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October 1, 2011

The Mathematics of Macaroni


From a September 24 Wall Street Journal review of the new book "Pasta by Design" by the London-based architect George L. Legendre:


"Made from flour and water, it's one of the most basic foods. And it's versatile, available in hundreds of shapes and used in endless dishes."


"There is information about more than 90 kinds, including where each is from and its traditional preparations."


"The shape of each is described in elaborate mathematical formulas and shown in a technical illustration. There's also a pasta family tree that groups the shapes into categories, like solid or hollow, smooth or striated, twisted or bunched."


"Here is a look at five pastas and their renderings."

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Clint Eastwood Needlepoint Cushion

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An image from from his early days in the mid-60s, circa "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" and "A Fistful of Dollars."

From the website:


One of the coolest men alive now immortalized in a new medium — needlepoint rather than celluloid.

Clever use of tiny stitches and subtle sepia tones give a "movie still" aura. 

51cm x 51cm (20" x 20").

Feather cushion included.

Wool needlepoint.



[via Margaret McCartney]

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Opening a time capsule in El Paso County, Colorado


Wrote reader yogahz, "I was doing some research on El Paso County in Colorado and found this link that I thought was interesting:




It's to a time capsule that was buried in 1901 and then opened on January 1, 2001.  The site has both images and transcripts of the letters with accompanying images of the items that were also included.  It's a comprehensive and well-documented look at late 19th/(really) early 20th-century life in Colorado Springs. One of those '...there's goes the day...' kind of links."


Hey, she said it, not me.

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Théodore Géricault's left hand

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Above, a drawing, which the artist made on his deathbed, of his own left hand.

He died in 1824 at the age of 32.

The drawing is among the 80 masterworks on paper on display in the new show, "David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings From the Louvre," which runs through December 31 at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

[via the New York Times]

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Iconic Braun Travel Alarm Clock now voice-controlled


A 21st-century redesign of Dietrich Lubs' classic 1990 AB30 clock.

From the website:


The iconic Braun travel alarm clocks are known for their compact size, silent operation, crescendo alarms, reliability, and easy-to-read displays.

This redesign of Dietrich Lubs's 1990 AB30 clock includes a voice- or clapping-activated snooze function and has a large pop-up alarm switch with a green stripe.

The four-minute snooze function can be repeated up to forty minutes.

ABS plastic, quartz movement.

One AA battery included.

3.25"H x 2.5"W x 1.5"D.



White or Black: $42.

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Wikitude — Augmented reality gets real with iPhone/iPad/Android app


"Wikitude World Browser is a fun, innovative and informative augmented reality (AR) platform allowing you to discover what's around you in a completely new way."


"Using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and explore your surroundings. Wikitude will overlay the camera's display and the objects you look at with additional interactive content and information."


Free, the way we like it.


Coming not all that long from now: ungeeky glasses and car windows that do the same thing.

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Smartphone/iPad Gloves


What with the weather getting cooler and the new iPhone coming next week, just the thing for fall.

From the website:


These gloves feature eLink™ fabric — specially designed to interact with touch-screen devices — adhered to the index finger and thumb of each glove.

Women's: 80% wool/20% nylon jersey knit.

Men's: 100% polyester stretch fleece.

Palm patch for gripping.



Women: Red or Black. $32.

Men: Black. $38.

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