The Memo Block by KAKUZAI is available only in Japan. Boooooo! I can’t understand anything on the website so I could be booing for nothing. Haha.
No rain welcomed! Haha. Niooooooce. Designed by Anton Schnaider.
” The concept behind Jormungand is from Norse mythology. Jormungand is a serpent that is large enough to encircle the earth and hold onto his own tail. As the story goes, when Jormungand lets go of his own tail the earth will end. The forms of Jormungand are about eternity and time flowing back into itself, hence the helical disc shapes that make up the hour and minute “hands.” I designed this as an internal project for Integrated Design Solutions.
Created by Spanish designer Maximo Riera, the ‘rhino chair’ is a continuation of his work which marries furniture with an animal as its main formal component. Like its predecessor the ‘octopus chair‘, the ‘rhino chair’ is composed of an inner frame along its main body in order to support its weight and reinforce its stability and balance. ‘Rhino chair’ is on show at 100% design London from September 22 – 25, 2011.
The first few sips from this innocent looking porcelain mug are pretty tame, but as you continue drinking things get a lot more exciting. What’s that lurking in the murky depths of your morning coffee? HOLY CRAP, IT’S A SHARK! Yep, the bottom of this 3-1/4″ tall, porcelain mug features the imposing head of a great white shark lunging up at you. A classic gag that’s both funny and disconcerting. Buy here.
The citizens of Qatar, like the New York Yankees, live by a simple creed: “Good things happen more often than not when you have tons of money.” The Persian Gulf nation — spin your globe to Saudi Arabia and scan the eastern border — is slightly smaller in area than Connecticut with less than half the population (just 1.5 million people, three quarters of whom are temporary guest workers). Unlike Connecticut, however, Qatar shrewdly decided to be located on massive oil and gas reserves. Its per capita GDP is $69,754, while America’s is a peasant-like $44,872.
Rather than spending their days rolling around in huge piles of money, however, Qataris want the rest of the world to visit. They guaranteed themselves hundreds of thousands of guests by bribing, er, winning the bid for the 2022 World Cup. And they want you to travel on Qatar Airways, which was just named the world’s best airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris. For those willing to splurge on Business or First Class, here are the perks that await you on the epic journey.
1. A Lot of Line Cutting
Business and First Class travelers, like airline personnel, get to go through security on a separate line. Unsurprisingly, this separate line tends to be much, much shorter than the coach one. As an added bonus, Qatar Airways also skips you ahead at customs on both ends of your journey.
2. Your Minder
Business travelers get to go to the lounge for food, drink, reading material, Wi-Fi service, etc. (First Class flyers can also hit the Doha lounge spa.) When it’s time for your flight to board, an attendant will arrive to call your name and get your bags out of the storage room.
3. Seriously Sweet Seats
Qatar’s Boeing 777s boast fully flat beds in an attempt to ensure you rest. Without sleeping pills or melatonin, I dozed for 14 of the 28 total hours flying time from New York to Doha and back. Besides being adjustable, the seats also have massage functions and a laptop power port.
4. Legroom Aplenty
Qatar Airways offers enough space between seats for even Kevin Smith-sized individuals to slip by with room to spare, assuming you’re not on a flight where you simply are your own row.
5. The Booze
Qatar is a “dry” country, but there seems to be an acceptance that, hey, if Prohibition didn’t work on those people in their own country, it won’t work on them here either. Have champagne when you get on the plane, wine with dinner, port with dessert, and a Bombay Sapphire and tonic later just because you can.
6. The Indulging
For each meal, you get three courses including options like “center cut Australian veal tenderloin with honey and macadamia nut crust”. But the real fun is the “indulgence” section of the menu, a list of items you can order at any point. Meaning you can eat your three-course meal, doze off, regain consciousness long enough to have the mango crepes with fresh strawberry sauce, fall asleep again, then wake up and immediately order a cheesesteak.
7. Hot Towels
Isn’t it great when you’ve been traveling all day and you take a hot towel and rub it over your face and neck and immediately feel a little less wretched? OK, it’s not the fanciest perk, but they did bring them around three times on one flight (and I slept for eight hours of the journey, meaning I potentially missed at least four other towel opportunities).
