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Chloë Bass is an artist, curator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick (artsinbushwick.org), which produces the ever-sprawling Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. Recent artistic work has been seen at SCOPE Art Fair, CultureFix, the Bushwick Starr Theater, Figment, and The Last Supper Art Festival, as well as in and around the public spaces of New York City. She has guest lectured at Parsons, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College. Other moments have found her co-cheffing Umami: People + Food, a 90 person private supper club; growing plants with Boswyck Farms (boswyckfarms.org); and curating with architecture gallery SUPERFRONT (superfront.org). Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.
Kieth Olbermann responds to RNC chairman Michael Steele's statement that gay marriage harms the economy by creating a new class of beneficiary spouses by pointing out that gay marriage would likely create more than $16 billion in economic activity for weddings, which benefit local stationers, photographers, bakers, hoteliers, etc. etc. etc.
Keith Olbermann's WTF!?!: RNC's Michael Steele & Gay Marriage
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Collection of unusual knuckle shaped gadgets and creative product designs.
Brass Knuckle Soap
Inspired by brass knuckles, this all natural glycerin soap is designed to add a bit of playful subversion to your soap dish. [link]
Brass Knuckle Shopping Bag
Unusual shopping bag designed by Leo Burnett Lisbon ad agency from Portugal. [link]
Brass Knuckle Brush
Creative knuckle brush design by [...]
Over on Boing Boing Gadgets, our Rob's spotted the latest installment in Christopher Locke's Modern Fossil series: iconic modern devices recast as ancient fossils.
It's not every day that police officers gang up on a toy cougar and taser it into submission. Such an event ought to be commemorated, don't you think? Annually, perhaps.
Police in Michigan responding to a report of a cougar on the loose said they ended up shooting a large toy cat with a Taser stun gun.
Warren police said the 911 caller said a "huge" animal resembling "a 150-pound cat" was spotted in an old cement drainpipe in Bates Park and 10 officers were sent to the scene, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Monday. The officers saw the outline of the animal in the pipe and shot it with a Taser.
[On]nce a year, in early May, we scour our attics and thrift shops for stuffed animals, then donate them to our local police force. It's optional to dress the toys in darling prison stripes, or tie cute bandanas around their furry necks that say things like "Do Tase Me Bro."
Then, at noon-time on May 18, we all gather in the main square to applaud the line of officers proudly brandishing their batons and tasers. They get to pummel the stuffing out of the pile of toys, and send thousand of volts through those fluffy bellies — as much as they like! No holding back!
Meanwhile, I propose that a marching band alternates between renditions of, say, Elvis Presley's "Teddy Bear" and Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
The Time Machine is a mechanical tabletop clock that moves a set of chrome balls every sixty seconds. There is a track of accumulated balls to indicate the hour of the day and another to indicate the minutes. There is a even a second hand on top.
It comes with a custom acrylic display case that makes it look really retro-future cool (not shown here). Reports are that this thing is captivating. One note: because of the constant clacking of the chrome balls this isn't a clock you'll want to put in a library.
Here's the link for more info on the Time Machine Tabletop Clock
In the Western Hemisphere, traveling by car anywhere is a nightmare with the traffic. Unfortunately if your older (read greater than 20 years old) then walking some times can take forever to get places.
Well Ilya Kaganovich with the help of his brother, Boris Kaganovich, an aerospace engineering student have invented motorized shoes to help you get around town. You simply strap on the “iShoes” and with the assistance of handheld controls you can travel at speeds up to 13.5mph.
The iShoes have a powerful 500 watt motor that run on rechargeable Lithium batteries.
- Height: 4.0″ (10.2 cm)
- Width: 11.85 (each skate) (30.1 cm)
- Length: 19.0″ (48.3cm)
- Platform height: 1.0″ (2.54cm)
- Weight: 11.8lbs (5.3kg)
- Max Speed: 13.5mph (21.7km/h)
- Range: Up to 3 mi (4.8 km)
- Payload: 100-250lbs (45-133 kg)
- Operating temperature: 12° to 122° F / -10° to 50° C
- Colson Non Marking Sure Grip wheels
- Power: A123 Lithium-ion battery pack:5 Cells, 18.0v, 2.3 Ah
- Recharge time: 2 hrs
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Dr. Preston Maring is bringing farmers markets to hospitals.
Hospitals and food have a pretty lousy history together. It’s a pairing that inspires memories of mysterious substances in space-aged plastic and spoon-fed jello under the boon of painkillers—not exactly a paragon of health promotion. But, as evidenced by people like Dr. Preston Maring, that’s beginning to change.
Six years ago Friday, Dr. Maring established a farmers market at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California. In so…
Transparency: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
By now, most of us are aware that there is a large patch of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What you may not know is that it’s not made up of plastic bags and empty bottles. It’s made up of billions of tiny pieces of plastic, and it’s basically invisible unless you’re floating in it. While this might seem better, it’s actually much worse for the environment—and for you. Our latest Transparency is a look at the Pacific Gyre and the plastic floating in it.
Gyre illustration by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
Here is a great Instructable on how to build a high-quality woodworking bench based on a set of plans originally published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (the best magazine of its kind, in my opinion).
The design used here is simplification of a bench from Sam Allen's book Making Workbenches.