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

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: Send emails with a vintage typewriter & shop from your favorite flicks

Best of the Web: Send emails with a vintage typewriter & shop from your favorite flicks

Type-o-Matic: Feeling frustrated by the aesthetic limitations of your email account? Drop a line to ‘Type-o-Matic,” a wacky new service that types up your emails on vintage typewriters and postmarks them for a small fee. They say it’s terrific for “special correspondence,” but I think it would be kind of funny to use it for more mundane messages, like “check out this YouTube video.”

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

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

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…

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

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…

Best of the web: Korea's angry pizza claims & Occupy Sesame Street gets ugly

Best of the web: Korea's angry pizza claims & Occupy Sesame Street gets ugly

Pizza Dispute: Pizza is one of few foods that can cause international disputes over who “invented” it. Most recently, an outspoken Korean conspiracy theorist (and, of course, blogger), Sang-J00n Han, is accusing Marco Polo of stealing pizza from Asia. A video interview with Han includes footage of a huge Buddha statue from the Goryeo dynasty wearing “what can only be a pizza box” on his head. I don’t really get what all the fuss is about; in the words of Michaelangelo and Donatello (from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES), “doesn’t everybody eat pizza?”

Real Time Farms: Yelp for the local foodie

Real Time Farms: Yelp for the local foodie

Do you use a service like Yelp to check out a new restaurant before visiting? Do you read other people’s reviews and maybe even leave your own? Most of us do (at least the former), but if you’re interested in the sources of the food the restaurant serves, you may be out of luck. Unless it’s one of those relatively rare places that promotes its use of locally-sourced ingredients, or even lists the farms from which it buys, you either have to ask a lot of questions or take your chances…

Green tech finds (8/27/09)

Green tech finds (8/27/09)

Summer’s coming to an end, but ice cream and watermelon are still on the radar… as green tech finds.

Gardening online: Nope, it’s not a new Facebook app. Italian company Azienda Agricola Giacomo Ferraris has created a sort of CSA 2.0 — Italians can design a garden online, and the company plants the vegetables requested, and delivers the produce from the garden to the customer’s door. (via Springwise)
Online sustainability training: Looking to update your skill set for the green economy? Nevada’s Truckee Meadows Community College has a new online certificate program in green technology; the University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering a full online bachelor’s degree program in sustainable management.