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November 26, 2011

Athletica Electronica

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From Colossal:

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"Art director Murilo Melo

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created this killer poster series

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for Companhia Athletica Gyms in Brazil

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by dismantling sloth-inducing televisions, video games, and computers

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and using their thousands of parts to create exercising humans, urging you to 'switch your routine for ours.'"

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"The project took four months to execute and is well documented on this pretty awesome website

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where you can see production shots, download high-res images (recommended for detailed viewing), and watch a video."

November 26, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Kulma (Corner Shelf)

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Created by Helsinki-based Martina Carpelan who wrote, "Kulma, corner in Finnish, is a shelf to be hung either in a positive or a negative corner of a room. The idea is to utilize and highlight both the space within the shelf and the corner surrounding the shelf."

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Oak; 43cm W x 25cm H x 25cm D.

"Produced on request by Martina Carpelan, designed together with Hong Ngo in 2006."

See her shop, then get the details here.

November 26, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Dublin Writers Museum

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Excerpts from Julia M. Klein's November 14, 2011 Wall Street Journal story about the museum follow.

Above, Brendan Behan's typewriter, his National Union of Journalists membership card and a first edition of his "The Quare Fellow," among the exhibits at the museum.

In the homeland of James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, where writers still receive special tax breaks, the Dublin Writers Museum is an iconic place filled with charming relics. This fall it is marking its 20th anniversary while planning a major refurbishment of its cramped, old-fashioned galleries.

First proposed in the 1970s by the journalist and author Maurice Gorham, the museum, managed by Dublin Tourism, opened on Nov. 18, 1991, at a location intertwined with culture, history and Irish whiskey.

The museum's home is a stately Georgian red-brick mansion once owned by George Jameson, a scion of the distillery dynasty.

The Writers Museum looks out on Dublin's Garden of Remembrance, a memorial to Ireland's revolutionary martyrs. In its galleries, the museum showcases the possessions and idiosyncrasies of the country's literary heroes, some veterans of those same struggles.

The reverential sampling of objects includes the expected first editions and theater programs, portraits and manuscripts, typewriters and reading glasses. The best of the artifacts offer not just rarity, but deeper insight into particular literary personalities: a scrawled note from George Bernard Shaw, from 1930, declaring, "I never autograph books or anything else for sale"; a telephone, owned by Samuel Beckett, with a button to block calls from coming in; an edition of Patrick Kavanagh's "A Soul for Sale" (1947) in which the poet has handwritten a sexually suggestive verse excised by censors.

The museum doesn't expend too much effort describing what is typically Irish, but certain characteristics and themes emerge. Irish writers tended to be mordant (Jonathan Swift), witty (playwrights from William Congreve to Oscar Wilde) or darkly romantic (Yeats, who yearned in vain and in verse for the beautiful Maud Gonne). "Dracula" (1897), by Bram Stoker, was an Irish creation; the museum has a first edition.

The perception of Ireland as a turbulent provincial outpost helped contribute to a literary exodus. Joyce, Shaw, Beckett and Wilde—the culture's marquee names—were expatriates. The Dublin Writers Museum grandly claims them all.

The emphasis on deceased writers is "partly because we need some historical perspective," as well as "to save us having to update panels every time someone produces a new book," said Mr. Nicholson, who also serves as curator of the James Joyce Museum in the Dublin suburb of Sandycove.

In addition to its quirky artifacts, the museum's charms include its evocative building. The mansion features 18th-century plasterwork by Michael Stapleton, spectacular neoclassical columns and a gilded frieze contributed, in the 1890s, by the architect Alfred Darbyshire and a 1991 stained-glass window by Michael Judd with images of Swift, Wilde, Joyce, Yeats and other indispensable figures.

November 26, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Salad Bunny

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Forget the salad — just let it stand alone.

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Wonderfully — even if unintentionally — spooky.

20cm x 8cm.

£10.95.

[via Crooked Brains]

November 26, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Invisibility app for iPad 2

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"Give your iPad 2 the stunning illusion of invisibility. Its screen can behave like transparent glass. As you move your iPad, you and your friends will swear you're seeing through it to a table top or floor underneath, or even into a fanciful virtual world."

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99 cents — because invisibilty — unlike information* — doesn't want to be free.

[via Richard Kashdan]

*Information wants to be free." — Stewart Brand

November 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Finnish Pine Tar Soap

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From the website:

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According to an old Finnish proverb: "If tar, schnapps and sauna can't help, you're done for!"

The tar we're talking about comes from resin-rich pine or fir trees that are first cut into pieces, then put into a large lime-lined pit with the thick ends left outside, and covered with wet peat.

The pile is then set fire to from below, generating temperatures of up to 400°C in the pits.

The resin (pine tar) begins to flow after 2 days and is tapped and piped off.

This natural tar has been used for skin-care in Finland for centuries, and is now beginning to gain a reputation in the rest of Europe.

It has a very characteristic scent (which may remind some of our customers distantly of Islay whisky) and an intense, unmistakable colour.

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€11.50.

November 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Amazing!" — Mel Bochner

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His 2011 painting, oil and acrylic on canvas (two panels), is among those on display in a show up through April 8, 2012 at the National Gallery of Art East Building tower.

November 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Voice Recorder Flash Drive

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I said be careful his flash drive is really a recorder... never mind.

From the website:

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It's the best covert audio recorder you'll find anywhere, thanks to its small size and dual functionality.

You'll be able to record and store over a hundred hours of audio all on one simple flash drive.

It's the perfect note-taking companion, especially for laptop users.

Simply turn on audio recording and type your notes, knowing you have a safety net in case you miss anything.

Of course, if your recording is of a more sensitive nature, you have the peace of mind of knowing that the other person will never realize they are being recorded on your USB voice recorder.

And, don't forget — this is also a fully functional USB flash drive, too.

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With the USB Flash Drive Recorder you can:

• Record lectures in their entirety

• Store audio records of interviews

• Review what your boss said at the company meeting

• Catch someone in a lie, and have the proof to back you up

Features and Details:

• Plug and play

• WAV file format

• Instruction manual

• 2-1/2" x 3/4" x 1/4"

• Play back .WAV files on any computer

• Win2000 / XP/ME/NT/Mac 8.6 or highe

• USB voice recorder records audio covertly

• Also works as a fully functional USB Flash Drive

• Play back on Windows Media Player or Free VLC player

• Available in 2 GB (40 Hours) and 8 GB (160 Hours) models

• Internal rechargeable battery (up to 4 hours continuous recording/battery life on a full charge)

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$49.95.

November 26, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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