The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

February 14, 2010

Marc Weinstein’s Appointment Books

Filed under: books — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 10:32 pm

Marc Weinstein runs his own eponymous appliance repair service here in the Washington, D.C., area, and we were intrigued by his method of keeping his appointments and client information. Using spiral notebooks, he annotates each job with colored paper clips. The red clips designate emergencies, yellow indicate clients who can only be seen in the afternoon, green are for Marc’s jobs, pink and blue are for employees Terry and Alan’s jobs, respectively. Additionally, moving the clips from top to bottom across the pages indicates which jobs are the next priority. But we thought the books were just really fun to look at.

In talking with Marc, he said he does own a blackberry, but he finds the physical books much more efficient because he can use them to track multiple clients instantly without flipping through a bunch of screens. He also mentioned a time when he was repairing an oven and his book fell onto a cookie sheet coated with cooking oil. The pages soaked up the oil, but they were still readable. A blackberry in the same situation probably wouldn’t have fared as well. As we book lovers know, there are still advantages to having a physical record over a virtual one.

For those of you in the DC area looking for a reliable appliance repairman, Marc can be reached at 301-421-1942.

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February 13, 2010

Electronic Popables

Filed under: Uncategorized — popularkinetics @ 2:19 am

Students working at MIT’s Media Lab develop projects which integrate the latest technologies with practical applications. We found this pop-up project by Columbia mechanical engineering student Jie Qi particularly intriguing. It’s an interactive book with circuitry embedded in its six 3-D pages that work with removable snap-on electronic sensors. Viewing this YouTube video will give you a sense of how the book functions. Ultimately, Jie hopes the project will inspire other craftspeople to use such electronics in their own work.

The project took Jie about eight weeks to produce, working 8-9 hours a day. There’s a nice behind-the-scenes look at the book with Dr. Leah Buechley, who directs the High-Low Tech group within which this project was developed. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lij4rV4h_SA&feature=related

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