Category Archives: Cool Hunting Fridays

Cool Hunting Friday v 3.1

Apollo Robbins (Photograph by Martin Schoeller)

I picked this:

5. The Art of Pickpocketing
While the act of pickpocketing is obviously looked down upon from a moral standpoint, theatrical pickpocketer Apollo Robbins is often looked up to as a quick-handed savant. Known for his “almost supernatural ability,” Robbins combines swagger with an uncanny knack for manipulating people’s attention and bodies without them knowing it. This week The New Yorker profiles the enigmatic man who now plies his trade as a Las Vegas performer.

because I had read this:

A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with.

“Come on,” Jillette said. “Steal something from me.”

Again, Robbins begged off, but he offered to do a trick instead. He instructed Jillette to place a ring that he was wearing on a piece of paper and trace its outline with a pen. By now, a small crowd had gathered. Jillette removed his ring, put it down on the paper, unclipped a pen from his shirt, and leaned forward, preparing to draw. After a moment, he froze and looked up. His face was pale.

“Fuck. You,” he said, and slumped into a chair.

Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from Jillette’s pen….

Pretty amazing.

Cool Hunting Friday v 3.0

Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall
Good to know.

10. 3D-Printed Aston Martin
Though the story called for a precious 1960 Aston Martin DB5 to be decimated, producers of “Skyfall,” the latest Bond installment, saved the rare icon by combining 3D printing with creative modeling. Propshop Modelmakers Ltd. employed a Voxeljet VX4000 large-scale printer to produce a series of model DB5s, which were built on a one-third scale out of 18 components.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.18

Social media stats

Well, it is an election year, after all:

12. Vertical Measures

The 19% of social media users who talk about politics and the 24% of Americans who learned about the presidential campaign through the Internet in 2008 are all statistics found via Vertical Measures’s Social Media Election, a well-designed infographic that tracks and measure’s each candidate’s social media engagement.

Check it out.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.17

The Hop
Okay, this is just too cool:

3. Hop

Named after obedient bell staff, the hands-free Hop is a new way of carrying luggage. The prototypical suitcase contains three receivers that are honed through your smartphone, allowing it to follow you remotely.

Check it out.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.16


Just one of the best book openings in literature.

2. Redesigning Dickens

In celebration of the Victorian novelist’s 200th birthday, GraphicDesign& recruited 70 eminent graphic designers to interpret the first page of “Great Expectations”. The creative juices of the talent pool yielded “Page 1: Great Expectations“, a collection of creative type jumbled with complicated infographics, QR codes and vintage illustrations.

And page 1 of Great Expectations says:

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

I give Pirrip as my father’s family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father’s, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, “Also Georgiana Wife of the Above,” I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine – who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle – I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.

Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip….

Read it all.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.15

Looks like fun.

11. Companion Bike Seat

After its popular run as a doubled-up bike taxi service at SXSW in March, the Companion Bike Seat is ready to put its attachable second seat on the market. Grab your friends and support this Kickstarter project—you can promise to take each other for a spin once it’s funded.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.14

Check this out while reading Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield.

12. Linotype: The Film

Named the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by none other than Thomas Edison, the Linotype type-casting machine forever changed printing by replacing hand-set type with elaborate mechanics. The decayed and rusting machines are now the subject of a documentary film that pays respects to their impact on the spread of information in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.13


Nice legacy to leave.

6. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche Dies at 76

In a blow to the world of automobile design, the creator of the Porsche 911 passed away this week. The landmark model debuted at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show, continuing the legacy started by Ferdinand Alexander’s grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.12


Watch the video!

12. Musical Jellies

Squishy forms create harmonies on a game board designed with a capacitative sensor able to read differences in shape, salt concentration and vibrations in jelly molds. Noisy Jelly presents this mesmerizing kit for DIY experimenters complete with dies, molds and agar powder to start making gelatinous instruments.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.11


Who knew? Automobiles as art and cultural expression.

6. Garagisme

Parisian art director Gilles Uzan debuts his new magazine, Garagisme, dedicated to the social life of automobiles. Ignoring performance specs and test drives, Uzan instead focuses on the car’s role in gender constructions, fantasies and alternative lifestyles.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.10


But what about dogs?

4. Apps for Cats

Not content to let your furry friends miss out on tablet entertainment, Friskies has produced three feline-friendly games. The apps utilize research on how cats respond to stimuli and make for some great entertainment for both pets and their owners.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.9


And the party is on. . .

7. Dollar Shave Club

Michael Dubin and Mark Levine launched the money-saving mail-order service in April 2011, shipping quality razors for a mere $3. Smart enough, but it was the promotional video that put them on the map. Originally created as a pitch to investors, the hilarious skit—among its declarations: “Your handsome-ass grandfather only had one blade…and polio!”—also won over everyone with an Internet connection this week.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.8


Humans better than computers at sight? Who knew. . .

5. SETI Live

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has decided to crowd-source their efforts to find life on other planets. Using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), users can see a live feed of the most life-friendly star systems, and can report what they see in real time. The move is based on SETI’s decision that the human eye is more reliable than their computer algorithms.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.7

PlanetSolar's Turanor, the world’s largest solar-powered boat
Finally, something solar powered that works:

10. Turanor’s Cross-Global Journey

PlanetSolar’s striking solar-powered boat just completed an 18-month journey around the world. After departing in September 2010, the 101-foot-long boat stuck close to the sun-drenched equator to fuel its 703 lithium-ion powered panels.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.6

LED surfer/snowboarder William Hughes (photo by Jacob Sutton)
Pretty cool:

10. Glowing Man

Fashion photographer Jacob Sutton cast Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in a glowing short film shot on the slopes of the French resort Tignes in the region of Rhone-Alpes. Hughes coasted down the mountain in a customized L.E.D. suit by electronics designer John Spatcher, saying “Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding.”

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.5


The Clapper with a twist:

6. BANG! Lamp

Replacing the antiquated notions of switches and clapping is Taiwan-based Bitplay’s playful gun-controlled lamp, which debuted at the New York International Gift Fair. Those who grew up shooting ducks on their Nintendo will delight in the lampshade knocking off kilter when you pull the trigger.

Cool Hunting Fridays v 2.4

Selexyz Bookstore, a converted Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland

Selexyz Bookstore, a converted Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland

It’s time to read!

12. The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

From Slovakia to California, Flavorwire pieces together an impressive display of the world’s most beautiful book stores, giving one more reason to celebrate the printed word.

Cool Hunting Fridays v 2.3

Yosemite (Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty)

It’s back-to-nature week.

7. Yosemite HD

An uplifting record of North America’s most impressive park, this time-lapse video from Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty shows the life of Yosemite over a few weeks. With brilliant shots of swarming stars and the rising sun to entertain the masses, filmmakers will appreciate the pair’s deft use of a controlled dolly setup.

Cool Hunting Fridays v 2.2


Who knew? Trees can sing:

2. Years

Reading the rings of wood cut from felled trees, “Years” produces music that reflects the tree’s unique composition. Created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, the custom program and modified turntable pump out piano melodies as the wooden disc spins around.

Cool Hunting Fridays v 2.1

Home snowmaker from Instructables
Just in time for winter:

9. Home Snowmaker

Man harnessed the power of Mother Nature to make synthetic snow on a large-scale, and now thanks to Instructables, any average Joe can do so at home. The websitestandard its standard [sic] do-at-your-own-risk disclaimer, which with the headlining photo makes the project look a wee bit dangerous but all the more enticing.

Check them all out.