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Seven delicious looking DSLR bags that don’t scream “Rob Me”

Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2013 in lists, style, technology


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I’ve been brushing up on my DSLR skills lately, and have been taking some really cool shots of NYC and Miami events. Case in point; Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The issue I’ve been having – and yes this is totally a girl thing- is that I really dislike the ‘standard’ one size fits all DSLR carry-case that came with my Canon T4i. Sure, it’s protective and useful and has roomy pockets, but it screams, “Hey, something in here is really expensive, come take me,” as well as generally looking boxy and bulky. It’s not love.

I’m on a quest to find a stylish supportive DSLR bag that can comfortably fit my camera, the charger,  plus a small microphone and potentially even an extra lens. My search has revealed a large dearth in this marketplace, a wide range of unflattering styles that I wouldn’t be seen dead in. There’s also a weird array of bags with the pinkification problem (I want a nice bag for a girl, not bag for a vomiting Barbie) and some that are so MASSIVE I’d need to wear heels to be seen when carrying them.

I’ve now narrowed down my DSLR bag choice to a shortlist of sweet styles, and I’m going to share them with you. Mostly because I’ve done so much research It shouldn’t go to waste, and also because I’m totally open to suggestions and inout from people who have used these/ and/or know of other ones.

Here are the seven loveliest looking DSLR bags I have found on my hunt for a pretty bag. Read more…

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DNA collected from YOUR trash made into 3D printed portraits

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2013 in geekery, random, technology

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3D Printed heads created from DNA sampling in NYC. Artist Dewey- Hagborg working with Russian Police to solve crimes.

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s 3D portraits are unnerving. They were made using DNA samples she extracted from discarded cigarette butts and chewing gum. She collected these samples from public spaces in New York City. Basically, that means that any of her portraits could be YOU, as collecting DNA from public spaces is currently 100% legal.

So, what’s the process- how exactly does one go from trash to these realistic 3D portraits?

Dewey-Hagborg uses her background in science to extract DNA from the samples she collects in Brooklyn’s GenSpace lab. She then uses genetic markers (taken from single nucleotide polymorphisms) to map out physical attributes such as eye color and skintone. Once she has the results back, she maps out the face with 3D modelling software, and then sends that to get printed on a 3D printer.

There are currently no laws around public usage of DNA collected from a communal area.

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“It is not likely be legislated for twenty years,” said lawyer Philippa Loengard, Assistant Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. “This area is so avant-garde. However, if a drivers license was in the public garbage no one has a right to open credit cards with it, and this analogy could be used for collecting DNA from cigarettes in the trash.” Read more…

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Re-Mission 2: Fighting cancer, The Video Game

Posted by admin on May 21, 2013 in news, random, technology

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A video game to help kids beat cancer –  what’s not to like?

Re-Mission 2 is a video-game for cancer patients and their families. It’s an interactive way to kick cancer nasties, score some points and basically demonstrate that joysticks do have a therapeutic benefit. It consists of six games, all which let you tackle different types of cancer, using familiar gaming tools such as bombs, guns and um, healthy blood cells. Available for MAC, PC and iPad, they’re free to play online, download and share.

A lot of data backs up the theory behind the games, a key emphasis being  the idea that positive motivation helps kids stick to a treatment regimen, as positivity lights up different parts of their brain (hey, they did brain imaging to prove this). There is even an argument that game players had higher levels of chemotherapy in the blood stream, suggesting a physiological as well as mental improvement.

The sincerity behind the premise of the game can’t be questioned. Re-Mission 2 is unreservedly pro-recovery, pro information and pro-control. I like the idea for many reasons. It’s great to make cancer patients- especially children- deal with their disease in a light hearted way, and the overpowering message here is that it just takes perseverance, time and aiming practice to beat it.

