeared on the front page of Sunday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section front page story by Carol Vogel about "Gloria," a six-work exhibition by Puerto Rico-based conceptual conceptual artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla (below),

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chosen by the U.S. State Department to represent the U.S. in the upcoming 54th Venice Biennale.

Caption for the photo up top: "A composite image showing the installation in progress of 'Track and Field' by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, which features an inverted 52-ton tank and a treadmill, in front of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale."

Caption for the photo below:

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"Included in the exhibit will be a 52-ton military tank turned upside down and topped with a treadmill and an Olympic runner."

Slide show accompanying the Times article here.

May 18, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Beer Box Cowboy Hat

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That's different.

You've heard of conversation starters?

Wear this to the wrong venue and you've got a guaranteed conversation ender.

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But I digress.

Coors Lite, Miller Lite, or Miller Genuine Draft.

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$34.95.

[via Geek Gems]

May 18, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Joshua Foer's 5 best books about memory

From the Washington Post: "Joshua Foer, the 2006 U.S. Memory Champion and author of the best-selling book "Moonwalking With Einstein," picks the most memorable books about the art of remembering."

1. "The Art of Memory" — Frances A. Yates (1966)

2. "The Book of Memory" — Mary Carruthers (1990)

3. "Memory in Oral Traditions" — David C. Rubin (1995)

4. "Metaphors of Memory" — Douwe Draaisma (2000)

5. "The Mind of a Mnemonist" — A.R. Luria (1968)

I was delighted to see that Foer included Luria's book which, when I read it for the first time as a 19-year-old college sophomore, mesmerized me.

The book selection above is excerpted from Eve Gerber's interview with Foer which appeared on The Browser.

May 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MTVBrasil channels "The Lone Ranger"

Uploaded by MTVBrasil on April 27, 2011.

It's not rock 'n roll but I like it.

[via Milena]

May 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What's in your in-box?

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[via the Wall Street Journal]

May 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Guitar String Bracelet — Sheet Music Bronze Cuff

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Created by San Francisco Bay-area artist Tanith Rohe, who wrote:

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This guitar string bracelet is made from my hand-rolled paper beads made from vintage sheet music, and hand-coiled wound bronze guitar string beads. The beads are on brass wire strung on galvanized steel. There are brass-colored guitar string ball ends strung in between each sheet music and guitar string bead. This cuff-style bracelet is about 7" from end to end. The steel wire the bracelet is strung on is flexible enough to have enough give to fit a variety of wrist sizes, but strong enough to keep its shape. This bracelet is made to order, so there may be slight differences from the one pictured. This bracelet would make a great gift for a guitar player or music lover.

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All of my guitar and bass string jewelry is made from previously played strings. Some strings may have some discoloration, but I feel this adds to the character of the pieces. Since most guitar strings are made up of more than one metal, for example steel and nickel, they are not able to be recycled. Unless the strings are given a new use they will just end up in the trash, which makes my guitar string jewelry eco-friendly as well as beautiful and unique.

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$48.

[via Milena]

May 18, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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