Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thanks to @duttonbooks for alerting us that Martha Stewart just posted some fantastic DIY gift ideas for book lovers. We of course highly agree with their decision to pair a handmade bookmark with a hardcover Penguin Classic

You can browse the whole collection here, and keep your eyes peeled the next time you’re in a bookstore because we’re adding more all the time. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Record Player That Plays Pieces Of Wood, Not Vinyl

German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has developed a record player that spins slices of wood from a tree’s cross-section, instead of vinyl. 

Called ‘Years’, Traubeck has modified a turntable’s needle by replacing it with a digital camera and light that scans the wood for thickness, growth rate, texture and overall color tone. 

A computer then interprets the data and maps it into a musical scale, which is then played back using piano sounds. 

What results are hauntingly beautiful melodies that differ based on the tree’s age. 

According to Traubeck, his turntable serves as an “impulse for the recipient’s imagination [as the listener] can speculate about things like the passing of time or natural phenomena, but it is never based on scientific facts that could be found in the music”. 

More at Design Taxi

Friday, February 24, 2012 Monday, December 5, 2011
Hmmm… a workplace escape hatch? 
How to Build a Hidden Door Bookshelf
via GalleyCat

Hmmm… a workplace escape hatch? 

How to Build a Hidden Door Bookshelf

via GalleyCat

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
wow, this is pretty. 
More photos here: Handmade Fonts via Behance

wow, this is pretty. 

More photos here: Handmade Fonts via Behance

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
A Veritable Menagerie of Bird Statues With a Steampunk Twist
More via GeekOSystem

A Veritable Menagerie of Bird Statues With a Steampunk Twist

More via GeekOSystem

Morning Link Roundup: Spotify My Ride Edition

Hope you didn’t throw out your vinyl collection. You can now play records on your bike

Terrible Minds has 25 tips on writing suspense and tension

H.G. Wells interviews Dorothy Parker on the Dead Authors Podcast

The Slate staff offers up their “new classics" — the most enduring books, shows, movies, and ideas since 2000

Twisted Sifter has a slideshow of 15 beautiful libraries in the world

Christoph Niemann at The New York Times drew his way through the NYC Marathon this Sunday