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July 21, 2011

Electronic Instant Camera

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Wrote pambamboo: "Niklas Roy's Electronic Instant Camera is a combination of an analog B/W videocamera and a thermal receipt printer."

"The device is something in between a Polaroid camera and a digital camera. The camera doesn't store the pictures on film or digital medium but instead prints a photo directly onto a roll of cheap receipt paper while it is taking it. As this all happens very slowly, people have to stay still for about three minutes until a full portrait photo is taken."

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We are reminded of the early days of photography.

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Somewhere Edwin H. Land is smiling.

[via todayandtomorow]

July 21, 2011 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Roman & Williams Workstation — Extremely Limited Edition (1)

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From the website:

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As part of the McMasterpieces show for ICFF 2011, Roman & Williams used elements from the famed McMaster-Carr catalogue to create this one-of-a-kind work station which includes "Leaden Table", "Schopfung Stool", "Snorker Lamp", and "Heavy-ass Shelf."

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Sold as a set, the pieces are characterized by Roman & Williams' signature element of a unique mixture of fantasy, industry, home-craft and the natural world. 

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This is the first time Roman & Williams are presenting pieces not associated with a specific interior project.

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Materials: Brass, Lead, Steel, Rubber.

One of a kind.

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$44,000.

[via Fancy]

July 21, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iPod shuffle trumps nano

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My Gen 6 iPod nano (below) gave up the ghost a week ago and rather than re-experience the frustrations I'd encountered with it (to be detailed below), I decided to keep the extra hundred dollars in my pocket and instead opted for a Gen 4 iPod shuffle (top).

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Revelation after revelation over the past week as I realized that, given a choice between the two for the same price, I'd opt for the cheaper (about $46) shuffle instead of the nano (about $140).

Here's why.

1. The touch screen of the nano requires you to look at it to use it. Big pain in the butt when you're just this side of heat stroke (yesterday it was 92° with 55% humidity when I went out at 5:30 p.m. for four miles), sweat's pouring down your face into your eyes, and you can barely keep moving.

In contrast, you quickly learn the shuffle's controls by heart and don't have to look at it at all but instead replay a song, skip to the next song, or turn the volume up or down by touch, not to mention pausing and starting the music.

Big ups to the shuffle here.

2. Once you start to sweat, the touch screen on the nano becomes non-functional. It just won't work unless your finger is dry. The shuffle's buttons work just fine when your fingers are sweaty.

Big ups again to the shuffle.

3. The nano is very frustrating to use while you're in motion because it automatically defaults to screensaver mode after whatever number of seconds you select and therefore you have to push the On button to activate the screen. Then you have to touch the Songs icon, then touch again to advance or repeat a given song. You have to be precise in your finger placement. This is, again, not an easy or fun thing to do when you're running.

In contrast, the shuffle's defined, tactile-friendly buttons — the four around the periphery of the central Play/Pause button — are relatively easy to locate and operate while you're in motion.

shuffle wins again.

4. Did I mention that the shuffle costs about a third what a nano does?

No contest, to my way of thinking.

FunFact: Apple uses lower case only on its website when referring to both the shuffle and the nano (you could look it up) — unlike 99% of other websites, newspapers and magazines, which for reasons known only to themselves capitalize both words even when they don't begin a sentence.

July 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Old Book Cotton Tape

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From the website:

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Lovely quality cotton tape.

Wonderful to use in any of your creative crafts and projects, such as mixed media, clothing, accessories, etc.

This cotton tape is also super handy to use for wrapping those really special packages — an extra little touch!

Size is 1 meter long (approx. 39.4 inches); width is approximately 2 cm (0.8 inch).

(If you would like to order more than one meter, and want it uncut in the full length, please let me know before you place your order, and I can adjust it, no problem!)

The cotton tape is washable in cold water using a mild detergent. Do not use bleach. Do not iron directly on image area.

Thank you for having a look, and if you would like more than one meter, please feel free to contact me :)

Order will be created and mailed to you within a week period after purchase.

All illustrated cotton tapes are made from scratch.

Oh, I'm afraid the spool is not included!

Made in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France.

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$4.85.

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July 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Earliest known visual record of a volcanic eruption — 6,200 B.C.

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According to archaeologist Stephen L. Harris, writing in the "Encyclopedia of Volcanoes" (1999), "The picture is a remarkable Neolithic portrayal of an active volcano," with the orange, spotted object in the picture above having been identified by British archaeologist James Mellaart as the twin-peaked volcano Hasan Dagi in southern Turkey, near Çatalhöyük, which has been called the world's oldest known city, the site consisting of a town of many buildings that appears to have flourished between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago.

The painting above, believed to portray the higher of the volcano's two cones actively erupting, is one of the wall paintings discovered at the site.

The lower portion of the painting is interpreted by Mellaart, who discovered and excavated the town between 1958 and 1964, as depicting the closely-packed buildings of the town itself.

Much more on the discovery and its attribution here.

The painting can be seen at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, Turkey.

[via Joe Peach]

July 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

nano Watch Band x Ninja Bottle Opener

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What took so long?

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Richard Tracy™ Brand nano watch straps are made from custom-designed genuine leather and precision-machined stainless steel. 

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RTB bands make your nano look like a regular sized luxury wrist watch — not some huge silicone toy belted to your hand.

Features:

  • Matte black oxide stainless steel
  • Stealth bottle opener
  • Matte black leather

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I will say that the blue watch face above got my attention in a major way.

How'd they do that?

Then I noticed the blue on the band above the face.

"You want a blue suit, turn on a blue light."

The quote above was uttered during a deposition in New Orleans, Louisiana some 20 years ago, by a lawyer who remains among the most memorable people I've had the good fortune to encounter.

$50.

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July 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Don't bother simply copying Apple products — think big: replicate the whole store

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From Apple Insider comes news that "Extremely detailed knock-off Apple stores, completer with blue t-shirt-wearing employees claiming to work for the company, have been discovered in China."

Photos above and below.

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"According to the blog BirdAbroad (via ifoAppleStore), several counterfeit Apple stores have popped up in Kumming, China. One such location features a winding staircase and employees in t-shirts with Apple logos and name tags."

"The author called the store 'the best ripoff store' she had ever seen, though there were several giveaways, such as the poor quality of the staircase and a sub-par paint job. Also, the stores do not appear to have upgraded to Apple's Retail 2.0 layout that uses iPads as 'smart signs.'"

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My favorite part of the story: The employees at the stoer "all genuinely think they work for Apple."

July 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sharpener Jar

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Have I mentioned how enchanted I am by the work of Craighton Berman?

I have?

Oh.

Here's another of his inventions: "Sharpener Jar allows the modern artist to quantify their creative output."

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A different way of calculating, to be sure, but one perhaps closer to the artist's heart than others depending on the perceptions of those who view what is commonly called "product."

Wrote Berman, "Akin to a scientific lab test, pencil shavings are treated as measurable creative data that can be sealed & archived for future reference. Sharpener Jar is enabled by a custom-milled brass pencil sharpener with a screw top that allows it to be universally fastened to jars of any size or brand."

Originally created for USE ME, an exhibition curated by the American Design Club during ICFF 2011.

Above, installation views at USE ME.

July 21, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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