Category Archives: design

Ask not for whom the duck rolls

It rolls for thee. Did you know that the first LEGO toy, made in 1935, was made of wood, not plastic? Did you know it was not composed of wooden bricks but a single assembled piece? Did you know it was a duck? On wheels? It's a fact. These days, the original LEGO wooden duck is a…
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Cheap Kablet for your Kitchen Cabinet

It's been some time since we've had a kitchen technology update, not since the the two-port usb kitchen, in fact. So pull up a chair and I'll tell you more than you wanted to know about how I installed a dedicated kitchen tablet. Every now and again, via some design, gadget or kitchen blog, I read about…
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PO’d at the proselytizing PO

I got to the post office early to buy stamps. I knew the windows would be closed but was planning to buy stamps from the machine. A week after Christmas, here were my options: How many Christmas stamps would you like? Zero is how many I would like. No other options, just Rudolph. On the one…
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Community Supported Arts Harvest

This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach a business basics class for a group of artists participating in a new way to create and sell artwork, Community Supported Arts. Like its inspiration, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), CSArts is a way for producers to get paid in advance for their work, and…
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Only a schnook would buy a Nook now

They say that it's hard for a company to shrink to greatness, but I do think that it's possible to simplify to greatness. There's been some moves in the e-reader world lately that raise the question, shrink or simplify. Sony, the first mover in the dedicated e-reader world, recently announced that they will no longer…
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The Futon District Grows Thinner

Today I noticed two more casualties along the mid-Cambridge furniture district, the stretch of Mass Ave between Central and Harvard formerly known as the Futon District. One was no surprise, but the other was, at least to me, shocking and even a little sad. First up, or rather, first down, City Schemes. After looking empty of…
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