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Julie Alice Chappell

Posted in craft, creatures, nature, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on May 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Julie Alice Chappell describes herself as “Portsmouth Artist/Painter/Photographer/Creator of miniature worlds and subversive taxonomies exploring themes around the exploitation of nature.”


These gorgeous creatures are made of old Nintendo consoles! (Hopefully broken ones…I love the idea of re-purposing).


Julie Alice Chappell



Posted in animation, geek, technology, video, video games with tags , , , , on June 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t own a gaming console of any kind, but I’m digging the trailer for this game, done in the style of 1930’s cartoons.

From the source: Studio MDHR, which developed the game, is aiming to launch later this year on Steam and Xbox One. It’s a great catch for Microsoft, which is trying to build a catalogue of unique and interesting games beyond the Call of Duty and Halo fare. The studio also hopes to release the game on the Sega Master System. Yes, the console that was released back in 1986. It would be the complete package, with a box, cartridge, and game manual.

The game follows the same style of early animation. Studio MDHR is taking the time to use actual cells and is inking by hand to create that classic effect. The music for the game is also live recorded Jazz, none of that MIDI stuff.

Any gamers out there? Would you want to play this?

Thanks for the link, Bettie!

Sky Factory eScapes

Posted in nature, products, technology with tags , , on March 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

After being bed/housebound for the past few years due to illness, an eScape sounds divine right now! I wish it were affordable to explore the world this way (until I get back IN the world!).


Sky Factory eScape™ is a digital cinema virtual window that brings the dynamic beauty of nature – image, motion and sound – to interior environments.


A high-tech illusion, eScape features a wall-mounted commercial-grade LED LCD screen embedded in a full-size casement window. Sky Factory utilizes the most advanced RED Digital Cinema™ camera to capture hours of Sky Factory’s proprietary UltraHD nature content.


Explore the whole scene index here.

Gelaskins Surprise

Posted in art, products, technology with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It took a lot to make me switch my phone wallpaper to something other than my cats back home in NY (whom I miss dearly). A wonderful SWS reader, Denise, gifted me the Jennybird Alcantara Gelaskin I posted about!

Gelaskins are every bit as cool as they look on the website. I put mine on my clunky phone case instead of on the phone directly, because I am notoriously clumsy and this phone is likely to shoot out of my hands like a projectile at any moment.

Look at the subtle stickers on the top and bottom that blend with the wallpaper download (I purposely left the Talk app icon on the top…it looks like the deer is talking). Very cool.

Thank you so much, Denise!

Gelaskins: Jennybird Alcantara

Posted in art, technology, wish list with tags , , on February 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was browsing Gelaskins art and came across this design by Jennybird Alcantara.

I would love this Samsung Galaxy S III case so much! Sadly, due to medical bills, I can’t buy such frivolous indulgences…even if they are only $15.


On the wish list is goes!

Anyone have Gelaskins on gadgets and devices? Which design?

The Predicta Meteor TV

Posted in retrofuturism, technology, vintage with tags , , on August 20, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Here we have a counter offer to the modern flat screen set: The Predicta Meteor. Fully compatible with modern technology!


The Meteor is for those seeking a television that’s on par with the elevated aesthetic of their living space. Its departure from the rectangular form of the classic Predicta TV breaks into new design territory — pushing the envelope of television design and materials.


This product is about style. The aircraft-inspired legs and struts lift the design. Their unique form gives the base a forward-facing bulldog stance, while the mass of the solidly anchored set appears to hover.


The hand-built hardwood cabinet and legs are finished in hand-rubbed gloss black lacquer and accented by a maple top and grillwork. The 24-inch screen pivots on a polished CNC-machined brass collar, complementing the fine woodwork of the cabinet below. An acrylic-faced shadow box with polished brass back plate, bracketed by a pair of sculpted brass “air intakes”, provides depth behind the lighted dial channel selector.


Would you ever trade your modern set for this sweet retro style? I confess, I’d love to have one of these…not as a main set, but perhaps as a library/office addition.


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Posted in fashion, jewelry, kitsch, technology, vintage with tags , , , , on July 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I have a strange love for the kitschy goodness that is Bakelite.


One of the first plastics made from synthetic components, Bakelite was used for its electrical nonconductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, and children’s toys. Bakelite was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 1993 by the American Chemical Society in recognition of its significance as the world’s first synthetic plastic.


My favorite pieces, without a doubt, are the clocks, radios…or any combination thereof.

catalin tombstone

I’d like to own one of these one day.



Online Bakelite Museum

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MANOS: The Hands of Fate, Video Game

Posted in film, geek, technology with tags , , on July 26, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I know Manos: The Hands of Fate primarily from my love of Mystery Science Theater 3000. You will usually hear the phrase “worst movie ever made” attached to the title.

Now you can enjoy some MANOS adventures in a new video game, Nintendo style.

If anyone gets/plays this…please let me know how it is!


Hye Yeon Nam: Please Smile

Posted in automata, installations, robots, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on June 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

What an interesting interactive installation…

From the website:
Please Smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewer’s facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer, five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with a robot.

Audiences interact with “Please smile” in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position, which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as “Please smile,” I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.



Posted in craft, geek, jewelry, technology with tags , , , on March 25, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

ReComputing has a series of wonderful pieces made from cut circuit boards and various geeky bits.

These would make great gifts for the tech geek in your life.

See more here.