Davone Rithm

7 Aug 2008 2008-08-07

Audiophiles and design buffs alike are getting pretty excited about the Davone Rithm speakers.  Hell, so are we! This smoothly curved speaker has some serious sound behind it, sporting a 1-inch dome tweeter placed in the center of an 8-inch woofer. Even if the sound hardware doesn’t impress (which it does, according to reports), we’d still want a set of these just to show off. The Danish design touches of the Rithm provide a minimalist look built from specialized wood molding techniques. The look and performance of the Davone Rithm will surely be turning heads at your next cocktail party… [thanks cnet]

Buy: $TBA

Top Floor Ethereal Rug

30 Jul 2008 2008-07-30

This is a first for our eyes, GearCravers.  We’ve never seen a rug design that involves two dimensions of negative space– the blank mid-section of this rug and the floor below it.  The Top Floor Ethereal Rug is an instant favorite.  An organic floral pattern reaches into the whitespace on this rug, yet this pattern is more than grooves and layers.  Designer Esti Barnes has cut these layers right through the rug itself, exposing the bare wood below.  This is one concept that certainly needs to be explored further…

Buy: $TBD

local-river-plant-aquarium

18 Jul 2008 2008-07-18

Local River Plant Aquarium

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has a high fashion way of dealing with the global food crisis. His “Local River” Plant Aquarium is part fish hatchery, part vegetable garden, part modernist marvel. This refrigerated aquarium breeds freshwater fish and vegetables, where the development of both creates a symbiotic environment. The vegetables strip minerals and nitrates from the water, effectively purifying it for the development of the fish. While the concept of a food-productive fish tank might be unsettling to some, local food fanatics can get their dinner from a body of water in their own home. Check out video of the Local River’s recent installation at Artists Space in NY after the jump…

 

Lifestyles of the Digger Famous: 3 Top Diggers on Social Fame

17 Apr 2008 interviews

Whether you are new to Digg, a seasoned pro or Kevin Rose himself (Hi Kevin!), these three men have a powerful influence on what you read. Msaleem, MrBabyMan and Zaibatsu have established themselves as a “Digg Trinity”, three unlikely friends whose names are synonymous with social media, their submissions appearing on the front page of digg on a daily basis, driving millions of readers to sites they discover.

GearCrave joined the trio to discuss Digg, social media and their latest project, the Drill Down Podcast…

GearCrave: What is your name, digg username, location and job title?

Msaleem: My name is Muhammad Saleem and I go by the user name msaleem on almost all social media sites (except for StumbleUpon where my user name is msaleem-stumbl. I live in Chicago and I work as a strategy and product/business development consultant to startups.

MrBabyMan: My name is Andrew Sorcini, I go by MrBabyMan on Digg (and other social networks), and I’m a film editor.

Zaibatsu: I’m Reg Saddler, I go by Zaibatsu on Digg, mixx, and everywhere else. I’m a retired tech consultant.

GC: How did the three of you originally come together? When was the idea for the Drill Down Podcast created?

MBM: We’re all submitters on Digg. It’s a natural occurrence amongst Digg submitters (and I really can’t explain why) that as they become more and more successful, they begin to connect with each other outside of Digg. For the most part, all the top submitters know each other and chat with each other fairly regularly. This is how Mu, Reg and I first connected.

Mu and I would occasionally chat about the tech stories we saw on Digg, and our conversations were so free and insightful, I began to wonder if anyone else would be interested in eavesdropping in on them. Mu suggested we make it a threesome with Reg, and we started to record our chats.

GC: What is The Drill Down Podcast? What does it mean for the world of social media?

MS: The Drill Down podcast covers technology-related and web-related news and often reviews new social web apps. As for social media, the podcast is a place for people to come together and discuss all the latest social media happenings. We don’t ‘run’ the show, in fact we take recommendations from the audience and often invite them to co-host the show with us.

GC: What doors has Digg opened for you and your respective careers?

MS: I don’t think it’s Digg specifically that has opened doors for any of us, but via Digg, it’s our respective understanding of some of the most important properties in the social web sphere that has opened doors for us. In fact it is this same understanding that allows us to utilize Digg to its maximum potential.

MBM: My entertainment industry career is independent from my involvement on Digg, and outside of the realm of social networking, my co-workers, friends and family are unimpressed, uninterested or just don’t get it. That’s fine by me.

Z: Digg has definitely introduced me to a lot of wonderful people in social media I otherwise wouldn’t have met. Since being on Digg, I’ve developed great relationships with them.

GC: What do you believe is the key to your success on Digg?

MS: There is no big secret to success on Digg. Submit good quality content and participate actively on the site and anyone can be just as successful on the site. The new crop of power-Diggers prove just that.

MBM: I think my success is due for the most part to the Digg community finding an affinity with many (roughly about 27%) of the stories I submit. And for that, I’m grateful to be able to choose and submit content they connect with.

