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Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017 by kevan
Seeing Yellow
"When you print on a color laser printer, it's likely that you are also printing a pattern of invisible yellow dots. These marks exist to allow the printer companies and governments to track and identify you -- presumably as a way to combat money counterfeiting."
paper  secrets  surveillance  technology  colour 
august 2016 by kevan
The Eloquent Peasant » Blog Archive » Oldest papyri ever discovered document pyramid building, or More reasons why the aliens did not build the pyramids
"It took four days, using the Nile and connecting canals, to transport the blocks about 10km to the pyramid construction site, which was called the ‘Horizon of Khufu’. The logbook documents these activities for a period of more than three months."
history  paper  egypt  construction  via:adrian 
november 2014 by kevan
Google Cardboard
"The result is Cardboard, a no-frills [cardboard] enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app."
phones  technology  paper  via:adrian 
july 2014 by kevan
BBC News - Macy's parade: 'Shredded police papers in confetti'
"[The documents] included sensitive data such as social security numbers and banking information for police employees. They were shredded horizontally, not vertically, leaving text visible."
paper  police  secrets 
november 2012 by kevan
Freeze-Dried Games Pack
"This is an ongoing project to collect rules for interesting card, dice, word and pen-and-paper games that can be explained in no more than 100 words."
games  cards  dice  paper  creations 
november 2012 by kevan
Descriptive Camera
"The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene." Using Mechanical Turk.
photography  writing  paper  technology  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
Tim Harford — Article — A first-class reason to stockpile stamps
"It's very unusual to have access to an asset whose value is guaranteed to increase by 39 per cent overnight."
money  paper 
april 2012 by kevan
subpixel | F.A.T.
"subpixel is built from laser-cut acrylic, rubber bands, and nine razor blades. In two quick swipes, it transforms a small patch of subway advertisement [into] an 8×8 grid of pixel stickers, ready for two-way interaction with the public."
advertising  paper  mutation  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Laser 'unprinter' wipes photocopied ink from paper
"[When] you print something the only reason that you don't re-use the paper is because there is print on it. The paper is still in good condition and there is no point in going through all the heavy industrial [recycling] process if the paper is still perfectly fine."
paper  light 
march 2012 by kevan
Twitter by Post - The Morning News
"The mechanics of it took a while to work out. Most difficult was replicating my personal Twitter timeline—how could I post the same thing to everyone? Well, by writing it out lots of times. For those “public” tweets, I wrote the same thing out 15 times, on 15 cards, and sent them to 15 different people."
twitter  communication  paper 
december 2011 by kevan
Peace News Log « How to Fill In Your Census Form without Lockheed Martin Profiting (long version)
"The rational approach would be to take part in the census but make processing your return as expensive to process as possible for Lockheed Martin. [...] Bar codes can be rendered ineffective by neatly filling in some or all of the white gaps between the bars of with a black pen."
politics  paper  hacking  money 
march 2011 by kevan
Improve your Geometry Wars 2 scores with this hardware mod | Fidgit
"If you've properly modded Geometry Wars 2, you'll find that you without being able to check your score by moving your eyes valuable degrees away from the things that kill you, you'll die less often, and your score will increase by as much as 4%."
games  eyes  paper  via:mugla 
september 2010 by kevan
Quick Review of Cardboard Wars | BARG
"In an empty warehouse space in Digbeth, something like 40 people gathered and spent 2 hours industriously (like, really industriously) constructing weaponry and armour out of the most marvellous heap of assorted cardboard boxes and tubing I’ve ever seen."
paper  weapons  war 
september 2009 by kevan
Life Lessons: Don’t Make Eye Contact with Gorillas | GOOD
A Rotterdam zoo issues enclosure visitors with pinhole cardboard glasses that show eyes looking to one side, to stop eye contact from distressing the gorillas.
apes  eyes  illusions  paper  via:amuchmoreexotic 
april 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | Doodling 'may help memory recall'
"A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."
art  memory  paper 
february 2009 by kevan
Return to sender: Artist puts Royal Mail to the test - This Britain, UK - The Independent
"Among the initial batch of envelopes was a letter with the address written in mirror writing. But it was not until sorting office staff forwarded one in which her street name and number were the answer to a series of crossword clues that she realised someone was taking their job very seriously indeed."
puzzles  paper  crosswords  via:lmg 
february 2009 by kevan
Robot Messenger Displays Person-to-Person Notes In Public
"The user walks up on a small platform in front of the machine, writes a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and drops a coin in the slot. The inscription moves up behind a glass panel where it remains in public view for at least two hours so that the person for whom it is intended may have sufficient time to observe the note at the appointed place."
