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January 9, 2012

The One-Tool Rule


From the Wall Street Journal: "The Chipstone Foundation challenged 16 established artists to create a work using only one tool for 'The Tool at Hand.' Hongtao Zhou, using his hands as the tool, made a wax chair, while others used more unconventional objects like a kitchen oven. Videos by the artists explain their process. Pictured above: 'Dowel Bowl' by wood sculptor Mark Lindquist. His one tool was a glue applicator."

Below, Lindquist's video.

From the website of the Milwaukee Art Museum, where the show will be up through April 1: "'The Tool at Hand' brings together artworks resulting from an unusual and slightly eccentric experiment. Last spring the Chipstone Foundation invited 16 contemporary artists to break from their usual practice and make a work of art with one tool alone. This exhibition presents these works, and the tools used to craft them, together with short, explanatory videos produced by each artist."

"The artists represented in 'The Tool at Hand' are established practitioners from the US and the UK and work in a range of materials. Silversmith Ndidi Ekubia, woodworker David Gates, and painter Joy Garnett all employed a traditional tool for their work on view: hammer, saw, paintbrush. Others, such as ceramist Caroline Slotte and designer Tavs Jorgensen, used new or non-traditional tools, from dental drills to customized 3-D printers."

All 16 artist videos are here.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

January 9, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Stuck on You Knife Hook


Designed by Thelermont Hupton.

Red, White or Black.

Lacquered steel.

Apiece, £25.

January 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Where people are looking for homes


From FlowingData: "In August 2006, real estate search site Trulia had 609,000 visitors [below]. Five years later, there were 27 million [above]."


"Trulia's most recent visualization shows this growth (bottom bar graph) and where people are searching for homes (map). Press play and watch it go. It's pretty much population density, but for me, the method is more interesting than the material in this case."

"The grass aesthetic is kind of nice. It looks like you have a one-pixel blade of grass for each zip code with a significant search count, and where there's more search there's more grass."

"I also like the relatively simple tech behind the graphic. We usually see animated and interactive maps generating everything on the fly, but the maps and bar graphs for this are pre-generated for each month. Then each image is displayed one after the other chronologically like a flip book."

[via @shashashasha]

January 9, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Spray Can Duffle Bag


Just the thing for the Banksy wannabe.


From the website:



• Cushioned nylon shoulder straps

• 600d water-resistant polyester

• Two side zipper pockets

• Inner zipper pocket

• 20"L x 10"Ø.



Rob Walker, call your office: your bag is in.



[via ThisIsWhyImBroke]

January 9, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Spreaker — The dawn of bookofjoe radio?

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I'd always assumed I'd be going right to TV until I learned of Spreaker, a start-up with an audio platform, via Elmira Bayrasil writing last month in Forbes; excerpts follow.

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The start-up Spreaker has developed an audio platform that allows anyone anywhere in the world to live stream or record an interview, newscast or event via the Internet. Talk radio for the people, by the people with talk radio quality.

Spreaker is super-easy to use. There is nothing to install. You can connect it to your Twitter or Facebook accounts for easy set-up and live broadcasts. This is what sets the site apart from other audio platforms such as SynCast and Shoutcast. The only challenge I found was categorizing content. The site's catalog is limited and limiting, which may be an issue if it is targeting the chattering classes. Tabs are too broad and confusing.

Spreaker's founder [Francesco Baschieri] is now hoping to contribute to the transformation of the American radio landscape, his intended target market. With 300 million English-speakers the Italian venture moved its operations from Bologna to San Francisco earlier this year…. "We can be the YouTube of audio," Baschieri says.

January 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

My IQ test came back negative


I'm sorry but I'd never heard that before I saw this T-shirt last evening and it made me laugh really hard.

So that's why something not whimsical but, rather, just plain stupid, appears here.

It's not the first time that's happened and you can bet it won't be the last.


January 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Restart Page

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Res ipsa loquitur.

What, you don't understand Latin?

You're in good company.

But I digress.

"Free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems."

[via Richard Kashdan, who knows a thing or three about such things]

January 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

William Tell Earbuds


Whimsical, and I do so love whimsy.

I must say I was a bit troubled upon close examination of these earbuds.

As I recall, William Tell's son stood with an apple on his head on November 18, 1307, and his father was ordered to shoot the apple off the boy's head with a crossbow.

That being the case, the arrow would obviously have gone to the ground rather than halting in transit mid-apple as these earbuds appear to depict.

Fortunately for me, such inconsistencies do not keep me awake at night.

The earbuds, by the way, cost $53.

January 9, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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