Last seen wrapping the iPhone in chopped-up fire hoses, the folks at Station Supply Co have expanded (pun most definitely intended) into recycled airliner life rafts. That’s right: now you can cover your iPhone or iPad with a swatch snipped from a genuine 1970s-era PanAm life raft.
Things were different on commercial airlines back in the 70s. Flight attendants were called stewardesses, men could smoke, and instead of video screens, seat backs contained automatic spankers which would give screaming children a stout whack across the head to shut them up. Happy days indeed.
Now, we have to put up with absurd “security” procedures and stand in giant microwave ovens before we even get on the plane. Worse, I have been forced to ditch my hip flask full of scotch and resort to a plastic bottle of colorless gin which I pass off as “bowel medicine.” Human dignity isn’t what it used to be.
As we shake ourselves out of that nostalgic reverie, let us take comfort in the knowledge that a part of that proud past is being preserved, by chopping up old life rafts and turning them into rear skins for iPhones and iPads, tough and light protectives shields for our gadgets.
The irony is, of course, that the 1970s man would never have been seen dead recycling anything. That crap was for soap-dodging hippies. No, real men would have burned these rubbery tributes to the oil industry and fed the smoke to rare albino pandas, or something. And they would have left their cars out in the parking garage with their engines running while they did it.
Source: Station Supply Co.
There are probably more slick-looking weahter apps in the app stoire than there are gimmicky to-do list managers, but if you want a meteorological powerhouse in your pocket then there’s only one option: WeatherPro. In it’s paid form it will give forecasts for up to two weeks, along with all the radar and satellite animations you could need, plus detailed yet easily-read weather info.
Now, if you own a backyard weather station from Netatmo, you can view its data right there in the familiar WeatherPro interface.
Just head to the place search in the iPhone app (Netatmo integration isn’t yet available on the iPad) and you’ll see a new section for Netatmo weather stations. Enter your login details and you’re in, able to browse the weather in your back yard as well as that on the other side of the globe.
Neatomo stations are wireless weather boxes which measure any and every weather-related condition around them, and WeatherPro taps into your online account so you can access it even when you’re not at home. You can see “weather and air quality, measuring CO2 concentration, temperature, noise pollution, humidity,” right there on your iPhone.
Is this reason to buy a new weather station? Probably not, but if you have one, why not hook it up, right? And even if you don’t even have a back yard, you should probably check out the app anyway. I pay for a subscription every year because – here in Spain at least – the app gives the most accurate forecasts I have found.
Question: Do you associate complexity with value? That is, do you think that an object is worth more if it uses more parts in its construction? No? That’s absurd, right? But try this: the No.002 bag from Clean Everything is made from a single sheet of leather, cleverly cut and folded to form a bag. The price? €289, or $385.
To be completely accurate, the bag is made from two pieces of leather – the strap is separate. The net of the bag shows the two long strap-like sections which thread through the body to hold everything together. The bag itself is plain and unfinished on the inside – if you want pockets you’re going to have to add some of your own. The size is designed to fit an iPad, and the details are as follows:
Measures: 21cm x 25cm x 3,5cm (8.2″ x 9.8″ x 1.4″)
Shoulder strap: 115cm (45″)
There’s a bag winging its way to Cult of Mac’s Spanish outpost, so I’ll soon be able to let you know how it works as an everyday carry-all, and also how much it weighs.