Archive for April, 2011

GEL conference 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I’m off to nyc for the GEL conference. Will have more posts soon, otherwise, let me know if there is anything else I should catch while in town this week.

Emoticon Rings

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Emoticon Rings from Chao & Eero Jewel! This made me smile. Simple, fun, and makes ya looks twice!

via designyoutrust (more pics here in other designs)

EG conference 2011: Jake Shimabukuro and Charles Yang

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

One of the amazing highlights at this years Entertainment Gathering was the duo Jake Shimabukuro and Charles Yang who met the day before and magically performed this amazing composition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Anyhow, if you have 5 minutes, turn up your speakers and be ready to be wowed! Charles played several more impromptu times at the Aquarium party and in the hotel lobby.


Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

“When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story.”

Handspring Puppet Co.: The genius puppetry behind War Horse

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

One of my favorite talks and demonstrations from this years TED2011 conference came Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, of Handspring Puppet Company

“Puppets always have to try to be alive,” says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena’s subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage.

TEDxCambridge: Wylie Dufresne – The Egg

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

As another talk from the TEDxCambridge event I co-organized last year:
“Chef Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 talks about his favorite food – the humble egg – and the amazing things he has been able to transform it into, aided by a little curiosity and hunger.”

Entertainment Gathering (EG) 2010

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

I’m at the EG conference the rest of the week in beautiful Monterey CA. Let me know if ya have any must go to tips in Monterey, otherwise swing by to say hi though I’ll be indoors watching speakers and performances most of the time.

TEDxCambridge: Don Katz, Food Neuroscience

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Last year I helped organized TEDxCambridge and starting this week we’ll be releasing a few of the amazing talks held during that event.

“Neuroscientist Don Katz uses experiments with rats to shed light on where taste preferences come from and, when it comes to food, why we like what we like.”
via YouTube

Golden Ray Migration

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Amazing! Just a reminder in how breath-taking and beautiful nature is. I still need to watch the documentary movie Oceans as well which I posted about 2 years ago.

“In 2008, Sandra Critelli shot this excellent photo of Golden Rays off the Mexican coast:

She said: “It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.

“It’s hard to say exactly how many there were but in the range of a few thousand.

“We were surrounded by them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water surface too.

Golden Rays grow up to seven feet across and migrate within the Caribbean.”

Photo Link and Article Link via reddit (via Neatorama)

Bole Floor

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

These are beautiful, sustainable, optimizes entirety of wood, and very unique. I love how some of the curves follow the eyes of the wood and grain direction. Who knew you could get flooring like this!

Bolefloor is the world’s first industrial-scale manufactured hardwood flooring with naturally curved lengths that follow a tree’s natural growth. Bolefloor takes its name from bole, the trunk of a tree.

Bolefloor technology combines wood scanning systems, tailor-made CAD/CAM developments and innovative optimization algorithms for placement software developed by a Finnish engineering automation company and three software companies in cooperation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

Bolefloor scanners’ natural-edge visual identification technology evaluates “imperfections” such as knots and sapwood near the edges or ends so that floors are both beautiful and durable.

Our process manages and tracks each board from its raw-lumber stage through final installation. And every board is cut using the finest in Homag woodworking machinery.

Several pictures from their gallery after the jump!