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May 15, 2014

Swiss artist Not Vital's home, NotOna Tunnel

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Wrote Alainna Lexie Beddie in the April 27 New York Times, "In 2008, the Swiss artist Not Vital (pronounced note vee-TAL) bought an island in a body of water that stretches from Chile to Argentina. 'It is not big, and it is not small,' he said of of the island, NotOna, made of marble. True to his other projects, he respected the habitat in building a home there: he carved a 50-meter path through the marble to create the NotOna tunnel (below),

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his 'house,' a peaceful getaway for watching the sun and moon rise 'from the inside world.' At the tunnel's entrance is a minimalist concrete box (top), filled with the repurposed marble, which he calls 'Big Stairs.' 'The surface was not enough for me, it seems,' he said. 'Maybe that's why I wanted to be a sculptor after all.' He sleeps on a mattress with a sleeping bag and shares the place with a single mink."

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More works by this artist here.

May 15, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Is this the world's most collapsible bike?

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Wrote Mike Newman on Cool Material:

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"Most collapsible bikes only break down to a point because of the spokes, which don't really lend themselves to folding. This leaves you with something easier to transport when you're not riding, but something far from ideal.

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The Sada Bike ditches spokes altogether to give you a more compact alternative. The bike, which is currently just a working prototype, has the dimensions of a standard bicycle (26" wheels), but can fold up with a single movement.

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What you end up with is a bike you can toss in a backpack or a duffle bag [top] when you're not riding."

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[via OhGizmo]

May 15, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to create a virtually unhackable, easy-to-remember password

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How about 35 quadrillion years — does that work for you?

[via Broadsheet.ie]

May 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Madame Blush

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Made in England by Mineheart

This canvas portrays a cheekily defaced French queen, blending classic art with modern day mischief. The ornate white frame is not as it seems — in fact, it's printed onto the canvas. This beautiful print is available in three sizes.

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Sizes: (L x W x D)

Extra Large: 173cm x 137cm x 4cm

Large: 127cm x 100cm x 4cm

Small: 81cm x 66cm x 4cm

Lead Time:

1 to 2 weeks

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£183.

May 15, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

F. Scott Fitzgerald recites Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale"

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70 years ago today [December 21, 1940], F. Scott Fitzgerald died an untimely death, his life cut short by alcoholism, tuberculosis, and eventually a series of heart attacks. He was only 44 years old. Today, we remember Fitzgerald with some vintage audio — the author of "The Great Gatsby" reciting John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" from memory. (Listen here or here.) Fitzgerald deviates several times from the text before going completely off the rails. And then the poem, a meditation on mortality and the transience of beauty, cuts off abruptly halfway through. A rather fitting metaphor for Fitzgerald’s own life.

According to Park Bucker, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, the recording was likely made around 1940, during Fitzgerald’s last year, perhaps in a self-recording phonograph booth in Southern California. When Fitzgerald died, he was living in Los Angeles, a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter, hoping to write one last great novel. In her Paris Review Interview, Dorothy Parker described Fitzgerald’s bleak last days: "It was terrible about Scott; if you'd seen him you'd have been sick. When he died no one went to the funeral, not a single soul came, or even sent a flower. I said, 'Poor son of a bitch,' a quote right out of The Great Gatsby, and everyone thought it was another wisecrack. But it was said in dead seriousness."

You can find more Fitzgerald audio recordings on this University of South Carolina web site. Also, find several texts by Fitzgerald in our collection of Free Audio Books.

May 15, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pencil Extender

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Below, excerpts from Barry McWilliams's Cool Tools review.

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Pencil-extender

What's a pencil extender?

It's not a lead holder, which is an easy mistake to make.

It's for your regular pencil when it gets down to the very end and you don’t want to throw it away yet.

I use a lot of Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils. They're not super-expensive but art supplies can add up and I hate to waste anything.

My General Pencil Co. extender — "The Miser" — has kept dozens of Col-Erases alive beyond what would have been an early retirement.

I've not tried it with any other pencils so I can’t comment on how well it does on a classic No. 2 or a Mirado Black Warrior. I do like it much better than the fancier-looking aluminum-bodied extender I tried around a year ago. That one was a bit too lightweight: once a pencil is worn down to a nub, I like the extender to add a bit of heft.

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$6.06 (pencil not included).

May 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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