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“Coming to Nokia Plaza L.A. Live in Los Angeles on March 25, 2011 is a new, one-of-a-kind sculpture that pays homage to one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Muhammad Ali. Made up of 1,300 boxing speed bags, the piece stands 22 feet high and is held up by 5 miles of stainless steel cable and 2 miles of aluminum tubing. (Did we tell you it took three years to complete?) Internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Michael Kalish is the man behind reALIze, the new conceptual and thought-provoking monument. Kalish came up with the project and then worked with architectural firm Oyler Wu to design it. The idea for reALIze came about when Lonnie Ali, and her husband Muhammad, saw a tv segment about Kalish’s pop-art license plates. Intrigued by his work, Mrs. Ali reached out to Kalish, which led to the artist creating a piece for the Ali family. That first sculpture led to a lasting relationship between Kalish and the Alis and ultimately inspired reALIze, an installation created to be as mythical as the boxer himself.” w/ photos
“Thinking about getting a new iPod, laptop or cell phone? How many of us buy the latest model just to discover a short while later that it’s already outdated? And how much of it is just about having a flashy gadget rather than needing all its features? In which case, we might as well just display the fancy cardboard boxes in our homes to show that we’re part of the gadget club… What if a recycled cardboard device became your latest gadget? Trust British designer Kyle Bean — you might like it better than your current one.” w/ photos
“It won’t just be milk, it’ll be tuna and catnip, too. They’ll force us to work in human factories, whipping us with the feathery stick toys we used to tease them with if we don’t work fast enough. OH GOD.” — Amberritos
“This is the powered cheese grater that automatically slices, shreds, or grates cheese. Three interchangeable blades produce wafer-thin slices of Parmigiano-Reggiano, airy flecks of Pecorino Romano, or silky strands of Manchego simply by pressing the top of the device. The device can shred up to two kinds of cheese at once, allowing you to create freshly grated blends. The cheese receptacle comes with a lid, providing convenient storage in a refrigerator. About the size of a pepper mill, the cordless battery powered device operates for up to 25 minutes after a four-hour charge from the included AC adapter. For semi-hard to hard cheese; also grates nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, or similar spices. Blades and receptacle are hand-washable.” w/ photos
“You’ve waited weeks for your favorite band to plant ground in your sleepy hometown. You spent days sleeping in the back of your pickup truck in a freezing tundra of a stadium parking lot to buy your ticket. You sold a vital organ just to score the money for a single seat in the arena. And now, you have to spend it next to one of these sour notes.” w/ photos