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Designing The Apartment in ‘Friends’ (via Great Big Story)

Five minutes of background about the silent characters of TV series – their sets.
John Shaffner designed the set of “Friends.”
And lots of other sets for other shows.
From Monica’s apartment to the now ubiquitous couches in coffee shops that all mirror the Central Perk, the sets set a scene, build a collateral memory, and sometimes even become part of the story themselves.

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Danger, Will Robinson

Class M-3, Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot, joins the denizens of the Batcave.

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Fonts In Use

Fonts In Use is “An independent archive of typography”.
The website is an archive of photographs of all sorts of items, each photo accompanied by an identification of the particular fonts which feature in its design.
Tagged by industries, formats, and typefaces each featured item has a page that states something about the history of the item or product and the fonts used as part of its production.
It’s interesting to get some ideas for fonts and what sort of fonts are used together in various products.
Want to know what type face is used on a product, show or book?
This is the place.
A design haven.
Go visit.

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A Field Guide To Millennials

This is a parody nature documentary, narrated by David Suzuki of all people.

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When Coca-Cola Tried To Introduce Vending Machines That Raised Their Prices On Hot Days (via Today I Found Out)

Everyone is used to (but nobody likes) the way that petrol prices rise and fall through the week in a way that has less to do with the cost of production and more to do with increased demand and capacity to pay.
In Australia most mortgages have interest rates that can be raised (and more recently lowered) with no or little notice.
But the same grudging tolerance is not extended towards other products.
This Today I Found Out Story made me think of that.
It’s about a time when Coca-Cola trialled vending machines that had internal thermostats so that they could raise or lower their prices based on what would be understood to be people’s thirst.
It did not prove to be a popular measure.
Perhaps it was simply before its time.
(When I used to drink soft-drink there was a vending machine that sold Coke Zero cheaper than anywhere else and I went out of my way to use it.)
A brief excerpt.

When asked how Coca-Cola as a company planned to take advantage of the amazing revelation that hot weather inexplicably also coincided with an increased demand for cold drinks, Ivester stated that they’d been developing a new line of vending machines that exploited this fact. Specifically, [then CEO Doug] Ivester explained that Coca-Cola had been experimenting with vending machines that contained a thermostat and simple software that would raise the price of the products within the machine once a certain temperature threshold had been reached. As Ivester himself would correctly point out during the interview, neither the technology nor the idea of raising the price of a product in times of great demand was a new concept, noting in regards to the latter that “the machine will simply make this process automatic”.

Read the whole article at Today I Found Out.

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“There’s No Winners. If You’re In A Boxwar You’ve Already Lost”

Here’s a simple premise: spend time creating elaborate armour/weapons entirely out of cardboard then demolish them in melee combat with other similarly garbed enthusiasts.
There are rules for construction of the costumes, there are none for the war itself.
It’s a competition in creativity.
Weeks of work destroyed in seconds.

…a metaphor for modern life?

Matthew 6: 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.