Archive for February, 2009

Eco cooker

Eco-cooker: save water and energy by cooking two items in one pot. I could use one of these.

Damian Ortega

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Damian Ortega’s Champ de Vision (Field of Vision) installation was the highlight of my visit to the Musée Pompidou last Fall. You can see above that it’s beautiful; follow the link to find out why it’s also very clever.

Damian Ortega is previously known for his Exploded Beetle.

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2009-2-19-9:52 AM #   

Michael Lewis on the economic crisis

Wall Street Bull

Michael Lewis is quickly establishing himself as one of my favorite journalists:

Incidentally, if you want to get the absolute best intro to the financial crisis, spend one hour listening to This American Life’s podcast on the subject. Then visit The Money Meltdown for further reading.

Economics of a POW Camp

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An absolutely fascinating article on the economic organization of a Prisoner of War Camp. More recently, the WSJ covered mackerel economics in prison.

Disclaimer: As I get back into posting regularly, I’ll be putting up some interesting links that I collected during my months of intermittent blogging. If you’re a heavy blog reader, you may have seen some of these before.

Compression artefacts

Chairlift Utensil

This music video uses compression artefacts for stunning effect. I would embed it, but you really have to see it in HD. This is more creative than 99% of the video art I’ve ever seen in museums.

The $300 Million Button

On the importance of good UI design: The $300 Million Button.

It’s hard to imagine a form that could be simpler: two fields, two buttons, and one link. Yet, it turns out this form was preventing customers from purchasing products from a major e-commerce site, to the tune of $300,000,000 a year.

2009-2-16-7:21 PM #   

Tanzania pictures

It’s taken me 4 years, but I finally got around to posting the pictures from my trip to Tanzania. I’ve included a little preview below, but I encourage you to check out the full collection.

At the top of Kilimanjaro





And finally, make sure you see this one in full size:

The summit of Kilimanjaro

Personalized IKEA catalogs

Creative promotion from IKEA. [via Amit]

The future of music is now

Shazam Listening

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The future of music is now:

None of this would have been possible a few years ago. At least sometimes, technology does make our lives easier and more magical.