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January 18, 2012

Sigmund Freud envisions augmented reality in 1930


From his great book, "Civilization and Its Discontents":

Now let us make the fantastic supposition that Rome were not a human dwelling-place, but a mental entity with just as long and varied a past history: that is, in which nothing once constructed had perished, and all the earlier stages of development had survived alongside the latest. This would mean that in Rome the palaces of the Caesars were still standing on the Palatine and the Septizonium of Septimius Severus was still towering to its old height; that the beautiful statues were still standing in the colonnade of the Castle of St. Angelo, as they were up to its siege by the Goths, and so on. But more still: where the Palazzo Caffarelli stands there would also be, without this being removed, the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, not merely in its latest form, moreover, as the Romans of the Caesars saw it, but also in its earliest shape, when it still wore an Etruscan design and was adorned with terra-cotta antefixae. Where the Coliseum stands now, we could at the same time admire Nero's Golden House; on the Piazza of the Pantheon we should find not only the Pantheon of today as bequeathed to us by Hadrian, but on the same site also Agrippa's original edifice; indeed, the same ground would support the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and the old temple over which it was built. And the observer would need merely to shift the focus of his eyes, perhaps, or change his position, in order to call up a view of either the one or the other.

[via The New Yorker]

January 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack



From the website:


No question which bag is yours with this impact-resistant plastic carry-on.

Racing-style wheels.

21" x 14" x 8".

5.5 pounds.


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January 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

My new kindle.com email addresses


So yesterday I was just avoiding doing stuff I should've been doing, noodling around the Kindle Reader on my iPhone, and I pressed the "Documents" button just to see what would happen.

That took me to a page that said I had no documents saved but then the announcement up top appeared on the screen.

"What's this?" said I to myself.

Reading the text, I learned that I can now send Word Docs and PDFs to my nifty new Kindle email address which is specific for my iPhone.

That led me to waste even more time opening the Kindle reader on my iPad, which resulted in the window below after I pressed the "Documents" button.

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Interestingly, each device has its own email address to send to.

But both announcements say the documents are stored in the Amazon Cloud, so wouldn't it be the case that a document sent to one device's address would be accessible on all of them?

Only one way to find out, I figured.

There goes the afternoon.

The answer: When I used my Air to send PDFs to each of my kindle.com addresses, the PDFs did not appear there.

Then I decided to try to send to my iPhone's kindle.com address from my iPhone and likewise with my iPad.

But as I was about to do that, the following email appeared in my email box:

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I can't speak for you but me, I think I'm done with this effort.

It's getting dark already.

Game over.

January 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Hammock Bathtub

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From the website: "The goal was to create a new bathing paradigm. Literally elevating the experience off the ground, the suspended vessel is evocative of a hammock filled with water, swelling with its contents. Employing new carbon fiber technology developed for the autosport and aerospace industries, this bathtub features extremely fine surfaces as a result of exploiting the inherent rigidity of layered carbon fiber."

240 x 61 W x 54cm (94.5"L x 24"W x 21.3"H).

Stainless steel, carbon fiber and gold leaf.

Edition of 12.


[via Fancy]

January 18, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Barbie Pasta Shapes


[via Hurricane Vanessa]

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Constellation Cards


Love 'em.

From the website:



This set of blank handmade greeting cards provides a unique and elegant perspective on constellations. Each card contains an astronomically accurate representation of one of the ten most prominent constellations found in the Northern and Southern hemispheres; the diameter of each star on your card is directly related to that star's brightness.


These star groupings are hand-punched into midnight blue cardstock. Sustainably harvested hemp yarn binds the handmade, undyed lokta paper lining to each outer card and doubles as a support for hanging your card on the wall.


These 4.25" x 5.5" (11 x 14cm) blank cards double as artwork and look great with sunshine passing through the star's holes, framed, or hung on the wall from their binding.


Set of 10: $40.

[via Fancy]

January 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blast from the past: "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" — The Byrds (May 11, 1965)

Full disclosure: Though I don't remember it, more likely than not I watched the day it was first televised on NBC's "Hullabaloo."

From YouTube: "The band's second time ever on TV, this performance is the original recorded backing track with live vocals."

"Note how David Crosby is "Pre-cape" and Chris Hillman had yet to fully straighten out his hair."

January 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

PaperPro Stapler — One of my top 10 household items


This is #3 in this recently inaugurated series.

Simply put, it's the best stapler I've ever used.


Because one finger's pressure can staple together 20 sheets of paper.

Can your stapler do that?

Didn't think so.

For those with physical limitations, this is the stapler from heaven.

In a rainbow of colors: $18.29.

January 18, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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