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Soft-Maps Quilts For Cartographers Looking To Stay Warm

Soft-Maps Quilts (Image courtesy Haptic Lab)
By Andrew Liszewski

Maybe it’s my unnatural fascination with Google Maps, but I really like these Soft-Maps quilts which are made just like regular quilts but feature stitching that recreates street maps of major U.S. cities and neighborhoods including Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Whether you buy one as a reminder of a place you’re particularly fond of, or as a way to teach your child about the city they live in, they’re all visually unique and will keep you warm too! The only downside is that a 50×70-inch Soft-Map runs $500, while the larger 88×96-inch version is $800.

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Bubble Wrap Calendar Just Begs To Be Popped

By Luke Anderson

Wall calendars are rather boring objects. I usually have one hanging up, though if you look closely you’ll generally notice that it’s a month or three behind. I stick them on the wall intending to write down important dates and such, but to be honest, I just use my computer to remember that stuff. However, if you like keeping track of the days on the wall, and want something a little out of the ordinary, this is the calendar for you.

The Bubble Calendar is essentially a giant calendar made out of bubble wrap. Each day is represented by a bubble, and rather than putting an ‘x’ through the days as they pass, you simply pop the bubble. It seems like a rather novel idea, however, I see two flaws. First, you can’t really mark important dates, since the numbers are covered by clear plastic bubbles. Then you have the issue of a small child (or really bored adult) coming along and popping half of the bubbles in one fell swoop. At least it’s cheap (maybe not for your average calendar, but it’s still not very expensive) at $30.

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