"Use only what you need"
Interesting ad campaign promoting water conservation in Denver.
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Smart saw stops and retracts blade instantly upon contact with human flesh
“Every contact with a conductive material (i.e. a human body as opposed to wood) results in a drop of voltage which in turn results in an aluminum block being ‘shot’ into the teeth of the blade.” [tx NG]
Tom Suzuki, reknowned textbook designer
Interesting quote from obit: “He had that important editorial designer gift — he actually read what he was designing for. And the art department worked interactively with the editorial department and the authors and consultants in developing art and photo concepts.”
Federico Fellini on constraints
“I don’t believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there’s one thing that’s dangerous for an artist, it’s precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.” [via CPU]
Wagashi, traditional Japanese confections evolve into art form
“The character pronounced ‘wa’ denotes things Japanese, while the characters for ‘gashi’, an alliteration of kashi, have come to mean confections. Wagashi represent the essence of Japanese culture, and continue to be vital force in Japanese life.” [tx LB]

Kate Winslet says her curves inspired the design of a new Jaguar
“The curvaceous Brit Titanic star and hater-of-all-things-skinny, Kate Winslet, is purportedly the muse behind the design of the new Jaguar XK. Apparently, according to Winslet in an interview on NBC’s The Tonight Show, the designer saw Winslet as ‘the ideal woman, and was inspired by the shape of my body or something…’”
Choices = Headaches (Joel Spolsky on the OFF button in Windows Vista)
Inevitably, you are going to think of a long list of intelligent, defensible reasons why each of these options is absolutely, positively essential. Don’t bother. I know. Each additional choice makes complete sense until you find yourself explaining to your uncle that he has to choose between 15 different ways to turn off a laptop.
The joy of carpentry
“Putting in a window should be a joy. You should love the new header and the sound of your electric screwdriver as it secures the new beams. The only good carpenter is the one who knows that he’s not good. He’s afraid that he’ll ruin the whole house, and he works slowly. It’s the same as cooking or driving. The good cook knows humility, and his soufflé never falls because he is terrified that it will fall the whole time he’s cooking.”
How to carve an ox
“A good cook changes his knife once a year-because he cuts. A mediocre cook changes his knife once a month-because he hacks.”
Ricky Gervais asks Chris Martin ridiculous questions