Rain Nos roundup of the Core 77's Favorite Objects from 2017 has some real beauts that are of note to aficionados of physical culture and made objects.
Three noteworthy items from the list:
1. The Stanley Master Series vacuum bottles, which are packed full of thoughtful design flourishes like easy-clean steel coatings on the places where forgotten coffee gunks up; vacuum sidewalls and an anti-spill silicone base on the cups, an improved rim optimized for better "lip landing"; and slightly thicker steel walls that make a significant difference in the flasks' robustness. Core 77's roundup of the design thinking here is fascinating in and of itself.
2. The rotating open/closed sign, a 3D printable open source object on Thingiverse, which began life as a design from Japanese mime Yosuke Ikeda, and was perfected by Matt Harrison.
3. The Hushme, a crowdfunded "mouth phone" that looks like a cyberpunk sex-play version of Bane's breathing apparatus, which is used to protect the privacy of your call and to avoid disturbing others.
I'm typing these words from Perth airport, after a wonderful time at the Perth Festival; my Australiasian tour for Walkaway has four more stops to go: tomorrow and Wednesday, I'll be in Melbourne; then it's off to Sydney; the Adelaide Festival; Wellington Writers and Readers Week and
Every American 16-year-old enrolled in high-school has to learn civics, with extensive instruction on the more confusing aspects of the American electoral system, such as the Electoral College; they are also required to study current affairs -- so why not let them vote?
Information security firm Bishop Fox's "Cybersecurity Style Guide" is 92 pages' worth of usage notes from the confusing world of technical jargon, a combination of glossary, pronunciation guide and style manual (in the manner of the jargon file), and includes the notation that "cyber-" is an ill-advised prefix.
Surfing on public Wi-Fi is convenient, but it’s far from safe. Whether you’re at a cafe or hotel, connecting to an unsecured network exposes you—and your personal information—to a host of hazards, including hackers, government spies, and trackers. Private Internet Access helps you navigate past these risks and tap into a safer, restriction-free internet, and […]
The web is vast, and while there’s room for everyone, competition is stiff when it comes to landing on that first page of a Google search. That’s why developers aren’t afraid to spend exorbitant amounts of time and money on search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure their sites rank higher than others. However, not all […]
Many of us enjoy the aesthetic of vintage electronics, but trying to use most hardware from the 1950’s isn’t necessarily practical. This is especially true where speakers are concerned. While most of us can appreciate the old-school feel of retro speakers, they have a hard time matching the convenience and power delivered by today’s Bluetooth speakers. […]