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January 26, 2019

"A Dream Come True"

A 1963 Soviet science fiction film directed by Otar Koberidze and Michael Karyuk, based on the novel "Heart of the Universe" by Olesya Berdnik.

January 26, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Visuwords Graphical Dictionary

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It's a dictionary! It's a thesaurus!

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It's an interactive lexicon!

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Fair warning: there goes the day.

Hey, wait a sec — what's that 60s commercial I'm remembering?

And who's that superhero?

[via Lorelei Smith]

January 26, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Crochet 2019 — Kate Jenkins

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From Atlas Obscura:

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In the seaside town of Brighton, England, textile artist and knitwear designer Kate Jenkins has been making delectable crocheted foods since 2007.

After working in fashion knitwear for more than 20 years, she started experimenting with crocheted food art when she realized she needed appealing photographs to put on her website.

Her first creation was the Wool English, a knitted version of the full English breakfast, but over the years, her pieces have become grander in scope.

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In 2015, Jenkins knitted and hand-embroidered an awe-inspiring, life-size fish counter (top and above) for The Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin.

Her oeuvre of yarn-related deliciousness covers a variety of foods, but seafood is clearly her forté.

Besides her regular assortment of sequined sardines, diva lobsters, and golden-eyed squid, Jenkins has made a knitted and crocheted Fishmas Wreath (below),

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with mussels, shrimp, crabs, and oysters, garnished with woolen lemons and parsley leaves.

"I've spent all my life developing technique, it's like drawing with wool. My crochet is a pencil," says Jenkins.

She always buys the food she plans to replicate, so she can ensure her pieces are to scale and look as close to life as possible.

"I'll literally have a prawn on my desk to look at while I'm knitting a 3D prawn," she says.

She takes lots of photographs and sketches out designs.

It took her nine months to make Kate’s Plaice, her fish counter exhibit, but she's made so many sardines by now that she can finish one in an hour.

Jenkins has some well-known fans, including clothing labels Anthropologie and Boden, who have commissioned her pieces.

January 26, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Flag Colors by Latitude

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January 26, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

This is not an Apple Watch

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From engadget:

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Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie is no stranger to taking digs at the Apple Watch.

Its latest form of social commentary, however, is rather unique.

The company has unveiled the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, a mechanical watch that once more riffs on Apple's design but doesn't even have hands or a dial — the only thing on the front is a flying tourbillon mechanism to counteract the effects of gravity.

Instead of looking at the watch to check the time, you're supposed to sound a minute repeater whose chimes will tell you if you're running late.

This is supposed to be a callback to a time when you needed a repeater to tell the time in the dark, but it also happens to resemble an Apple Watch with the screen turned off.

If you want to adjust the time, you have to pull out the crown to see indicators guiding the way.

That's a pain, but at least the chimes are supposed to be powerful. H. Moser hollowed out the middle to create a resonance chamber and produce a powerful, "pure" sound.

But... why?

According to H. Moser, it's an attempt to go back to the roots of watchmaking.

This brings the watch to its "rightful place" as a timekeeper rather than a "time-wasting 'smart' device displaying notifications," the company said.

If it wasn't already clear, the firm isn't too fond of smartwatches and their focus on convenience over tradition and opulence.

Yes, this is a real product, and Wired noted that H. Moser has already sold the first example.

The combination of a platinum case, the unique construction, and the intricacy of the tourbillon costs $350,000.

There are clearly far less expensive (not to mention more practical) ways to thumb your nose at modern technology.

For that matter, it makes the technology in question look like a bargain — you could buy 280 examples of the Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès with that kind of money.

January 26, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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