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May 24, 2011

Mr. Snuggles iPhone app wants your love

From the Mr. Snuggles website:

Mr. Snuggles is a pocket kitty companion for iPhone/iPod touch who wants your love.Pet Mr. Snuggles to smooth his hair or rub him against the grain to muss up his fur.

Mr. Snuggles loves the attention and will lull you into a stress-free mood with his soft purring.

Tell you what, Mr. Snuggles totally got Gray Cat's attention when I played the video up top.

The app was created by Dr. Gus K. Lott III, currently Senior Instrument Development Engineer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia.

The physics of Mr. Snuggles

The Mr. Snuggles app is an interactive, real-time physical simulation of thousands of virtual cat hairs. The application leverages the powerful graphics capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch Platforms.The application was designed and tested on an iPhone 3G for "lowest common denominator" performance optimization.

The hairs respond to directional multi-touch interface in a fashion similar to a real pet cat. Mr. Snuggles purrs louder as you pet him longer (until reaching a max volume) and whines when you aren't paying attention to him.

I know people like that.

But I digress.

Mr. Snuggles costs 99¢.

Richard Kashdan, please visit the App Store at your convenience: they're holding a copy for you.

May 24, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Choco-Shots — Take your medicine

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As best as I can tell, you can get these edible booster shots in Austria.

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[via Fancy]

May 24, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Before I Die" — Candy Chang's wish list: "What is important to you?"

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"Candy Chang is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner and co-founder of Civic Center, who likes to makes cities more comfortable for people."

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From her project's website:

It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. With support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood [above: "before" at top and "after" just under it] into a giant chalkboard to invite my neighbors to remember and share what is important to them.

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"Before I Die"  transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us.

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It's about improving both our physical spaces and our individual well-being. 

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This process (including obtaining official approval from many entities) has been a great lesson — more on that later.

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If you're in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall and discover what matters most to your neighbors.

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I believe the design of our public spaces can better reflect what's important to us as residents and as human beings.

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The responses and stories from passers-by while we were installing it have already hit me hard in the heart.

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Made with primer, chalkboard paint, stencils, spray paint, chalk. Self-initiated with permission from the property owner, residents of the block, the neighborhood association’s blight committee, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Arts Council, and the City Planning Commission. February 2011.
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[via Milena]

May 24, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Mini Brolly People

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Each opens into an umbrella.

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Apiece, $32.

[via Fancy and what's wrong with the zoo?]

May 24, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What are they?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: they are edible just as they are.

May 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Quantum Pro Stunt Kite

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$290.

[via Svpply]

May 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blast from the past: "It's Good News Week" — Hedgehoppers Anonymous

The one-hit wonder group's 1965 song has the most sublime lyrics.

Words and music by Kenneth King.

Sing along with me, we'll have a hootenanny.

Does that date me or what?

FunFact: there were two versions, the UK iteration (top) becoming quite controversial such that a watered-down version (below)

was released in the U.S.

And before you get your baggies in a twist about how relatively mild the song sounds today, remember, it was 1965.

May 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cold Cuts Coasters

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Wrote Pilar Viladas in Sunday's New York Times, "Among the objects on view last weekend at the Sight Unseen Pop-Up Shop — on of the many off-site events surrounding the International Contemporary Furniture Fair — coasters called Cold Cuts, by Chen Chen and Kai Tsien-Williams, were a surprise hit. The two Pratt alumni wanted to make a loaf of material that could be sliced at the point of purchase: the coasters are cut from a sort of terrine of studio leftovers: fabric, clay and beads from a board game. Originally the designers had wanted to make bracelets, so they were gratified when the women at the opening were holding the coasters up to their shoulders as if they were brooches."

Wertyjkl;

Available at Phillips de Pury and The Future Perfect.

Or apply to Chen Chen: info@chenchenworks.com

May 24, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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