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Problem is, not all cancers ARE curable and I’m a little concerned that this gives false hope to some who are living with a terminal cancer. It also – and I say this as a former cancer patient- feels slightly simplistic in some ways, as it’s cool to get to level 2 by killing the evil cells, but the reality was far more painful and needle heavy.  I totally get they want to encourage people, but it’s hard to play an animated game and feel it doesn’t trivialize the pain in some way. Yes, I realize it’s easy to say this without offering an alternative, but sometimes in the back slapping and ‘it’s so good they made this’ moment we forget that it’s not always the perfect fit. Read more…

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Plus Minus Lights: Learn about electric circuits with stylish home decor lamp

Posted by admin on May 11, 2013 in technology

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Parsons New School has a reputation for honing creative talent. Past alumni include Ai Weiwei, Jeff Banks and Donna Karan, to give you a taster. Jason Kim is one such product, but the beautiful simplicity of his Plus Minus lamp project can be attributed as much to his own vision, as to his MFA in Design and Technology.

Kim showcased his Plus Minus Lamp Design Kit at the Parsons Festival 2013 in New York. A slim man, Kim has a languid grace about him, and his enthusiasm about Plus Minus was infectious.

“I learned about the basics of circuity in design,” Kim said. ” I wanted to help people understand it for themselves through something they could actively touch.” Read more…

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Selfless portraits lets you doodle strangers Facebook profile photos

Posted by admin on Apr 7, 2013 in geekery, news, technology

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Think DrawSomething meets Facebook meets weird blind date and you’ll have a vague idea of what Selfless Portratits are. I say vague, as it’s hard to define- the app is still in its infancy so what you see now might evolve into something completely different. The basic premise is that  you login via Facebook and agree to draw a picture of someone else.

They could be anywhere in the world, and you get a glimpse of their Facebook Profile photo and need to create an artistic replica within 48 hours. In return, someone, somewhere will do the same for you- but likely not the person you’re sketching. It’s a pass it forward system – if you fail to upload your Dali-esque stylings, then your subject gets assigned another artists and you lose out on seeing someone else interpret that cheesy selfie you’re currently so proud of.

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Outgrow.Me is a store for ALL Kickstarter success stories

Posted by admin on Mar 19, 2013 in news, random, technology

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It seems that everyone has a Kickstarter or crowdfunding program at the moment, and though you’ve heard of the big BIG success stories, what about all the people with smaller goals and mini-dreams? Sure, not every project gets funded, but many that reach fulfillment only asked for small sums to let them kickstart their idea. These are the guys that DON’T get massive media attention, and pretty much drop off the radar when they’re done.

Outgrow.me seeks to solve this problem- and yes, I realize it’s a problem you might not have know you had which makes it even more genius (or does it create the problem? Must ponder…).

Their website dedicated to highlighting fully funded projects POST Kickstarter.

What they offer is a one stop shop to sorting through funded projects, something that is mucho difficult on Kickstarter, and  lets you see what they’re up to now. Outgrow.me also syncs in data from other crowdfunding sites, including IndieGoGo.

You can support people you love, browse active ideas and buy actual real life stuff– it’s like Etsy but with added crowdsourcing kudos.

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A listed project: Ostrich Pillow– get a great power nap/ look weird – $99

It’s pretty cool to be be able to browse through  a range of interesting products and artwork, which in some small way you feel like you’ve helped create. Read more…

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Kerrie Luft 3D Printed shoes: High Tech style

Posted by admin on Mar 14, 2013 in style, technology

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3D Printing is this years buzzword; a brand new way of thinking about how mainstream products are created and manufactured. It was  even referenced by President Obama in his Feb 2013 State of the Union address. He said, “3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything”.

True, 3D printing is pretty unique in that it truly allows the creative process to actuaize itself  going from concept to product with a push of a button (and some technical stuff).  British shoe designer Kerrie Luft is using this technology to blend style with 3D printing.

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3D printing might be really hot right now, but it’s not that new to Kerrie Luft. She first came to public attention in 2011 when her line of shoes won the British Fashion Fringe award; all featuring heels that were 3D printed. Luft is now looking at launching her own line of shoes- and with support from mentors such as Lulu Guinness and Patrick Cox (who she interned with) it looks like she’s on to a winner. Read more…

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