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August 12, 2014

Leonard Bernstein breaks down the making of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

From Open Culture: "In the mid-1950s, the American composer Leonard Bernstein made several appearances on Omnibus, a television show dedicated to covering the sciences, arts and humanities. During his visits, Bernstein walked audiences through the art of making music. Take, for example, the clip above where he breaks down the making of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Just how did Beethoven craft it? And what decisions did he need to make along the way? What parts to include? And not to include?"

August 12, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Icelandic Driftwood Knife Block

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Iceland has beautiful landscapes, and even more beautiful driftwood. In this serene Nordic country, locals often use driftwood for a variety of different purposes — furniture, fire wood, artwork, and more. The Driftwood Knife Block is made of real wood found off the shores of Iceland, which is then hand cut, sanded down, and topped with a protective varnish to ensure that the knife holder will stay in pristine condition for as long a time as necessary.

According to historical lore, the driftwood that ends up in Iceland often comes from the snowy region of Siberia. Siberian driftwood can travel up to 100 years before it is picked up by Icelandic locals.

Knife not included!

Wipe clean with a damp cloth only. Do not submerse in water or wash in dishwasher.

8.6" x 3.5" x 2.7".

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$81.

August 12, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kakimori Stationary Shop — Tokyo, Japan

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From The Fox is Black

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It certainly feels like the act of handwriting is being lost. I'll never be the person who says something is "dead" though clearly computers have decreased our need for writing by hand. If you could see my handwriting you'd understand just how sad the situation has become. Still, you have hold-outs like the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo who still see life in the practice. They see the shop's purpose as creating a richer experience for communication as well as giving people a reason to write things down.

Each item in the shop is researched and hand selected, as customers tend to ask detailed questions about how and where the products are made. They had originally tried carrying mass-market products but they couldn't compete against the larger chains, eventually going back to stocking only the finest in pens, papers, and accessories. Now they also make custom made notebooks: you can see the owner assembling each by hand.

Though you may not take up writing notes by hand again it's nice to see there are still people out there who are passionate about the experience.

August 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Twelve Tomorrows — MIT Technology Review SF Annual 2014

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Selected by Bruce Sterling who wrote, "I'm Technology Review's fiction editor for their annual science fiction issue. And check out my list of contributors."

How is it this is the first time I've ever heard of this publication?

Apply within.

August 12, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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