technology  paper  history  communication  via:warrenellis 
february 2009 by kevan
Companies developing biomass robot engine - Biomass Magazine
"Through the duration of the project, the EATR will be tested to demonstrate its ability to identify suitable biomass sources of energy—such as wood, grass or paper—and distinguish them from unsuitable materials such as rocks, metal or glass."
robots  electricity  plants  paper  apocalypse 
february 2009 by kevan
In Focus: How to use "Furoshiki" [MOE]
Usage diagrams for the 14th century Japanese wrapping cloth, which their Ministry of the Environment was pitching as a reusable giftwrap in 2006.
japan  paper  cloth  via:ohskylab 
december 2008 by kevan
314 - Watch the Road: World’s Earliest SatNav << Strange Maps
"The [Routefinder] consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ’scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking."
maps  travel  history  technology  paper  via:waxy 
october 2008 by kevan
The Mundaneum Museum Honors the First Concept of the World Wide Web - NYTimes.com
"In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or 'electric telescopes,' as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files."
computers  web  history  technology  paper  via:waxy 
june 2008 by kevan
paper cd case
"Use this website to create a PDF file which can be printed and folded to create a paper CD case."
paper  via:leonard 
december 2007 by kevan
Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources: Dymaxion Chronofile
"The Chronofile was a vast scrapbook that included copies of all [Fuller's] incoming and outgoing correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes and sketches, and even dry cleaning bills. [The] Chronofile was bound into handsome leather-backed volumes."
writing  history  paper 
december 2007 by kevan
The Morning News - The Laptop Club
"Parents may want to delay their children’s computer use, but here they are drawing their own designs. It reminded me of taking away toy guns and seeing the kids make guns out of sticks instead."
computers  children  simulation  paper  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
Cardboard Children Used To Slow Neighborhood Speeders - Local News Story - WKMG Orlando
"Mike Wood and his wife said their homemade cutout children make them feel uneasy at times because they look so real but said they force motorists to slow down."
transport  psychology  illusions  children  paper 
august 2007 by kevan
Go to Australia or use your own judgment | Guardian Unlimited Politics
"As prime minister, [Brown] has to write a letter, in his own hand, giving instructions detailing what the UK's response should be in the event of a pre-emptive nuclear attack. [It] will be opened only by the commander of a British Trident submarine."
politics  war  australia  paper  secrets  via:lmg 
june 2007 by kevan
Le Corbeau (1943)
The film that the Small Town Anywhere social game was based on; the power and freedom of anonymous letters, and how cheaply you can fake omniscience. Fun to see how well and how quickly the Small Town organisers had cast the players.
filmlog  3stars  secrets  society  france  paper 
june 2007 by kevan
Dawn of the Dead Boardgame
The out-of-print 1978 board game, now with new board art. "The zombie player rolls two dice and refers to the Zombie Entrance Table to determine if new zombie units enter the shopping centre from any of the main doors."
zombies  board  games  paper 
may 2007 by kevan
After Kelly | The Gospel of Pif
Another Glass Bead spinoff, with post-it notes. "Two or more players take turns writing ideas on sticky-notes and placing them on the gameboard. Every idea must connect somehow to at least one previously-played idea."
games  paper 
april 2007 by kevan
OUTDRA.WS: The OVERnote
LCD-style post-it note overlays. "The method is simple: print page one of the OVERnote file. This is a template that shows you where to stick your 3'' x 3'' super sticky post-its. Print the second page of the PDF file over your nicely arranged post-its."
paper  design  via:qwghlm 
march 2007 by kevan
Duncan Wilson - Pixelnotes
"A wallpaper consisting of four layers of [post-it notes in] varying grey tones on a bright primary backing."
art  paper  emergence 
november 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Postman who fought junk mail loses round
"Mr Annies was disciplined after Royal Mail bosses discovered he had delivered his own leaflet to houses on his south Wales round highlighting a little-known opt-out clause which can stop unwanted mailshots."
advertising  camrad  paper  business 
september 2006 by kevan
esupply: Shredding Scissors
A brilliantly low-tech shredder - a pair of scissors with five parallel blades.
paper  technology  secrets 
august 2006 by kevan
BoxBots ++ c 7 11 23
"I tried (and still do) to focus on using only lines and shapes that are in the original box to guide what the BoxBot will look like. While in Antarctica, I became obsessed with this project from the perspective of waste re-use."
litter  paper  robots  art 
march 2006 by kevan
HipBone Board for Instant Messenger Games
A board with editable circles, that you can use as personal notepaper while playing the game over instant messenger or something. Still astonished that there's no better way to play this online.
