Flip Phone Concept by Kristian Ulrich Larsen

February 2nd, 2011

Back in September I posted some photos of the Seabird mobile phone concept. The Seabird certainly does seem like the ideal phone with everything you could ever want from a mobile device. The triple-display Flip Phone concept by Kristian Ulrich Larsen features a remarkably creative design with more versatility than anything I’ve seen before. This concept features three displays that flip out and collapse as well as a full qwerty keyboard. Check out the video and additional photos after the break.

Flip Phone Concept by Kristian Ulrich Larsen

 

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The Ross-Littlewood Paradox

January 30th, 2011

Whenever I feel especially frustrated or burned out I will often turn to art or music to rejuvenate myself. Whenever art and music aren’t up to the task, I turn to mathematics. I once spent an entire afternoon working to figure out a formula that could predict prime numbers. This week was one of those frustrating burn out weeks. I started out looking into Hilbert’s 23 problems which were way over my head and then somehow ended up at the Wikipedia page for the Ross-Littlewood Paradox which is really just a variation on Zeno’s Paradoxes or the Thomson’s Lamp Paradox. The Ross-Littlewood Paradox is often referred to as the balls and vase problem or the ping pong ball problem, but I like to think of it as the marbles in a jar problem because that just seems much more elegant to me.

Ross-Littlewood Paradox

 

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The Switch Modular Pocket Knife

January 20th, 2011

I ran across the quirky.com website this week. Quirky is a social product development company that brings two brand new consumer products to market each week. Users submit product ideas and the community along with Quirky’s expert product design staff help turn those ideas into real products and share the profits. One of the products they currently have in production is called Switch. Switch is a modular pocket knife with 17 different attachments you can mix and match to create your own unique tool. The tool will be as thick or thin as you wish depending upon how many attachments you chose to include. Other utility tools I have are either too large because they have more features than I need or too small and you find yourself wishing it had one or two more features. I’ve already ordered mine.

Quirky Switch Modular Pocket Knife

 

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Illustrations by Nanami Cowdroy

January 14th, 2011

Today I’m checking out the artistic talents of Nanami Cowdroy. Nanami combines ink, pen & pencil, water color and spray paint on paper, with some digital elements into a visual style uniquely her own. She has also conveniently included a bio on her website which I could copy and past here, but you guys are clever enough to follow a link and check it out yourself. Her art has even been made into jewelry so if you’re looking for a unique artistic gift for someone, you should shop here. I always love stumbling upon new and unique artistic styles. Maybe someday I’ll even have one of my own!

Nanami Cowdroy

 

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Illustrations by Charlie Bowater

January 6th, 2011

I stumbled upon illustrations by the very talented Charlie Bowater this week. Not only is Charlie a talented sketch artist but her Photoshop skills are impressive as well. I’ve included mostly just sketches in this post but you should check out more of her work in her Deviant Art gallery. I’m certain you’ll be as impressed by her talents as I am! I would love to be able to draw half this good. Just looking at these is inspiring me to get out sketch book and try to learn.

Charlie Bowater

 

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Kawah Ijen by Olivier Grunewald

December 30th, 2010

Kawah Ijen is a volcano in East Java, Indonesia and the site of a labor intensive sulfur mining operation where miners collect and carry huge loads of pure sulfur up from the crater floor along a steep, rocky path amid clouds of sulfur dioxide gas, all for the equivalent of about ten dollars a day. It is also home to the largest lake of sulfuric acid in the world. The ph of the lake water is 0.5, similar to the strength of car battery acid. Photographer Olivier Grunewald has recently made several trips into the sulfur mine in the crater, bringing with him equipment to capture surreal images lit by moonlight, torches, and the blue flames of burning molten sulfur. The miners of the 2,600 meter tall (8,660 feet) volcano trek up to the crater, then down to the shore of a 200 meter deep crater lake of sulfuric acid, where they retrieve heavy chunks of pure sulfur to carry back to a weighing station. The colors are beautiful but I’ll bet it stinks something awful.

Kawah Ijen - Olivier Grunewald

 

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Thought of You – Ryan Woodward

December 20th, 2010

I just stumbled upon this animation at Vimeo and fell in love with it. This little treasure was animated by Ryan Woodward with music by The Weepies. The minute I started watching I knew I had to post it to my blog. I also knew I had to hop over to iTunes and buy the album. Hope you like it!

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