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According to Cool Tools, the best source for Neodymium Iron Boron (NIB) super magnets is “Mr. George the SuperMagnetMan.” He’s a charming fellow, wont to saying things like, “These magnets have caused more blood blisters than any other magnet I have.”
His prices are the best on the net. His selection is vast: no one else has the stock he has or the variations in size of commonly available shapes. This is no exaggeration or hype. He’s got stuff you can’t get anywhere else and is constantly adding new items, like axially- and diametrically-magnetized NIB wedding rings and radially-magnetized ring magnets. He has magnets so large they are dangerous (fortunately he has put videos on YouTube that show you how to safely handle these monsters — with large leather welding gloves and a special wooden wedge and a 2×4!). He also sells magnetic hooks, pyramid shaped magnets, magnetic jewelry, teflon coated magnets, heart, star, and triangle magnets. You can even get powdered magnets that act like iron filings on steroids! You name it he’s got it. Most magnets are N45-N50 grade, the highest strength you can buy.
Don’t miss Mr. George’s video of supermagnet crashes, where he smashes limes and grapes.
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So amazing, so illegal. What are we going to do with you, future?
That’s my pal, Jonathan Coulton, remarking on the disruptively talented Kutiman, who has made an astounding series of YouTube video remixes that’s lighting up the web and (one imagines) generating a lot of wood amongst our nation’s libidinous entertainment litigators.
Here’s Kutiman’s “The Mother of All Funk Chords” (link includes credits for each video):
Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.
Because, this is what your new Elvis looks like, gang. And, eventually somebody will figure out (and publicly admit) that Kutiman, and any number of his peers on the “To-Sue” list, should be passed from Legal down to A&R.
Everybody knows the business has moved from legal to binary files. The question now is how much more lead time old media companies and other IP-obsessives can afford to burn by pretending it’s otherwise.
In the mean time, though, you have to wonder how much artists like Kutiman (or, for that matter, Jonathan), really need the mixed basket of theoretical benefits that big companies with big distribution can provide. For a long-lived career, does a boot-strapping indie artist with giant niche appeal gain enough from a big-company relationship to offset the loss in agility, equity, and flexibility? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Because, even in the face of bullying, obfuscating, and throat-clearing from corporations with a homemade timetable for evolution, more and more folks like Kutiman will just keep making and releasing stuff. Cool stuff, “illegal” stuff, niche stuff, and stuff that doesn’t require the benediction of a middle-aged executive in order to reach its precise audience with almost zero friction or overhead.
And, that prospect should buoy and energize anybody with a scintilla of artistic entrepreneurship or the drive to just try making and offering their own stuff in their own way.
Man. What an exciting time this is. Seriously. We may not each have Kutiman-level talent and vision, but there’s absolutely never been a better time to at least give it a throw.
Remember: the only person who can sit on your ass is you.
”Kutiman, Big Media, and the Future of Creative Entrepreneurship” was written by Merlin Mann for 43Folders.com and was originally posted on March 11, 2009. Except as noted, it’s ©2009 Merlin Mann and licensed for reuse under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. “Why a footer?“
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I’d say this fits the tag “Crazy” just nicely. Wonder if anyone would really buy this or if it’s just a conceptual piece?
We can’t believe that just looking at dishes could make us feel squeamish, but it really has. The Hematolagnia place settings are definitely not for the faint of heart and we can’t really imagine dining off of them, but they do make quite an impact. Jump below to see them if you can face the queasy ick-factor…you’ve been warned!
Available from Spring in a limited edition, the handmade ceramic plates by Nadeige Choplet range in price from . to 135., depending on size.
They are part of a full “Dexter” collection, put together originally for the Met Home Showtime House last fall. It includes these chairs by Amy Lau Design, dismembered flatware and more. See the whole collection at Spring.
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The things people eat! OK, I eat some crazy stuff too (I’m Korean) but if you have to worry about your food jumping up into your eyes and digging into your skin… If you are the friend of the dude who’s trying to eat this for the first time shouldn’t you say “Dude I think we shouldn’t eat this. There’s maggots in the cheese!” instead of “Dude let’s put it in a paper bag until we suffocate all the maggots!” - yeah that’s a brilliant idea.
Casu marzu is an illegal Sardinian cheese that is served riddled with writhing maggots that try to jump into your eyeballs as you eat it.
Casu marzu is considered toxic when the maggots in the cheese have died. Because of this, only cheese in which the maggots are still alive is eaten. When the cheese has fermented enough, it is cut into thin strips and spread on moistened Sardinian flatbread (pane carasau), to be served with a strong red wine. Casu marzu is believed to be an aphrodisiac by local Sardinians. Because the larvae in the cheese can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimetres (6 in) when disturbed, diners hold their hands above the sandwich to prevent the maggots from leaping into their eyes. Those who do not wish to eat live maggots place the cheese in a sealed paper bag. The maggots, starved for oxygen, writhe and jump in the bag, creating a “pitter-patter” sound. When the sounds subside, the maggots are dead and the cheese can be eaten.
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Look what I found!
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The bed is the creation of Ms. Kayla Kromer, who happens to be the fetching young lady laying on her fast food creation up above. And yes, the Hamburger Bed has a Facebook page!
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