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March 28, 2019

Proust Armchair — Alessandro Mendini

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The Proust armchair (above) was the best-known creation of the great Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, who died last month in Milan at the age of 87.

The chair was designed in 1978 and executed in 1981.

From the New York Times: It was "an over-the-top evocation of something that he thought Marcel Proust might have relaxed in while remembering things past. Like many of Mr. Mendini's works, it mixed two somewhat incongruous influences: It's an oversize Baroque armchair but decorated in a pointillism reminiscent of the artist Paul Signac."

You can buy one at 1st Dibs, where it's a snip at $40,337.93.

March 28, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Online Washington Post Easter Egg

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It was only last year that I serendipitously discovered that the daily comics that appear in black-and-white in the paper versions of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Washington Post were originally drawn in color, and that the color versions are available in the online version of the Washington Post.

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They're way better in color.

To find them:

1) Go the Post website

2) Click on the 3 short white horizontal parallel lines in the upper left corner

3) When the menu appears, scroll down to Arts & Entertainment

4) When the menu opens, click on Comics, second from the top, and Bob's your uncle

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March 28, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Advice to a young Tradesman, written by an old One — Ben Franklin

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Published July 21, 1748, and just as useful 271 years later.

March 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

A thought experiment to help you decide how you really feel about whatever it is you're doing

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Ask yourself the following question: If you had a robot so like you that you could substitute it for yourself in any situation and no one — absolutely no one — could tell it wasn't "you," while the real you went about doing whatever it was you'd rather be doing, how often would you use it?

Back when I was working, I'd have had it give anesthesia and go for my daily runs (not my 5K races, though — I love competing) but that's about it.

Any benefits that might accrue as a result of doing what it was you're substituting for will still happen — in other words, I would still been paid for passing gas and gaining the cardiovascular benefit of exercise — even though my robot's injecting the drugs and pounding out the miles.

How about you?

What would you use yours for?

March 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Glow-in-the-Dark Door Stop

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Be still my heart.

I have a thing for door stops: I've got prolly 20-25 spares besides the dozen or so deployed throughout my house.

I have no idea what this fetish symbolizes.

Another thing that excites me is glow-in-the-dark anything.

I have glow-in-the-dark tape in a variety of widths, pieces of which festoon a lot of my edges and objects and furniture.

Now comes the wonderful Dutch design firm Droog to combine two of my passions in one object.

Heaven.

From the website:

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Featuring a simple and clever design, the glow-in-the-dark door stop has asymmetrical ends to combat varying gaps between floors and doors.

This compact door stop boasts durable silicone construction, so it can take a beating without causing damage to your door.

3.1" x 3.1" x 1.3".

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 Set of two: $15.

March 28, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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