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December 26, 2012

The cult of disappearing design

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Above, the Bed Up Bed Down system from Italy, which allows a bed to levitate into a ceiling recess, here revealing a tub.

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Below, Duravits' Open Space Shower Enclosure, which folds flat against a wall.

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Below, Michael Samoriz's collapsible exhaust fan.

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Below, a Folditure chair which compresses to less than an inch thick.

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[via the New York Times]

December 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ant Farm Keychain



Enough with the tricked-out EDC life-support keychains.

Let's get back to basics.

From Uncle Milton so you know it's the real deal.


December 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Headhunters" — A thriller from another country (Norway)

Watching the trailers above and below won't scratch the surface of the gem of a film this is.

I watched it last night (Apple TV) because I'd read some review somewhere that said it was really good.

Understatement — it's really good.

Just the kind of movie I like: good story, excellent actors none of whom I'd ever seen before in my life, compellingly directed, and just when you think you know where it's going it veers off the most likely path and becomes completely unpredictable and more absorbing by the minute.

One of those movies where you think, OK, this is how and when it's gonna end but instead a whole new story breaks out, and possible great ending sequence after ending sequence plays out only to give birth to yet another series of events.

Lagniappe: Nice chance to see Norway if, like me, you've never been and aren't likely to visit anytime sooner or later.

Fair warning: In Norwegian with subtitles which most likely won't bother you much but did pose a bit of logistical problem for me since Gray Cat chose to watch not from my lap but, rather, from atop the toasty cable box which wouldn't have posed a problem if she'd defaulted to her supine nap pose but for some reason she found the film compelling enough to decide to watch it in Egyptian classic sitting cat pose two inches in front of the TV screen which required endless reiterations of me uprooting myself from my deep chair potato position of choice to sit up and gently lift her off the box and onto the chair only to have her do her thing and return to the cable box and resume the position, this sequence replaying about six or eight times before we both got tired of it and I gave in and just leaned to the side to read the subtitles as best I could. Having given her lesson, Gray Cat smirked at me and then settled in for a postprandial Christmas nap.

Bonus: You don't need to have Netflix or Apple TV or even a TV or computer: $3.99 right here right now on any Internet-connected screen.

December 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Nesting Knives — Episode 2: Fibonacci in the kitchen space


I thought they looked familiar when I espied them last night in Wired's December 2012 issue wherein was written,


"For chefs with a head for math, these four knives — paring, utility, chef, and fillet — nest together in a design based on the Fibonacci sequence, starting with the width of the average human hand. The set won the European Cutlery Design Award."


Sure enough, turns out I featured them on July 16, 2010.


Designed by Brussels-based Mia Schmallenbach and made in France by Déglon.


$749.25 for the set.

December 26, 2012 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"The Naming of Cats" — in T.S. Eliot's own voice

"The Naming of Cats" from "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot.

FunFact: James Joyce referred to him as "Tears" Eliot.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 26, 2012 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

USB Pickle Light

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What took so long?

From the website:


Introducing: the USB Pickle

It's hard to keep up with technology these days, so why not invest in something that is almost entirely useless from the get-go?

Plug it into any USB port, push the button, and the pickle on the end will glow with a soft green light.

Each 17"-long device is made of plastic and features a flexible shaft so you can point your pickle in any direction you please.

PC/Mac compatible LED light.



Finally, my 01 begins its journey to memeworld.

December 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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