creations  games  board  paper 
march 2006 by kevan
CIA Sabotage Manual - a photoset on Flickr
"In the 1980s the CIA produced a small illustrated booklet in both Spanish and English designed to destabilise the Nicaraguan government and economic system."
politics  war  crime  paper  via:lmg 
december 2005 by kevan
A4 Origami
Wonderful pieces of tiny origami, set in the outline of the paper they were cut from.
paper  art  via:plasticbag 
november 2005 by kevan
University Health Care: U Hydrogel 'Paper' Plays Critical Part As Study Seeks to 'Print' Human Organs
"The cells and liquid hydrogel are placed in the printer cartridge and then dropped in three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel solidifies. After many layers [...], the cells fuse into tissue that forms 3-D structures."
medicine  paper  technology  science  via:jones 
november 2005 by kevan
100 Strategic Games for Pen and Paper - Walter Joris
A hundred games you can play with a pen and paper - a mix of old classics, media conversions ("Single Take Go") and weird obscurities or inventions. One per page, explained with a simple hand-drawn graph-paper diagram. No Scrabble, though.
booklog  games  paper  board 
november 2005 by kevan
MediaGuardian.co.uk | Paper view technology
Cheap, paper-thin displays. "The company believes there will also be a market for using them for simple computer games which could be printed on the side of a package or given away free in magazines."
paper  technology  magazines  games  via:zarba 
october 2005 by kevan
FOUND Magazine | Find of the Day
Scanned-in scraps of discarded paper. "We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life."
paper  secrets  memory  writing 
october 2005 by kevan
go anywhere disposable scrabble game.
Well, "go anywhere without a slight breeze" - a printable Scrabble board, but with cut-out paper tiles. Maybe I'll work on a tileless paper version.
games  scrabble  paper  travel  via:ole 
october 2005 by kevan
Knock Knock
Bits of paper and cardboard from the people who make the tickbox greetings cards. Some good stuff. "Leave notes for your loved ones telling them exactly what they must do to ensure your happiness on a daily basis."
cards  paper  humour 
october 2005 by kevan
Tate Britain | Your Collection
Facetious new tour leaflets at Tate Britain, which looked like they were planted by a stalker - design your own, and get it added to the collection, with a VIP pass thrown in.
museums  random  paper  walking 
october 2005 by kevan
RPS - 15
Roshambo with fifteen elements, and a nice diagram. "Rock pounds out fire, crushes scissors, snake, human, wolf, sponge, blocks (growth of) tree."
games  paper  stone  fire  air  water  electricity 
september 2005 by kevan
Message in a Bottle Server: Brighton UK
Brilliance: "Enter a message here and it will be printed off, put in a bottle and thown from Brighton Pier on the south coast of England."
brighton  piers  paper  glass  secrets 
august 2005 by kevan
The Game-it-Yourself Canonical List of Free Print-and-Play Games
"It is my goal that every single game that is freely available on the internet will be listed here."
board  games  paper  cards  via:rwhe 
july 2005 by kevan
USATODAY.com - Sweet inspiration
Flimsy interview with a fortune-cookie writer, who mentions stealing some from email chain-letters. "Never mention God, avoid sexism, and shy away from predicting the future."
food  paper  future  interviews  via:qwghlm 
june 2005 by kevan
BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival
"This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed."
books  paper  food  events 
may 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > Rock, Paper, Payoff: Child's Play Wins Auction House an Art Sale
Japanese businessman can't decide between Sotheby's and Christie's. "As both companies were equally good and I just could not choose one, I asked them to please decide between themselves and suggested to use such methods as rock, paper, scissors."
games  art  paper  via:holly  stone 
april 2005 by kevan
A Humument
Artistic vandalism of a 19th century book - colouring and shading around the strings and territories of interesting words, to create new meaning.
books  art  paper 
april 2005 by kevan
rodcorp: Underground train drawing 2
Holding a pen against a piece of paper, and letting a Tube train move it around.
art  tube  random  paper 
march 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Relative Values - Edward and Caspar de Bono
"Though [my father's] surroundings look chaotic, his life is very structured. His flat is filled with piles of stuff, but on top of each is a white tile with a number, rating it in importance."
interviews  psychology  paper 
march 2005 by kevan
The Pocket Wisherman
Excellent tool from Leonard to reformat sprawling Amazon wishlists into something printably small enough to carry around into bookshops.
books  paper  software  shops 
march 2005 by kevan
moleskinerie: The Wandering Moleskine Project
"Participants are entitled to use one page of each notebook and to send it on to the next recipient within one week of receiving it."
moleskines  paper  travel 
february 2005 by kevan
SFPL.org - Reversing Vandalism
"Rather than discard the damaged books, the Library distributed them to interested community members in the hope of creating art."
