Fab Facets | Stylish Solid Speaker

Our fetish for facets is never-ending. Our latest find is this snazzy little speaker from Outdoor Technology. The Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker offers fantastic sound and rugged good looks...literally. The faceted shell may be all modern but it is also water-resistant, dust-proof, and shock-proof. From patio cocktail parties to glamping in the high Rockies, this speaker lets you bring your favorite tunes to any occasion.

Culture Icon | George Takai

George Takei is an American actor, activist, director, author. Most of us know him either as Lieutenant Sulu from Star Trek or more recently as an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights. Takei was born in LA to Japanese-American parents, Fumiko Emily Nakamura and Takekuma Norman Takei. Takai’s father named him George after King George VI of the United Kingdom, whose coronation took place in 1937, the same year of George’s birth. George Takai himself is quite the Anglo/Britanophile.

In the 1940s, the Takei family was forced to live in War Relocation Centers (essentially internment camps) with many other Japanese-American families. At the end of WWII, his family returned to Los Angeles where Takai became later became student body president at his junior high school.

Takai studied architecture at UC Berkeley for a short time and later earned a BA in Theater in 1960 and MA in Theater in 1964 at UCLA. After his MA, he attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, Sophia University in Tokyo, and the Desilu Workshop in Hollywood.

After several roles in movies and television series in the 1960s, Takai landed the role of Lieutenant Sulu on Star Trek in 1965. He continued on in the Star Trek series but continued to add other movies, plays, and television series to his list of accomplishments through the 1990s and 2000s. His appearance in the hit series Heroes garnered much attention and his participation in several reality television shows such as the Apprentice increased his visibility in pop culture even further.

Takai has been active in the public sphere for many years. From being an alternate delegate from California to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and an unsuccessful run for the LA City Council in 1973 to his role on the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District through the 1980s, he has remained active in both pop culture and politics. Takai has released several public service announcements, some humorous and some quite serious, response to anti-gay statements or legislation.

Although there was speculation for many years, Takei officially came out as gay in a 2005 issue of Frontiers magazine revealing his 18 year partnership with Brad Altman; it was a direct response to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of same-sex marriage. Takei serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project". Takai and Altman were the first same-gender couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood.

Takai has received many awards and honors in his work on Japanese-American relations and LGBT rights. Takai received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan in in 2004 and 2012 he received the LGBT Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association. In 2014, he received the GLAAD Vito Russo Award. Perhaps most impressive to Future-ish fans, NASA named Asteroid 7307 in Takei’s honor.

George Takai was named our Queen of The Smart Set for 2015.

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High Style for Highest Honor in Science

May-Britt Moser and Matthew Hubble. Image credit: Geir Mogenand/NTNU.

Back in 2006, Future-ish set out to, among many other things, make scientists celebrities on par with actors and athletes. There has certainly been a lot of evidence of exactly this happening since that time but a recent development may be the best realization of this dream yet...a scientist and fashion designer collaborated to create a stunning gown worthy of any red carpet. Indeed, worthy of a Nobel Prize winner.

In December 2014, University College London's John O’Keefe and Norwegian University of Science and Technology's May-Britt and Edvard Moser (why yes, they are married) were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering neuron "grid cells" that serve as a system in the brain for spacial positioning, essentially the brain's GPS system.

With this news, British engineer turned fashion designer Matthew Hubble, saw an opportunity to create a special couture gown for May-Britt Moser. Hubble approached Moser with the idea, she agreed, and the resulting Grid Cell Dress is a peace of sartorial art that both rises to the Nobel Prize Ceremony occasion and serves as a unique communication tool that is sure to engage whole new audiences in groundbreaking science.

In the video interview in Manaster's article list below, Hubble comments on the collaboration:
"if we can get more fashion communicating more science to more people and widening the talent pool that might be interested in a career in science or engineering, then its a great thing to know that I can inspire people, as well as role models such as May-Britt."
Read more about Moser and Hubble's collaboration in the linked articles below.

Cocktails and Constants

Manhattans will never be the same...from now on, they'll make you smarter. These cocktail Math Glasses feature mathematical constants and arithmetical formulas that won't let your mind dull for a minute when enjoying your favorite libation. Impress your friends with a toast to/with Pythagoras's constant, Pi, Phi,or Euler's Number.

Science-inspired ABC Blocks

From Acute Angle to Zeolite, the whole alphabet is covered in these Super Nerdy ABC Blocks by Georgia-based designer Tiffany Ard available exclusively at Uncommon Goods. Handcrafted in Michigan from local basswood and printed with non-toxic inks, it is the perfect gift for the toddler (or science- and/or design-enthusiast adult) in your life.

Cork Globe

Being fans of future-shaping science, design, and culture around the world it was love at first site with this little Cork Globe from Uncommon Goods. With a 10" diameter, its the perfect little world to track your travels and even post little pics and reminders of your favorite destinations.

Lustrous Metal Mobile

Being design geeks, we love coming across a great mobile here at Future-ish. This Blowing Leaves Copper Mobile by Jay Jones for Uncommon Goods ads a little science to the moving scuplture with its beautiful casts of ginkgo leaves.