Z: I think people really like me and my posts. Also I have a, shall we say, distinctive title/description style that I think people dig (pun intended)

GC: For each of you, what are a few of your all-time favorite personal submissions to Digg?

MS: My favorite submission so far was the announcement of Al-Gore being awarded the Nobel Prize.

MBM: That’s tough to say, but I’d have to say my favorites are the ones that really moved people, engaged them in heated debate, or inspired them to consider a viewpoint they hadn’t previously.

Z: So neighbors steal your wi-fi net access, kill the connection or have fun or anything with treefrogs.

GC: If you could change any one thing about Digg, what would it be?

MS: I would make it much more transparent.

MBM: I would call for more transparency in the

missile silo

How to Buy Your Own Missile Silo

23 Mar 2008 2008-03-23
Posted by J. Wallace

So, you are interested in your own missile silo? Well first, check out these videos to learn the basics…

Building Your Own Missile Silo

During the Cold War, America was full of holes, and each one contained a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. For every missile there was an underground command center (called a capsule) with two military officers on duty for 24 hours at a time, each one holding a launch key. If the officers got the right command from on high, they would verify with a countersign, insert their keys and launch the missile– bye bye bad guys. It takes two keys to launch, insuring that a rogue maniac couldn’t start his own WWIII, at least not without driving his partner in the capsule to the same brand of crazy.

missile silo
(image courtesy: Seth Woodworth)

Fortunately, nobody ever had to turn their keys in real life, only in training missions that simulated an underhanded attack by dirty commies. Now a lot of these sites are abandoned, decommissioned under anti-nuclear proliferation treaties and other negotiations. When the government sold these off at bargain-basement prices, savvy investors scooped them up and now resell them to anyone with an urge to live underground and with no windows. GearCrave got the scoop…after the jump learn how you can track down and bid on your very own post-nuclear missile silo home.

missile silo tour
(image courtesy: Kerinin)

Buying a missile silo for your very own is really like purchasing any piece of real estate. You need to scope out the property, see if you like the area and check out the neighbors. Well, chances are there won’t be ANY neighbors anywhere close by. Missile silos were built away from populated areas, behind miles of fenceline and under armed guard. Some people like the idea of all that solitude, and if that’s you, life on the (former) nuclear prairie could be for you. If you are in the market for one of these throwbacks to the Cold War, here’s some food for thought:

  • Buying a missile silo means buying multiple acres.
  • Silos are on decommissioned military bases or military annexes and are often far away from towns or cities.
  • Your missile silo may be located near an EPA Superfund pollution cleanup site. Do your homework before buying.
  • Have the site appraised by a real estate professional, but understand that your costs for the property may be inflated due to the unusual nature of the property. You may pay “seller’s market” rates for such a site rather than realistic prices.
  • You may need a generator or a special arrangement with a local power company for electrical service.
  • Certain features such as blast doors and other unique missile silo construction may require structural evaluation after 30 years or more of disuse.

A missile silo site is what real estate types call “a real fixer-upper.” Some sites are flooded, need serious mold abatement, and will definitely require you to do a renovation. After all, once upon a time, it looked like this:

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Now imagine this space flooded with water, stripped of its electronics, and 30 years of stale air. Yuck. That’s not to say that it can’t be done. In Dover, Kansas, Edward and Dianna Peden converted a missile facility into Subterra Castle, an interesting underground home and event space. Check out what the Pedens did with their site, originally purchased for about $40K back in the 80s.

If you aren’t a DIY type, the renovations for a missile silo could wind up costing plenty, but if you have the spare change to throw around, why not? The only trick now is to find a seller. If you want to investigate, fear not–we’ve saved you a bit of time. Here are two of the key players in missile silo real estate:

  • Siloworld.com –the only drawback here is that you get seller phone numbers and prices, but no photos or other info. Still worth looking into for those seller details.
  • MissileSilos.com–the terms on the properties listed here vary from slightly dodgy sounding (no financing allowed on one site priced at nearly two million–full payment only) to more realistic sounding terms such as investment partnership in exchange for half ownership. This site has photos and descriptions, and is quite helpful if you’re considering going underground. Some prices near a reasonable quarter mil, others closer to two million.

The best advice if you’re looking for a missile silo? Get in touch with these two web sites and ask plenty of questions. Bring a structural expert and appraiser to any site you are thinking about owning and check out the area to make sure there are no serious environmental problems. Does your missile silo have a problem with Radon gas leaking into the facility? Is there a lead paint or asbestos issue in the structure? Know BEFORE you buy. Some additional things to think about:

  • The military stored hazardous waste in some decommissioned nuclear sites. Is the one you’re looking at in need of a serious decontamination?
  • If a particular site is flooded and needs to be drained, is the flood issue a cumulative water problem or the result of a single structural failure somewhere in the facility?
  • How much will it cost to reconnect to utilities such as power, gas and water?
  • How is trash removal and sewage to be handled?

