LaCie’s Blade Runner - An external drive from another world.

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2013 06:47

For those looking to step away from the now generic and ubiquitous aluminum cases that dominate our desktops LaCie offers a new external drive that could very easily find itself aboard the Prometheus or on Deckers desk. If you're interested in having four very unusual terabytes sitting on your desktop, check out the new LaCie Blade Runner drive, designed by Philippe Starck.

The custom-biult 4 TB USB 3.0 drives are being produced in a limited edition of 9,999. The design resembles nothing so much as a metal blob suspended inside a heat sink — which the designer says is, more or less, the point.

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Imagined by Philippe Starck

The LaCie Blade Runner is more than just a beautifully designed hard drive – it's a creation by world famous designer Philippe Starck that represents the combination of human and machine. The LaCie Blade Runner's sharp, cage-like enclosure surrounds an almost anthropomorphic, liquid metal interior. Inspired by the mysterious, incredible power of information technology, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. It begs the question; can we truly confine technology to a cage?

"The warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down," Starck said in a prepared statement. "The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."

LaCie tells us the limited edition units are still available, albeit with a wait-list that means it'll be a couple of weeks before you get the drive in hand. For more information, visit the LaCie website.


Item Number : 
Capacity : 
Interface :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
Interface Transfer Rate :  USB 3.0 : up to 5Gb/s*
USB 2.0 : up to 480Mb/s
Backup :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
Software :  LaCie Private/Public: password protection
Wuala 10GB 1 Year Secure Cloud Storage**
LaCie Backup Assistant
Eco Mode***
Dimensions :  141 x 193 x 74 mm / 5.6 x 7.6 x 2.9 in.
Weight :  2 kg / 4.4 lbs.
System Requirements :  Computer with a USB port (optimized if USB 3.0)
Latest version of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac® OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (Mac Intel® only for LaCie Private-Public software) Minimum free disk space : 600MB recommended
High-speed Internet for online storage
Box Content :  LaCie Blade Runner
USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
External power supply
Quick Install Guide
Comments :  * For optimal performance, the drive must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port. Calculations are based on average write time. Transfer rates vary slightly from one drive to another.
**Cannot be combined with any other Wuala offer. Full terms and conditions available at
***Up to 75% energy savings with automatic standby. May vary from one drive to another.

1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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Chelsea Hotel NYC. Behind the scenes fashion editorial - short

by JamesNYCFebruary 2. 2013 02:11

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Editorial Fashion Shoot - Chelsea Hotel NYC

by JamesNYCFebruary 2. 2013 02:08

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Wet Plate Collodian Editorial Fashion Shoot

by JamesNYCJanuary 4. 2013 14:29

A week ago my friend James Weber did an editorial fashion shoot using Wet Plate Collodian process.

I shot video as well as acting as lighting technician.

This was a combination of Profoto studio strobes at around 9600 Watt seconds and ARRI's for an additional 6000 watts. This allowed for exposure times between 9-12 seconds for an ISO of 1. Not the kind of process for the feint of heart or those whose idea of shooting is to hold down the button as if they were making a movie and pray that you got the shot.

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Using a Red Wing boom as video camera jib.

by JamesNYCDecember 28. 2012 21:57

Last week I was helping out a friend with his editorial fashion shoot that he shot using Wet Plate Collodian process; by recording it on video.

I used a Red Wing Boom as a camera jib in order to get a few more camera options which is something I've been meaning to try for sometime.

As you can see it was easy to do simply by adding some basic grip equipment that most photographers would usually have on hand in their studios.

I used a: Bogen super clamp, a Manfroto magic arm, a knuckle and a 6" wall plate which I had previously drilled and tapped and attached to my Cannon HD video camera. Although anyone could just as easily use any combination of grip equipment to achieve the same thing rather than spending money on an additional piece of equipment just to perform jib movements.

For those wondering why I didn't just attach the magic arm to the end of the Boom pin by adding another knuckle, that because I use this same combination of grip as a steady cam set up so having a quick release option to from 1 to the other is a nice option.

This setup proved to work extremely well and afforded great stability; and also because the boom was on a rolling stand it allowed me to move around the studio and change elevation in nice smooth motions. A short edit of the video from this shoot will be posted in the coming days.

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More from Brooklyn Location scout - mac&jac Fall 2012 photo shoot: behind the scenes

by JamesNYCAugust 20. 2012 18:03

This is the behind the scenes video associated with the Brooklyn location scout video we posted a couple of weeks ago.

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Japanese Fashion Editorial in the East Village NYC.

by JamesNYCAugust 4. 2012 11:37

I think one of the greatest things about living in NYC. is the number of chance opportunities to experience life and people from around the world at any given moment with out warning or notice.

One day I walked over to the window after spending the while night editing video and I found a Japanese fashion editorial being shot across from my house.

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Albert Watson Documentary

by JamesNYCJuly 31. 2012 10:02

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Vintage - Currently the most over used word in photography & Fashion

by JamesNYCMay 31. 2012 09:52

Vintage - Currently the most over used word in photography & Fashion

Current meaning - take a photo, add a filter that is: 20 pts. yellow, green or blue, add vignetting and call it vintage.

Real meaning - am image or elements in an image that are older than you.

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Location over view of Chelsea Hotel roof top

by JamesNYCMay 27. 2012 08:44

Chelsea Hotel NYC - Location over view of Chelsea Hotel roof top.

The Chelsea Hotels long history of being the playground and home to the artists of the past and those to be determined in the future are now long gone.

The hotel has changed hands yet again and is currently being completely renovated.

The art and images that had previously adorned the hotels enterance are gone.

The footage of the roof top in the coming months will no longer be valid as the development company has plans to strip all of the existing 'Character' of the roof in order to bring in a more corporate presence on 23rd street.

If anyone has any desire to shoot at this location you had better do it soon; before the remaining elements of this historic Hotel are stripped and sold off.

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