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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Koostik iPhone Stereo Dock Uses Zero Electricity (Video)

by Jaymi Heimbuch

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Image via Koostik

If you're looking for an iPhone speaker dock that is energy efficient, you'll be hard pressed to find something that uses less than the Koostik. It uses zero. Made entirely of solid wood, it amplifies the sound coming from the iPhone's built-in speaker, giving you louder music without needing to plug anything in.

Koostik states that there's some types of music that works better than others.

KOOSTIK is not intended as a replacement to electronic amplifiers in all situations. If you're into Heavy Metal at high volume or heavy sub base sounds, KOOSTIK may not be your cup of tea. But if you like intimate vocals and instrumentals in relaxed settings, KOOSTIK will blow you away (gently of course).

It certainly uses fewer materials and a simpler manufacturing process than the Phonofone we saw back in 2007.

While it comes in a few different types of wood -- walnut, cherry and birdseye maple -- there's no mention as to whether or not these are FSC woods sustainably sourced.

Cage Rage: Montage of Nic Cage Freaking Out! — Every scene in which Nic Cage goes nuts, all at once. 1

Cage Rage. Montage of Nic freaking out. Full film list here:
Music - Clint Mansell - Lux Aeterna (Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack)

This kid is just amazing..[Beatboxing]


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Taylor Swift's Sexy Shirtless Tattooed Serenade by Baby Oiled Dane Cook! (VIDEO)

Taylor Swift got quite a surprise last night on 'the Tonight Show with Jay Leno'. Comedian Dane Cook threw off his shirt, strapped on his guitar and serenaded her with the 'We Love You Taylor' song, which is sure to be a #1 download on iTunes this holiday season...or not, but it was kinda funny and cute. And Dane appears to have (temp) tattooed Taylor's pretty face on his chest, which is awesome.

President Obama Appears on 'Mythbusters' (video)

President Barack Obama makes an appearance on Discovery's Mythbusters in a few weeks, and it might be the biggest request ever made on the show.

Obama, who is a big fan of Mythbusters, challenges the guys to prove (or disprove) the legend of Archimedes' solar ray.

"Figure this out and report back to me," Obama says.

Seven Pieces of Furniture Made of Old Bicycles

Bicycle recycling doesn’t mean greasy work in your garage. Custom-made creations that’ll brighten up any home, bar, school or office are available.

milano lounge Seven Pieces of Furniture Made of Old Bicycles
Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
Recycling old bicycles usually means fixing together old parts to form “new” bicycles that look even older than the originals. However, a few creative bicycle artists prove that the bicycle lends itself to being repurposed into sleek and stylish furniture that can or can’t be in your face about its humble beginnings. In either case, bicycle parts have never been so in vogue!
7) Book shelves
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Image: System Design Studio, used with permission
This wall-mounted shelf is ideal for people who want their furniture to grow with their needs. Just have one book in your shelf? Then it will be slim, looking like a line on the wall. Got some more books, CDs or more bulky items? No problem; your shelf will be able to accommodate those, too, and start looking like a more traditional shelf.

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Image: System Design Studio, used with permission
We’re talking about ElasticShelf, made by System Design Studio in Barcelona, Spain. This shelf unit can be used in the home or the office and is made out of recycled bicycle tires that are suspended between two used furniture legs — a simple idea that’ll keep you pumped for some time.
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Image: System Design Studio, used with permission
6) Tables

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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
This side table, called “Vector,” lets you forget that you’re looking at old bicycle parts, so sleek is its design. It was created by bike furniture designer Andy Gregg, who is currently the only designer in the world to work exclusively in recycled bicycle parts, and is made from professional-level bicycle rim sections. It comes with either a clear or smoked glass top, but we’d go clear so that visitors can admire the construction from all angles!
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
The “Modulus” side table, above, does not hide its origins, instead cleverly integrating bicycle spokes into its design. It is made from bent and welded chrome-plated bicycle rims, and the top comes in either glass or acrylic.
5) Coat racks

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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
A coat rack is not what comes to mind when thinking about recycling old bicycle parts for furniture. Luckily, Gregg thinks outside the box. His coat rack uses bicycle frame tubes and wheel rim sections. It certainly looks sturdier than many coat hangers we have seen!
4) Barstools
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
It is as barstools that the shiny, metallic spokes of bicycles seem to be utilized best. They’ll lend a cool yet nostalgic feel to even the most sterile of bars. The two S-2 swivel barstools, above, come with pro pads and have a 13″ top and tire trim — perfect with the S-2 bar table! Here’s the S-6 barstool model with a back rest by the beach. Lovely!
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
3) Loveseats
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
Speaking of love: what couple could say no to this cozy loveseat, perfect for romantic evenings, maybe reminiscing about bicycle tours once taken together? Oh, and the Modulus Loveseat is also available with custom-made cushions in a variety of fabrics and materials.
2) Benches
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission

