Sunday, August 31, 2014
I once made an olive green skirt in home economics--ugly as anything. I had a sewing machine, loaned it out, never got it back, and never noticed.
Although this show is completely "formula," with the trips to the fabric store Mood, the voiceover bitchy comments from one contestant about another ("I am so worried for Boris, sob sob--he has only made a skirt so far."). And, of course, the two-faced Tim Gunn wrinkling his brow over a design in progress, offering a suggestion, and if it is not taken, telling the judges, "I told him that."
Oooo--it is so much fun! Best hour on TV (not counting Sons of Anarchy).
But what is the takeway. Well, sad but true--it's not the flirty dress made of ticket stubs or lettuce, it's the bitchy part--acing out other players, somehow being designated a top performer by the powers that be and thus protected, becoming the judges "pet" and other useful work skills.
Don't leave out the human side. You may have a better mousetrap, but you don't have to impress mice to get it on the market.
I have no idea what that means.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sarvazyan was looking for universal donor cells the body would not reject and started watching some cardiac muscle cells--myocytes--affecting blood flow.
She thought, why not use these and wrap them in a vein and make a little pump? Essentially,, she created a miniature heart.
Worms have these--to push the blood along.
Older adults also get venous insufficiency--pooling up--say in the legs.
These myocytes start beating like a heart--so engineers can build a structure with the patient's stem cells.
They are calling it CardioVein Technology. It's still in the tinkering stages--but they are excited.
Friday, August 8, 2014
This can be used for search-and-rescue missions, say in a mine. Or how about self-building shelters in disasters (when it can be scaled up)?
The scientists got the inspiration from origami. They took composite paper and Shrinky Dinks (plastic sheets that contract on baking). A microcontroller heats the hinges, which shrink, pulling the other parts into place.
One of the challenges was clearances--a commercial laser system worked to an imprecise enough level that the heat might touch other parts.
Also Shrinky Dinks are small. Now we need a better Shrinky Dink.
I like typing that: Shrinky Dink.
Pretty neat idea--now to perfect it.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A gizmo used by a Swedish art gallery to measure reaction to each piece of art and sell to the person who reacted the most.
A smart bookmark that tells writers if you have not been reading their book lately so the writer can tweet you and scold you. (I loved this one.)
Jeans made of denim chewed by by lions and tigers in the zoo.
A virtual pet for kids--OK, a keyboard--but if they won't walk and feed it, it dies.
A device to see if each of your cats is healthy based on a face print.
An insurance policy that gives you cash back if you buy health food.
There were more, too. Go to http://springwise.com.
Now, I am thinking combinations...
A Swedish gallery owner chewed by tigers.
A tiger face print to see if the beast is well enough to chew on an art purveyor.
An all purpose video of someone throwing a book out a window to send to a nagging author.
Let me consult Jibo. I don't know what I would do without that little ...er...guy.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Two years ago, Prof Rivka Inzelberg at Tel Aviv University in Israel discovered that her Parkinson's patients were suddenly more creative. Instead of sending her candy, they sent home-made gifts.
Parkinson's results when nerve cells in the brain die, causing a lack of dopamine, thus interfering with motion and coordination.
In a story by Ellie Zolfagharifard (Daily Mail, July 18, 2014), one patient experienced too much of a good thing. She was not an artist, but after starting a new medication, she painted 2,000 canvases in 18 months.
She could not even hold onto her job--so intense was her desire to paint.
Other patients are seized by gambling or sex addictions.
So is this good or bad? Maybe just interesting...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The name of it? SHUDDLE.
Pretty close to "shudder" and the white van, if you ask me. I know it's supposed to be a spelling of SHUTTLE, but that isn't what it "says."
I also read about a questionably advised device you wear on your wrist and it zaps you when you miss your fitness or other goals.
The name? PAVLOK. Pavlov's dog--get it? I liked that one.
I used to "name" for a big NY agency--drop me a line if you are fretting over a name.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
From a site called Barnorama, come these coffee mugs--if you like them, that says a lot about you.
Me, I am freak Velcro.
Me, I am freak Velcro.
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