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From Box To Box

A box is not just a box. In the right hands, it can adopt different conformations and become art

Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
  It’s all about boxes. That’s probably what the two German artists, Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Horbelt, might have thought when devising this building?, sculpture? Actually, what they have done is fit together one of top of the other a few hundreds of plastic crates, the ones used to carry bottled drinks to pubs and bars. Then they placed the whole crate sculpture on top of two metal containers and the result has become the city landmark.

You can visit it in Castleford, a town in West Yorkshire, England.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

The Clicks Top Five in Playmobil history

It’s impossible to choose just 5 Clicks! We made our own selection. Surely you have your favourite ones too

Micro Playmobil
Micro Playmobil
  We tried to select the best five Clicks in the Playmobil history, but we are to confess that it turned out to be an impossible task. The Top 1000 Clicks Chart could have been better. Anyway, though the world wide web is endless, no need to bore you.

Shortlisting these five cost us more than words and that’s against the peaceful Clicks’ spirit, you know, that lovely smiley little face.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Those Wonderful Clicks

Which ones do you prefer, those old Clicks with hands which couldn’t move and a groove on the trunk, or you rather go for more contemporary ones with hands that can rotate?

Indians, knights and building-site, first Playmobil toys circa 1974
Indians, knights and building-site, first Playmobil toys circa 1974
  In 1974 Playmobil gave birth to the Clicks and there is a new way of measuring the time ever since: BC (Before Clicks) and AC (After Clicks). So now you know, re-calculate you D.O.B.

The first Clicks coming out boasted the same features for which they are still that popular today: an irresistible smiley little mouth and big head and eyes -no nose, no ears!, had you noticed that?-, relatively stiff motion, ideal size to take them in your pocket (7.5cm = 3”) and a whole lot of accessories, animals, buildings, plants...

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Lingerie, cosmetics, bondage, tuppersex...

Erotic fun is not just about a few sex toys. With a bit of imagination, there’s a lot more things you can use for fun healthy sex.

Edible underwear.
Edible underwear.
  Erotic lingerie is a classic, you know, sexy suggestive clothes for both, his and hers. If you want to eat your sexual partner, there’s no need to take his/hers clothes off, just eat it, there’s edible underwear for you, and you can choose your favourite flavour, fruit, chocolate and even champaign.

If you want to keep on licking and sucking (excuse the direct language), why not add a bit of colour and flavour? We have body oils and lubricants that add nice smells and flavours, and are completely edible.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Cheap Laptops For Third World Hungry Minds

Negroponte and the MIT insist on producing low cost quality computers. Now they’re decided to achieve it at just 12 dollars per PC

Prototype for a low cost computer for the Third World
Prototype for a low cost computer for the Third World
  At this stage, we clearly understand that those who have access to information and technology enjoy great advantages. For instance, according to the experts, in most underdeveloped or developing countries, knowing how to operate a computer can really change their life: it could mean the difference between earning one dollar per hour wages or getting that dollar for a whole day’s work.

That’s the reason of the existence of some institutions working on the manufacturing of portable computers at very low cost.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Kids Republic: the world’s best bookstore for children

Table or slide? Window or reading hideout? Why not both? That’s the proposal of the Kids Republic bookstore in Beijing

Kids Republic, the world’s best bookstore for children
Kids Republic, the world’s best bookstore for children
  Well, we all agree that reading is good and interesting and that libraries and bookstores are fascinating places. But, why can’t they build one in my local neighbourhood like Kids Republic, the best bookstore for children in the whole world? In exchange, I promise to read fifty books a year, that is, sitting inside one of those rounded windows.

Beijing houses since 2006 a bookstore called Kids Republic, the world’s best bookstore.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

More strange 'beach creatures' by Theo Jansen

The last generation of Theo Jansen’s beach creatures –Strandbeest– are capable of moving even in windless conditions

<i>Animaris Ventosa</i>, one of The Jansen’s beach creatures
Animaris Ventosa, one of The Jansen’s beach creatures
  Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor, who creates sculptures that become alive and are able to walk on the beach sand using the wind. That’s what his "Strandbeest" or beach creatures are. He’s been over 15 years exclusively dedicated to this task, which explains the reason why his creatures have evolved that much. He’s just finished working on the last generation of them, which according to Jansen, are able to move even when there’s no wind blowing at all.

Jansen has created this last generation of his creatures together with the students of the Summer courses at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander, Spain.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Fun Sex: it’s healthy and we love it

Forget old prejudices! Discover what fun sex has to offer: pleasure, enjoyment and health

The first dildo in history? At least a rather suspicious-looking rock
The first dildo in history? At least a rather suspicious-looking rock
  Mankind (and women) is one of the few species that have sex for pleasure. And for sure this has been happening for longer than anyone can remember, since time immemorial. So, why not use the help of sexy toys and gadgets? And don’t think this is just a new invention, we can still find in museums dildos dated as far back as 28,000 years ago, and that is the Stone Age!

We don’t need to dig deep in the closet to find dildos; nowadays the dildo has found a place in the top drawer right next to other new sex toys.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Pop a bubble every day with the Bubble Calendar

Marking the passing of time is less depressing with a Wall Calendar That Goes Pop!

Bubble Calendar
Bubble Calendar
  Time flies (the Romans said it better in Latin Tempus fugit) and you end up feeling depressed turning the pages in the calendar so fast. This is a boring unavoidable chore, but why not try and make it fun?

And fun is what the Bubble Calendar provides, combining fun and functionality this calendar has one bubble for every day of the year, the bubbles that you love to pop.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

EazzzY; minimalist digital “analog” camera

You miss photo developing but you praise digital charm? Eazzzy is just the camera 4 you!

Strange looking USB flash memory? No, it’s a minimalist camera with USB connection
Strange looking USB flash memory? No, it’s a minimalist camera with USB connection
  Digital cameras sport many advantages that we don’t need to list here. But there’s an inconvenience too, a very important one for analogue photography lovers: with digital cameras all that excitement about how they will look when developed, is lost. Also, what about the old ritual and thrill of taking the film to develop, running to go and get them when developed looking forward to showing them to your family?

The solution seems clear and simple, though no one seemed to thought of it up to now.

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 on 02 Sep 2008 by Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend
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