I was also at Sonoma. You can spend almost any amount you want to spend on small electrics... like say coffee makers. How do you know how much to spend to get one that will last a while? I hope to be drinking coffee for 40 years or so. Do I hit Walmart and buy a $20 one knowing I will probably be buying another one in a few years? Do I go to Sonoma and get a new anodized green Nespresso for $200? That could last a while. Or, do I go online and spend $2000 for one that makes espresso and Cappuccino that can make 10,000 cups. That should be plenty. How do people decide?
I was at restoration hardware today and noticed that they got rid of all the inexpensive little trinkets they used to sell. The tape measures and hand-powered flashlight type items are gone. The change happened a while ago and I had not been inside. It is a fairly dramatic transformation and from the looks of things traffic is way down but the goods look great. I especially like the roll arm sofa. Here it is in French Linen.
I'd normally rather sleep on the ground than on a cot because they are typically too noisy and not conducive to moving around. Also sleeping in multiple positions is tough on a cot but as an alternative to a tent this is kind of cool. It would be neat if you could zip a couple of them together.
Built between 1994 and 1997 this is a building of 100 units for the elderly. It is located west of Amsterdam. According to Wikiarchitecture the city was experiencing massive growth and dense construction along with the reduction of community green spaces. The challenge was to make a building capable of blocking construction noises, respect the quality of life of its occupants, utilize a minimal footprint and provide good natural lighting.
Everyone has heard that the Bills are working on new uniforms for the upcoming season. Many have joked that they should leave the uniforms alone and focus on changing the players. This might be a hint at the new look and it is interesting that the most dramatic change is to the helmet, not the graphic elements.
I hope that Bodum did not pay too much for the name on this one but still it is an interesting looking form. (I think the name refers to the ancient style of Viking house as opposed to being a "Fire-Cat", but I could be wrong). Either way, it appears to have superior ergonomics and when compared to even the latest Weber I think it makes Weber look puffy and cartoony. The real test will be seeing how it winters over.
According to an email I just received "Rockhouse Hotel Partner and Chairman, Paul Salmon, has opened a Caribbean oasis in the middle of downtown Manhattan." It is said to feature some of the same favorites as the Rockhouse although I doubt that they have the Dapper Snapper or the Lobster blaze. I hope that Chef Kevin has not headed North that would be a huge loss to the restaurant in Negril. I wonder if they managed to maintain the perfect portions and subtle flavors?
The selling season for grills is so short that it was a surprise to see so many brands jumping in with new products and in some cases entire lines. This Hibachi scale version from lodge was pretty sweet and certainly captured the brand. I think that their next innovation ought to be to bring more true portability to it and increase the stability.
Another photo of the new cabinet TK is working on for the studio. Looking forward to seeing it in person in a couple of weeks. I feel fortunate to have been able to be one of his first clients, especially since he gave me one of my first real jobs when he helped me get the job working for the model shop at CCAD back in 1988.
Tonight was PWD night for the pack. It is a fun event and a nice fund raiser. All of the kids have a great time running around with their friends and watching the races in between eating snacks, playing their DSs and getting in trouble for sneaking too close to the track. The actual racing and car construction seems like it is more for the parents. (5% of the cars that ran tonight appeared to be made by parents and it is understandable since carving and assembling a car is not really a hobby suited to an 8 year old.) I know that night is beloved by many and hugely traditonal but I'd love to see it modified to be something that the kids could do more independently.
This is the Yellow Motorcycle by Igarashi Design seen on Tuvie. If the seat does not look very comfortable that is because it is a prototype that designed to be driven by a robot and attempt to break some distance records. Seems like the military applications are probably more promising.