Carl Warner is a London-based photographer who makes foodscapes: landscapes made of food. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background, as the process is very time-consuming and the food quickly wilts under the lights. The images can take up to two or three days to build and photograph and then a couple of days retouching and fine-tuning them to blend together all the elements. Carl spends a lot of time planning each image before shooting in order to choose the best ingredients to replicate larger scale shapes and forms within nature, Warner says: “Although there is a fair amount of waste, there is a lot of food left over which is always shared out with the team, though most of the food used in the sets have either been superglued or pinned, and neither of these makes for good eating.” Carl shoots the scenes using a Hasselblad H3D39 and retouches them on a Mac in his London studio. He cites as his influences the photographer Ansel Adams and films such as The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Check out his amazing foodscapes HERE.
Feast your eyes on what may be the most advanced office chair ever conceived. Produced by Herman Miller, the Embody Chair ($1,600) is the successor to the Aeron Chair which claims to improve lower body circulation, mind-body connection and office productivity. Embody targets the wiggly worker who lives with laptops, flat-screens and wireless devices. Embody is the last design from the late Bill Stumpf, who created or co-designed the Aeron, Ergon, and Equa work chairs. His legacy led to his reputation as the father of modern ergonomic seating. In 2002, Stumpf told Herman Miller: “I think I have one more in me.” Inspired by a uniquely comfortable pair of shoes, Stumpf pursued the new chair design with protégé and partner Jeff Weber. After Stumpf died in 2006, Weber, 45, evolved the design at his Minneapolis-based Studio Weber & Associates. One significant feature of the new chair is an exposed spine-like flexing structure for the backrest. The back moves with 56 flexors to support the occupant, and the seat cushion is topped with 93 connected plastic discs, or pixels, to move as the sitter moves. Other facets, including a backrest narrowed at the top and extendible depth for the seat, give laptop and keyboard users more freedom to move.
The innovative Craftsman 12 V Lithium-Ion Hammerhead Auto Hammer ($100) is the first of its kind in the marketplace. This innovative tool removes the need for a hose or cord and uses the power of a 12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery to nail nails up to 3.5-in. in length with the press of a trigger. Because of the compact design and a weight of only 1.86 lbs, the Hammerhead Auto Hammer is ideal for: nailing in tight areas where swinging is restricted, for overhead applications, for a variety of other projects that require nails, for carrying from project to project and for storage purposes. The hammerhead’s powerful motor, made with a high speed/high torque design, drives nails quickly and with minimal effort in materials from construction lumber to finished wood. The hammer nails at 2000 impacts/minute and features a retractable nail sleeve that covers the impact mechanism and retracts during use to ensure flush finishes. For assistance in nail placement and nailing accuracy, a magnetic head conveniently holds nails up to 7/16-in wide. The soft-grip handle provides increased comfort and grip and the LED work light illuminates the work area for enhanced vision. The Auto Hammer is a part of the new compact line of Craftsman tools called NEXTEC. These tools are powered by a compact 12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery for enhanced performance and longer shelf life. The Hammerhead Auto Hammer Kit includes: Hammerhead Auto Hammer, 1-12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery, 30 minute quick charge charger with LED charge indicator, nail remover and carry/storage case.
Apple has posted a promotional image on its Online Store advertising a one-day shopping event on the day after Thanksgiving, commonly known in the retail world as “Black Friday.” The image, which shows a large number one made up of graphic representations of various Apple products, reads: “Come back to the Apple Online Store the day after Thanksgiving for a special one-day-only holiday shopping event. You’ll find dozens of great iPod, iPhone, and Mac gift ideas.” Exact details of the event, such as applicable products and pricing, have yet to be revealed; in addition, it is unclear whether Apple will be offering the same or similar discounts in its retail stores, as well.
Sir Paul McCartney has said that talks to make the Beatles’ catalog available on iTunes have stalled. “The last word I got back was it’s stalled at the whole moment, the whole process,” McCartney said. “I really hope it will happen because I think it should.” He added, “It’s between EMI and the Beatles, I think.” A spokeswoman for EMI echoed the former Beatle’s statement, saying, “We have been working hard to secure agreement with Apple Corps. to make the Beatles’ legendary recording catalog available to fans in digital form. Unfortunately the various parties involved have been unable to reach agreement but we really hope everyone can make progress soon.”
Mark Johnson traveled the world to record musicians all performing one of my favorite songs, Stand By Me. The result is entertaining, uplifting and will put a smile on your face.
Some of the biggest names in music are contributing exclusive songs to RED(WIRE), a new digital music magazine launching on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).
U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are on board for the initiative, which is an outgrowth of the Bono-reared activist organization (RED). All proceeds from subscriptions will benefit HIV-infected people in Africa; MSN.com will host a kick-off party on Dec. 1.
For $5, users will receive a new issue of RED(WIRE) every Wednesday, featuring an exclusive song from a major artist, a song from an artist (RED) aims to showcase, a multimedia piece that could encompass video or photography and a look at how proceeds are directly benefiting Africans in need. The materials will be downloaded to a custom player and automatically loaded into iTunes.
Users can send two free issues to friends, and will be rewarded if they join RED(WIRE). “Artists are already saying, ‘I want to give you a track for those people who brought friends in,'” (RED)WIRE founder Don MacKinnon tells Billboard.com. “That’s the biggest idea: using social networking to actually change the world in a unique way.”
U2’s track was recorded just last Wednesday, while the Killers, Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant teamed up for the Christmas song “Joseph, Better You Than Me,” which MacKinnon describes as “like a power ballad.” This is the third year in a row the Killers have penned a holiday song and donated proceeds to (RED).
Meanwhile, John Legend’s take on Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” finds him eschewing piano for a stripped-down arrangement with guitar, bass and backing vocalists, according to MacKinnon.
Also coming is the first new Dixie Chicks song since the group’s Grammy sweep in 2007, “Lucky One,” and Elvis Costello and the Police jamming on “Watching the Detectives” and “Walking From the Moon,” taped during Costello’s new Sundance Channel show “Spectacle.” Additional (RED)WIRE offerings will be announced in the coming weeks.
MacKinnon is particularly enthused about the creative directions open to (RED)WIRE, especially with such high-profile artist participation.
“I had a meeting with Jay-Z, and he wants to talk about artists to be featured in that spotlight slot,” he says. “Big artists may curate an issue. The whole goal was to create a creative platform. When somebody says, ‘I do all this photography and I want to put it in as an extra,’ That’s when I go, this is going to be really cool.” (From Billboard)