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October 29, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: Dissolving Heart Stent


Nicely done.

Wrote Michelle Fay Cortez in Bloomberg Businessweek: It's "a stent the size of a ballpoint pen's spring, delicate enough to hold a cardiac artery open after surgery. It dissolves in the body, enabling more natural recovery without the threat of long-term damage from a standard metal stent."

October 29, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LUN Pods — Tea lights with inductive charging


Nice mashup of old and new technology.


More and more bells and whistles from Apple and Google and Microsoft and Samsung, yet what we really want — cordless, friction-free inductive charging — somehow is always just around the corner, "real soon now."

But I digress.

From the LUN Pods website:



LUN Pods blend beautiful design and warm flickering light with the enchanting elegance of closed pods.


They are a set of beautiful mood lights of the highest quality, with frosted glass and satin finished-metal.


The mystery of the warm flickering light is enhanced by the elegance of the small closed pods.

Since they are completely safe, you can leave them on throughout the night.

Features and Details:

• No visible electronics on light

• Shake lightly to turn on and off

• Connector charged in elegant dock



October 29, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Trace of Memory" — Chiharu Shiota


From designboom:



Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota leaves her mark on nearly every surface of the Mattress Factory for her current exhibition "Trace of Memory."


Presented as the inaugural show for the Mattress Factory’s newest gallery space — a renovated 19th-century row house — the immersive installation responds to the raw conditions of the former residence, building an aesthetic relationship with cosmetic interior details like exposed brick and worn floor boards.


By using seemingly infinite amounts of black thread, the walls, halls, and floor are completely wrapped in an intricate labyrinth.


The site-specific installation commands the entire space, enveloping structural elements like desks, chairs, and suitcases in the multi-room-sized webbed environment.

Filling up eight rooms of the house-turned-art-space, Shiota’s engaging sculpture leads visitors on an almost hypnotic journey throughout the building, visually guiding them through the eerie, string-engulfed maze.


The exhibit will be up at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh through May 31, 2014.

Seeing as I will be in Pittsburgh at least twice between now and then (once for Thanksgiving and in early May of next year for the half-marathon) I'm going to do my very best to visit.

Most likely not by myself, as creepy stuff gives me nightmares: I haven't seen a scary movie since "The Exorcist" came out in 1973.

I had nightmares for a week after I saw that movie and in fact was so spooked I had real difficulty taking a shower for some time, fearing the worst was about to emerge from behind the curtain.


October 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Reykjavik Towel with Integrated Scrub Glove

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From the website:

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Icelanders have a long tradition of bathing in geothermal water.

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A hotpot is a forum for people from all over the world to discuss matters of the day, politics or the heart, and to enjoy the company of new acquaintances while bathing in natural wellness.

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The uniquely shaped Reykjavik Towel is made for wrapping around you in swimming pools or at home.

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It is extremely wearable and has a convenient scrub glove at one end.

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It will give you an idea of the cozy atmosphere of the Icelandic geothermal swimming pools.

Made in Iceland by Gerist.

Gerist are Fridgerdur Gudmundsdottir and Kristin Birna Bjarnadottir, who won first prize at the Reykjavík Souvenir Design Competition in 2010 with the products Reykjavik Towel and Reykjavik Soap.



October 29, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

A visit to Lowe's — through Google Glass

Last Friday afternoon I moseyed on up to Lowe's for two things: bags of stones to put in the recesses next to my front step so as to make rattlesnakes less likely to enjoy the view come next year, and a piece of plastic molding that I could cut into 18-inch-long lengths to provide a perfectly comfortable platform for Gray Cat when she nestles into the window wells around the house to observe the great world outside.

Above, part one of my two-part video.

October 29, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Boiled Cider — Limited Edition

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From the website:


Willis and Tina Wood of Wood's Cider Mill in Springfield, Vermont, press apple cider, then boil it till it becomes a thick, pourable syrup — tart-sweet and intensely apple-flavored.

Their boiled cider magically captures the intense, robust flavor of just-picked apples, preserving it in liquid form.

This versatile syrup adds a wonderful layer of apple intensity to anything you bake: apple muffins, cookies, or cakes will be more apple-y.

King Arthur Flour Test Kitchen Tips

• Use boiled cider as an flavor accent in pie, crisp, crumble or dumplings, turnovers or tarts

• Use to make your own cider — add 1 tablespoon boiled cider to 3/4 cup hot or cold water

• Mix with confectioners' sugar for an apple glaze to drizzle on muffins or scones

• Makes a great glaze for game or meats when mixed with whole grain mustard

• Drizzle it atop cake, ice cream, or oatmeal

• Refrigerate after opening

• 1-pint bottle


Great gift for the cook and food maven who has everything.

While supplies last: $10.95.

October 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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