A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Wave

Here's a table I like, enough to buy if I had $2,800 to burn. It's "The Wave" interactive LED coffee table, available for purchase at becausewecan.org and manufactured by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. It's made of sustainable wood with a thick clear plastic top (or a solid, thick, heavy glass top for an extra $300) with a circuit board underneath. A network of 32 active and passive near-infrared optical sensors and 480 bright white LEDs create a "very slight attractive twinkling" which becomes a swirl of light when something is moved over it.

In the photo, the cat's tail is swishing, causing the lights to glow brightly in that area. The lights near the cat's motionless body and elsewhere on the table are barely lit. I think this table would be endless fun, especially for kids. And probably pets.



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