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Best of the Web: A wooden iPhone & delicious, cheeseburger wrapping paper

Article: Best of the Web: A wooden iPhone & delicious, cheeseburger wrapping paper

A Wooden iPhone: Artists Kyle Bean and Thomas Forsyth created this charming wooden iPhone with removable block buttons for the December cover of Computer Arts. I’m increasingly convinced that there’s an untapped market for primitive versions of modern gizmos (remember the Victorian Kindle?).

Best of the Web: ALIENS on ice & a Fozzie Bear biopic

Article: Best of the Web: ALIENS on ice & a Fozzie Bear biopic

ALIEN on Ice: If one thing is awesome about America, it’s that you can put just about anything “on ice.” This past month, the Old Murder House Theatre in Austin, Texas performed a live rendition of the 1986 sci-fi classic, ALIEN, and clips from the performance have, predictably, totally blown up on YouTube.

Best of Kickstarter, 11/21

Article: Best of Kickstarter, 11/21

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.

TECH

Desktop 3-D Printer: The 3-D craze continues with the first personal three-dimensional desktop printer. As it turns out, a 3-D printer is not something that makes weird images you can look at with 3-D glasses, but it actually prints out three-dimensional objects.

Capta: I’m a major dropper/smasher of iPhones, so this weird octopus-like contraption, the “Capta,” seems like an excellent solution for clumsy folks like me. Rigged with a magnet at the back, you can mount the suction cups to different surfaces to keep your phone out of the way but still accessible…

Best of the Web: Smell your Facebook updates & Google gets jiggy wit it

Article: Best of the Web: Smell your Facebook updates & Google gets jiggy wit it

Google Music: Yesterday, Google launched its first music sharing and downloading platform, “Google Music,” as a direct competitor to iTunes. Yes, you have to buy the songs (drag), but users can share whatever they purchase with friends for one free listen…

Best of Kickstarter, 11/14

Article: Best of Kickstarter, 11/14

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.

BOOKS

“Plaster of Paradise”: One of my all-time favorite books, “I’m With the Band,” a groupie memoir authored by the legendary Pamela Desbarres, contains frequent mention of Cynthia Plaster-Caster. Cynthia, a fellow groupie, infamously cast rock stars’ private parts in plaster to be immortalized for all time. Now, she’s taken to Kickstarter to fund her memoir. The only bummer is that book stores will have to close forever after this thing hits shelves, because no book will ever be as awesome…

Best of the Web: "Goodnight, iPad" & a typeface made from leg hair

Article: Best of the Web: "Goodnight, iPad" & a typeface made from leg hair

Moustair: I don’t know why, but there’s something incredibly disturbing about this Tumblr blog, which, for lack of a clearer description, places images of mens’ faces beneath their facial hair to create a moustache-wig effect. I’m pretty sure Hulk Hogan’s is the freakiest, but it might just be because his moustache is so intense to begin with…

Design Dish: Why every home needs a fuzzy accessory & LA Auto Show's coolest cars

Article: Design Dish: Why every home needs a fuzzy accessory & LA Auto Show's coolest cars

LA Auto Show: The Batmobile is so passé. Each year, top automotive design teams compete at the LA Auto Show to create “Hollywood’s Next Movie Car,” submitting outlandish designs accompanied by concepts for their feature films. I think somebody should consider pumping funding into the “341 Parkour,” a short, chubby vehicle that would help the star of ANNIE GET THE GRANNIES! solve the mystery of the missing granny robots. Who doesn’t want to see that movie?

Philips Microbial system fuels your home with your crap – literally

Article: Philips Microbial system fuels your home with your crap – literally

Do you fantasize about living your life like a microbe of waste-producing bacteria? Well, now’s your chance. Unveiled during Dutch Design Week, Philips’ latest home design concept, The Microbial Home, takes inspiration from naturally occurring processes to create energy-saving kitchen, dining and bathroom devices. According to the designers, “‘we view the home as a biological machine to filter, process and recycle what we conventionally think of as waste.”

Best of the Web: New apps, see India from outer space & how to become "The Human Slinky"

Article: Best of the Web: New apps, see India from outer space & how to become "The Human Slinky"

India from Outerspace: NASA’s mega-bright images of India went viral last week. Bloggers speculated that the different colored lights had something to do with the celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Light. Of course, like total buzz kills, NASA issued a statement soon after claiming that the colored lights actually indicate economic growth at different time periods. But whatever, we prefer to believe all of India got together to create a giant light spectacle visible only from outer space…

Daily wisdom about start-ups

Article: Daily wisdom about start-ups

Startup Quote: A website of inspiring quotes to help motivate those of you working around the clock creating the next GroupTwitOogleSquare. Memo to self: Buy www.GroupTwitOogleSquare.com domain. [Hat tip: Mike]

Interview With Filmmakers Annie and Lisa of SPARKS

Article: Interview With Filmmakers Annie and Lisa of SPARKS

Image from SPARKS
Sundance Channel presents SPARKS, an ALL NEW digital series premiering Monday, August 9th.

Equal parts absurdist comedy, mystery, and documentary, SPARKS is a web-based serial about humans and technology. The story follows 30 year-old Sarah Sparks in her quest to serve the tech-dependent citizenry of New York as a freelance technologist.
Her special “connection” with technology, however, takes her far beyond simple repair jobs, and into both the lives of her clients as well as some of the city’s darkest, most chaotic corners.

Filmmakers Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson provided us with this digital exchange.