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At 40 seconds into this ad, you can see a glimpse of the future according to ‘Under Armor’ – a women in a (terrifyingly thin) body suit interacts with some wrist mounted UI, selects a color for the bottom half of her suit, and then the top, and then off she runs.  It’s cool, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

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3d printed basic buttons in black

A (Blurry) Handful of 3d Printed Buttons in Black PLA

Please forgive my terrible ‘phone-photography (my camera is on a tripod for time-lapsing my tomatoes) but if you can’t make it out – above is a handful of 3d printed black PLA buttons.  Common or garden variety – two hole, 2cm diameter – buttons.  They’re not big, and they’re not clever – but they print in under 2 minutes and they don’t melt in the tumble-dryer (I’ve tested them – 3 times).  I broke the top button on my favorite pair of combats recently, and it was a few days before my brain finally had that eureka moment!  I designed and printed a replacement, sewed it on, all in the time one morning before leaving for work.

This is not a grand story of 3d printing – it’s no breakthrough development – it’s another grain of sand on the beach.

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Manish Arora‘s sci-fi makeup

I’m listening to the StarTalk podcast, “Science is Fierce” – where Neil deGrass Tyson does an episode on fashion in sci-fi.  It’s fascinating stuff – talking about how sci-fi costuming gets incredibly dated almost immediately, because the best sci-fi costuming is simply today’s fashion, with only a little bit of ‘future’ mixed in.  As it’s still mostly ‘of the time’, it dates just as quickly – Lieutenant Uhura’s gogo boots and miniskirt, for example!

Blurry photograph of my emergency cufflinks on my shirt cuffs.

Emergency cufflinks doing sterling duty holding my cuffs closed.

This morning, I had a bit of a wardrobe catastrophe.  Nothing dramatic like a snapped thong or an impossible hairstyle – no, I couldn’t find my cufflinks.  Anyone who knows me knows I am both messy and forgetful – so it was only a matter of time.

So what did I do?  I designed and printed a new pair before I left for work this morning.

Truly, I live in the future.