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May 21, 2012

Alan Cumming in "One-Man Macbeth"


The National Theater of Scotland reimagines the play and presents Alan Cumming (above) at Lincoln Center in New York City.

From July 5-14 but don't think about it too long 'cause this will be sold out in a New York minute (for once, literally).

Photo by Albert Watson.

May 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Leap 3-D gesture control — Your own private "Minority Report"

STOP PRESS: This just in from Richard Kashdan.

It was introduced earlier today and featured on engadget; excerpts from that post follow.

Leap Motion has created a new device, called the Leap, it claims is 200 times more accurate than existing technology and will take gesture controls to the next level.

It's about the size of a pack of gum, and once connected to your computer via USB, it creates a four-cubic-foot virtual workspace. Within that area, it tracks all ten of your fingers simultaneously to within 1/100 of a millimeter  — that level of accuracy allows for rudimentary gestures like pinch-to-zoom and more complex actions like manipulating 3D-rendered objects.

Leap brings you this next-gen UX for a mere $69.99, and a select few can pre-order them now, with the full roll-out coming this winter.

I just scored one (below).

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Note that it may take a while for the site to load, likely because it's crashed or been on the verge since they started taking pre-orders.

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Fair warning: They'll be all gone before the day is out — don't just sit there like a bump on a pickle if you want one before winter.

May 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Origami Rhino Unfolding

[via Troy Flake]

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Limited-Edition Marsfly Windbreaker

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By Tom Sachs for NikeCraft, a small collection he did with Nike, just introduced with his exhibition "Space Program: Mars," 


up now through June 17 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

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The products include "a pair of sneakers (the Mars Yard shoe, $385), two jackets (the Marsfly, pictured above and below, and the Chester Trench ($495), and lightweight carry bags ($500-$700) made from air bag material and, in some cases, rip cords and grappling hooks."

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The Marsfly comes with sleeve and hood tension pulls, trim for the cuffs, and a visor brim.

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[via Cathy Horyn and the New York Times]

May 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

My home territory

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Up until last fall, when I finally had enough of the misery of taking two short flights to get to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving — with all the accompanying airport and baggage nonsense, not to mention the awful flight schedules and cost — I thought my effective driving range was about two hours, a hundred miles or so.

Then I drove to Pittsburgh in 6+ hours, without incident and with six (6) giant duffel bags filled with all manner of stuff I might need (but probably wouldn't) that I can't take on plane trips, leaving on Thursday and returning on Sunday. 

The scales  fell from my eyes at the markedly superior travel experience.

Since that time I've repeated that route, for this month's Pittsburgh Half-Marathon, and again the trip was smooth as silk.

And that was before I downloaded Stephen King's "11/22/63" as an audiobook, superb listening while on the road.

To mark my belated but happy conversion from airplane victim to car trekker, I used this website to create a 300-mile radius around my Podunk town (pictured up top), to give myself a better idea about what's now within my driving distance.

Lo and behold, if I find a good half-marathon in North or South Carolina, Kentucky, or even Ohio, I just might appear in your 'hood.

May 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Will not fit inside most bread boxes.

Another iteration?

No problema:


May 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

"How to Talk About Money With Your Spouse"


By the way, you don't have to wait until you're married to have that talk.

Fair warning from one who's been there — but failed to do that.

Graphic and accompanying New York Times article by Carl Richards.

May 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Flower Ruler


From the website:




"f,l,o,w,e,r,s" is an acrylic ruler with real flowers embedded at intervals of 1 cm.


The flowers are hand picked and dried by the designer — Norihiko Terayama of Studio Note — himself and meticulously placed at intervals of 1 cm with tweezers, creating a unique collection of blooms in every piece.


Comes in a wooden gift box.






May 21, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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