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August 4, 2012

The miniature world of Szymon Klimek

From Make: "Without an everyday reference for a sense of scale, Szymon Klimek's intricate mechanical creations could easily be mistaken for twice their true size. Made from 0.1 millimeter sheets of brass and bronze, Klimek's miniature machines dance effortlessly in wine-glass enclosures that measure little more than 4 inches across."

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"Klimek's latest creation, Sponge [above], is a steam engine-like machine named for the latticework of tiny interconnected brass pieces that expands and contracts as the engine runs. Sitting in a wine glass about a foot tall, a small silicon solar cell powers a concealed electric motor which drives the 3-inch flywheel.... The opening of Sponge's wine glass and the diameter of its flywheel differ by less than a millimeter. CAD programs assist with design and Klimek, 57, assembles most of the machinery outside of the enclosures, cutting and shaping the pieces by hand. Sealing the top and gluing the machines down with clear resin... protects the delicate pieces from dust and curious fingers."

"Living in Poznan, Poland, Klimek entered into the world of small-scale making in 2004 with a miniature steam locomotive and coal wagon measuring about 3 inches. He's built close to 100 handcrafted brass and bronze miniatures, including ornate carriages, early 20th-century roadsters, and even a ship with billowing sails that fits in a wine glass. Since 2008 he's created nine 'active devices.'"

[via No Puedo Creer]

August 4, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pen & Pencil Top Eraser Heads

Hhh

That's different.

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"These pen-or-pencil-top rubbers look just like the caps that go on ball-point pens, but they work just like normal erasers. So they're sort of retro and sort of useful and sort of squidgy and just the sort of thing that every pencil case should have." 

I wouldn't argue.

Pack of 10: £4.98.

August 4, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Grammarphobia — "Grammar, etymology, usage, and more"

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Ms. Sterzinger, you can relax now, everything's under control.

Everyone else, lots to see here, don't move on but instead take a minute or three to spruce up your usage.

Can you say "Spruce up your usage" three times fast?"

'Cause I sure can't.

But I digress.

"Between them, Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman have written five books about the English language."

That's plenty good enough for me and ought to be good enough for you too.

Up top, the cover of the Japanese edition of "Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English," nearly a half a million copies of which have been sold, not all of them in English.

August 4, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Yama Cold Brew Coffee Drip Tower

From the website:

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This beautiful and unusual coffee brewer makes great coffee and brings drama to your cafe or kitchen.

Through a unique 8-hour process using pure ice water, ice drip brewing produces a unique flavor not found in regular brewed coffee.

Although it looks like complicated lab equipment, the Yama Cold Brewer is very easy to use.

Put ice and cold water in the top chamber, set the valve to drip, put ground coffee in the middle chamber, and you're good to go.

The entire brewing process takes about 8 hours and produces about 32 oz. of smooth, rich coffee that is very low in acidity.

The coffee will keep for up to 7 days in a sealed container in your refrigerator.

Permanent ceramic filter mechanism included.

Dimensions:10.75L x 8.5"W x 29"H.

Note: We are currently shipping a new design of the tower which features straight posts instead of spindled cutouts. See the video above for a detailed view.

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$220.

[via Alan Fick who added, "The video [top] that goes with this is just so cool." I won't argue.]

August 4, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hunter S. Thompson interviews Keith Richards

From Open Culture: "Rewind the videotape to 1993. Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson finally gets to interview Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The conversation is utterly and predictably incomprehensible. But it's amusing nonetheless."

August 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sriracha Rooster Sauce Lollipop — That's hot!

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"Warning: Very hot! Lick in moderation."

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$2.99.

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[via Alan Fick]

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How to get there

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[via fyd!!1!]

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Bjork Stool — You can take it with you

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This would be a wonderful gift for Gray Cat.

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Dark grey wool/leather. 

18"Ø x 18"H.

$260.

August 4, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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