*notcot - 09.13.06 , 21:44 -

Paint by Pixel

Remember paint by numbers? Do kids even have that anymore? Well apparently for the DS Icon kids (and adults and not so creatively inclined) for icon making - you have paint by pixel! And this grumpy bear is just… so grumpy and pixely. DS Icons. [via wonderland]

*notcot - 09.05.06 , 15:35 -

Widescreen Intuos

I3WideFormatFamily.jpgWacom announces the new WIDESCREEN Intuos 3 line. Funny thing is that while i’ve been working with my old massive first gen Intuos tablet with the 23” Studio display, i never really considered why i had issues when i set it proportional to the screen… and it all just clicked now. And i guess i kind of want a widescreen tablet to go with my widescreen! Pity they aren’t stretch to desired proportion… maybe the next gen will be!

*notcot - 08.22.06 , 16:15 -

Floppy Screensavers

Who can resist screensavers with flipping clock images - or Briblo (lego-esuqe building blocks?) - especially when the site shows you images on floppy disks? via ThisNext.

*notcot - 08.10.06 , 02:27 -


This is the Logitech NuLooq, i have been trying to figure out how i missed this when the press release came out a few months ago, but none the less - here it is. For photoshop junkies like us, and those who need new ways to interface with their tech. I’m curious - have any of you played with it? and the new ToolDial?

Its an interesting new USB/dial/touch sensitive scroll/zoom tool for designers aimed at easing the constant tool switching we do while chained to our large monitors. My main curiosity is regarding the use of this tool while working, and how intuitive it really is. The physical design of this product reminds me a lot of various projects i worked on during my masters program - and the ability to combine various layers of dials/wheels for zooming and panning simultaneously intrigues me. So posting this as a physical interface worth playing with as a case study, and might need to buy it just for this reason! And i haven’t even begun to discuss the idea of the ToolDial software/dock interface they’ve designed to match as well. [More details below]

Just noticed the Amazon page for it and the reviews seem surprisingly good. As for ToolDial, just downloaded the demo, and its actually kind of nice… will try it out for a few days, but off to get some 3:30am sleep now.

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*notcot - 08.05.06 , 17:42 -

Golden Porsche

Been a saturday filled with fighting with my now basically dead crapbook ~ transferring and cleaning up files to the macmini so i can post and work from it, so needed a silly post to cheer me up. And then found this golden porsche that just made me smile. Perhaps less because it was gold, and more watching the pictures and imagining how much time it must have taken that man in the pictures to cover the porsche one gold leaf at a time. Currently on display at Schmuckwelten, a jewelry museum in Pforzheim, Germany.

*notcot - 07.11.06 , 04:31 -

Hot Polaroid

Tarsh Einfallsreich posted this great Australian Polaroid Rossa over to .org [which is under construction, the rss feed is down, and registration is in the works - we might need a few days to get this sorted, so post GENTLY] This is one sexy Polaroid that i am desperately wanting - and since the .org post look is very polaroidy - you won’t be surprised that their interface is something i can’t help but love! So check out Polaroid Rossa, you know you want it.

*notcot - 06.24.06 , 21:41 -

Treonauts Hands On

I know i showed you this limited edition treo 650 before, but i’m a bit obsessed with it today - and just found this great hands on review of it over at Treonauts. The coating of the whole phone is the same as that great thin subtle rubbery coating that the hardcase has… i can’t stand how slippery the current one is. Tempting.

*notcot - 06.20.06 , 22:17 -

Black Tie

Happy 10th bday to Palm. They are releasing this special “Black Tie” edition of the Treo 650 (which i guess is only something us GSM folk can crave, since everyone else has moved on to the 700 and 700p?) - bundled with this hardcase and a stylus. My focus here is actually more on the hardcase, when i first got the treo back in december, i couldn’t find ANY cases i actually liked - then at CES the palm rep had this great case i loved - and then shattered my excitment by telling me it was just a prototype… but there it is. Something about that sleek look of it just gets me.

