The sweet hues of the gummy bear candelier

Thursday, 13 December, 2012

gummy bear candelier by Kevin Champeny

The gummy bears aren’t actual sweets but they sure look it. All up though it’s just as well this gummy bear “candelier”, as designed by Kevin Champeny, is made up of acrylic stand-ins… as a lampshade it wouldn’t last too long otherwise, especially in homes occupied by those with a sweet tooth.

(Thanks Sarah)

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If light bulbs had their own IP addresses could they be hacked?

Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

Ten plus years ago people talked excitedly about being able to connect their refrigerators to the internet… after all the potential to ping the fridge to see how much milk was left, from the other side of town, made for a convenient prospect.

And if light bulbs of the near future have their own IP addresses then we’ll be able to turn lights on and off from other rooms, or even as we’re heading for home from work or a night out, all from the handset of our smartphone… surely another convenient and useful comfort.

The possibilities are endless: You could monitor, manage and control every light bulb from any Internet-enabled device – turning lights on and off individually, dimming or creating scenes from your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV – to save energy as well as electricity costs.

I hope these light bulbs are secure though… imagine the mayhem if a neighbour or someone took control of your lights and started switching them on and off at all hours of the day and night.

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Light emitting wallpaper that is also environmentally friendly

Wednesday, 13 January, 2010

Amazing, wallpaper that is not only decorative but can also light a room as well.

The wallpaper’s light-emitting ability is based on the technology of organic light-emitting diaodes (OLED). These consist of organic molecules which glow when an electric current is passed through them. When coated onto a thin film, these may be used to cover walls to create a light-emitting wallpaper that can replace traditional light bulbs. OLEDs produce a more natural-looking glow than other forms of lighting.

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Chandeliers that are far too cool to swing from

Tuesday, 12 January, 2010

The weird and wonderful custom designed chandeliers of Hans van Bentam.

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Don’t try swinging from chandeliers made of paper clip

Friday, 4 September, 2009

First there were the matchstick McLaren F1 racing cars and elaborate scale model oil rigs, now comes a range of chandeliers made from paper clips.

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The directors cut has replaced the directors style

Monday, 15 June, 2009

In an earlier time it was relatively easy to pick out who the director of a film was by looking at its production style… lighting, camera angles, etc.

That is a first lesson in what “style” means, and how stylists can forget that they’re making a murder – they think they are making a film. Style exists in framing, lighting and editing and how those areas of choice make us feel. It is a matter of electing to make any scene a montage of different shots and camera angles, or a fluid, moving coverage in one unbroken shot. I spell out these extremes because Hitchcock tried both. There was a period in his life, in the late 40s, when he suddenly fell in love with this kind of fluent coverage – call it the sequence shot, or the 10-minute take, the label applied to Rope, in which there are only eight shots in the entire film. But in the rest of his career, Hitch believed in short shots cut together to give us an impression of action.

I see a lot of movies but trying to discern an individual directorial style isn’t easy. Woody Allen’s films are pretty easy to pick out so long as you see their opening credits, and I guess George Lucas movies are also easy to spot (enough said).

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Earth Hour 2009, a before and during photo collection

Wednesday, 1 April, 2009

A great selection of photos from across the globe, taken during last Saturday’s Earth Hour event.

Click on each photo to observe the same scene with the lights off.

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In the dark: some words of farewell to the light bulb

Wednesday, 7 January, 2009

Light bulbs (or light globes as they are referred to in some parts of the world) are in the process of being phased out across the European Union in the name of being environmentally friendly.

This month, 75W and 100W bulbs begin to disappear from sale as we switch to environmentally friendly, but dimmer, colder, uglier, often more expensive, eco-bulbs. From Bantry Bay to Bucharest, European ceilings today bear witness to a mass hanging signifying the end of the incandescent bulb. One by one those doomed lights will, as Churchill foresaw (he was actually on about something else), go off all over Europe.

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2007

Art Gallery of New South Wales by night

Just posted a few photos to my Flickr set that I took during a visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales last week.

They have a late night every Wednesday… helpful for city workers who live outside Sydney and have trouble getting along at other times I imagine.

On this occasion you can see I was more interested in photo opportunities than anything else.

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Sunday, 21 May, 2006

flaming lamp

I’m loving the soft hues my new flame red desk lamp imbues my apartment with.

flaming lamp

Not always conducive to productivity though, but I won’t let that bother me too much.

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