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.
The next installment in the SFinSF reading series features Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, and Cecelia Holland; it's this Sunday, Jan 20, doors at 6, event at 6:30, $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds), at the The American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina).
On March 19, Tor Books will release my next book, Radicalized, whose four novellas are the angry, hopeful stories I wrote as part of my attempt to make sense of life in our current moment.
My most recent essay film, Visual Disturbances, premiered in the open access journal [in]Transition yesterday. This open access journal features peer reviewed academic video essays and showcases a wide variety of film and media analysis. Visual Disturbances uses some cutting-edge eye tracking visualizations to explore how film audiences both perceive and mis-perceive movies.
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