Calamityware has a kickstarter for Don Moyer’s newest design! I am not sure if I have already talked about being a proud owner of a series one calamityware plate. I couldn’t resist! They are based on the old willow pattern china that has been sold for decades in all sorts of places. I have a full set of the red willow and the only way that calamityware could be better than it is, is if it came out in red. Seriously.
My house needs one of these; my husband and I would be fighting over it all the time. The Hemingwrite allows you to type, with the tactile pleasure of a real typewriter keyboard, offline while still providing the ability to sync what you’ve written with your cloudy documents. It is projected to have a six week battery life and 1 million page, plus, memory, so get one when they are get-able, pack your gear and go camp writing; I’ll join you. Set Your Thoughts Free – Hemingwrite.
Do you want to see something hilarious? Something playing on both historical and modern adaptations of beloved characters? Something irreverent? Then go see The Adventures of Shakespeare and Watson.
I like maps. It’s a condition I am sure I share with several other people, so I am sharing some of the most amazing collection of maps I have seen in a while. The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation | Wired Design | Wired.com shows how we live with those around us. It’s telling and terrible most of the time, with pretty colors.
According to blogs I read, it is blog action day today and the theme is Human Rights. I think the declaration and it’s visual interpretations speak for themselves, so I’ll just share them with you. The Human Action Rights Center YouTube has an awesome video:
And ZEN PENCILS – 134. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has an awesome poster that simplifies and yet captures the heart of the Human Rights Declaration.
Ask A Slave: A Comedy Web Series starring Azie Dungey that puts all of the “most interesting, and somewhat infuriating encounters” she had while portraying a slave in historical sites on the East Coast. While it is hilarious in a laugh-at-the-stupid-tourist kinda way, it’s also really sad that real questions inspired the show. It makes me embarrassed for my species.
“Quarterly Co.™ is a subscription service that enables people to receive physical items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice.” I am kind of falling for the idea of receiving a package with fantastical items that I never would have come into contact with otherwise, but I am also in a place with my home where I do not need anything more. Except perhaps shoes. I will come back to this, I know, when I am making things again and looking for inspiration.
Do you like Ms. Marple? Detective stories? Old time radio shows? I haven’t given Valentin & The Widow as much attention as it deserves, yet, but even the tiniest listen shows it is something special. In addition to buying the books in various formats you can listen to them read to you: Valentin & The Widow – Paris Pas De Deux: The Complete Audio Collection.
Public service message from the Scarfolk Council.
I am absolutely fascinated by eyewear that is designed to augment our most perfect natural abilities to visually process the world around us. I have much less than perfect natural vision abilities. Some of my most stressful dreams have something to do with driving a speeding car without my glasses. I fantasize about waking up some day without needing to put corrective lenses on. I’m horribly envious of 20/20 vision. And thus, when frolicking through science journals, I am helplessly captivated by contacts and glasses that do even more than ‘fix’ vision.
For instance, over on NewScientist (back in 2011 – hello GReader starred list) there are glasses that read the body language and expression of the person you are interacting with and give you clues about the best way to proceed in your conversation. And then on BBC News, animal trials are wrapping up for contacts that stream emails and text messages directly over our vision of the world around us. I imagine a blending of our physical and online existences. I imagine not knowing which is which until the glasses are off. It makes me think of the anime Dennō Coil. It’s a really good anime. I have to watch it through again. And lest you think my mind is not just a repetitive circle, I am going to dig up some posts from the old Bean on exactly the same topic. After the…Continue reading little obsessions
The regulator in our living room is stopped right now. The wall across from the TV was not a good place for a chiming clock in the apartment of movie watchers. But gee have I loved time pieces. And I have fallen in love with Klockwerks by Roger Wood. I mean, look at them. Aren’t they beautiful?
When no one else is around I read aloud to my pets. Though, I have tested the limits of my reading aloud lately, resulting in a long standing sore throat, I am intrigued by LibriVox » Volunteer for LibriVox. I will probably volunteer and get an assignment and read things aloud so that those things might be listened to by people all over the internets. In my voice even.
But there is really good content therein. I don’t usually end up in situations where I might be beat up or anything else …now that I think about it – ‘or anything else’ has happened to me. I thought I was just lucky. Ok, so the technique of giving calm but nonsensical responses that Derren Brown describes in Derren Brown’s Guide to overcoming Awkward Situations – Entertainment – ShortList Magazine wouldn’t necessarily also have come in handy when I was being followed around the record store I worked in by a guy who repeatedly told me he liked my shape, and who continued on with other lewd comments and offers to take me home after my shift. That was a long time ago. But, Derren Brown’s advice on other situations is good to have in your head just in case. To sum up: awesome article, and hilarious in its description of the technique.