Each passenger gets a surprisingly comfy two-piece set of white pajamas embossed with the Qatar Airways logo, should you feel it’s time to get out of your clothes but suspect your fellow passengers might frown on your going full monty.
9. Bathroom Goodies
Freshen up with plastic-wrapped toothbrush cases complete with brush and toothpaste plus shaving kits with shaving cream. Handy if you have to go to a meeting immediately upon landing and don’t want to seem like a homeless person with halitosis.
10. The Flight Attendants
Qatar Airways apparently has access to an endless supply of petite, under-30, dark-haired women. It’s not purely a matter of ethnic heritage either—many of the women are Arabic, but I also encountered Filipinas and Latinas—but did suggest the airline has a type (and, frankly, one with which I’m totally cool). Chances are you’ll spend more time looking at them than at the skyline.
The only downside? Qatar Airways tickets can drift into the five-figure territory. In other words, it pays to compile a boatload of rewards points.
Located in “Music City” Nashville Tennessee, Rock Royalty is a luxury design house that manufactures one-of-a-kind, custom guitars designed for the most discriminating musicians, guitar collectors, and jewelry aficionados that can be played on-stage or displayed as fine art.
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“Blackie”, Eric Clapton’s favorite mid-career modified Strat has been surpassed in value and is no longer the most expensive guitar ever, despite that it was bought for $950,000 USD in 2004 by a guitar archaeologist.
The latest most expensive electric guitar in the world dethroned its predecessor at an auction in Doha, Qatar on November 16th, 2005. The Strat was signed by several rock musicians to benefit a tsunami charity, ‘Reach out to Asia’. It was bought one year ago by Qatar’s royal family for a million dollars and donated back to the Asia Program, bringing in $2.7 million USD at the more recent auction, whose attendees included Former President Bill Clinton. Technically, the guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million USD, making it the most expensive guitar yet.
Signees of this expensive electric guitar included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams, the coordinator of the project.
Once again, Forbes has surveyed universities across the US and created a list of the most expensive universities in America. The expensive universities and colleges were ranked by the typical expensives of a freshman student, including room and board. Here are the top 5 universites on Forbes’ list.
Vanderbilt University – $53,660
This private university in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded by the South Methodist Episcopal Church in 1873. Originally called Central University, it was rechristened after a sizable donation by Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Methodist church severed its ties to the university in 1914, after the Supreme Court ruled that Vanderbilt, not the church, was the university’s founder. Today, Vanderbilt is known for its Medical Center, the second largest employer in the state.
Wesleyan University – $53,976
Founded in 1831, Wesleyan University was founded as a Methodist college named after the religion’s founder, John Wesley. The university, located in Middletown, Connecticut, was among the first all-male universities to open their doors to female students in 1872, but the university ceased coeducation from 1912 to 1970. Today, Wesleyan is known as one of the top universities for African Americans and for its high percentage of doctorates earned by women.
Bard College – $54,275
Located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, this liberal arts college was founded in 1870 in association with the Episcopal church. Originally called St. Stephen’s, it was renamed after its founder, John Bard, in 1934. Today, the school is known for its liberal leanings, being ranked the second most liberal university in the US by the Princeton Review in 2005.
Columbia University – $54,385
New York’s oldest university was founded as King’s College in 1754. It was renamed Columbia College in 1784, after the Revolutionary War. This Ivy League university’s alumni include five of the founding fathers and four presidents, including Barack Obama. It is the third most selective school in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report. It’s also affiliated with more Nobel prize laureates than any other university.
Sarah Lawrence College – $57,556
The most expensive university in the United States was founded as a women’s college in 1926 and didn’t start accepting men until 1968. The college, located in Bronxville, NY, was founded by William Van Duzer Lawrence, a real-estate mogul. It carries the name of Lawrence’s wife, Sarah. The college was the first liberal arts institution in the US to take the progressive approach to education in the arts, and its students have been known since the 30s for their political activism. That tradition continues to this day with involvement in the sexual rights movement and organizations responding to the conflict in Iraq.