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March 22, 2012

Ride a solid rocket booster into space

This video was shot using cameras strapped to the sides of the solid rocket boosters on space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. During their 400-second journey they reached 3,000 mph and an altitude of 41 miles before being jettisoned to splash down in the ocean.

[via LikecoolOhGizmo!, and GeeksAreSexy]

March 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Trouser Strap

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"Our trouser strap helps the urban cyclist to fasten her or his trousers and prevents them from being caught in the chain ring."

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"The strap is made of leather with "harmonic steel" inside which winds around your ankle."

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Think slap bracelet.

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Honey, Brown, Mustard, or Black.

€20 (£16.64).

March 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

New York City subway art? There's an app for that.

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Excerpts from Randy Kennedy's "Arts, Briefly" story in the March 14 New York Times follow.

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For many years the most underrated art museum in New York City has also, oddly, been the one with by far the most visitors, millions a day: the subway system. Since 1985, the Arts for Transit Program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has commissioned permanent works by both well-known and lesser-known artists for the subway and also the commuter rail system. But finding these works, in a system that can sometimes feel like a lab-mouse maze designed by a sadistic scientist, has never been easy.

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The authority... on Thursday [March 15] plans to announce its first licensed app to serve as a guide to the 186 permanent works installed throughout the stations, and to a few dozen more in the Metro North and Long Island Rail Road systems.

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Looking for Robert Wilson? He’s in Coney Island. Maya Lin? Penn Station. Doug and Mike Starn? South Ferry. Vito Acconci (some of whose early performance pieces were so notorious they might as well have been performed in the subway in the middle of the night)? You can find him in two places, including the Yankee Stadium station at 161st Street in the Bronx, where his 2002 piece "Wall-Slide" makes the station look as if it is turning itself into an archaeological dig.

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The app… provides information either by subway line or by artist, from the abstract painter Al Held to the author and illustrator Yumi Heo, with Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and Sol Lewitt in between. The app also provides detailed maps of some of the larger stations and guided turn-by-turn tours, along with short video and audio pieces about artists and their work. (It can be synced before descending into cell-phone dead-zone stations or used interactively with location-based help at above-ground stations and ones that have been wired, like the 14th Street station on the A line in Manhattan.)

"In a setting like the subway," Ms. Bloodworth said, "art really does something. It gives a certain amount of dignity to your ride and your day. And this is finally going to be like having the whole collection in the palm of your hand."

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App screenshots above.

March 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Caffeind — "Celebrating America's #1 drug of choice"

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Wrote designer Daniel Ballou,

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"This coffee scoop holds 30cc (2 tablespoons) of your favorite beans, powder, or other substance."

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I remain fascinated by the pretty much random nature of what's legal and what's not.  

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Apply to dan@danielballou.com

March 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

March 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Pay phone necklace — Off the hook

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Robin's egg blue enamel on stainless steel.

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$30.

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"WHAT YOU SEE HERE WHAT YOU DO HERE WHAT YOU HEAR HERE WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE LET IT STAY HERE"

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Sign at Oak Ridge, Tennessee Manhattan Project facility where uranium for the first atomic bombs was purified.

I've heard this advice a zillion times since I was a kid yet not till now did I know what made it ubiquitous.

Photograph by Ed Clark, published in Life magazine in 1945.

[via On the Neutron Trail]

March 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Transforming Wastebasket

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Designed by Cordula Kehrer.

Rattan and plastic.

10"Ø x 10.5"H.

$45.

March 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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