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  • 30th
    March

    Moon

    Moon

    The 2010 movie Moon[1] staring Sam Rockwell can stand proudly in the pantheon of cerebral SciFi that includes 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris (the 1972 original - not the Soderbergh/Clooney abomination).

    Apart from a cracking script and a delightfully mischievous robot-voice performance from Kevin Spacey. One feels much of Moon’s success comes from the brilliant casting of Rockwell. He conveys an enigmatic, low-key screen persona underpinned with a cocksure confidence that few leading men can pull off. He quietly builds an engaging interaction with the audience that is deeply satisfying – in less deft hands this movie would have been an interesting but ultimately shallow star-vehicle (think Oblivion).

    1. SPOILER: One does feel that Moon did miss an opportunity to resurrect an age-old favourite science fiction trope: If you screw a copy of yourself is that just masturbation?
    2. On a more high-brow note, checkout this comprehensive analysis of Moon's typography: http://typesetinthefuture.com/moon/. So good

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  • 29th
    March

    Danger 5

    Danger 5

    Danger 5 is quite simply the greatest thing to come out of South Australia since the Chappell brothers. It's a brilliantly executed mashup of World War II action/comedy overlaid with 60's kitch.

    The titular team are 5 crack allied operatives whose mission is simple: Kill Hitler!

    Series 2 is coming soon, so if you aren't up to speed, the trailer from Series 1 gets right down to the biscuits (in joke):

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  • 25th
    March

    Defakto Watches

    Defakto Watches

    What fools we've all been! We're so busy these days who has time to read a watch with two or three hands? With typical German efficiency the Defakto Ein will give you the time – or pretty close to it – with just one hand.

    Defakto pulls off this stark minimalism while maintaining a premium look through superb build quality, attention to detail and by having a trendy-sounding brand name.

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  • 3rd
    October

    Lockitron - Keyless Entry Using Your Phone... as a Key

    Lockitron - Keyless Entry Using Your Phone... as a Key

    This feels like the future.

    A future in which grandparents will no longer understand how to lock and unlock their door.

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  • 3rd
    October

    Instacube

    Instacube

    It seems that prefixing "Insta-" to your name is a super way to get a frightening amount of money in a short period of time.

    If you were one of the 3,434 backers of the Instacube you can expect to be the toast of your hipster circle of friends for about 15 seconds at some point when it ships in the coming months.

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  • 3rd
    October

    Drink it in - Portraits in Tea, Vodka, Whiskey and Ink

    Drink it in - Portraits in Tea, Vodka, Whiskey and Ink

    These energetic pieces by Carne Griffiths are ink drawings with a difference. Some of the washes are produced using uncommon mediums including tea, vodka and whiskey. Good to see those spirited artistic juices flowing!

    Pictured are two portraits from his current exhibition called "Fragments" which can be seen for a limited time at the Ink-d Gallery.

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  • 2nd
    October

    Flat Sound - A Speaker in a Poster

    Flat Sound - A Speaker in a Poster

    The latest project in Finn Magee's "Flat Life" series is an actual working speaker cleverly disguised as wall art. Magee's previous Flat Life projects were a poster-lamp (Flat Light) and a poster-clock(Flat Time)

    The "Flat Sound" poster uses a flat, flexible speaker technology developed by UK based Warwick Audio. Technical specifications on the speaker are hard to come by except that it is only 4mm thick and that it appears to connect to devices such as iPods via a standard 3.5 inch jack.

    It is available in limited numbers for around 250 pounds from auction house Phillips de Pury in London and New York as well as Lazydog gallery in Hamburg.

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  • 27th
    September

    Cardboard Cat

    Cardboard Cat

    Just me or is there a lab-specimen/stuffed-pet poise to this cat's pose?

    These 3D cutout "d-Torso"[1] models are the work of Japanese company Aki Co.. The process of designing them involves making a 3D scan of a real world object then computer modelling and laser cutting the cardboard pieces.

    If you get one of these and you have a real cat, make a video of them together. Lols should ensue.

    1. "d-Torso" is an appropriately creepy name for these things

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  • 23rd
    September

    Polaroid Z2300

    Polaroid Z2300

    This looks like the ultimate party camera.

    The headline feature is of course the integrated printer. In true Polaroid tradition it uses a chemical process ("ZINK technology") so there's no messy ink or ribbons. Also since the camera takes an SD card you could even use this as a printer-on-the-go to print pictures off the card of another camera.

    Best of all the photos have a peel-off sticky back for instant hijinks

    The camera itself is decent featuring a 10MP sensor, a color LCD

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  • 23rd
    September

    Trouble in Toyland

    Trouble in Toyland

    I wonder how Woody & Buzz would feel about this stylish fella landing next to them in the toy chest?

    This 18inch Patrick Bateman "action figure" features a ball-jointed neck and is poseable at the shoulders and wrists - just in case his factory position isn't creepy enough. He also speaks many of his lines from the movie including my favourite: "I've got to return some video tapes"

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