December 8, 2016

First Selfie Ever (1839)


From Public Domain Review:


Robert Cornelius' Self-Portrait: The First-Ever "Selfie"

The Oxford Dictionaries announced their word of the year for 2013 to be "selfie," which they define as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."

Although the rampant proliferation of the technique is quite recent, the "selfie" itself is far from being a strictly modern phenomenon.

Indeed, the photographic self-portrait was surprisingly common in the very early days of photography exploration and invention, when it was often more convenient for the experimenting photographer to act as model as well.

In fact, the picture considered by many to be the first photographic portrait ever taken was a "selfie."

The image was made in 1839 by an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia named Robert Cornelius.

Cornelius had set his camera up at the back of the family store in Philadelphia.

He took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into the frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again.

On the back he wrote, "The first light Picture ever taken. 1839."

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Bubble Wrap Calendar

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December 7, 2016

How Europe's borders have changed over the past 1,000 years

[via LiveLeakWorld Economic Forum, and RealityCarnival]

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Dept. of "It is what it is" He Balloon


Perfect gift for the lightweight in your life.


Eight for $6.18 (He not included).

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December 6, 2016

"Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them" — Sharon Beals



American Robin


Hoary Redpoll




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From top down: House finch; American robin; Hoary redpoll; Golden-winged warbler; Common yellow throat; Tree swallow; Twisted Sifter [sic]; American Goldfinch.

The book costs $25.82.

December 6, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fondoodler — Hot Glue Gun for Cheese


What took so long?


$25 (cheese not included).

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December 5, 2016

World's first — and only — wooden supercar


zoom Zoom ZOOM!

From the Wall Street Journal:



Joe Harmon, 35, an industrial designer from Mooresville, N.C., on the Harmon Splinter, as told to A.J. Baime.

I've wanted to design and build my own car since I was a kid. I was studying industrial design in graduate school, and I realized this was the time to do it. I wanted to take building materials — things like wood and glue — and do something with it no one else has.


I started by drawing the car on paper, in 2006, and by 2007, I began physically producing it in a shop behind my house. I had a mentor named Joe Hunt, a friend of my dad's, and my professors helped me, too. My dad gave me some money to eat, so I didn't have to focus on anything but that car. I'd wake up, work 16 to 18 hours, go to sleep, then do it again. Along the way I was able to pick up sponsorships — wood companies, glue companies, tool companies.


It took about 20,000 hours to complete the car, over many years. During that time, I graduated, got a full-time job and got married. I finished the car last fall, nearly a decade after I started, and I took it to the Essen Motor Show in Germany, to show it for the first time. It's called the Harmon Splinter, "the world's only wooden supercar," as I call it.


The structure is made primarily out of maple, ash, birch, and hickory, all woods found in North America. I wanted the body (the parts you can see) to have a certain look, so I used cherry, walnut, and oak. For these body panels, I used two large looms and wove the wood into a kind of cloth. That took a lot of work. I'll be honest — I never want to do that again. The wheels have floating spokes carved out of walnut and ash.


Many of the mechanical parts started out as Corvette components, but most have been customized. The engine is a modified LS7, the motor used in the last generation of the Corvette Z06.


Thus far, I've only driven the car about 15 miles per hour. It has a title, but no license plate or inspection sticker. It's super low to the ground, and it's very comfortable. You can feel that it has tremendous torque and power.


It will always be a one-off. If it were to get damaged or wrecked, that'll be that.

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SpaceX Occupy Mars T-Shirt — Major Tom: "5 Stars"

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While you're waiting for Scotty to beam you up you can chillax in this comfy rag.


Top down: Gray, Black, Charcoal,





Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

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December 4, 2016

Alfred E. Neuman's Flow Chart To Live By ("What, Me Worry?")

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For those who aren't my neighbors here in Geriatric Park, an introduction to Alfred E. Neuman.

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Folding* Cake & Cupcake Carrier


From the website:



Carry your homemade treats to any party safely and in style with the Sugar Cube Cake and Cupcake Carrier.

The carrier folds into a box around your treats, eliminating the risk of ruining the decorations.


As you use it you can feel the strong lock and sturdy handles working.

The best part? The ultra-slim design folds nearly flat for storage.



$39.99 (cake/cupcakes not included).

*Cake/cupcakes should be removed before folding flat for optimal function

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December 3, 2016

Eye of a Statue — Sumeria (c. 2500 BCE)


Lapis lazuli beveled to hold white limestone which forms the eye's sclera, drilled to receive the black stone pupil.

[via RealityCarnival]

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bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Running Shoe Deodorizer


Finally, one that works.

Bonus: it doesn't substitute an almost equally unbearable residual scent for your shoe stench.


December 3, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 2, 2016

Oil Interacting With Water — Fabian Oefner


From the Washington Post:



Fabian Oefner first noticed the stunning beauty of the world when he was a kid, looking up at the moon through a homemade telescope.


Since then he has used photography as a tool for examining his surroundings.

His work has ranged from devising a way to photograph sound to shooting magnetic fluids.


Oefner's most recent series, "Oil Spill," featured here, shows the results of oil interacting with water.

When Oefner noticed the beauty of a puddle of water with a thin film of gasoline, he decided to re-create the phenomenon in the controlled environment of his studio.


To execute this project, he painted a plank of wood black and poured a layer of water on top.

Then, using a syringe, he applied drops of oil, which morphed into iridescent blossoms.

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Phone Bed


Lie down with phones get up with viruses.

Well, I thought it was funny.

Though admittedly, the bar is awfully low.

Never mind.


This pricey device charges up to 10 phones at once.

Can your charger do that?

From the website:



Features and Details:

• Constructed of solid wood with velvet-lined compartments and satin linens

• Dual-sided blanket with microfiber and satin to clean device screens

• Phones charge on top of a satin-clad mattress

• Tablets tuck compactly underneath


$100 (phone[s]/tablet[s] not included)

[via TheVerge]

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December 1, 2016

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: no visible mote.

A third: Swiss.

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