It’s better to love the Truth than the cold knowledge of it; It’s better to please oneself in the practice of the Truth, than the simple love towards it.
The tiles are layers of glass and colour fused together, with a specially made LED pcb contained at the back, which illuminates the bubbly texture of the glass.
Great! I’ll never again have trouble finding the bathroom at 4 am! The article doesn’t make any comments on how are the tiles powered and the pictures don’t show any type of plug, so I hope it won’t be necessary to knock down the walls in order to change the batteries 😛
Very nice idea, and practical too. The whole designboom site is just as interesting, whether you’re a contemporary industrial design lover or just want to see some cool, -even useful- stuff.
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StarWarsShop.com shoppers can now get the very first fully-licensed Darth Vader ceramic cookie jar ever produced!
I knew this was going to happen. I knew it was just a matter of time. Say bye to those half or even quarter-licensed ceramic cookie jars that were flooding the market, this is the real thing! (vader brains- looking cookies included?)
I just wonder if any little kid will ever dare to grab a cookie from a jar this menacing… maybe wearing this pijama could help.
-The spudtrooper, though, is really cute.
He who every day acquires a new knowledge, and each month remembers what learned, can be called study lover.
A high-tech tumbler that transforms rough rocks and minerals into smooth, shiny gemstones.
I like the idea… you throw in some raw stones that you got on your last day in the countryside, you then wait some time and voila, you get a handful of beautiful polished beads. You may want to spend a little more and get into a more serious, professional looking tumbler, like these ones from lortone. Anyway, keep in mind that tumbling is made for the patient one as it takes many days for stones to gradually polish. You may take a look at this page for more info on the whole thing.
The ZPrinter 310 System creates physical models directly from digital data.
It may be “the ideal entry-level rapid prototyping system”, but at a price of $25900 (Options, shipping, local taxes and duties not included), it’s just a little too expensive for my budget. Yet it is so sweet! Just take a look at the technology video (skip some corporate blah blah) and see for yourself what it can do. With one of these and a 3D scanner, you’ll be able to replicate just everything! (evil laugh*). Ok, but I guess that any 3D-er would love to see these machines down to an affordable price.
*Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for any misuse of these technologies, may it happen now or many years from now when everyone will be able to copy objects with ease. I’m just saying that it could happen. The evil laugh is intended to be a joke, it’s not really evil. I do my best to be a good citizen. Really. 🙂
Today I got an explanation on this technique. It is basically an iterative method that allows to approximate the measures until a satisfactory value is achieved; this comes to mean that you make an initial guess, you apply an operation on it and then repeat that same operation over and over, taking the result of the previous step as the starting point for the next, which will give you more accurate measures each time.
For instance, if you want to divide a segment of paper in thirds, you would do the following:
1.-Fold one side the paper into what you guess could be the right measure for a third of it. Don´t mark the folding completely, just mark the end of it so that you know where it is.
3.-Fold the other side so that it reaches the point you just marked, and mark the folding.
Keep doing this. In a few steps you should have accurate thirds.
Now for fiths:
1.-Fold one side of the paper into what you guess could be the right measure for a fith of it. Mark it just enough to know where it is, as I explained for thirds.
Keep doing this. In a few steps you should have accurate fifths.
… Now that I think about all these thirds and fiths, this looks a lot like the way one would tune a musical instrument 🙂
Thanks to my friends of the origami group in Santiago de Compostela for sharing these techniques with me.
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Last Updated 25.06.06
Use this website to create a PDF file which can be printed and folded to create a paper CD case.
Actually it´s better to learn how make the case by folding since you never know when you´ll need one. But actually there´s a tricky thing about it, as you have to divide the top in five equal parts. How do you do this? Well, the instructions say “use the fujimoto approximation technique or something“… A friend of mine taught me a way to get the first segment, as shown in this little step-by-step guide.
Update 25.06.06 I just found these other instructions to make a case -simpler and less precise, but it does the job 🙂
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