The Little Black Book iPhone Case

The Little Black Book iPhone Case
Why do we continuously carry our iPhones in cases that make them look like cheap plastic or rubber toys? A device with a design this good shouldn’t be carried in a cheap rubber bumper but should be protected by something that accentuates its design. Or at least allows you to easily use naked.
If you use your iPhone primarily for data and apps., then The Little Black Book iPhone Case from Pad & Quill may fit your needs. Handcrafted to look like a small notebook with simulated leather binding, a wood interior and a wrap around strap. The red bookmark is a great touch, allowing easy removal of the iPhone. I would like to see it slightly smaller and would be willing to pay more for real leather and different interior material in place of wood. An attractive and somewhat romantic case with a metaphor that works for me. It’s the same price as many of those rubber cases too.
The Little Black Book iPhone Case


How to properly eat sushi

How to properly eat sushi
In this short video, Trevor Corson, author of The Story of Sushi and apparently the best-known sushi expert in the United States offers insight on how to properly eat sushi so you can actually taste the fish.

I could eat sushi and sashimi everyday with appropriate breaks for Thai green curry and Taiwan noodles.
More here.


Portella case

portella iphone
I would love to see something similar (or an update from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie) that has less wasted space and the ability to actually talk on the phone while it’s in the case. The Portella case was likely designed for use with a bluetooth headset only.
The Portella case is made from soft calf leather with signature gold/silver contrasting zippers. It holds the iPhone in place with a bottom pocket and elastic upper band. Made for the original models of iPhone and not the iPhone 4.
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie iPhone Case


Temono Pipi

Temono Pipi
From the experts in all things carry comes a quick review of the Temono Pipi, a leather wallet handmade in Melbourne.

I guess the main drawcard with Temono wallets is the love that goes in to them. Every wallet is made to order, completely by hand, by the son of a saddle maker. It means you’ll usually have to wait a couple of weeks for it, but the bonus is that you get to really play with configurations.
This is a wallet for your emotions. It feels amazing, shows it’s craft well, and is incredible value considering the love that has gone into it. It is a craft wallet though, and so does not use tricks like skiving to reduce seam bulk and stacking density. That means there are smaller and more efficient options from non-craft makers.

Very well said.
With the exception of the wallet I picked up in Bangkok for my passport I’ll never put anything in my pocket larger than a jimi. But I do love great craft and these look amazing.
Take a look at the rest of their catalogue as well. I love their hippo notebook cover – very similar to what I use on a daily basis. The te. pon would make a beautiful pouch for your mobile.
Temono. Via Carryology.


LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0

LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0
This collaboration between Philippe Starck and LaCie would make a perfect compliment to your newly purchased MacBook Air. It’s sleek, attractive and with 2mm of aluminum casing it’s protective. Unfortunately you will have to wait to take advantage of it’s faster USB 3 transfer speeds as it requires the use of an express-card slot of which only the MacBook Pros come equipped.
The 3c markets here are awash with various small portable hard drive cases but with my current fail rate from purchases at around 50% I’ve come to appreciate the quality of LaCie.
LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0


Ether Songs by Richard Broomhall


I enjoyed this piece, particularly the soundscape, but as is often the case I have a harder time decoding the meaning of the artist statement than I do the piece it is meant to describe. Perhaps you will have a better understanding.

Adopting the romantic notion of the ether as a point of departure, ETHER SONGS seeks to explore the synthesis of technology, culture and environment. The numerical basis of digital systems becomes a window through which the natural environment is re-constructed; the beauty of oilseed rape’s yellow blooms belies their ambiguity as a cultural construct. A flower, seemingly a simple signifier of nature synchronises with the pulsing waves of intangible digital information whose ebb and flow constitute this new ether. The rape flower has been remade, bent to human will through digitally facilitated genetic manipulation, nature becomes a cultural construction.
Mobile phone masts, the engines of ether, vastly populated yet lonely intersections scream forth in perpetual polyphony. Their rhythms set a cultural rhythm, a numerical rhythm; the digits from a credit card sequence and re-sequence mimicking the sub-structure of the digital image. Image value and exchange value electronically conflate. Children play a simple game, becoming cultured to harness digital structures in pursuit of digital wealth. Subjectivity focused through cultural construction – itself harnessed by the very structures it reaches to harness – a wealth homogenous with the beat that drives the rape flower’s dance.


Science: Future cell phone use in critical care

Bill Gates writes about how scientists are exploring ways to use cell phones to deliver critical health care to people in developing countries.

Peter Lillehoj and Chih-Ming Ho of the University of California, Los Angeles, received a grant to develop a disposable malaria biosensor based on a SIM card platform. The SIM card-biosensor will allow malaria detection to be performed using a cell-phone, which will make diagnostic testing more widely available in rural and remote areas.
Terry Ferrari of World Vision will be field testing the use of two cell phone modules that will help community health workers in Mozambique caring for pregnant women and newborns to assess, to take action, and to refer cases with complications and emergencies. Another mobile-phone based tool being developed by Marc Mitchell of D-Tree International uses clinical algorithms to quickly identify women at risk during labor and delivery and assist with emergency transfer to a hospital. If these tools are successful, they could significantly reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.

