Via Kottke: Jane’s Brand-timeline is a portrayal of a typical day in the life of its author according to the brands used during its course. Which of course reminds me of…

I had a couple of Capsela kits when I was a kid (which explains a lot, I know), so this is the kind of things that tickles the geekiest and most obessive part of me:

Siftables, developed at the MIT Media Lab, are little bricks with little monochrome screens and a little wifi you can put together to literally build applications. How sci-fi! I wonder how many years until you can buy these at Toys’R’Us.

On the other hand you can buy the littleBits easy electronic kits right now, but it’s like comparing a MITS Altair against a ZX Spectrum. I’ll pass the Altair and wait for the Speccy.

Ten beautiful computers: Boing Boing Gadgets. My first computer was a Timex 2068, which was, by the way, the first computer sold as if “made in Portugal”, like this one. Anyway, even though the Timex was actually better than the original Spectrum, the 48K Speccy will always be the coolest-looking computer ever. If only the Amiga 500 looked as cool, Apple would’ve been dead in the water and Commodore would still exist.

… and Penguin-style book covers for films. J. Kottke takes a look at media packaging mashups.

I always felt that the works of art we call movies consist of more than just the sound and the visuals in a stretch of film, but also of their entire promotional material — trailers, posters, etecetera — because this material too manipulates the viewer’s perspective and expectations, just the thing the art of editing is all about. It’s as if, even though you don’t judge a book by its cover, the cover does influence how you’ll read the book, just like an opening chapter.

Sexy People intends to be “a celebration of the perfect portrait”. It certainly is. I bet the fine photo of an Italian gentleman above was well-regarded when taken, but I guess many of the portraits on the site were seen as bad pictures at the time they were taken, and dropped to the bottom of a shoebox. That is why I very rarely delete digital photos, some of the pictures that look crappy now will probably be the most interesting someday. (via Johanna Reed)

Cassette Tuesday, a tumblelog about those lost days when copying music was a labour of love.

Peter Funch creates composite street photos with a common theme. Such as: people holding yellow envelopes.

The Panasonic Design Museum website brings out good memories of old gadgets you never had… I really like this charming Radio Cassette Recorder from 1967.