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ReadWrite: I Wore Suitsy For A Week—And No One Noticed.

Last weekend, the liberty-loving tech organization, Lincoln Labs, held a rally for presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul. There were suits oozing out the front door waiting to get a selfie with the libertarian icon. I blended right in.Pfffffft.

05/15/15 • 04:07 PM • ConsumptionGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Airwalk: FiftyThree Releases New Think Kit For Paper.

Easier flowcharts and diagrams, exportable to PowerPoint, Keynote and PDF.

05/12/15 • 11:05 AM • AppleConsumptionDesignMobileSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Rolling Stone:Hear Jeff Beck’s First Studio Track in Five Years ‘Tribal’.

It was meant to be for extreme club/dance-type music, and it went through several radical changes that just didn’t work. So with Ruth’s vocal we stripped it back to just me and Veronica, with Rhonda’s bass dubbed later, which brought back the wild roughness that I was originally after.” At the bottom of the page. Sounds like he’s tipping back towards 2003’s “Jeff” album. Perhaps it’s a needed bounceback after the failed tour with Brian Wilson ... or just getting edgy after all the live shows rehashing his best works. I’ve been wondering when he was going to tear a new hole in the fabric of reality.

05/11/15 • 12:15 PM • ConsumptionHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

IBT: SSDs lose data if left without power for just 7 days.

There’s a tidbit of info SSD buyers should be aware of.

05/11/15 • 09:15 AM • ComputingConsumptionDesignHardware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pantone formula guides have gotten cheap.

Sandra’s just broke, after limited use. The plastic screw-hinge sheared off on the fifth open. A shame that one must, after a high $ purchase, seek third party help. The paper’s gotten thinner too. For shame, Pantone. For shame.

05/05/15 • 08:39 PM • ArtsConsumptionDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FashionBeans x Timex Watches: Weekender Collection.

Cute, affordable ... but loud. I blogged about buying one - many I encounter comment on the loud tick, and not in a complimentary fashion. I sprang for a Seiko self-winder, which adds day/date over the Weekender. The only negative is the small set knob; fiddly for my big fingers. Very accurate, good looking and almost silent. The Weekender has been relegated to solo weekend use.

If a jeweler came up with a low-cost way to quiet a Weekender, I imagine they’d make a mint pretty swiftly. Buy cheap b/w ads in the back of men’s fashion mags.

05/05/15 • 11:04 AM • ConsumptionDesignPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

High Camp Teardrop Trailers.

I’m a sucker for stainless, in this case.

05/04/15 • 12:34 PM • ConsumptionTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A Continuous Lean.: The Originals.

Wallabees were part of the unofficial high school uniform when I grew up. Nothing quite like walking on gum soles.

05/02/15 • 09:35 AM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryPersonal • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Dressing Up the Brain - Wearing a Suit Makes You Think Differently.

Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world.” Indeed it does. But for me, it has to be a tailored item. Off-the-rack rarely bestows the same feeling. I have a double-breasted that kills; unfortunately, there’s not a single occasion for which it is appropriate to wear in Santa Fe.

05/01/15 • 09:12 AM • ConsumptionDesignPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: Bezos’ space company tests suborbital rocket.

Watch the video; we’re used to seeing massive rockets ... many exhaust cones on Shuttles, for instance. This has a little tiny squirtgun-sized nozzle. Packs one hell of a punch.

04/30/15 • 02:00 PM • ConsumptionDesignScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium/@jkdegen: 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating.

The very foundation of copyright is the insistence that if I create an artistic expression, I own that artistic expression. And if I own something, you best believe I will protect it from those who want to impose their restrictions on it.” Of note.

04/29/15 • 01:11 PM • ArtsConsumptionDesignInternetLaw • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Common Fibers: Carbon-fiber wallets with RFID protection.

Thin and strong. I need a new wallet, and was going to go for a sturdy leather ... the thinness of this may convince me otherwise. I worry about the glossiness of the exterior. I’ve had a situation where my aging leather wallet has slid out of my back pocket recently, without my knowledge. Granted a little alcohol contributed, but I found it very disconcerting. When you’ve worked in NYC and ridden subways, you have a sixth sense about your wallet pocket ...

04/28/15 • 12:21 PM • ConsumptionDesignPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Last of its kind Vickers Supermarine Spitfire to be auctioned at Christie’s London.

