Chef David Chang goes iPad rather than TV

Chef David Chang Lucky Peach

“Can’t get enough of the Momofuku chef, David Chang? Soon you’ll be able to carry him around with you. In late April, he plans to release Lucky Peach, a quarterly iPad app and print journal. Each issue will examine a dish or ingredient through many facets. For instance, the first app will present an interactive bowl of ramen from his Momofuku Noodle Bar. Clicking the ingredients in the image will reveal about 35 videos, 50 recipes, graphics and other elements.”

So far fantastic. This will appeal to many; really foreshadowing the direction media (print especially) is going. But this next quote is very exciting:

“Mr. Chang said that he had talked to television networks about doing a program, but that this offered more freedom and more possibilities, as well as providing research and development for his restaurants. “We were able to go a little deeper than we could have on TV, without being constrained by the networks,” he said. “They wanted yelling. They wanted everything but education.”

More freedom and more possibilities–no longer the providence of television!

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Life long passion: Maurice Franklin, Wood Turner


“If you were to rise before dawn on Christmas Eve, and walk down the empty Hackney Rd past the dark shopfronts in the early morning, you would very likely see a mysterious glow emanating from the workshop at the rear of number forty-five where spindles for staircases are made. If you were to stop and press your face against the glass, peering further into the depths of the gloom, you would see a shower of wood chips flying magically into the air, illuminated by a single light, and falling like snow into the shadowy interior of the workshop where wood turner Maurice Franklin, who was born upstairs above the shop in 1920, has been working at his lathe since 1933 when he began his apprenticeship.”

Wonderful personality piece from Spitalfields Life on the life of Maurice Franklin, a 90 year old wood turner in London. Pushes many of my buttons: history, craftsmanship, passion. Plenty to aspire to.

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Viinyl: 1 Song. 1 Site. 1 URL.


“1 Song. 1 Site. 1 URL. The viinyl platform turns your song into an interactive website – a digital version of the 45rpm single with artwork and videos. viinyl sites are optimized to travel the web, engage fans, grow market demand for your band and increase customer loyalty using marketing techniques for the web. viinyl is the product of our vision of how songs should be branded, consumed, experienced and distributed online, given today’s fun technology and digital savvy consumers.”

Interesting concept; reminds me of services like for your own one stop url. But seriously, who in their targeted audience is going to know what a 45rpm single is? And what about the longevity of these urls? I suppose if you treat them like landing pages, get the visitor to complete something like a purchase or download, what does it matter?

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Jack LaLanne dies at 96

Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne was prodding Americans to get off their couches and into the gym decades before it was cool. And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades past most Americans’ retirement age. The fitness fanatic ate well and exercised — and made it his mission to make sure everyone did the same — right up to the end at age 96.”

Just assumed this guy was going to live forever.

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Designing with the Mind in Mind

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“Early user interface (UI) practitioners were trained in cognitive psychology, from which UI design rules were based. But as the field evolves, designers enter the field from many disciplines. Practitioners today have enough experience in UI design that they have been exposed to design rules, but it is essential that they understand the psychology behind the rules in order to effectively apply them.”

A slim volume but packed with information. “Designing with the Mind in Mind” is definitely a keeper and something to keep within easy reach. Jeff Johnson has put together an understandable set of guidelines on how the brain and design work best.

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Smooth Criminal + Cellos

Couple of things: Smooth Criminal is a timeless classic. Rasputina watch out.

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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 technology, zooms in on his or her face and instantly determines gender and age group to guess what products might exert some allure.”

Sadly the video demos everything but the face recognition. Lame, Fast Company.

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Float Cappuccino Cups

Float Cappuccino Cup

“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 and chemically inert glass which is heat resistant.”

Not sure if I’m just reacting to the geometric perfection of the photo but these are beautiful. Then again “borosilicate glass” is also pretty cool considering that’s the stuff they use for labware, beakers, etc. A pair of cups can be yours for $80.

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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 direction Harald Peter.”

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101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Ian Buxton

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 nor prohibitively expensive. Buxton’s love of whisky jumps off of the page with each story he has to tell about the geography of Scotland, the history of distilleries, the stories behind some of the unique companies that create award-winning blends. Of the whiskies included in the book, 72 are from Scotland while the rest hail from Ireland, England, Japan, Sweden, Canada, India and the U.S.”

Get your drinking muscles ready because the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco is March 18-20. Here are the 2010 results in a PDF if you want to start an office pool for 2011 winners.

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