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November 12, 2011

Giant world map made from recycled computers

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From Colossal:

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"British artist Susan Stockwell

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recently completed this gigantic world map (21 feet x 13 feet)

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made from recycled computer components

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for the University of Bedfordshire.

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Entitled 'World,'

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the piece has been in progress since 2010

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and uses motherboards, electrical wiring, fans, and myriad other components."

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The artist appears above and in the fourth picture from the top.

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[via upon a fold and @dsjkvf]

November 12, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Roz Chast's In Crowd

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Long story short: She's created a small line of dishes and glassware featuring her characters, called the In Crowd.

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The pieces include a cereal bowl, a celery dish, a mug, glasses, and salt-and-pepper shakers [!].

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As she said to New York Times reporter Penelope Green, "Who doesn't need a celery dish? Even if you don't have any dishes, you need a celery dish. We haven't put any in ours yet, but we plan to."

$5–$14.95.

November 12, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Why rounded corners are easier on the eyes

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An August 17, 2011 UX Movement post by Anthony relates the science behind the observation.

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Long story short: the eye and brain can more quickly process information without abrupt directional changes.

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[via @dsjkvf]

November 12, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What are they?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

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Hint: they have nothing to do with radiation.

Another: much smaller than a bread box.

A third: magnets are not involved.

November 12, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: "A pet fly is not an impossibility"

So says 49-year-old Dave Kapell (not the co-star of the video above), creator of Magnetic Poetry.

For a story in Thursday's New York Times he shared with Michael Tortorello his quick and dirty technique:

At age 12, sitting in his middle-school chemistry class, [Kapell] was a fly trainer.

"You catch a fly and then throw it really hard against the desk to stun it," Mr. Kapell said. Next, ask a pretty classmate for a strand of long, fine hair. Tie a loop and cinch it around the fly's body.

Finally, he said, "stick your leash down with some gum on your desk." When the fly awakens, he said, it "will fly around on your little hair leash."

Although this stunt sounds like an urban legend, Mr. Kapell vowed it is not.

Laura Bradford, the beautiful girl who donated her long black hair, could not be reached for comment.

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

Geek Yule: Motherboard Christmas Tree

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Just the thing to cheer you up if you're gonna be working on Christmas Day.

From the website:

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The traditional Christmas tree gets an technological upgrade with this light-up desktop motherboard version.

Simply insert a 9V battery (included) and watch the tree's flashing red lights.

7" high.

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$13.99.

November 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Starlings Table — Joris Laarman

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"To create his Starlings Table,

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Laarman commissioned a simulation

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of the birds in flight

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(video capture below).

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It's called a murmuration of starlings (below).

Noted the video's narrator, "It is the most remarkable thing I've ever seen — and as a video cameraman I have seen some pretty amazing things. I've spent hours watching and have never seen a collision. How can that be possible?"

Indeed.

Want the table?

Apply within.

[via the Wall Street Journal and Joe Peach]

November 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fat Magnet

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From websites:

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Fat Magnet absorbs fat so you don't.

Instantly reduce calories, lower cholesterol and create healthier meals by removing and absorbing excess fat that floats on the surface of foods.

Just freeze the device, skim the surface with it, and fat is gone!

Use in soups, gravies, stews, chili and other liquids.

Plastic and aluminum.

4-1/4" x 1" x 6". 

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$9.99.

November 12, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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