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Roundup February, 11 2010

Selectism | Around the Web

01. Moleskine Wine Journal

“The Passions Collection provides a format for storing memories of the ‘loves of our lives’ in an entirely new way. The six notebooks in the collection each cover a unique passion: Recipes, Wine, Books, Film, Music and Wellness.” (moco)

02. Ford Transit Connect Taxi (above)

“Hot on the (w)heels of the Ford Transit Electric, the Transit Connect Taxi drove onto the stage at the Chicago Auto Show today running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The clean-burning utility van – based on the gasoline-powered North American Truck of the Year winner – adds to Ford’s taxi fleet options like the Crown Victoria (see: pretty much any taxi in any city in the U.S.) and the Ford Escape Hybrid. The new taxi van can also burn propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas). Of course, regular Transit Connect buyers can also opt for Ford’s engine prep package to be able to put the gasoline alternatives into the tank. Like its battery-powered cousin, the Transit Connect Taxi will be in dealerships later this year. ” (autoblog)

03. The Bleeding Edge of Sail Technology

“I just sat down to peruse the Times and found this very interesting article describing some of the technologies being used in competitive sailing. To be sure, many of these have been around for years, but they’re being advanced every year and pushed to the limit by integration with onboard computers and all that. Hinged sails? Hundreds of embedded stress sensors? We are still talking about boats, right?” (crunchg)

04. Font Aid IV: Coming Together, a Collaborative Typeface

“By the end of January Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) announced the launch of Font Aid IV, a project uniting the typographic and design communities in raising funds to expedite relief efforts in Haiti. Type designers, graphic designers and other artists from around the world were invited to contribute artwork to be included in a typeface created exclusively for the Font Aid IV effort. The theme of Font Aid IV is “Coming Together” which is represented though a font consisting entirely of ampersands.” (fontfeed)

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