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The Lewis Chessmen

I think these are the coolest chess-people ever invented: Vikings. About 900 years old, discovered (some say by a cow) in a remote Scottish isle, about 200 year ago. Documentary here: The Lewis Chessmen – seemingly originating from Trondheim, Norway in the 12th Century. 93 of them – which would tend to suggest they belonged […]

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Artichoke Zoetrope

Which is a new thing from John Edmark, who makes amazing 3D printed Zoetropey devices: For which he has kindly made an instructables page. I’ve been following his stuff for a while now – was hoping he’d try the zoetrope thing with a pinecone or a sunflower or something – but if you’ve got an […]

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The Golden Ratio and Eyebrows

Another day, another tectonic shift, coming from the most unexpected of directions. Paulina Gaitan – who is one of my favourite actresses on the planet… largely because of her role in Sin Nombre, which is great. I have thing for South/Central American movies. What she does is so beautifully understated it makes her hollywood peers […]

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Golden Ratio Scissors

These are beautiful :) Not sure how practical mind – they’d keep getting tangled up in your fingers… but still… form over function etc. All based on the golden mean… The designer’s site has more details of the design-process etc. Beautifully photographed as well: Which is (I suppose) what comes of having classically trained designers […]

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Case Upgrades

So I was down the wood-shop the yesterday, and the wood-shop guy said “I thought we’d seen the last of this, but they’re now pulling old logs out of the bush helicopters”. Rimu. They’ve stopped making it – which is to say, New Zealand only allows sustainably logged timber – which means “plant one; fell […]

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