Cell Phone Science


Nokia’s push into emerging markets

The New York Times reports on Nokia’s efforts in developing countries. These are the type of projects in which Nokia excels either by design or simply due to the fact that only they expend research efforts in these markets. I find Nokia’s work in these ares far more interesting than the far more visceral updates by other mobile manufacturers. Do these efforts generate real revenue or do they rely on the commercial success of their smartphone line?

In a country where just 7 percent of the population has access to the Internet, such real-time market data is so valuable that the farmers are willing to pay $1.35 a month for the information.
What is unusual about the service is the company selling it: Nokia, the Finnish cellphone maker, which unlike its rivals — Samsung, LG, Apple, Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson — is focusing on some of the world’s poorest consumers.
Since 2009, 6.3 million people have signed up to pay Nokia for commodity data in India, China and Indonesia. On Tuesday, Nokia plans to announce that it is expanding the program, called Life Tools, part of its Ovi mobile services business, to Nigeria.

Nokia Taking a Rural Road to Growth


Sending a Message That You Don’t Care

In the New York Times, Christine Pearson explains her decade of research on text messaging and how it’s damaging workplace relationships.

For more than a decade, my colleagues and I have gathered data on incivility from more than 9,000 managers and workers across the United States, and we’re continuing this work internationally. We have learned a great deal about the problem’s causes and consequences.
I define incivility as behavior, seemingly inconsequential to the doer, that others perceive as inconsiderate. Electronic devices lead to more incivility because of their powerful ability to claim our attention — no matter where we are or what we’re doing. […]
Some younger employees may not be as concerned, as they’re already more likely to communicate electronically. Indeed, if everyone is texting at once, it may seem like “no harm, no foul.” […]
Through our devices, we find a way to disappear without leaving the room. By splitting ourselves off and reaching out electronically, we fill empty interpersonal space and ignite our senses. We can find relief and a fleeting sense of freedom. […]
In my research, I’ve learned that when employees behave in an uncivil way, their colleagues may take retribution. They might withhold information — for example, by “forgetting” to include the offender’s name on a final product. Or they might see to it that he or she ends up with a less desirable task next time. Or they might even refuse to work with the person again.

Sending a Message That You Don’t Care


Ladybirds’ Requiem digest version

“Ladybirds’ Requiem” is an animation work I created from 2005 to 2006. To create it, one second required 15 sheets of drawings, and as a whole, it consisted of approximately 3,000 drawings. It is just a 5minute-and-38second work, but it took me about a year to complete it. In spite of a great deal of time and many drawings, it is possible to reproduce animation works unlike paintings. “Ladybirds’ Requiem” is also made in limited numbers and sold as an artwork.
“Only one existence” makes it possible to keep the value of artwork. However, to produce a work that is amenable to mass production decreases a chance to show it to many people.
This time I enter a digest version of “Ladybirds’ Requiem” on Youtube. I edited it in 2010 and uploaded it on Youtube to show it to more people. I hope you will be interested in the completed version of “Ladybirds’ Requiem” through the digest version.

More here.


R6 Knott Lanyard

R6 Knott Lanyard
An R6 staple the Knott lanyard hand crafted in natural leather with circular branded tag.
I don’t usually let my enthusiasm for great bags get so meta to include lanyards but this really looks good. And the bags are amazing as well.


Smartphone form factor’s impact on usability and user satisfaction

In a previous TechRepublic column, Debra Shinder stated that hardware design and features are some of the many criteria that you should consider when deciding which smartphone model is best for you. This time, Debra takes a deeper dive into smartphone form factors and discuss how much the form factor impacts the phone’s usability and the user’s satisfaction with the user experience.

Many people seem to be enjoying their hefty smartphones, but some tech analysts predict that the next “big thing” is going to be a trend back toward smaller smartphones.
The other backlash is represented by Microsoft’s advertising campaign theme for its new Windows Phone 7 phones: “It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones.” The idea is that smartphones have become too cumbersome and that people are spending too much time and energy on their phones. Simplicity was often cited as the iPhone’s biggest selling point, and if we do indeed go back to using our phones for more basic tasks — voice calls, email, text messaging, quick tweets or Facebook updates, playing music — and offload more complicated activities — composing or editing documents, browsing the web, watching videos — to larger devices such as tablets, our phones can shrink in size again. Another point is that if we’re going to be carrying around a phone and a tablet, a smaller phone size becomes more desirable.

Read at TechRepublic


iPad Bubble Dot Sleeve

iPad Bubble Dot Sleeve
You may have seen these already but I’m a sucker for any sleeve or bag made with wool. Made from 100% wool felt each Bubble Dot Sleeve protects your iPad from scratches and minor device contusions. Each sleeve has a flat side and a molded side with protective bumps. Fun.
Bubble Dot Sleeve. Via Swissmiss.


Visim’s Summit Papoose Backpack

Visim's Summit Papoose Backpack
For it’s alpine inspired style, great materials and practicality I dig this backpack from Visim. It’s not inexpensive by any means but you get what you pay for. In the case of Visim’s Summit Papoose you are getting a high quality ultra-light daypack made of Japanese baked nylon reinforced with a waxed Italian canvas bottom. You are also getting a simply great looking bag. The Summit Papoose fits your 15″ laptop in a compression chamber, has a fleece lined pocket for you iPod, headphone cord port and antique finish riri zippers.
Also in this catalogue is their Sunnegga Hi Lamina high cuts – I have to source a pair of those locally.
Visim’s Summit Papoose Backpack