books  art  crime  paper 
february 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > When the Sous-Chef Is an Inkjet
A nemesis for Heston Blumenthal? Flavoured rice-paper printouts, class-IV-laser cookery and "[Cantu] is testing a hand-held ion-particle gun, which he said is for levitating food."
food  science  lunacy  paper  technology 
february 2005 by kevan
Battleship Napkins
"Printed with a global grid on one side and simple instructions on the other, players/diners must sink their opponent's fleet before it's too late."
food  games  paper 
january 2005 by kevan
we make money not art: GM experiment stamp project
"The reverse of the stamp carries a message thanking users for taking part in the experiment although users are unaware of what this means until they lick the stamp and coloured dye is transferred to the tongue."
paper  poison  plants  genetics 
january 2005 by kevan
art journal
A weblog using the medium of scanned-in Moleskine pages.
moleskines  weblogs  writing  art  paper 
january 2005 by kevan
Kraken Stamps
"Most Kevan-esque webpage ever" says Leonard. "This stamp depicts a giant squid attacking a sperm whale. Part of a four stamp set commemorating whale conservation."
squid  paper  art 
january 2005 by kevan
KJC Games - It's A Crime - Rulebook
PBMs still exist in the 21st century, absurdly. £1.65 per turn, even if you email your orders in.
games  lunacy  money  paper  web 
november 2004 by kevan
43 Folders: More Moleskine Hacks
Some excellent suggestions, including the comments. (Browsing back, the author's original Moleskine hack is "store a printed copy of your Amazon wishlist in the pocket", which is a good one.)
hacking  paper  writing 
november 2004 by kevan
Alt Terrain -- Alternative Marketing Agency
Varyingly elegant and queasy bits of guerilla marketing. Legal graffiti and "rip-away" poster pads.
advertising  graffiti  paper 
november 2004 by kevan
Printed Promotional Paper Spiral Hats
Saw someone wearing one of these on old documentary footage, and wondered if they really did die out in the eighties. Apparently not.
clothes  paper 
november 2004 by kevan
Houses of the Future - The Cardboard House
Life imitates Armando Iannucci. "The introduction of innovative bonding, cutting and structural techniques has provided the opportunity to consider this lightweight and recyclable material in a more creative fashion."
architecture  construction  paper 
october 2004 by kevan
grocerylists.org | The Grocery List Collection
"I found an abandoned grocery list in a Schnuck's parking lot in St. Louis in 1996 or 1997. I decided to keep them every time I came across one. And the internet is a great place to do stupid things."
food  litter  paper  shops 
october 2004 by kevan
This isn't London: What The Numbers On Your Tube Ticket Mean
"G: Number of people in carriage who think they are on a Circle Line train (does not apply when using Circle Line)."
lies  london  paper  tube 
october 2004 by kevan
The Morning News - Paper Faces, Paper Cities
Magnificent paper graffiti. "[Recycled newsprint] is extremely thin and is one of my favorite papers to use because of the way it decays. It yellows. It cracks. It has this whole life cycle that I really like."
art  graffiti  paper 
september 2004 by kevan
Symbollix
Gallery of the graffiti-through-cleaning advertising thing, including some nice flyposter mutilation. It's still graffiti, though.
advertising  cities  graffiti  paper  photos  pollution 
september 2004 by kevan
Trimok
Intriguing hybrid of chess and rock-paper-scissors.
board  chess  games  paper  stone 
august 2004 by kevan
Mori Urban Institute for the Future | Model Making
How to make a scale model of a city, by glueing printed photos of building faces onto cut styrofoam.
art  cities  construction  paper  photos 
august 2004 by kevan
Trashlog: Collecting a piece of trash for the internet every day
Daily photographs of found, papery litter. Very Paul Auster, although I can't remember why.
litter  paper  photos  weblogs 
july 2004 by kevan
How to Make a Complete Map of Every Thought You Think
Full text of the engagingly rambling book, online. "When a new thought appears, it doesn't do so in a vacuum, it does so in a context."
books  brains  maps  paper  writing 
july 2004 by kevan
Rock Paper Saddam
Recaptioned courtroom photos. Should have been an interactive game, though.
cheating  games  paper  photos  stone 
july 2004 by kevan
Vegetable Face Stamps
"This set of 10 fruit and vegetable stamps was sold with an attached sheet of 76 stickers featuring cartoon eyes, mouths, mustaches, hats, ties, boots, and horns for purchasers to apply to the stamps."
faces  food  paper 
july 2004 by kevan
nethackgear.com : Fortune Cookies (Stale)
"Each cookie contains an actual fortune taken directly from NetHack."
food  games  nethack  paper 
june 2004 by kevan
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