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July 3, 2012

Cate Blanchett in "Uncle Vanya"

Above, a trailer for the upcoming 2012 Lincoln Center Festival's production.

This year's festival runs from July 5 to August 5 and features all manner of big names including Alan Cumming ("Macbeth"), Mikhail Baryshnikov ("In Paris"), and film director Atom Egoyan ("Feng Yi Ting").

[via Barbara Chai writing in the Wall Street Journal]

July 3, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

PimpMyDigicam — Trick out your boring compact camera, retro style

From PetaPixel: "Tired of your boring Nikon point and shoot? Does the sleek modern silver clash with your vintage threads? Breathe easy: German company PimpMyDigicam offers sticker 'leather kits' for Nikon J1 cameras for a retro look that will pair impeccably with your vintage Oxfords."

"No promises on the feel, though — these are just your basic 3M press-on adhesives."

"PimpmyDigicam also offers the same leather kit or a carbon-fiber style kit for the Nikon V1."

From €19.99.

[via Nikon Rumors]

July 3, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Wittgenstein, Logicism, and 'Buck-Stopping' Identifications of Numbers" — Saul Kripke

Kripke, 71, is today widely considered the one true genius in analytic philosophy.

Above, his talk on mathematical knowledge and its applications, a lecture given at the Twenty-Fifth Annual International Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Science in Jerusalem on December 13, 2011.

Fair warning: There goes the day (for once, literally — the talk lasts for two hours and sixteen minutes).

July 3, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BeanPad — Episode 2: It's all that — and more


Yesterday's Episode 1 featured this new arrival on the iPad accessory scene,


courtesy of a recommendation from my friend, tech maven Paul Biba,


who emailed me over the weekend that the BeanPad (in top two photos with Gray Cat riding shotgun) was "Better than the BookArc," 


which I up to then considered the apotheosis of iPad stands/holders.


The BeanPad relegates the BookArc to a distant second place for the following reasons:

1. You can carry it around easily because it's one integrated unit; the BookArc requires you carry it separately.

2. The BeanPad is infinitely adjustable in terms of viewing angles — the BookArc is limited to a couple dictated by the device's design.

3. The BeanPad is much more adaptable to different environments such as your lap, car, desk, couch, in bed, what have you, as a result of its inherently morphable shape — the BookArc, being a piece of heavy aluminum, is what it is and cannot adapt.

4. The BeanPad's beanbag is comforting and warm as opposed to the industrial aluminium (a nod to my UK homies, that) BookArc.

5. The BeanPad is far more stable than the BookArc, which is critically important when Gray Cat enjoys more than almost anything in the world rubbing her head against the iPad's edge. She knocked over the iPad all the time when it was mounted on the BookArc; since I traded it out for the BeanPad a couple hours ago, that problem's been put paid to — permanently.


BeanPad in Black, White, or Pink: $50.


Full disclosure: BeanPad has no idea I exist, much less anything to do with this and yesterday's posts.

July 3, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Reading in bed (and its discontents)

Reading in bed

I am done reading in bed on my new iPad.

Just too much trouble, for the following reasons (not necessarily in order of importance):

1. It's too heavy and clumsy to hold and position comfortably, even resting one corner or side on the mattress.

2. I often fall asleep as I'm reading; with a dead tree book that's no big deal — the book falls to the floor, no harm no foul. With the iPad, a drowsy drop can be fatal to future function. A dealbreaker, that.

3. I have trouble bringing up the various tools buried in the Kindle Cloud for iPad interface. Stuff like the font size menu, bookmarks, brightness. I can't seem to remember how or where you're supposed to touch the screen.

4. The ease of leaving the book app for the greater Internet, writ stunningly on the fantastic screen, is sometimes too much to resist.

I await the arrival, within the next 2-3 weeks, of my Google Nexus 7 tablet with much anticipation, and am going to give it every chance to become my regular bedtime companion.

The smaller form factor (7"-diagonal screen) and significantly lighter weight (0.75 lbs. vs 1.44 lbs. for the new iPad) should make it far more comfortable in the between-the-sheets space.

Stay tuned for a review.

July 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Cardboard FM Radio/Speaker

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From the website:



Christopher McNicholl's Cardboard Radio is a classically designed FM radio and MP3 speaker made out of cardboard.

The whole outer structure is made completely of card and is fully recyclable.


The internals are enclosed in a simple card structure which can be recycled.

Included are audio input cable and 4 AA batteries.


Can be powered by a DC adapter (not included).

AUX input capability; max. speaker output 9W.

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Radio frequency range: 87.5 to 108.0 MHz.

Dimensions: 8.86"W x 5.51"H x 1.89"D.


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July 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Best pizza in the U.S. 2012 — Zagat's highest rated in 23 major cities

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[via today's USA Today]

July 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Fourth Dimension Cement Clock


Better than overshoes, what?


But I digress.


I love this timepiece and would buy one in a Podunk town minute if I didn't have to conserve every single shekel to pay for my upcoming reroofing.


Don't remind me.

"Light and shadows, cast by the spiral staircase design, change with the time. The concept is to link space and time."

Dimensions: 5.9"Ø x 3.3"D.

Blue or red second hand.


July 3, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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