Archive for September, 2010

September 30, 2010

Mozilla Seabird: Concept Phone Boasts Projectors, Wireless Charging

by Matt Forcey

While buzz around the rumored Facebook phone reaches a fever pitch, a smartphone concept called the Mozilla Seabird has surfaced and given us a glimpse into the possible future of mobile devices.

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September 30, 2010

Robert L. Barnum: Sweeping Regionalism

by Matt Forcey

 

Robert Barnum carries a national reputation in the world of modern art.  His style is one of sweeping motion in the tradition of “regionalism,” a movement that grew in the U.S. from the early 1900s to World War II. His preferred medium is watercolor; however, also works in oil and sculpts in metal. 

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September 30, 2010

Jason Schwartzman Demos the Hell Out of the New Yorker iPad App

by Matt Forcey

The new App has everything that is in the print edition and more: extra cartoons, extra photographs, videos, audio of writers and poets reading their work.

This week’s inaugural tablet issue features an animated version of David Hockney’s cover, which he drew on an iPad. There is also a short film starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Roman Coppola.

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September 30, 2010

Telegram -(Stop)-

by Matt Forcey

You’re inundated with digital communications, email, text messages, MMS.  Wouldn’t be nice to get an actual letter in the mail on occasion? 

Not nostalgic enough for you? 

How about a telegram?  Old, old school.  A new online service enables you to send an honest-to-goodness telegram to anyone, anywhere.

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September 30, 2010

Eames Hang-It-All

by Matt Forcey

For those who would love to have an original Eames Hang-It-All in their home, but aren’t in the mood to part with a hefty pile of shekels, HermanMiller (who owns the Eames brand) has done us a solid. 

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September 30, 2010

Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

by Matt Forcey
Did you know that the best angle for glass to keep a Chicago apartment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer is 71 degrees?

Well architects Studio Gang have designed an entire high rise building based on that optimum angle with solar access and shading as its core concept.

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September 29, 2010

For the Sadistic Germaphobe in Your Life. Poor Little Fish Sink

by Matt Forcey

Designed by Yan Lu (who apparently draws inspiration from old James Bond movies, and S.P.E.C.T.O.R.’s painfully slow spy killing devices), the Poor Little Fish Sink, drains the water from your fishy friend’s home as you wash your hands.  The longer you keep the faucet running…

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September 28, 2010

Francoise Nielly Lives in a World of Images

by Matt Forcey


She has explored the different facets of “image” all her life , through painting, photography, roughs, illustrations and virtual, computer generated animated graphics. It is clear now that painting is her direction and her passion.

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September 27, 2010

The New Audi Spectacle?

by Matt Forcey

Although visually captivating at first glance, the campaign’s unabashed desecration of historic architecture in the name of commerce leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.  The title “The New Audi Spectacle” takes on a whole new meaning, no? 

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September 27, 2010

Free and Simple Email Reminders with FollowUpThen.com

by Matt Forcey

You’ve just sent a pressing email to a colleague, a friend, an alter ego.  One to which you’d expect a follow-up or return message in a timely manner.  But it’s Thursday night.  And Thursday night, as we all know, is the new Friday night.  Your recipient might not be paying a whole lot of attention to their crackberry.  Perhaps it would be helpful to all if your (insert euphemism) was to receive a follow-up reminder in a couple of days?

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September 27, 2010

This iPhone App Will Save Your Life

by Matt Forcey

When you’re plugged into your iPhone, you’re often plugged out of reality—traffic noise stops being a nuisance when that car horn actually saves your music-loving life. This new iPhone app will allow you to stay plugged in at decibel bursting volumes, but able to hear ‘important’ ambient sounds as well.

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September 27, 2010

Concrete Wallpaper, Urbanify Your Pad

by Matt Forcey

Got yourself a hip, beamed ceiling loft in a newly gentrified section of town?  But the building’s designer boxed you in with lifeless drywall?  Hey, guess what, wallpaper is cool again. 

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