Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hands on: Zoomii breathes life into Amazon's bookshelves


Miss the comfy chairs and endless aisles of knowledge your local bookstore offers? Zoomii knows the feeling, and it brings the wandering back to shopping Amazon's shelves.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fizy Finds and Plays MP3s on the Web Quickly


Free music search engine and player Fizy doesn't do playlists, offer downloads, or fancy looks. What it does have is more than 75 billion MP3s in its index (supposedly), and a really fast search function.

For those moments when you're just looking to dig up a certain song and play it for friends or your nagging memory, Fizy is just about perfect. If there's a video to be found on YouTube or other sites, you can pop it open to play alongside the song, or close it down without skipping a beat. It's small, simple, fast, and it covers a lot of MP3s floating around on the web. For a more robust interface to queue up and play the web's MP3s, try Adam's own Fizy is free to use, no sign-up

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

National Anthem


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Tom Cobble
Do not let your heart be troubled, There is hope for the future........:-) Tom

-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Blankenship
This was at a Texas Tech basketball game on February 9th. The National Anthem is sung by five young girls (ages 6-8). The two young ladies on the right are six years old. The two in the middle are seven and the one on the left is eight. LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE!!! An entire arena remains completely silent throughout the song. You could hear a pin drop. Take a moment to listen to this. You will enjoy it...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Designer Cardboard Office: Not Just a Concept Anymore

I like the idea of being able to write on my walls with no repercussions . . .

031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_01.jpgOffices that look like cubicles are terrible. I know, I've worked in plenty. They always feel very cramped and getting a window is not always a blessing. If there are no drapes or shutters, you get a lot of sun. I love how new offices are coming up with new ideas for their workspaces. The cardboard office isn't something new. We've already featured one in the past. However, this is one that's actually being used right now in Amsterdam, making it really interesting. Corrugated cardboard can be made fireproof and waterproof, so health and safety aren't an issue. 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_02.jpg

031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_03.jpgNothing is a commercial creative agency from Amsterdam that was formed by Michael Jansen and Bas Korsten. They used the idea from the company name to come up with something to furnish their office. Taking nothing and turning it into something. This included creating walls, signage, beams, tables, shelving and a small set of stairs that are all made exclusively out of cardboard. 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_04.jpgThe actual design was done by Joost van Bleiswijk and Alrik Koudenburg. The walls will also double as blank canvas. Visitors are encouraged to leave their mark on the surfaces. Illustrator Fiodor Sumkin was the first to liven up Nothing's brown color scheme with some nice penmanship. Once they get bored, the studio can replace individual sections of the workspace cheaply, basically for nothing at all. Makes a lot of sense. 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_05.jpgEven though you'd think that a cardboard office would look temporary and disposable, it actually looks quite homely. Maybe it's the brown, but I've also noticed some great additions to the whole design, like a conference room and a cafeteria, which are all made out of cardboard. [via core77, photos by Joachim Baan] 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_06.jpg 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_07.jpg 031009_rg_designercardboardoffice_08.jpg MORE CARDBOARD The Incredible Cardboard Office