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Matchstick Tower Bridge Up for Bid

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Toys,

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Artist Michael Williams has created a London Tower Bridge out of 1.6 million matchsticks by using photos and images in books. The scaled-down perfectly proportioned creation is 800 ft. long and has an illuminated 52 gun galleon underneath. The water is also filled with lights. While it took him a decade to build, Williams now wants to sell the clever structure to fund a studio. Head over to his site if you want to make a bid. Smokers and pyromaniacs should probably not apply.

 

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We Love Our New Tinbot!

tinbotWe just received a tinbot and couldn’t be happier. Designed by artist Christopher Lee, it fit perfectly with our iPod classic. Everything is quite snug inside and we think that it gives our music player quite a bit of class. We figure for all our clumsiness that this case, with tin on the outside and neoprene inside, is perfect for travel and a lot classier than our basic iPod case. We definitely recommend them for the terminally clumsy who have an iPod video 30/60/80GB or a classic 80/160GB at the MSRP of $29.95. Although it is not waterproof, the tinbot is certainly water-resistant to a spring rain. A very kewl gift for others, too, especially if you want to decorate it yourself, as they have one you can customize for $10.00 less.

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Tinbots Protect With Style

TinbotAre you the type that tends to drop your phone, mouse, iPod, glass of water? We have a partial solution. Tinbots are not only sturdy, being made out of tin, but have been designed by artists Mad, Sket-one, Christopher Lee, Jock, Parra, Kurt Ketchum, and 7Sleeper.  They also feature interior neoprene padding, and headphone and charging ports. The 2nd generation cases are compatible with iPod Videos 30/60/80GB and Classics 80/160GB for $29.95. One is available in matte white that you can customize for $10.00 less. Sorry, Tinbots don’t come in glass of water size.

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Songerize Plays Insta-Tunes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Music,

Songerize

When a song gets stuck in your head and won’t go away, try Songerize, a search for audio tracks. Powered by SeePod, you simply supply the title and artist, and your tune plays in a matter of seconds. We tried a few and found that it really helps to include the artist’s name, just in case. We also discovered that if you can’t spell it, it won’t show up. And if you are into cheesy old show tunes, forget it (although it did come up with “People” when we typed Barbra’s name correctly.)

 

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Rubber Duck Invades France

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech,

Rubber Duck

Residents along the Loire River were treated to what has to be the largest rubber duckie on the planet during the recent le Lieu Unique and Biennial Estuaire. Created by artist Florentijn Hofman, the bird is constructed of inflatable, rubber-coated PVC and has its own pontoon and generator. At a size of 26 x 20 x 32 meters, Hofman claims that there is no political connotation, but rather “relieves mondial tensions as well as define them.” Be that as it may, that would be one scary quacker if you didn’t see it coming. (Note the size of people to the right of the duckie.)

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Russian Artist Devises Virtual World

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

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In a world of 1s and 0s…are you a zero, or The One? The Matrix exists, at least in the world of Russian designer Alexei Shulgin. He has created goggles that use filters to transform reality into a virtual world. The artist says that they work similar to filters in Photoshop, such as inverted colors and boost coloration. The glasses’ images can be projected on a screen and can work for several hours on one charge. We understand that the gadget really doesn’t do anything, still there is always room for another warped view of the planet.

 

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Isn’t That a Giant Banana Over Walmart?

Giant Banana

Argentinian César Sáez, now based in Montreal, creates socially interactive sculptures and is now working on a Geostationary Banana. Designed with a propeller for the lower atmosphere, it will control itself with the help of two gyroscopes when it reaches up to 50km high. At a size of almost 300 meters in length, it has a semi-rigid bamboo structure, a skin of synthetic paper, and will ultimately cost over 1 million dollars. Sáez and his team are planning to launch the vehicle next August from Sonoma or Baja, Mexico destined for Texas.

We couldn’t really find any explanation for the launching of the giant banana blimp, although his site mentions possible reasons such as a tribute to the advertising industry and Andy Warhol. Why Texas? There are lots of “Walmarts, Exxons and Haliburtons there,” or perhaps because “there are no banana plantations in Texas.” We just wondered if it will have to be quarantined before entering the states.

 

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