November 29, 2006

Cool. Get a little more of a tax refund this year.

It's not a lot, but, hey, found money is found money. :: 2006 Federal Excise Tax Credit

(Thanks, Found on the Web!)

I'd like every one of these books.

I had a hard time choosing only one book to highlight from the KesselsKramer Catalogue.

This one really intrigued me though.

Kessels and Stultiens ... found a remarkable series of photographs taken by a taxi driver of one passenger only. The passenger and the taxi are pictured in front of mountains, fields, sunsets, city squares, highway rest stops. What were they doing there? Who was she? Why did she travel like this?"

In Almost Every Picture 2

Charles Gute :: On Savantism

Loads of amazing stuff on his site, but this struck me as strangely beautiful. (Even though the statement in context is quite snarky.)

On the gallery floor near the base of the wall, running the entire perimeter of the space, was a text rendered in hand-cut translucent adhesive vinyl. Although scarcely visible, the text, appropriated from psychology journal, offered a kind of tacit commentary on both the student works hung directly above throughout the gallery, and on the manner of fabrication of the work itself.

Full text:

It is not clear who qualifies as a savant, nor is it easy to tell the difference
between a mentally retarded savant and an autistic savant, though there are
some distinguishing features. IQ is one. Retarded savants generally have an IQ
of 50 to 70 while some autistic savants have IQs of 140 and above. Another
difference is that autistic savants often go on to successful careers as
artists and mathematics teachers, for example, while retarded savants rarely
find jobs related to their skills.

The two groups also respond differently to institutionalization. The mentally retarded savant is apt to do well in a special school, often developing even greater
savant talents there. The autistic savant, however, frequently loses his
special abilities when he is forced to attend an institution.

T-Equalizer - the shirt that throbs.

This is insane.

Rendering every other 'look at me' T-shirt utterly obsolete, the T-Equalizer is the ultimate in clubwear. Forget about sweary shock Ts and retro schlock Ts, this eye-catching shirt is guaranteed to mesmerize fellow clubbers and pubbers as it illuminates and moves in time to the music.

Firebox :: T-Equalizer

November 27, 2006 - 35% off

In honor of my new apartment and new-ish, much-loved B&W felines, I picked up a few nice prints. Hopefully they won't make me look like a crazy cat woman... If they don't work out, I'll go for the Vogue prints. Gorgeous. :: Vintage Posters

To get the discount, enter through this page. (According to, "a portion of all money earned from your use of the promotional codes and coupons goes to help the fight against breast cancer." Cool.)

Wow. Check out this view.

Arkinetia Stuart Tanner Architects – Australia

(via Apartment Therapy | MoCo Loco)

Headline of the day.

New Scientist rocks.

Hens with bigger 'hairdos' get more sex

Catching up on my Cute Overload.

This one made me giggle.

Cute Overload: Ahhhh. Warm clawsitude...

November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving, kids.

I'm off to my mom's for the annual November gorging. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, lovely turkey day.

Here's a little bit o' Thanksgiving history for you.

Citizen :: Shoplifter tote

Ah, Citizen. You always make me laugh.


Shawn Lovell Metalworks

Dunno why, but I'm a sucker for tree-related design. Branches, leaves - they always get my attention. So even though these are over-the-top, I find them completely enchanting.

Shawn Lovell Metalworks

(via Design Milk)

November 22, 2006

Chunky Cardboard Letters

Damn, I love these. I wish they were available here in the States...

Re-found Objects - 3D Chunky Cardboard Letters

Cuboluce reading light

Bedside reading light consisting of a bulb in a small box. The light comes on when the box is opened, and goes off when closed. Available in red, white and black.


Beautiful pictures of ICEHOTEL.

These are from last year. They build a new one every year. This year the hotel will be open from 8 December 2006 to 30 April 2007.

ICEHOTEL :: Art & Design

(via MoCo Loco)

November 21, 2006

The original Rudolph and Santa show up on Antiques Roadshow.

Aww. I like this story.

Simeon Lipman, an independent appraiser of pop culture memorabilia from New York City, was manning his table at the Providence ANTIQUES ROADSHOW when a guest approached with a tin canister. "He opened the tin," Simeon remembers, "and out they popped. It was like seeing old friends." The old friends were Rudolph and Santa Claus, two of the puppets from the Rankin/Bass TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that Simeon — and millions of other Americans — have seen seasonally since it debuted on NBC in 1964.

Providence, Follow the Stories: Is this the Real Rudolph?

