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July 21, 2012

Animal sculptures made from reclaimed household objects

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From Colossal:

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"Artist Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Hong Kong, and Brazil, and now lives and works in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ganz was deeply impacted as a child by Japanese Shinto beliefs that all objects and organisms have spirits, and was also taught that objects discarded before the end of their usefulness 'weep at night inside the trash bin.' As her artistic side developed, she infused her artwork with these beliefs, using discarded and reclaimed household objects as a medium for her sculptures."

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Ganz says:

I only select objects that have been used and discarded. My goal is for each object to transcend its origin by being integrated into an animal/ organic forms that are alive and in motion. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.

Building these sculptures helps me understand the situations that surround me. It reminds me that even if there is a conflict right now, there is also a solution in which all the pieces can coexist peacefully. Though there are wide gaps in some areas and small holes in others, when seen from the distance there is great beauty and harmony in our community.

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"What you see here is only a small fraction of her work, you can see much more in her MotionDisplays, and Scrap Metal galleries. You can also see more work on Facebook."

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Helpful Hints from joeeze: iPad BookArc repurposed for Nexus 7

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Above and below, my BookArc (replaced as my in-house default iPad stand by the much more stable and functional — though not nearly as elegant in appearance — BeanPad), repurposed earlier today for the newly-arrived Nexus 7 tablet, which had a very, very steep learning curve, finally surmounted.

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July 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

TED Books app for iPhone and iPad

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From Thursday's press release:

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TED, the nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading,"today officially launched its TED Books app for iPhone and iPad. The free app dramatically updates the current and future line of TED Books, which sell for $2.99 each, with video and audio embeds, social integration, and a suite of multimedia features.

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"TED Books are designed to communicate a powerful idea in approximately one hour of reading" said TED Curator Chris Anderson. "Our new format allows the inclusion of powerful multimedia elements but without distracting from the narrative journey that any good book offers. We think they’re an exciting solution for an age in which digital tools have never been more exciting, yet time has never been in shorter supply."

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TED Books are short, original, electronic books produced every two weeks by TED. Like the best TEDTalks, they’re personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting. 

Through the new app, TED Books are now able to embed video and audio content, timelines, and links to outside sources, as well as social features that allow readers to discuss the book online. Multimedia components can also be turned off within the app for a more traditional reading experience.

Multimedia versions of all 16 TED Books published to date will be available in the TED Books app, including Demise of Guys by Philip Zimbardo & Nikita Duncan, Weekday Vegetarian by Graham Hill, Make Love Not Porn by Cindy Gallop, Smile by Ron Gutman, What’s Killing Us by Alanna Shaikh, Beyond the Hole in the Wall by Sugata Mitra, Hybrid Reality by Parag & Ayesha Khanna, and Cheating the Impossible by Philippe Petit.

"Our ebooks are built on a compelling narrative, and these multimedia extras add dimension without feeling like a gimmick," said James Daly, editor of TED Books. "They are designed to provide a broader and deeper understanding of a topic. The additional features also suit the wide-ranging expressive palette of our authors, many of whom use photographs, audio, and video in addition to the printed word to express the full range of their ideas."

The new app will also offer a subscription option for TED Books. Three-month subscriptions will cost $14.99 and, as an added bonus, founding subscribers that sign up in the first 90 days will also receive free access to the entire back catalog of TED Books.

"We will be urging our readers to choose subscription as the default mode of consuming TED Books," said Anderson. "Just as people trust TED to post a high-quality TEDTalk every day, we'll be inviting people to trust our selection of a new TED Book every two weeks. This means automatic exposure to a broad swathe of original thinking in a wonderful new format."

The TED Books app is based on technology developed by Atavist, a software and media company selected by TED for the power and elegance of its e-book offerings. The TED Books app can be downloaded from Apple's app store.

All TED Books will continue to be available for purchase on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and Apple's iBooks store at $2.99 each.

For more information and a video introduction to TED Books go to www.ted.com/tedbooks

To download the TED Books app go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?ls=1&mt=8

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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[via Paul Biba]

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

Inflatable Crashed UFO

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From The Green Head: "After you inflate this massive flying saucer with glowing lights, it will seem as if an intergalactic invasion has been averted and one has crash landed right on your front lawn."

Features and Details:

• Measures 6 feet high by 10 feet wide

• Lights create a terrific glowing night display

• AC power cord plugs into any standard outlet

• Includes heavy-duty fan to keep UFO inflated

• Lightweight fade-resistant/weatherproof nylon

• Stakes, tether ropes, spare bulb, spare fuse, and instructions included

$199.99.

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

"The light has gone out of my life"

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Above, Teddy Roosevelt's diary entry from the day his wife died. He never spoke of her death again.

[via sarahspymilkteefsylviachi, Three Over Ten, sweatnap, and margattackz]

July 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wall socket multiplier makes a perfect house gift

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One of my favorite leave-behind presents for people who've shown me hospitality — whether for a few hours or overnight — is the wall socket multiplier, exemplars of which are pictured above and below.

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No tools, nothing to install, no moving parts: you just plug it in and leave it behind.

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Instantly the room has six outlets where a second earlier there were only two.

You can make it permanent by screwing it in but I think it's better left without the screw, so you can take it from room to room or even stick it in your bag when you travel to make hotel rooms that much more charger-friendly.

A wonderful piece of kit, which I've never seen anywhere but in my house or those I've visited (after my departure).

I like to not say anything but, rather, just leave it behind for belated discovery.

From $5.76.

July 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Matthew Lightner plays with your food

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The chef at Atera,

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a new restaurant in New York City which garnered three stars in Pete Wells' review 

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in this past Wednesday's New York Times Dining section,

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transforms his ingredients beyond recognition.

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Pictured from the top down:

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A baguette tinted with squid ink to resemble a razor clam; Sunflower toffee fashioned to look like a peach pit; Raw scallops cured in gin botanicals, then interwoven with shards of green tomato ice, with a scattering of black sesame seeds on top; A charred lump of beet; A white rose of frozen rosewater; Chocolate truffles on moss, evoking black walnuts.

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

Opposites Attract Ultimate Cat-Scratching Post

"This dog, cast in polyester resin and subsequently wrapped with sisal cord, not only protects your furniture from unwanted scratch marks,

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it also allows your cat to sharpen its claws on its 'natural enemy.'" 

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35" x 11" x 28" (88 x 29 x 71 cm).

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Designed by Erik Stehmann.

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30 lbs. (13.5 kg).

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€490.

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Two claws forward, one paw back... wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

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

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