Signal Desk Lamp

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Originally designed in 1950 as the “indestructible” standard for work lamps, Jieldé lamps are now the perfect modern accent for any room. Beautiful but (eek) pricey.
Available at HORNE


Lucile Lamp

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Designed by French designer Sylvain Rieu-Piquet, Lucile is available in white and orange and can be used as both a table and wall-hanging lamp. Manufactured by Ligne Roset.

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Creative solutions in tough times

“The 20th-century notion of the lone “designer-hero” (there were depressingly few “heroines”) shaping his projects from start to finish was always illusory, but the new approaches to design require far greater collaboration, not just with fellow designers but with experts from other disciplines like economists, social scientists, anthropologists and programmers too. Designers also have to make the leap from a material culture where their work generally had a definitive outcome, such as an object or image, to one in which they are applying design thinking to analyze problems and develop solutions that are neither visible nor tangible.”

Continue at the International Herald Tribune. Via Core77.


Worst Slump in Decades for Tourism in Thailand

Risks aside, it may be a good time to visit the Kingdom.

“Right now, business is so slow. Some nights, only one customer,” said Jodie, a 24-year-old transvestite go-go dancer teetering around the capital’s Nana red-light district in spike-heeled, thigh-high boots.
Far from the 70 percent occupancy they normally see in December, Bangkok’s top hotels are 25 percent full, forcing management to close floors, lay off contractors and ask employees to take unpaid leave.

Continue at NYTimes.com


Problems with Feed

There seems to be intermittent problems with my RSS feed. When viewing my feed through NetNewsWire the Feedburner hosted feed is 7 days out of date. Viewed in Google Reader the feed is up to date but some posts contain all the data and some don’t. These same posts in are fine in NetNewsWire. Lovely mystery. As my source RSS feed is fine this must be some problem with Feedburner. My apologies as I try to sort this out.


FuramaXclusive Sathorn, Bangkok

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Clean simple styling, wireless, and location make the FuramaXclusive Sathorn a possible choice for your next working visit to Bangkok. It’s priced for those on a budget.

Nestled in a peaceful lane, a short stroll leads you to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where you can experience the bustling city life. Banks, convenience stores and shopping malls surround the area. Transportation via the BTS and MRT train systems would be the most efficient way to get around the city – Chong Nonsi and Sala Daeng stations are only three and five minutes’ walk from the hotel, respectively. Venturing further out is made simple by using the BTS skytrain – Siam Central station, which is only two stops away, is linked by skybridges to the Siam Paragon, Siam Centre shopping malls and Siam Square.

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Letterpress Business cards

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As soon as I recover from the holiday season I will be putting in an order for new business cards with The Mandate press. Lovely work. The Mandate Press is a custom letterpress shop located in Salt Lake City. I’ll start with the stock designs they have and later send something I have created myself. The finished product is classic.
The Mandate Press


Tool Bag

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Hard to find a bag tougher than this, though at 4lbs empty you might not want to be carrying this all day.

… constructed with #8 canvas duck. The top opening has a steel frame to keep the bag open and provide security when closed. Two leather straps secure the opening. @” web handles wrap around the entire bag fro added strength. They have a “box X” stitch at the top for extra strength. The bottom is reinforced with heavy vinyl coated nylon and has a double tempered masonite board. Six brass studs are placed on the bottom of the bag to protect against abrasion.

See more at the ESTEX Manufacturing Company


Assouline leather bag

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Show your love of fine typography (it’s set in Didot) and leather craftsmanship with this tote made by Cole Haan for Assouline. Inner canvas has zippered pockets. Fits a laptop.
See it here.


Streaming satellite radio anywhere in your house

Jason Fried writes about using StarLightXM and and Airfoil to stream Sirius radio to AirPort Express speakers thoughout his house. This is interesting for me not just for the neat use of software but for the simple fact Sirius radio has an internet version. With the exception of CBC, I’ve never been big on radio, but living in a country which has absolutely no quality radio in English, or arguably in Mandarin, this might make for enjoyable background noise.


Why Wal-Mart is key to iPhone domination

As the world’s largest retailer (and company), Wal-Mart commands a significant amount of respect. In fact, I think the company is the most important retailer to any company in any industry, let alone Apple and the tech industry.
But Friday’s announcement that the iPhone will be coming to Wal-Mart store shelves on Sunday has changed the face of the cell phone industry. In effect, it means that Apple, one of the most important hardware companies in the space, will see its popular mobile phone be made available to millions of more customers. It also means that Research In Motion and every other company in the market that’s trying desperately to compete with Apple simply won’t be able to do it.

Continue at CNET News. Also, from the NYT: Wal-Mart to Start Selling Apple’s iPhone on Sunday.


What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting

Customers with unlimited plans, like diners bringing a healthy appetite to an all-you-can-eat cafeteria, might think they’re getting the best out of the arrangement. But the carriers, unlike the cafeteria owners, can provide unlimited quantities of “food” at virtually no cost to themselves — so long as it is served in bite-sized portions.

Continue at NYTimes.com


Say yes to mess

I want minimalism and order in my surroundings but I have anything but. My life is an endless series of piles.

But contrarian voices can be heard in the wilderness. An anti-anticlutter movement is afoot, one that says yes to mess and urges you to embrace your disorder. Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat “office landscapes”) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts. It’s a movement that confirms what you have known, deep down, all along: really neat people are not avatars of the good life; they are humorless and inflexible prigs, and have way too much time on their hands.

Continue at the New York Times


My unexciting life

Me too!

Thanks to Facebook, I’m developing an inferiority complex checking out the greenness of other people’s grass. I wonder if there’s a status update in noting that my apartment building is landscaped with Astroturf.

Continue reading at washingtonpost.com