As part of a hugely generous gift, Spitfire P9374 will be sold at Christie’s to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund and Panthera, a leading wildlife conservation charity. Spitfire N3200 will be going to the Imperial War Museum Duxford.” Both should stay in the UK, IMHO.

04/27/15 • 03:52 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Uncrate: Sideclick.

Now cut down on your remotes.” Neat idea. Remotes seem to reproduce these days.

04/27/15 • 11:44 AM • ConsumptionDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DrownedinSound: She’s in Fashion - “Festival” Is Not A Look.

“There’s something joyous about partaking in the 21st century equivalent of the “Feast Of Fools”, where all rules for what is, or isn’t, sartorially acceptable are temporarily suspended. Observing those bizarre outfits, those outré fashion statements – which are sported by women and men – is fun. My problem is that we’re allowing a sexist, racist, ageist, size-ist industry to undermine that, by turning a blind eye to them targeting just 50% of the population, and then shaming that 50% into conforming to their airbrushed ideal.” The approved uniforms. Fringe, check. Jean shorts, check. Etc. etc.  And for equal time, the men’s selections.

04/27/15 • 10:46 AM • ConsumptionDesign • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Chicago Tribune: Adam Sandler Ridiculous 6 flap - Can Sandler stop being mean?

A style of comedy I don’t admire. I suppose I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen a single one of his movies. A young male relative tried to get me to sit through The Water Boy. I made about ten minutes before I bailed. Booze wouldn’t be enough; you’d have to give me morphine.

04/27/15 • 10:07 AM • ArtsConsumptionEntertainmentPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A Continuous Lean.: Living Vicariously Through Other People’s Junk.

Does this mean I’m not actually late with spring cleaning ... ? “I’m being trendy.”

04/24/15 • 04:08 PM • ConsumptionGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Best Way to Organize a Lifetime of Photos. [Comparing Apple Photos to Adobe LR, more.]

A bit fluffy, but worth referencing.

04/23/15 • 01:28 PM • ConsumptionHardwareInternetMobilePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Lifehacker: What’s the Best Everyday Carry Knife?

I’ll never look at a mild-mannered geek or hipster the same way again.  I carry a Gerber Paraframe. Not because I comparison shopped, but because I needed a knife with smooth+serrated blade, and the design (in the package) made sense. When I break it, I’ll replace it. I tend to leave it clipped in a pocket in my bag, not in a pants pocket. It will scratch plastic or other devices.

04/23/15 • 09:56 AM • ConsumptionDesignPersonal • (8) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

News.com.AU: Belle Gibson - ‘No, None of it is true’.

Factitious disorder is self driving and self perpetuating, maintained by the attention that people receive. Sufferers who use social media have a wider audience and therefore a greater propensity to receive the attention they are looking for by pretending to have the illness.” No remorse, endangering real cancer patients’ lives with bad advice. Just a plea of “I’m screwed up. I have Mommy issues. Give me some respect.”

04/22/15 • 05:25 PM • ConsumptionHealthLawSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins.

It’s impossible to say if it’s back to normal because we don’t know what normal was.” Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is like fracking - noone establishes a baseline before introducing disruptive technologies. This is how corporations avoid liability.

04/22/15 • 03:42 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Got a new B&H catalog.

I realized, walking back from the mailbox, that it’s like the old Sears “Wish Book.” All the stuff photographers want, can’t afford ... and probably don’t really need. So we sit, leaf through, and dream.

04/22/15 • 02:27 PM • ConsumptionPersonalPhotography • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Debate Over GMOs Is About to Change.

As GMO foods with benefits aimed at consumers rather than corporate farms, these apples and potatoes have the potential to change our conversation on genetically modified foods. This is because, unlike most GMO foods sold today, they don’t conceal what they are — they deliberately give the power to choose back to the consumer.” If this had been the way GMOs were originally introduced, I suspect nonacceptance/acceptance would have been much different. What happens to the conversation, if these potatoes prove to save lives (lower cancer rates among consumers)?

04/22/15 • 10:55 AM • ConsumptionHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KickStarter: Glide - Simple, professional app creation.

Of interest. Canny; there’s an Apple Watch in the top hero shot.

04/17/15 • 02:16 PM • ConsumptionDesignInternetMobileProgramming • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator.

Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.” I don’t generally do ‘energy’ bars, but for biking, this might be pretty cool fuel.

04/17/15 • 01:27 PM • ConsumptionFoodPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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