From loveseat to bench is just a small step and a few necessary modifications. We just love the model in blue, above! Or how about the custom-made one below? It was commissioned by the North Star Academy High School in Marquette, MI, where it has invited students to rest since 2005.
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
Below is another bench, on location in a shop. It was originally designed to be just the right height for putting your shoes on and taking them off after a ride.
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
1) Chairs
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Given the size of bicycles, and their tires especially, they really lend themselves to being converted into chairs. We were able to find not just one but three talented designers making bicycle tire chairs.
Lawn chairs

The amazing lawn chairs, above, are made entirely out of old bicycle tires. Notice how the pattern of the tires seems to imitate that of wicker furniture. Very cool!
These particular chairs can be found at the gardens of Sampson & Beasley in Portland, OR. But there’s a story behind them that will take us to Indonesia — Bali, to be precise. There, local groups have taken up the issue of the millions of discarded tires that are often simply left lying around (or worse, are burned) because of a lack of infrastructure to get them to landfills — or better, to be recycled. You can imagine what kind of acrid, black smoke tires produce when burned…
Luckily, those initiatives employ locals and train them in making chairs out of recycled moped and bicycle tires. The finished chairs are then shipped all over the world, but with every purchase, money goes back to the families and thus the communities of those who made them.
Needless to say, the chairs are great for the outdoors — in the garden, on the deck or patio or next to the pool — because they are sturdy, long-lasting and heavier than plastic, which will come in handy when the next storm rolls around. If you are interested, you can order them here.

Lounge chairs
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Image: Leo Kempf, used with permission
Being off your rocker — in this chair — might not be so bad. Though made out of recycled car tires and thus not really fitting on our list strictly speaking, it should theoretically be possible to create it out of old bicycle tires as well, given that the car tires are cut into smaller strips in any case.
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Image: Leo Kempf, used with permission
“Tired Lounge” is the brainchild of designer Leo Kempf and originates from his experiment with rubber as a material for furniture. The result? A comfortable lounge chair that sits anyone from a baby to a tall adult; the designer is 6’2″ and sits in the chair comfortably. According to a description on his website, the “soft rubber was cleaned, coated, cut into strips, stretched and woven.” The simple curve shape is intended to give the chair an appearance of floating. Says Mr. Kempf: “The chair was a fun, experimental project that turned out quite nicely. Its bold shape with the tire texture make the chair really stand out.”
Bike rack chair

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If you’re thinking, “Hey, where’s the bike?” in this photo, you have to think just a bit beyond the bicycle. The chair is made of old Chicago bike racks and is another ingenious creation by Gregg. There are many other great bicycle chair models in Gregg’s shop. We especially like “Milano,” shown top, because of its funky colors and the fact that it comes with a horn. You never know when that may come in handy… Meanwhile below is the “Vector” lounge chair.
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Image: Andy Gregg, used with permission
If you’re working in a bicycle shop or have had enough of simply repairing old bikes, it’s time to either get creative or donate some raw materials. There will surely be bike lovers who don’t want to only sit on their bikes but also decorate their houses with them, especially after going through our list. There’s more out there, and we’re sure, more creative bike furniture and accessories to come in the future.
Special thanks to Andy Gregg of Bike Furniture Design, Remi Melander and Helbert S. Ferreira of System Design Studio and Leo Kempf of Leo Kempf Design for kindly granting photo permissions.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Bueller? Principal Pulls a Rooney, Invades Sick Kids' House



Principal Ernest Jackson runs a tight ship at the Chester Academy up there in Orange County. And when a parent calls in to say her two boys are "sick," he sees no reason to take the explanation at face value. So, just like fictional Principal Ed Rooney—the heroic, determined protagonist of the Hollywood epic Ferris Bueller's Day Off—Jackson saddled up and went to personally verify that Michael DiQuattro's two sons were indeed too sick to learn. For that, he may face criminal charges.

DiQuattro says that his wife called in one morning this week to report that that their two sons, ages 12 and 16, would not be attending classes that day due to illness. A likely story! And how could Principal Jackson even be sure that was really the mom's voice? ABC 7 reports that Jackson allegedly went to the DiQuattro home accompanied by the school's guidance counselor, and let himself in. He found the two loafers asleep in their beds—or, at least, what appeared to be two boys sleeping in their beds. Some of these kids are adept at arranging pillows and mannequins under blankets to resemble sleeping children, while they gallivant off to lunch at fancy restaurants masquerading as Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chester.

