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May 17, 2013

1908 color picture of Mark Twain (not Photoshopped or the equivalent)

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From The Guardian: "This remarkable picture dates nearly 100 years to the Edwardian age and the dawn of color 'autochrome' photography. [It was] part of the [2007] exhibition 'The Dawn of Color: Centenary of the Autochrome' at the National Media Museum."

Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910 at the age of 74.

[via the late Theresa L. Duncan and Steve Silberman]

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Sticky Lamp — "Stick it where the sun don't shine"

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Heh.

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Designed by Rotterdam-based Chris Kabel.

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From the website: "Sticky Lamp works like a sticker. Remove the protecting foil on the back and stick it wherever you need it. On the ceiling, wall, door, on the floor, in the closet, or on the window — there are no borders for imagination with this original illuminant by Droog Design."

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€26.50.

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Laser Water Curtain Stop Sign – They do things differently in Sydney

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From The Atlantic: "Engineers in Sydney came up with an awesome solution [for the problem of trucks smashing into a tunnel]. If a truck going into this Sydney tunnel makes it past the warning signs, hanging weights, and flashing lights, traffic engineers deploy a laser-powered water curtain stop sign. It's a big investment, but the engineers say it's nothing compared to fixing the cost of a collapsed tunnel entrance. Plus, it looks downright futuristic."

[via Jim Duncan]

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360° Time-Lapse Video/Panoramic Photo Phone Accessory

How cool is this?

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From The Green Head: "Create sweeping 360° time-lapse films and panoramic super-wide angle photos with just your smartphone, a compatible app, and some time. Stick it to your car's dashboard and watch your daily commute over and over again."

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$29.99.

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The typewriter assemblage sculpture of Jeremy Mayer

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From the latest issue of Make magazine: "Sculptor Jeremy Mayer still remembers the first typewriter he typed on at the young age of 10 in rural Minnesota. He would spend hours peering into his family's 1920s Underwood #5, imagining himself inside the tiny mechanical city, reminiscent of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis.' He also dreamed of disassembling it, but that was not an option."

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"Mayer began selling his drawings at the age of 14, but it wasn't until 1994, when he was 22, that he got into making his signature typewriter assemblages. One fated day, he was handed an Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter and asked to deliver it to the thrift store. Naturally, instead he 'scratched a decade-long itch' and took it completely apart, much the same way he does today, sitting cross-legged on the floor with an array of screwdrivers and pliers at the ready. Mayer was struck by how the pieces seemed a perfect blend between his old Erector set parts and the 'techno-Baroque' drawings he was doing at the time."

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Up top as well as above and below, "Nude IV (Delilah)."

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"He started collecting and dissassembling castoff typewriters in earnest. Today, 19 years later, he is a master of his trade, seamlessly assembling typewriter components into amazing expressive full-sized, anatomically correct human figures, insects, and animals. A diehard purist, he prides himself on a process of entirely cold assembly: no solder, no glue, no welds, no wire, no parts foreign to a typewriter, rules he set for himself early on. An astounding amount of work goes into each piece: 'Nude IV (Delilah),' for instance, took 1,200 hours, contains parts from 40 typewriters, and is 6'4" standing up."

Below,

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the artist and "Nude IV (Delilah)."

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Handrail Grill

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Wrote Natalia Repolovsky on Shoebox Dwelling:

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"It's that time of year again when urban folks experience seasonal envy toward those who can grill in their backyards. I say, embrace your limitations, fellow-urbanites, and check out this cool item from German designer Henrik Drecker. The Handrail Grill attaches to the handrail of your balcony (or fire escape). It functions like a proper charcoal grill and takes as about  much space as a planter. The grill can also be attached directly to a wall for a more permanent arrangement."

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From the website:

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The Ideal Balcony Grill

Barbecuing on your balcony becomes a real enjoyment with this Handrail Grill.

Times where the usual wood coal grill blocked the passage way and didn't leave any space for tables and chairs have ended.

Now you can enjoy summery barbecuing and get-togethers on your own terrace, instead of at overfilled parks and bathing grassland.

This device combines the function of a grill with the principle of a flower pot: It hangs on the handrail from common flower-pot supports and doesn't need much space.

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€59.

[via LikeCool]

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