*notcot - 06.19.06 , 22:28 -

CL Sound Machine

Designed by the Cucumber Lab, this incredible object is the CL Sound Machine. It seems reminiscent of an overhead projector, mailbox, and gramophone to me. The fusion of the familiar to create something so beautiful and still functional - certainly qualifies as drool worthy design. “Beats emanate from our sound projecting, music machine with automated transitional glass for direct visual surveillance of one’s finest wines. It features high gloss finish, 12 bottle wine-liquor storage, Smart Glass technology, direct drive digital record player, 5 disc slim line cd player, universal mp3 player and stand, 200 watt rmf mono bridged amplifier, 8” subwoofer, and 42-25,000 Hz range.” Hyperventilating slightly? Me too. I want one. And you haven’t even seen the interior yet… after the jump.

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*notcot - 06.17.06 , 16:56 -

Sweatshop Free for Avatars

virtualAA.jpgNews Flash! American Apparel Store opening today! (Yes, we know it feels like one opens somewhere everyday)… opens on a private island… a private island in Second Life. Second Life, being a virtual environment. (and this store is designed in colaboration with AA’s own architect) Is this where we get philosophical? If your avatars and their little world don’t know what it feels like to be overworked, and underpaid - do they care if they wear sweatshop free clothing? Can they drive SUV’s without scrutiny since it is a virtual automobile running on virtual gas in a virtual world? Or do they have new problems - like stunted resolution by bandwidth limitations - or… i dunno, keeping their world spam free? Shrug* I’m not a big player in all of the goldmining possibilities of what you can place value on in those worlds yet - but it sure makes you think. Digression aside, your Second Life avatars can now be sweatshop free in AA just like you! And thats what it really comes down to when you spend that dollar, right? [via Springwise]

*notcot - 06.14.06 , 20:59 -

Untangled Life

My obsession of the day is Untangled Life… and their Wibrary (think wireless library?) - and as much as i hate to admit it - their visuals won me over first. Their ads/etc are hilarious, and gorgeous. And like a proper one - two punch, next thing that hit me was their brilliant concept - UNTANGLED LIFE - the title says it all on so many levels, they are simplifying your life, they offer free tech support (totally sending my mom to these guys), 5$ handling + free shipping, and they provide all things wireless. Its like a dream store, i would even go so far as to say, when these guys put a physical store together, it will blow the apple store away.

*notcot - , 13:19 -

This is your server on…

WOW. Remember those “This is your brain. awkward silence This is your brain on drugs. show complete mess” styled ads? Well thats what these images remind me of… This is your server on Linux/Apache awkward silence This is your server on WINDOWS/IIS. (click image to see bigger) As i’m sure you know, i’m visually oriented - you can describe to me the benefits between systems over and over, but an image like this drives it home… wow. look at that mess. [via IslaFriki]

On that note - Plea For Help! I’m going to start freelance writing/blogging for another site covering Tech/Gadget Blogs [and pet blogs too] - and would love to hear what sites you guys love and know about that deserve some recognition! I’ll post more info up here when it gets going, so far, it seems like a really fun venture NOTCOT lovers might enjoy… i’ll keep you posted.

*notcot - 05.16.06 , 14:56 -

Remote Hanger

Also found this one via Galore, its Multishelf by Swedish firm Nylen Media, and its exactly what it sounds like. A shelf for many things - but ideal for all your tech gadgets (mobile phones, pdas, mps, remote controls, etc) - and maybe it could be adapted to be a sweet charging dock (slap a powerstrip underneath it perhaps?) I was drawn to the simplicity of the design, and the potential it has - available in black and white.

*notcot - 04.30.06 , 23:06 -


sparkly.pngDazed and crazy weekend trying to get ready to run off to Europe and soothing to the stress is this gorgeously mesmerizing Sparkly Screensaver! Not much else to say about it other than watch it and zone and be inspired (for Mac OS X - its a quartz composer file)

*notcot - 04.21.06 , 14:19 -


Plotted above are apparently the 100 most recent visitors (well recent to that one time a day they update)… by Gvisit. But its still a fun concept - and even seeing a tiny sample of the many readers, its fun to see the city list and see how it looks plotted on the world. Stumbled upon this, just trying it out to see how it looks - would be fun to find a way to plot every visitor! [From the look of it - this was a time when americans were awake and all our euro/asian readers hadn’t quite gotten up yet!] Best part though is anyone can input their website with no registration and check out their visitors locations! I’m a fan of the openess of the setup.

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