Knowing the basic answers to these questions will help you figure out whether the purchase is worth the asking price. You should also check to see how the area in question is zoned in case you want to run a business from your former missile silo.
Owning a missile silo isn’t impossible–just ask Edward and Dianna Peden. Just remember there are no windows down there and you’ll need to figure out what to do about getting an Internet connection up and running. That and a fridge full of beer. If you wind up buying one of these, by all means drop us a line and let us know what happened.

Enjoy this article? Read about How to Buy Your Own Private Island here on GearCrave.

ASCII Curtains

17 Mar 2008 homeware

ASCII Curtains

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 9:00AM

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Designer Nieke Sybrandy has come up with a great concept with her ASCII curtains. Many of today’s blog kiddies and Nintendo Wii-heads are too young to remember the great old computer BBS systems of the late 80s and early 90s, with their crude-but-endearing ASCII graphics and ancient green and amber color schemes. These curtains are a direct throwback to those days of yore, but in a much more sophisticated way. Stylish, organic-looking, but realized with the creative arrangement of old fuddy-duddy computer code. Amazing. [JoshSpear]

Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

15 Nov 2007 gadgets

Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

By J. Wallace

 

If you don’t know what UMPC means, it’s time you got an update. Could this be the start of computing 3.0? No way to tell, this gear is too new to call in terms of overall popularity and sales trends. It could be the Betamax of computing, but could easily wind up being a serious contender for your PC dollars. In case you’re living in a cave in Tora Bora at present, UMPC stands for UltraMobile PC. And no, these are NOT laptops, they’re far too small. Pocket-sized PC power, with ultra-efficient battery technology and some pre-loaded with Vista Business and on-the-go business software. We love anything that’s portable, powerful, and can slip into the inner pocket of your leather jacket:

eo Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

5. TabletKiosk presents the EO UMPC v7110 tablet PC. This under-a-grand model has a one-gig VIA C7-M low voltage processor, up to a gig of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows XP. If you have never used a tablet PC before, brace yourself for a the learning curve, don’t panic, and remember that it’s made for productivity AND portatbility. This ain’t made to replace your desktop, but it will serve you well on the road once you get used to the lack of a keyboard.

Buy for $899.00

Check out the rest of our Top 5 UltraMobile PCs after the jump!

odo Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

4. OQO E2 has a 1.5GHz VIA C7M ULV processor, 1GB DDR2, 533 MHz Speed SDRAM Memory, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi to connect to standard wireless networks and hotspots. We like this for the embedded Sprint Mobile Broadband Module. Wi-Fi anywhere you want, baby! There’s also Bluetooth support, a shock-mounted, drop-detecting hard drive, dedicated mouse and zoom buttons, support for HDMI, the list goes on and on.

Buy for $1689.99

samsung Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

3. Samsung’s Q1P is another tablet PC, just as small as any UMPC in this list, weighing in just 1.7 pounds and a one-inch thick profile in your briefcase or backpack. The Q1P sports the low voltage 1 gig Intel Pentium M processor, 60 GB hard drive, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel GMA 900 video card, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g,) Bluetooth connection, and runs Vista Home Premium. You can run this up to 10 hours with an optional 8-cell power bank, very sweet indeed for those long international flights. Another nice touch is the special multimedia feature that lets you view movies, photos and play music without booting up.

Buy for $1299

asus Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

2. The Asus R2H has a touchscreen, 900MHz Celeron processor, a 60-gig hard drive and runs on the WinXP Tablet PC system. This one is larger than the rest on the list with its seven-inch screen, but the three-and-a-half hour battery life is a nice plus. Some reviewers say this is the best of the bunch for viewing media, which is why it comes to #2 on our list, even though there are some complaints about clunky data entry in some cases.

Buy for $881.69

viao mobile Top 5 UltraMobile PCs

1. Sony’s VGN-UX380N weighs just over a pound, measuring 5.9 by 3.75 inches. The 4.5-inch widescreen SVGA screen slides up to give you access to the integrated keyboard. Windows Vista Business is included, and the Vaio runs on a Core Solo processor. This has tri-mode Wi-Fi, WWAN, WLAN, and Bluetooth, plus two cameras, a 40 gig hard drive and a gig of RAM. This gets to #1 thanks to running the most current OS around AND having its own keyboard. The two-camera setup is pretty interesting, too.

Buy for $1149 or get the updated version, the UX490 with Core Duo processor and other goodies for $2499.

And that’s our top five! These models may never threaten the full-size desktop PC, but for portability and on-the-go gratification, UMPC is a great concept. As this technology gets more sophisticated, one day the laptop market might just start quaking in its boots.

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