« March 23, 2012 | Main | March 25, 2012 »

March 24, 2012

Art Deco in Japan


Who knew?


Ken Johnson's review in yesterday's New York Times Arts section was the first I ever heard of Japan in terms of Art Deco.

Screen Shot 2012-03-23 at 11.11.19 PM

"Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945,"

Screen Shot 2012-03-23 at 11.08.42 PM

a show numbering about 200 objects, including paintings, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fashion, and printed ephemera,


is on view through June 10 at Japan Society in New York City.


The pieces above and below are among those on display.

Screen Shot 2012-03-23 at 11.10.55 PM

More on the subject here and here.

March 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Flow I — Wall-mounted shelf












Created by le mouton noir & co.

Does Rob Walker know about this?

He will.

March 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How to view LinkedIn profiles in stealth mode

Screen Shot 2012-03-23 at 11.12.49 AM

J.D. Biersdorfer's March 20 New York Times "Gadgetwise" post explained how to mask your presence while you explore the profiles of fellow members.

Above, my full LinkedIn profile, which bookofjoe readers can view while in stealth mode even without being a LinkedIn member.

How great is that?

But I digress.

Below, Ms. Biersdorfer tells you how to do the equivalent of silent running on LinkedIn.


Q. Can people on LinkedIn see if I looked at their profile pages?

A. Depending on what has been selected in the LinkedIn account settings, a fellow user could see the full name and title of profile-page visitors. You can also choose a more anonymous notice that just gives a basic characteristic like your place of employment. Or, you can even switch to a setting that does not alert a LinkedIn user that you have visited the profile page. LinkedIn describes these options here.

If you take the option to view LinkedIn profiles in full stealth mode, other people will not know that you have visited their pages. However, you will not be able to see who has looked at your profile when you click in the link in the Who's Viewed My Profile box on your own LinkedIn page.

If you are unsure of your settings, log into your LinkedIn account. In the upper-right corner, click on your name and select Settings from the menu. On your Settings page, scroll down and click on the Profile tab, then on "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile" to make any necessary adjustments. LinkedIn has a detailed guide to its settings for users here.

March 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Post-it Full Adhesive Sticky Notes


What do you get when you cross Post-it notes with the Full Monty?


You got it.


I only learned of the existence of this variation on a familiar theme when I received a sample pack in the mail the other day.

How'd they know I'm one of their biggest fans?

Sheets measure 3" x 3"; 25 sheets per pad; 4 pads/pack: $6.50.

March 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Master the Art of Running"


This is how we roll at bookofjoe World Headquarters®™©.

March 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Bed Bugs Episode 2: Sleeping Cocoon

Screen Shot 2012-03-24 at 8.58.53 AM

Not 10 hours after yesterday afternoon's Episode 1 post on the new NYC hotel amenity — RestEasy Bed Bug repellent, right next to the shampoo and body lotion et al. — in came this comment from reader Alan Fick: "Tell me about it — daughter had them in one of her apartments at college — what fun. So it's come to this."

So it would appear, Alan.

I'm ordering a few of these cocoons for my correspondents' use when they find themselves in Gotham.

From the product website:


This portable sleeping cocoon is made of specially woven fabric that is impervious to bed bugs.

The sleeping cocoon's tightly wound polyester threads are spaced only one micron apart (a span that's much smaller than bed bugs) to prevent 100% of bed bugs from penetrating the fabric.

The durable polyester threads are impervious to bed bugs' teeth, yet the fabric remains soft, pliable, and breathable for optimal sleeping comfort in a hotel bed.

The sleeping cocoon creates an enclosed sleeping environment from the shoulders to the feet, the hooded top protects your head and neck yet allows you to breathe naturally, and the entire unit folds to fit in the included tote for ease of travel.

81"L x 36"W; weighs one pound.



Alternatively, you could wear a Hazmat suit like the woman in the TV commercial who takes one look at her hotel bedspread and then returns to the room wearing one, head bubble and all.

Your call.

March 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Form of Language


Wrote Bryony Quinn in a February 15, 2012 It's Nice That post: Caspar Lam and YuJune Park make up Synoptic Office. Both Yale graduates and prolific makers and educators within the design field, their collective output is that of two people with a keen awareness of graphics' physicality and ability to realize high concepts in a brilliantly communicative way, as with "Alphabet Topography" [above and below].


Wrote the creators:



The physical form of language is a record of collective memory.


In this monotype typeface, the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of English.


Each letter sits in a 6 x 6 inch square, allowing for any combination of letters to run seamlessly both vertically and horizontally.


[via iGNANT]

March 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

House butter dish





[via Things That Look Like Other Things and swissmiss]

March 24, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

« March 23, 2012 | Main | March 25, 2012 »