Monthly Archives: January 2011

Minority Report meets Oscar Mayer?

“The “Meal Planning Solution,” part of Intel’s “Connected Store,” is a sort of kiosk you might find in an upscale suburban market, catering to families desperate to find something the kids will eat. [...] So, when he or she passes by the kiosk, the digital signage, equipped with a freaky sort of Anonymous Video Analytics [...]
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Float Cappuccino Cups

“The double-layered structure of the Float glassware series separates the bowl containing the liquid from the hand, keeping cold liquids from warming in the hand and hot liquids from scalding. Condensation is also elevated from the table surface, eliminating the need for coasters. All of the items are mouth-blown from borosilicate glass, an extremely pure [...]
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The Art of Hermann Zapf video

The Art of Hermann Zapf from Johnny Dib on Vimeo. “A film on the purpose and techniques of calligraphy. Presented and produced by Hallmark. Filmed at Hallmark cards during a visit by Mr. Zapf. Production manager Noel Gordon. Script outline Peter Seymour. Script editor Richard Rhodes. Camera Direction Frank Robinson. Associate cameraman Heinz Burger. Idea and [...]
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101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

I’ve been sucking down the same Oban, Glenmorangie 18, Laphroaig 10 and Highland Park 12 for many years now and it’s about time I brought in something new. “101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die” by Ian Buxton will be my guide. Coolhunting has a good review, “[Buxton] focuses generally on bottles that are neither obscure [...]
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Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig book review

“Written by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen, the book details the many aspects of the life of Alvin Lustig including his work in both graphic and interior design, how he evolved as a designer, his interest in education and his passion for changing the world through his creations. The breadth of his understanding of [...]
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Cooking Issues podcast recommended

I wrote about Cooking Issues earlier this month in the Ham Belt post and mentioned the podcast. From their site: “Every Tuesday at noon, Dave Arnold, author of Cooking, the French Culinary Institute’s Tech n’Stuff blog, will discuss the new and innovative techniques, equipment, and ingredients. Call in with your own questions to see if [...]
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AI is awesome all over again

The painfully short description for this video is: “teams of quadrotors autonomously build tower-like cubic structures from modular parts.” Autonomous, in this case, could maybe possibly (anyway to make this even more passive and wishy-washy?) be considered AI for today’s revised definition. The video and the following Wired article are unrelated but I think there’s [...]
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On pricing Aerogel, Saffron & Truffles

Inventables calls themselves “the innovator’s hardware store.” They sell materials for developing new products and “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.” And looking around, I head straight to the Aerogel. Surely they have it. It’s totally space-age–NASA uses it after all, plus it makes for compelling demos. And since it’s generally considered an expensive material, it [...]
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Pay attention to Oobject

“Oobject is a kind of online Wunderkammer comprising visual lists of man-made objects.” Another great site that’ll swallow a lot of your time. One click leads to another and another. Their lists span many topics; take a look at some of these: 15 Videos of Sausage Making Machines 9 Vintage Monorails 10 classic jacob jensen gadgets
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John Wayne Beef Jerky is real

Celebrity food endorsements are a dicey proposition. Thanks to Uncrate for bringing this one to my attention. Funny, celebrity liquor endorsements always work. How could we forget Danny DeVito’s Limoncello? Justin Timberlake’s tequila? In fact, surely the two together create something magical? And with some of the Duke’s jerky nearby, this is the menu for [...]
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