According to DiQuattro, the guidance counselor left, but Jackson remained at the house in an attempt to motivate the truants to attend class. Instead, they called their mom. "He wasn't invited, didn't knock, didn't let anyone know that he was in the house until he got upstairs," DiQuattro tells ABC 7. "My kids were in their underwear, again you are talking about a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, where does he get the right to violate my children's rights?" (Incidentally, the actor who played Principal Ed Rooney in the movie, Jeffrey Jones, is now a registered sex offender.)

We called Jackson's office this morning and the receptionist told us he would not be in today. Let's just assume he's gravely ill and there's no point in going to his house to check on him. In his weakened condition, he could take a nasty spill down the stairs and subject himself to further school absences!

Here's the ABC 7 segment. It's worth watching for DiQuattro's outraged interview:

Roger Waters: The Wall Live Tour 2010 live streaming VIDEO

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Format: NTSC DVD (16 x 9 widescreen), 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo (48kHz)
iShoot: tapehead 2
iEdit: rontoon
iRemaster: MOB
iCheck: Big Ed
iDesign: Christopher for Ediskrad Studios
iHelp: Pinkerton, volcso, selbst93, Robert Perry (additional photopraphy)
Video: Sony HDR-CX520V @ 1920x1080i (AVCHD) > MPEG2 720x480 (16 x 9 widescreen, CBR 8)
Audio: (tapehead2): SP-CMC-8 (AT943s) > SP-SPSB-10 > M10 (24/44.1) > FLAC > WAVE (front left, center, and right speakers)
Audio: (Rick B) Mics: DPA 4022, Recorder: Sound Devices 722 (16/44.1K) > FLAC > WAVE (rear speakers and LFE)
DVD ONE: Approx. 58 mins
In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1)
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
What Shall We Do Now
Young Lust
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 3)
The Last Few Bricks
Goodbye Cruel World

DVD TWO: Approx. 53 mins
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Bring The Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb
The Show Must Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting For The Worms
The Trial
Outside the Wall
All songs are chapter indexed.
The foundation of all the footage (and audio) was taken from 9/20. Additional shots are from the 9/21, 10/12 and 10/13 shows and all are from tapehead2's HD master files.
Thanks to all those who shared their footage for this project. Thanks once again to the HVR team, MOB for the appropriate EQ work and Big Ed for checking and correcting, and for the quick turn around. Thanks to Chris for the artwork, you always have the coolest sigs on the forum. Thanks to Rick B. for this and 30+ years of recording shows in Chicago.
But the biggest thanks of all goes to my new friend tapehead2 (TH2) for shooting these shows so brilliantly. After posting the initial clips on YouTube I contacted TH2 to see if a multi-camera edit was ever considered. The response was that TH2 wished for the shows to be shared "as is". I decided to cut together a few songs just to show TH2 the possibilities and after watching them on YouTube agreed to send me the master HD footage. The 9/20 and 9/21 shows cut together beautifully, but I still wished that we had a few more shots covered. Since TH2 had tickets to the Nassau Coliseum shows and was planning on shooting them as well I offered some camera suggestions, a lot of them in fact, to get some of the shots I still wanted. The dude abides. So thanks to TH2 for the ultimate sacrifice of not being able to enjoy these shows like the rest of us have. That's a hefty price, especially when considering that Pink Floyd isn't on the top of TH2's favorites list. Perhaps inspired by being embraced by the PF "communities" has changed that? And of course thanks to Roger for putting on such a kick ass show.
This was great fun and a labor of love. The biggest challenge was not in the synching up of all the various shows. Since this is all run to a precise click track synchronization was fairly easy. The challenge was finding matching choreography from shot to shot while at the same time retaining my shot preference and length as well. I'm sure you'll find a few transitions that reveal such continuity blunders, but I'll bet that there's even more that you don't catch. It's amazing how much did actually work. It's all part of the fun and we hope you enjoy the product of our collaboration.
Released on Veteran's Day (November 11, 2010) and dedicated to all fallen loved ones.
Harvested Records

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The 100 Hottest Pictures of Emma Watson from Around the Internet

By Adam Tod Brown

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The most recent installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise hit theaters this weekend. While we don’t have much interest in muggles and wizards and such, we have certainly grown quite fond of Emma Watson who plays, you know, the girl and stuff in all of the Harry Potter flicks.

To celebrate the release of the film and the fact that she’s been of legal gawking age for a few years now, we happily present the 100 hottest pictures of Emma Watson we could find.