Rule of a Gentleman - No. 125

The New Yorker Cartoons

"Unlike Playboy,
I don't buy The New Yorker for its articles;
I get it for the images.

- D. L.

PONG - EMF protection

On this very blog, I stumbled upon an add that seems quite extraordinary. I always recommend you do your own investigating, but based on their website pictures and explanations, this seems like the next must-have practical gadget of the decade (in my humble opinion).

Here is an excerpt from their site: "Reducing Up to 95% of Near Field Intensity. EMR within one wavelength of the user is called Near Field Intensity (NFI). When you hold your cell phone to your ear, you are absorbing between 48 to 68% of the NFI radiated by your phone. It is this radiation that underlies increasing concerns among physicians, scientists, and lawmakers who believe this exposure to be a health hazard. The NFI of the iPhone 4/4S can be seen as a white "hot spot" in the picture below on the left. On the right, using Pong, NFI has been directed away from the user."

Without the Pong Device

SAR = 1.188 mW/g

With the Pong Device

SAR = .296 mW/g 75% Reduction

For more information you can go to

Beta-Plus 2011 releases

Below are the 2011 releases for Beta-Publishing (out of Belgium). These are the types of books you can buy blindly, and will always get inspired! If you are an architect, a designer, or just an aesthete ... this series is for you. (having some difficulty with the Amazon widgets ... if it doesn't show, just go to

Schmitt Mobiles

For years I've enjoyed one of Schmitt Mobiles and have stared at it countless hours, hypnotized, calm and joyful. One can get completely captivated by the slow movements it makes: watching it move is almost a meditation in itself ... one can't help but become entranced! Yet, somehow, I never thought of blogging about it on Austere Chic ... so better late than never (and 2 orders later) ... I introduce you to Schmitt Design. My ultimate favorite pieces are his mobiles, especially the CAMBER and the VESSEL. Schmitt Design is based in California but they ship anywhere.

For more info ...