Sweeter Than Wine:
Whether you just have a few special bottles or you're planning a larger collection, this funky and functional wine rack expands with your collection. Designer John Paulick borrowed one of the most efficient structures in nature, the honeycomb, and crafted a slick, space conscious, and relatively inexpensive way to store your vino. Check it out at Kickstarter:
Hot hot heat:
Sticking with the home decor theme, this T-Rex radiator will heat your place while giving a whole new meaning to fossil fuel! Thought up by the design collective Art Lebedev Studio, the T-Rex is cast iron and thanks to the surface area of the skeletal design, super efficient. No word on production yet but it's probably for the best; shipping charges would definitely take a bite out of your wallet! (ziiiiiiing!)
The days of handily winning the Mac versus Windows PC argument are almost over. Until fairly recently, the ultimate trump card in the debate was that Macs were seemingly impervious to the viruses and other malicious shit that hobbles millions of PCs around the world. However, the apparent robustness of Macs really stems from the fact that (university libraries and coffee shops aside) they make up a very small percentage of computers worldwide. As Macs gain more market share and iOS becomes more popular with corporations, the incentive to target them with malicious code increases. Last week, researchers found that roughly 500,000 Macs were infected by a sneaky virus that was being used to commit fraud on a massive scale. Many of the computers infected were in North America. For more information and instructions on how to remove the virus check out the New York Times Bits Blog and remember to always keep your computer patched and up to date.
I've been digging the Chromatics album, "Kill For Love" lately. It's got the perfect mix of synthy pop and more experimental interludes and it kicks off with a chilled out cover of Neil Young's, Hey Hey, My My. What's not to like?!
The Arab Spring continues:
On a more serious point… A buddy of mine texted me this week asking me what I thought needed to happen in Syria. If you haven't been following closely, Syria's president, Bashar Al-Assad is the latest in a string of dictators to be challenged by the Arab Spring popular uprisings. The revolution in Syria has been by far the bloodiest and most protracted. In addition to the complex internal situation, Syria is a strategically important country for the United States, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Russia. To help untangle this mess of complexity, I sent my friend a link to easily one of the best articles I've read on the topic since the uprising began. It is written by Peter Harling who is the Iraq, Lebanon and Syria program director for the International Crisis Group and Sarah Birke, a Middle East correspondent currently writing for The Economist. Read it here.
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