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Waterproof Notepads

April 29, 2010

write in rain notebooks

This is the greatest travelers invention ever – got lost in the rain forest but still have to keep journal up to date .. no problem!

Developed way back in the 1920s, this 100% recyclable paper is a patented substrate created for use in soggy outdoor writingsituations. Just use a pencil or an all-weather pen – hey presto, no more squelchy scribblings, wet words or smudged sentences.


The Rainbow Eucalyptus

April 9, 2010

There seem to be no end of things tagged with the word rainbow in nature.  Well, here is another – the Rainbow Eucalyptus.  With a quite spectacular trunk it is a surprise that its main use is the production of pulpwood, to make white paper. Go figure.


April 7, 2010


Painter Jeff Canham and woodworker Luke Bartels stumbled upon the idea to make birdhouses while sharing a studio space together in San Francisco. Now on view at local boutique The Curiosity Shoppe, their show “For the Birds” shows the mix of complimentary skills born of this friendship, a collection of birdhouses cleverly trimmed to mimic “seedy” urban counterparts.Birds-2.jpgBirds-3.jpg

Well-known for signage and design work for the likes of McSweeney’s Panorama newspaper, Canham remarks that the show is “a really great marriage of both our skills.” The bird abodes grew from an earlier collaborative project, in which the team made small pianos with painted faces. Realizing the shape echoed traditional birdhouses, “For the Birds” was born.


“For the Birds” runs through 9 May 2010. Via Cool Hunting

Anish Kapoor’s Olympic Sculpture

April 1, 2010

Images have emerged for a planned 120 metre tower from artist a la mode Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. What will become Britain’s tallest piece of public art will begin construction on the Olympic site almost immediately, for completion next year.

The structure, dubbed ‘Orbit’ resembles a topologically improbable roller coaster attempting to ingest previous Anish Kapoor sculptures. What’s not to love? Oh, right, the price tag. £19 million. Ouch. We hope they know what they’re doing.

Boris sang the sculptor’s praises as only Boris could:

“He has taken the idea of a tower and transformed it into a piece of modern British art. It would have boggled the minds of the Romans. It would have boggled Gustave Eiffel.”

Are you boggled, bejoyed or begrudged? And who can come up with a nickname for our latest folly?

Via The Londonist

Happy Birthday Photoshop

March 1, 2010


This month Photoshop, the application many of us have used longer than any other, turns 20 years old. Happy birthday!

By Josh Rubin from Cool Hunting.