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June 5, 2011

Experts' Experts: Spy novelist Jeffery Deaver on how to forge a signature

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"To forge a subject's signature — to, say, sign a document as part of a misinformation assignment — copy it upside down. If you try to forge handwriting without inverting it, your own script will affect the results."

If you're really interested, YouTube has a whole host of videos demonstrating various techniques.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

June 5, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Bugatti Grand Prix Desk

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"Incorporates retractable monitor, height adjustment, and self-closing lockable drawers."

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"Edition of 10,

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each signed and numbered and with its own individual log book

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recording the build team, materials, color and finishing processes."

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Apply within.

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[via Fancy]

June 5, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

William Steinway's Diary (1861-1896) is now online

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Below, excerpts from Stuart Isacoff's March 10, 2011 Wall Street Journal article.

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Mention the name Steinway and the first thing that comes to mind will likely be the graceful ebony instrument that occupies most of the world's great concert stages. However, there was a family behind the piano brand, and its members played important roles in American history that can still surprise and fascinate. When the Smithsonian Institution learned that one of this dynasty's central characters, William Steinway (1835-1896), recorded his experiences of 36 years in a near-daily diary—with eyewitness accounts of events that ranged from New York's Civil War riots of 1863 ("Row of buildings on Third Ave. burning down. . . . Charles gave the ringleaders $30-40 [to protect the factory]. . . . All business in the upper part of the city suspended, Negroes chased everywhere & killed when caught") to the 1890 political machinations that made possible the city's rapid-transit system—the museum set about putting all 2,500 pages online. (The results can be found at americanhistory.si.edu/steinwaydiary.)

The notations are usually brief and sometimes cryptic, but often spellbinding. There are references to great artists: "William couldn't believe how Paderewski blew through money," Ms. Karvellas says of the electrifying piano virtuoso and Polish political leader. "They gave him a huge sum to come over, and by the time he arrived it was already gone." But much of the story involves Steinway's efforts to advance his dream of developing Queens into a Utopian home for his workers. "He bought this land in Astoria," she reports, "which was pretty bucolic then. At the time there were only 45,000 people in Queens. He wanted to get away from the unions and the anarchists, and he needed to get his people there. So he built housing, and an amusement park where La Guardia Airport now sits, and a school. He developed an elaborate horse-car railroad system, and it made him a natural for appointment, by Mayor [Hugh J.] Grant, to head the committee to develop the blueprint for the New York City subway system. He was obsessed with connecting Manhattan to Queens. So, in addition to the Steinway tunnel, which is still used by trains traveling between the two boroughs, he spent 23 years trying to get a bridge built over the East River.

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June 5, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Caran d'Ache Pencil Sharpener

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Why pay less?

From the website:

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Leave it to the Swiss to engineer a machine that can create the perfectly pointed pencil. 

Take any 4-to-10mm pencil and insert it into the chuck which holds it perpendicular and applies just the right amount of pressure to the cutter. 

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Even the length of the pencil point can be adjusted. 

Supplied with clamp to fix to support.

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$165.

[via Svpply]

June 5, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

35 Years Backwards Through Time With Sam Klemke

In 1977 teenager Sam Klemke started a project in which he would film himself annually, telling viewers the year and occasionally remarking on the state of his life.

Now it's 2011 and the professional caricature artist is in the fourth decade of his project.

His video is fascinating on a number of levels, among them: watching him change both physically and psychologically; the different moods he evinces even as he remains pretty much the same person through the many changes in both external and internal geography; the nature of the video and sound qualities of the footage as the technology improves.

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June 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

RoboStir Automatic Stirring Device

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What took so long?

From the website:

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Stop stirring for hours and let RoboStir™ do the work for you.
Waterproof and completely submersible, Robostir features three legs with silicone feet that won't scratch or damage your pans.
Specially designed to cover the entire surface area of your pan, this must-have kitchen helper stirs your soups, sauces and beans for up to four hours.
Dishwasher-safe, snaps apart for easy clean-up.
Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).
7.25"H x 4.25"L x 4.25"W.

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$4.54.

June 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hugo Boss Prize 2010: Hans-Peter Feldmann

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Long story short: Hans-Peter Feldmann, the 70-year-old winner of the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss Prize 2010, has cashed his $100,000 check and asked for it in one dollah bills, every single one of which he had pinned to the museum's walls, a process that took his assistants nearly two weeks.

Each bill is held up by a simple metal pin in such a way as to have them overlap like shingles.

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The room's two round columns (top) have also been papered over.

Once the piece comes down on November 2, Feldmann can do whatever he likes with the money — after all, it's his. 

Above and below, 

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details from Feldmann's piece.

For reference, Andy Warhol's 1962 painting "200 One Dollar Bills" sold for $43.8 million at Sotheby's in 2009.

 

June 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Magnetic Ironing Mat

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From the website:

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Securing to top of clothes dryer with strong corner magnets, this quilted mat provides the perfect surface for quick ironing touch ups, heading off wrinkles when clothes iron best: fresh from the dryer.

Smooth-glide surface and four extra-strong sewn-in magnets.

80% cotton/20% polyester surface; 100% polyester filling.

32"L x 19"W.

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$9.99 (dryer and iron not included).

June 5, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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