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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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50 Digital Wood Joints

“As computer-controlled wood processing machines move into the cabinet-makers’ workshops, the way two pieces of wood are joined together in a construction needs to be reconsidered. The digital wood joints were developed in the course of several years of reserch at the C…Lab of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, a project headed by Prof. Jochen [...]
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Roundtable discussion on APL, beards, proto-nerds & awesome 70s fashion

Catherine | Myspace Video If you’re at all interested in the history of programming languages, give this video a watch. You’ve got the father of APL, Ken Iverson himself, being interviewed along with a panel of experts. If APL isn’t your cup of tea, then you can also watch for the crazy 70s flute music, the hardware, [...]
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Your 2011 Calendar

“Mash Creative have released a 2011 version of their beautiful limited edition ‘minutes’ calendar, a successor to last years successful 2010 ‘seconds’ calendar. This one has been printed with glow in the dark ink so you can enjoy it at any time of day.” Thanks to AisleOne for the pointer. I award many more points than [...]
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So whatever happened to the Automats?

“A coin-operated glass-and-chrome wonder, Horn & Hardart’s Automats revolutionized the way Americans ate when they opened up in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century. [...] The Automat served freshly made food for the price of a few coins, and no one made a better cup of coffee. By the peak of its [...]
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