(via Tiny Showcase)

Crazy Egg – visualize your visitors.

An interesting twist on tracking software. It would be especially helpful for user testing and iterative design. I'll have to try this on some of our sites at work...

Crazy Egg makes it easy to:
- Test different versions of a page to see which works better
- Discover which ad placement gives the best results
- Find out which design encourages visitors to click deeper
- Learn which content leads to improved sales

Crazy Egg is designed to help you continually test and improve your site.

Crazy Egg – visualize your visitors

Ace librarian tattoos.

I particularly love the "Alas, Poor Yorick" tat.

Archie McPhee� Toys, Gifts & Novelties

Yay for convenience store clerks with machetes!

Even when you know what's going to happen, it's incredibly weird to watch it. So be sure to watch it.

When a robber approached the counter of a Florida convenience store and pulled a machete from his pants, the clerk did the only sensible thing. No, she didn't turn over the cash register's contents. Instead, she pulled out her own machete from behind the counter, prompting a bizarre standoff that was captured by a surveillance camera.

The Smoking Gun :: You Call That A Knife? - November 15, 2006

Everyday objects in gold.

There's something kind of charming about the idea of re-purposing a tin can or fabric softener bottle as a vase simply by gold plating it. I wouldn't actually want them myself, but they made me smile.

The Conran Shop Online :: Vases

November 20, 2006

If your kid asks for this, be concerned.

I dunno. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but I find it kinda creepy and weird. However, it'd be an ace gift for someone that works in a cubicle.

Wild Planet :: Lazer Tripwire

Cyrillic Matrix (& other fun stuff)

I first saw this a few months ago, but Art. Lebedev, a Russian design firm, actually sells the prints.

They also have some other very slick products like computer button push pins, a write-on/wipe-off clock/bulletin board and an ice tray inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen." Fantastic.

He arranged his pieces to spell out many words; but he could never find the way to make the one word he was so eager to form. The word was “Eternity.” The Snow Queen had said to him, “If you can puzzle that out you shall be your own master, and I’ll give you the whole world and a new pair of skates. – Hans Christian Andersen. The Snow Queen

Art. Lebedev Studio Worldwide Store

(Many thanks, India , for the tip on SUCH a great site.)

Whaddaya mean "for children?"

These could be killer stocking stuffers. (I've heard about them for awhile, but this is the first time I've seen them for sale.)

Tooth Tunes :: Children's Musical Toothbrush

November 19, 2006

Bar Code Building.

Not sure if this is for real. I can't seem to find an original source or any articles about it except this one. But, real or not, it's an interesting idea.

English Russia :: Bar Code Building

Designer radiators.

Man - living in an apartment with radiators, I can't tell you how much I'd love to be able to pick my own.

Contemporary, Designer Floor Radiators at Bluprint UK

Photo jewelry.

Terrible site, but a fun idea. Don't know how durable the jewelry could be at these prices, but the kits would be great for crafty kids that want to make Christmas prezzies for mom or grandma... I like the photo circle bracelet myself.

Detect cat typing.

I thought this was kind of funny.

PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard.


(via OddPeak - 10 Strangest Inventions)

November 18, 2006

November 17, 2006

JCPenney goes modern.

Not fantastic, but definitely a few nice pieces. And you can't beat the prices. Would be great for people with modern taste but a limited budget and no IKEA nearby.

JCPenney :: modern : furniture

November 16, 2006

Good Design Is Good.

Blu Dot :: Good Design Is Good/Gallery

You can even nominate an item for the Gallery.

p.s. They also have a great print ad campaign. I'll post it when I find it online.

November 15, 2006

"OH, FOSHAY!" Art Print

As often happens with Aesthetic Apparatus prints, I don't know which I like more - the product itself or the description...

Happy Holidays! A perfect anytime gift but since it's, you know, the holiday season and so many people are less than festive...what says I love you more than an art print of a person jumping off of the ol' Foshay tower in lovely downtown Minneapolis? HUH? If the image doesn't cheer your love ones up then the shiny, metallic blue ink on this print surely will! Edition of 63.

Aesthetic Apparatus - ART PRINTS

Helvetica MAX poster.

Not wild about the design, but I like the idea.

Zurich design studio Norm's print is an homage to Helvetica designer Max Miedinger. Letterpress printed. Only 100 numbered copies made. A2 size (16 1/2" x 23 1/2". Norm print ships November 27.

Helvetica :: Norm Print