Tableau in Kingston

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A view cap­tured after hav­ing din­ner and mean­der­ing around town.  A sur­prise design and his­to­ry expe­ri­ence in this store­front. I’m not sure which intrigues me more the orga­nized doc­u­men­tary group pho­tographs or the clas­sic fur­ni­ture. I’d love to have a read­ing room like this. So won­der­ful to win­dow shop when every­one has gone to bed.

 

Carbon Neutral is Copenhagen’s goal.

While my May­or fights city coun­cil which has thwart­ed his fast track­ing of bicy­cle lanes in Philadel­phia Copen­hagen is build­ing bicy­cle super high­ways. What is wrong with us?

We gave up our car two years ago and walk every­where. Now I’m look­ing to get a more com­muter bike tooled for mak­ing trips around town faster. I walk 2.5 miles to my art stu­dio and I could cut the time trav­eled by about 20 min­utes if I rode my bike. My art stu­dio build­ing is adding bicy­cle racks and that will increase my inter­est in ped­al­ing. My days of car­ry­ing the bike up three flights is over.

So let’s get with it Philly! The num­ber of cyclists con­tin­ues to grow and we need lanes to make rid­ing safer.

 

iPad some people get it

Here’s a bit of adver­tis­ing for the new Alice book for the iPad. It’s pret­ty darn cool. A whole lay­er of activ­i­ty on top of the text. It’s head­ing in the right direction.

Still more mean­ing­ful inter­ac­tion would be so much bet­ter. Inter­ac­tion that real­ly illu­mi­nates to con­tent not just bells and whis­tles. I have high expec­ta­tions in this new space. We need some­one like Cyan who orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed Myst to step up and shift the expec­ta­tions in this read­ing environment.

If Alice in Won­der­land was the text and an inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ence like Myst imag­ine the experience!

You can down­load Myst for your iPhone and you can now play the next lev­el of Myst online here.

Eames Office explained the Polaroid SX-70

Loved my SX-70. Find­ing this video on the web actu­al­ly made me a bit sad.

This cam­era cre­at­ed a paradym shift in pho­tog­ra­phy. Instant and high qual­i­ty the SX-70 was a joy to use. This film made by the Eames Office to explain the tech­nol­o­gy and uses for the cam­era. It is a won­der­ful lit­tle film. It is inspir­ing from a prod­uct and design view. The Eames office took a lik­ing to explain­ing com­pli­cat­ed concepts.

Enjoy a tech­nol­o­gy of the past that set the bar for the future.

a book nook takes on kindle-ing

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OK. Now we’re talking.

I would buy this device. I know it only does books — a one trick pony. But it let’s you lend your books to oth­ers and it does­n’t look like a Texas Instru­ments cal­cu­la­tor. This device looks like BN hired some prod­uct design­ers and some inter­face design­ers, and a mar­ket­ing crew that knows how to do point-of-purchase.

Barnes and Noble have lis­tened to the crit­i­cism of the Kin­dle and have brought a more sophis­ti­cat­ed and attrac­tive device into the fray.

  • The price is rea­son­able from the start.
  • Design is clean.
  • Mul­ti-touch.
  • Col­or nav­i­ga­tion pan­el (for swip­ing through book cov­ers, a la iTunes)
  • You can buy it in a BN store. (many dis­tri­b­u­tion points — one a few blocks from me)
  • You can browse dig­i­tal books
  • You can lend your book to oth­ers on a num­ber of devices
  • It has a mem­o­ry expan­sion slot
  • It can play MP3’s
  • It can read PDF’s (essen­tial)

Did I men­tion that the design is clean? The device is a bit thick­er and weighs more than the Kin­dle. The oth­er impor­tant part is mov­ing away from pro­pri­etary formats.

Lend­ing is good.

I’ll be head­ing down to the Barnes and Noble to check it out. I’ll let you know if I am as impressed when I can touch it.

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