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February 10, 2012

Listen to the earliest recorded sound ever recovered (1860)

"In 2008, Dr. [Patrick] Feaster and his colleagues at FirstSounds.org succeeded in playing a version of the French lullaby 'Au Clair de la Lune,' deciphered from a tracing in soot-coated paper dating from 1860 — the earliest sound ever recovered."

YouTube caption: "This is the first sound ever recorded, by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, in 1860, before Edison's wax cylinder experiments. Ironically, the phonoautograph was designed only to record sounds, not to play them back."

"The 10-seconds-long ghostly voice is a woman singing 'Au Clair de la Lune.'"

[via Ron Cowen and the New York Times]

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Private Cloud Rocking Bed

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Apply within.

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Experts' Expert: Silk pillowcases pamper your face and combat bedhead

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1. The Softie 2. The Custom Fit 3. The Splurge 4. The Modern Take

Excerpts from Aleksandra Crapanzano's February 4, 2012 Wall Street Journal story follow.

Small luxuries are sometimes necessary to combat the inevitable wintertime blues. Recently, I turned to silk pillows for a little pampering. A silly indulgence, I thought to myself  — until that first night when I fell asleep in a blissful silk cocoon. That dreamy sleep would have been enough to push chilly-weather doldrums aside, but it was waking the following morning that made me a convert. No static, no frizz, no creases etched into my cheeks — something magic was clearly at work. After a week, I'd tossed my morning makeup routine and my bottle of hair serum. I also ordered a second set of silk shams, realizing it would be very hard indeed to go back to cotton pillowcases.

Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco explains: "Because silk is so smooth, it will not make crease marks on your face. Because it's hypoallergenic, it won't cause irritation. And because silk does not retain moisture, it won't wick moisture or your anti-aging cream away from your skin." That certainly helps justify the price, as does the knowledge that silk is largely resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites. This means that when properly cared for (read: dry cleaning or hand-washing), silk bedding can last for many years. But the benefits don't stop there. By providing a drier environment, silk reduces that Kafkaesque tendency a nice blowout has of morphing into a nest of frizz overnight. And as hair glides over silk (as opposed to creating friction with cotton), it is also less prone to forming knots and tangles. 

According to Chinese legend, silk was discovered around 3000 B.C. by Lady Hsi-Ling-Shi, wife of the Emperor Huang Ti, while she was having tea in her garden under a mulberry tree. A silkworm dropped into her cup and the cocoon unraveled into the most delicate of threads. She lifted these out of her brew with chopsticks and, seeing their beauty, asked her entourage to weave them into a garment. And so, a closely guarded secret was born. For more than 2,000 years, silk was reserved for emperors and the highest of dignitaries, and smuggling silkworms out of China was a crime punishable by death. 

Pictured up top and described below, the author's favorites.

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February 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cauliflower Corer

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"This unique tool is designed specifically to core cauliflower. It quickly and cleanly cuts the leafy base and core of the cauliflower, leaving you with larger flowerets."

$7.50 (cauliflower not included).

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Staircase @ Opening Ceremony, NYC

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35 Howard Street.

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Polaroid 600 Land Camera — What lies beneath

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The far side (of the moon)

From Open Culture: "Here’s something you don't see every night: the far side of the Moon, photographed by one of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft.

"The Moon is 'tidally locked' in its orbit around the Earth, meaning its rotational and orbital periods are exactly synchronized. As a result, we always see the same view of the Moon no matter when or where (on Earth) we look at it. In this interesting video, released last week by NASA, we get a rare glimpse of the Moon's other side, starting with the north pole and moving toward the heavily cratered south.

"The video was captured on January 19 by the 'MoonKAM" aboard one of a pair of GRAIL spacecraft that were launched last Fall and began orbiting the Moon on New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. The primary mission of GRAIL is to study the Moon’s interior structure and to learn more about its thermal evolution.

"To learn more about the video and GRAIL, see the NASA news release."

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Laser-cut cardboard iPad stand

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From Papercrafts: "Welcome to the Papercraft series. Made from recycled cardboard and laser-cut with carbon free energy." 

"At the moment we’re offering two iPad models: one for horizontal viewing only, the other with cutouts for both directions. Regarding availability please enlist on our newsletter."

[via Fancy]

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