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December 24, 2012

Melissa Hamilton's Favorite Shoes


The Irish ballerina, currently dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Royal Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" in London, told Kate Murphy of the New York Times, "I did a film project which celebrated Matthew Williamson's 15 years in the fashion industry, and as a thank-you you got to choose an item from his Bruton Street store. I saw his Neon Blossom Weave shoes [above and below] and immediately fell in love. I love heels. I think because our feet are such an important part of our career, dancers kind of like to wear a really nice shoe that may be totally outrageous or extravagant. We're showing off our tool in a way."

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From Matthew Williamson's website:



The Neon Blossom Weave Shoes are the result of a perfect collaboration between Matthew Williamson and Charlotte Olympia.

Featured in the SS12 fashion show, these statement-making shoes feature a neon pink platform supporting an intricately detailed shoe.

A yellow-tinted transparent heel adds to the eye catching effect, making this the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.



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Bose Solo TV Sound System

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I'm so over TV sound bars and giant subwoofers, which promise great sound but in the end break your heart with their complexity and bulk, besides which you have to have some sort of A-V receiver to route them through.

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I bagged all that in favor of my TV's original speakers years ago but took a flyer recently on this new device from Bose.

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The good news: Indeed, it's as simple as they say, just two wires: one for the digital optical cable and a power cord.

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The bad news: It took me over an hour to realize that you have to connect the Bose device directly to the source of your TV input if you expect sound to come out.

In plain English, that means in my case I need a digital optical cable connected to each of the following: cable box; satellite box; TV itself for over-the-air antenna networks; Apple TV.

Four digital optical cables, all of which have to connect to one input in the Bose device.

Which means each time I switch from cable to satellite to Apple TV, I have to fiddle around in back of the Bose box (of course the input is in the back in the most inaccessible spot possible), pull out the optical cable that's in place, and then plug in the one from the input I'll be watching.

I bought an automatic switcher that handles all four inputs but after 20 minutes of frustration trying to figure out how to set it up, put it away in the closet along with its ilk.

So now my formerly nice, neat tower of TV power boxes is a big chaotic mess, with wires and cables and boxes everywhere.

Don't worry, the cable box is still on top and Gray Cat's spot is toasty warm as always.

But I digress.

After all the Sturm und Drang detailed above, you'd think I was through with the Bose box but in fact I'm pleased as punch in spite of the headaches.


Superb, crisp, really powerful, non-distorted, enveloping sound comes out of that relatively small (12.2" x 20.8" x 3") box.

Much, much better than my TV's speakers or the past amalgams of soundbars, subwoofers, and A-V controller boxes.

Worth the $399.

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Washing the windows of the world's tallest building

"The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, has over 24,000 windows, and takes three months to clean. Once the job is done, it is immediately started over."

[via The Awesomer]

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Ear Worms Ear Buds — No Humbug!

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From the website:


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Help the Music Worm Its Way In

When a song is especially catchy, it's referred to as an ear worm.

So when you're listening to that song you can't get out of your head, you might as well wear ear buds that make it look like worms are coming out of your ears.

Ear Worms are smiling green worms that might be at home in an apple — but now they're in your skull.

These are the ear buds you'll want to complete your zombie costume.

Compatible with anything with a 3.5mm jack.



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Jack Dorsey's 10 Life Lessons


From Business Insider: "

... in Twitter's younger days, [Jack Dorsey] dispensed a... homespun kind of wisdom.

Caroline Mizumoto, an early Twitter employee, printed out a copy of "Jack's Life Lessons."

"Jack posted the life lessons on an old blog years ago," Mizumoto told us. "It's been deleted but I liked it so much I put it on my fridge and posted it on Flickr."

[via Holly Finn]

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Bent Plywood Litter for U.S. Navy — 1941 Design by Charles Eames

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Working with Eero Saarinen, he built on the new technique of wood molding originally developed by Alvar Aalto that he would further develop in molded plywood products including, besides chairs and other furniture, splints and stretchers for the Navy during World War II.

[via Wikipedia and Make]

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