From the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley –
Legendary Humboldt County trapper Seth Kinman captured grizzlies and fashioned them into articulated chairs. …
“This was intended to surpass all his previous efforts, and was made from two grizzly bears captured by Seth. The four legs and claws were those of a huge grizzly and the back and sides ornamented with immense claws. The seat was soft and exceedingly comfortable, but the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended , would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life. This chair Seth presented to [President] Johnson, September 8, 1865.”
Found on Wired UK …
Japanese company Neurowear is creating a range of fashion items that are operated using brainwaves, including a pair of moveable cat ears.
The cat ear product, called “necomimi” is a novelty hair band that is worn in the normal way but features sensors that pick up on brain signals and convert them into visible actions — in this case by wiggling the cat ears.
The ears twitch through a range of different positions, which correspond to different brain activity. So when you concentrate, the ears point upwards and when you relax the ears flop down and forwards. The result is a kick-ass pair of ears that will make everyone at the furry convention / fancy dress party jealous.
My latest interesting booze is.. the Kraken. A 94 proof spiced rum that’s very tasty. Lots of vanilla-y flavor. Not to mention an awesome old-timey looking bottle with a giant sea monster octopus on the label. Anyhoo, it turns out that they have some really cool, but overly expensive merchandise associated with it.
Very brief, but nifty, nonetheless.
… apparently, there’s a contest… sponsored by Scotch, a 3M company.
Illustration of the difference between the verbal and the visual – submitting a Scotch egg sounds semi-clever, but is completely lame as a tape sculpture idea.
MSW is coming up; it honest makes a lot more sense than the Official Government Trivialization of 9/11. Let’s face it, if it’s a service week, some people will actually be helped. If it’s a day, most people will have other things going on. Yes, yes – you can sign up for stuff and then do it later … but then why would you have a day or a week set aside? Just for a warm fuzzy?