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Customized Organization: Levenger Circa

One of my New Years resolutions: Get better organized.  Relying on my iphone, sketchbook, and work calendars had become cumbersome to say the least.  I realized that despite all of the wonderful tablets, phones, and other gadgets that I couldn't rely on technology.  I am a paper and pen kind of guy especially with my need to sketch and create lists pretty much constantly. So, I had to go old school and find a planner that combined calendar, project to do list, and sketchbook with some flexibility to organize by project.


The Circa system by Levenger was the answer - essentially a flexible notebook system that allows you to create the planner or notebook that works for you.  The ring binding with custom holes allows you to move around pages.  I was sold but alas - while the weekly planner and project to-do list inserts were available, blank pages for sketching were not.  Almost a deal breaker until I did some research online and found that Levenger finessed the technology originally designed by Rollabind who sells blank pages.  Everything came together and I am pleased with my choice!


I even found a way to customize the cover.  My model making skills came in handy as I cut some illustration board and glued down some fabric samples...the front and back cover are different but I dig the results.

Bring it on 2011 - I am ready!

My advice: everyone works and thinks differently.  Be creative and you can find a system that works for you!

Image Credits: Levenger



QLOCK TWO by Biegert & Funk

Really digging this super sleek text based clock by Beigert & Funk which only uses phrases. Available in a variety of colors and languages. The front panel is made of polished acrylic glass and The front surface is made of polished acrylic glass the frame is lacquered wood. The cost is €885.00. Different color panels are €95.00. Additionally there is an iphone app which I love that is $99 from Itunes, click here to get the app.

IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 from Josh Spear, Image 2 from Biegert & Funk



iPhone 4

Watching the video on the new iPhone set to arrive just before my birthday on June 24th (pre-order or reserve June 15th).  While critics are skeptical about the new design and capabilities, I can't help but be blown away by the innovation.   Here are some of the great new features:
- Engineered glass on the front display and the back panel - 326 ppi retina display - Super sleek and thinner design (the steel frame serves as structural shell and antenna, genius!) - Video phone calls - 5 megapixel camera - 720p HD Video and video editing with iMovie - Multitasking between apps and the ability to organize apps with folders (finally!) - Ability to combine email accounts and organize messages by thread/subject - Larger battery which means up to 40% more talk time
SIGN ME UP....check out the full video on Apple by clicking here.

Image from  Engadget



Gadgets: The Glass TV

adnotam-lcd-glass-glass-tv-line-1 I have been working on getting an LCD TV for years  and now when I  purchase one - I will still be WAY behind the curve. AdNotam recently released a product that blows my mind. Simultaneously fusing together furniture and multimedia functions, the Glass TV is a mirror wall unit incorporating a mirror LCD TV with all of the necessary connection ports to DVD, cable, and satellite.  To clarify, a mirror LCD TV essentially means that the television is within a mirror.  Usually there are options for the television screen to vanish when turned off or remain visible.   Glass TV is the former and I love that it looks like a mirror when turned off.  Properly placed this unit can blend in with its surroundings and eliminate the whole how to conceal the television issue. These units are available in 36" or 46" and you can choose either mirrored, black or white glass.  For more info, check out AdNotam.



IMAGES from Trendir


GADGETS: Microsoft Courier vs Apple Tablet

microsoftcourier The Microsoft Courier just became a real tangible device with the release of a demo of the prototype.  Microsoft clearly had interior designers and architects in mind when creating the Courier tablet.  My lifelong quest to eliminate all paper from my life may be accomplished sooner than I thought.  While I could never see myself trading in my sketchbook for a computer device, the courier retains the elements of the hand with unfathomable organizational capabilities.  The tablet is comprised of two 7-inch screens that work together and sit in a case that looks like a book jacket.  The displays enable users to organize documents and images among other elements by using a stylus or pen and finger multi-touch.  The hinge houses the home button and serves as a holding dock for items that you need to move from one page to the other.  And the device also offers a 3 megapixel camera with flash.  Descriptions don't do the device justice, check out the video below.  Now, I must remind myself that this tablet is merely a prototype and that should it hit the markets this winter as anticipated, it will still be way out of my price range.  For more information on the Courier, check out this informative article from Gizmodo.

Visit YouTube for more videos of the Microsoft Courier.

The research into the Microsoft Courier made me curious about how it compares to the Apple tablet also under development.  While a prototype has not yet been released for public view and there is little substantiated information about the technology.  apple-tablet-big_01The Apple tablet may be nothing more than a larger iphone with the capabilities of the Macbook tablet and stellar video quality.  The the tablet has a 10 inch touch screen with a black resin back.  The cost will run around $700 to 900 which places it right between and iphone/itouch and a basic Mac notebook.  While the technology is quite different, I am a sucker for consistency.   And I can visualize an application that might offer a comparable notebook/organizer capability to the dual screen of the Microsoft tablet.  Check out this article from Computer World for more on the competition between the two tablets.  The Courier demo blew me away but I am sure that Apple has some tricks up their sleeve.

Special thanks Jamie T. for submitting this grea

t gadget.