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April 27, 2012

100 search engines for serious scholars

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I guarantee that anyone will find sites on this list that they've never heard of and will prove of value.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

[via Milena]

April 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nothing Lamp

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Designed by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan, it was exhibited at this year's International Furniture Fair in Milan, which ended on Sunday.

[via the New York Times and designboom]

April 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Should you check your email?

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A flow chart by San Francisco-based artist Wendy MacNaughton.

Bonus: you can purchase her work directly or from her Amazon site.

Or email her direct: wendy@wendymacnaughton.com.

If you mention I sent you, she'll burst out laughing, then immediately double her prices.

Just kidding. (I think).

[via Tim Harford, DellForbes, and Explore]

April 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Charge your phone by plugging it into your camp stove

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That's different.

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From the May issue of Wired: "The BioLite's thermoelectric converter turns heat from its own fire into gadget-rejuvenating electricity."

$129.

Apply within.

April 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Please, don't feed the artist" — Dawn Kasper at the Whitney Biennial

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Long story — by Penelope Green in yesterday's New York Times Home & Garden section — short: "Dawn Kasper moved the entire contents of her home and studio into a room at the Whitney Museum." 

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Excerpts below.

On most days, you can hear Dawn Kasper's installation at the Whitney Biennial before you see it. Bessie Smith or the Beatles or an episode of  "The Young Ones," a British sitcom from the '80s, might be playing scratchily on one of her many devices, spilling out into an adjacent gallery and accompanied by a throaty guffaw from the artist, whom you might then come upon sitting cross-legged on a mattress, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, eating a sandwich and entertaining a few strangers. 

In late February, Ms. Kasper [above], a Los Angeles performance artist, moved herself and the entire contents of her apartment-slash-studio into the Whitney, where it and she will remain for the duration of the show (it closes May 27), in a kind of living sculpture she calls the Nomadic Studio Practice.        

Indeed, Ms. Kasper's finances haven't allowed for a real studio since 2008, a common scenario in the life of an artist and one that generated this piece, which recalls the more festive aspects of Relational Aesthetics as well as a party in the room of a particularly messy teenager. (Ms. Kasper has sublet the room she rents in a two-room apartment in Los Angeles to a friend.)

Since her piece is what's known as a durational exercise, we've been checking on her every couple of weeks. What does it feel like to live, for all intents and purposes, inside a museum?               

For the record, Ms. Kasper uses the public restrooms in the basement, a spot she visits often. The museum's low-humidity atmosphere is good for artwork but dehydrates humans, as she learned early on. So she drinks liters and liters of water. "It's like airplane air in here," she'll tell you.  

She also makes little books out of folded paper that might say, "I have a short attention span"; she plays the drums. You deduce her roots in the D.I.Y., post-punk scene. But as Ms. Kasper, comically frenetic, scoots about her space, sorting cable wires, nailing a huge fragment of paper to the wall that reads "Too Available" in block letters or piling packing blankets in high stacks to make extra seats, an even older tradition emerges: she plays the fool like her hero, Buster Keaton.         

"Sometimes I think of my process as a used-car salesman," Ms. Kasper said. "I'm trying to get people to buy something. It's hard for people because it’s stuff. It's my stuff. My activity in this context on a daily basis is making the contents of my material possessions a sculptural installation. But when I'm not there, you realize the car could be a lemon. It's just books and empty cassette cases."

April 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Lace Chain Link Fence

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From the lace fence website: "Lace Fence is a design of Dutch design house Demakersvan. It is a high-end metal fabric that gives new insights into how you can create unique environments."

"It combines the ancient craft of lace making with the industrial chain link fence. Every fence is unique in its design by its craft and its assembled patterns, which come in a variety of themes, from floral to contemporary designs and custom art patterns."

"Lace Fence shows how something which was meant to be purely functional can also be decorative. Hostility versus kindness. Industry versus craft."

[via Fancy]

April 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Dine at Michelin 3-Star restaurant Guy Savoy — Web surfer special

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From the world-reknowned restaurant's website: "Each day for lunch, Guy Savoy reserves one table for guests wishing to discover — or rediscover — the delights of a French gourmet restaurant, but who hesitate. From our full lunch menu, guests can choose a starter, a main dish, and a dessert for the fixed price of €110. Our sommelier will offer wines by the glass from €10."

"This special is only on offer to web surfers. Please arrive by noon." 

When the boj World Tour hits the City of Lights I will be so there.

Can't make it?

No problema.

Download the iPhone,iPad, or Android Guy Savoy apps, which "provide access to more than 40 recipes and a booking module. You will be able to easily send recipes to your contacts, see the restaurant's photos and be guided there by GPS. Quickly book a table by phone or by email."

The apps are free, the way we like it.

April 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger

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Wrote Sam Grobart in yesterday's New York Times, "This Snickers-bar-size powerstrip includes three outlets and two USB ports. It's a dream when your hotel decides that you really need only one accessible outlet in the whole room."

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$15.32.

April 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

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