November 30, 2015
Rhodia Triangular Pencils
What took so long?
No more rolling off the edge and behind the desk.
Talk about a stealth pencil....
Don't use them, just look at them.
I'm reminded of Calvin Klein's remark upon the opening of his flagship Fifth Avenue store, to wit.:"You don't have to buy anything; just feel the fabric."
The Rhodia pencil has a black linden wood body, black eraser, and smooth writing HB lead (equivalent to a #2 pencil).
The triangular-shaped barrel is comfortable to hold and won't roll off your desk or table, and will sharpen in any standard pencil sharpener.
Pencil dimensions: Approximately 7.4 inches (18.8 cm) long and 0.3 inches (7 mm) in diameter.
November 29, 2015
Discover Petra with Google Maps
What with the powderkeg nature of the Middle East growing more likely every day to conflagrate big-time, it has become obvious to me that my chance of ever visiting Petra in person is now zero.
That's why technology exists.
From USA Today:
Google Maps has launched Street View imagery in more than 30 historical sites in Jordan, including Petra.
The imagery was collected with the Street View Trekker, which is a 40-pound backpack that snaps photos as the operator walks.
Those images are then stitched together to create the 360° imagery you see in Google Maps.
Visit Jordan Highlights to see much more.
Below, explore Petra with Jordan's Queen Rania on Google Maps.
November 28, 2015
Lock Pick Earrings
Wrote Cory Doctorow in boingboing:
These acid-etched stainless steel lock pick earrings are an elegant accessory perfect for quick escapes, late nights, and lost keys.
They feature a selection of picks, rakes, and a tension bar.
The earrings are slim and lightweight, meant for wearing everyday, and for having a set on hand in case of emergencies — getting locked out, losing your keys, or showing up everybody at a spontaneous locksport competition.
From the designer/inventor's website:
These earrings are decked out with silver plated rings and ear hooks.
Each set includes:
• 1 x Small hook pick
• 1 x Small half diamond pick
• 1 x Single ball rake
• 1 x C-rake
• 1 x S-rake
• 1 x Tension wrench
The tension wrench is placed opposite the hook, half diamond, and C-rake to give you quick access to the most useful tools.
Everything is attached with silver plated jump rings, allowing you to quickly disassemble and reassemble the picks.
The set is made of durable lightweight .02 stainless steel with silver-plated steel hardware.
They are slimmer than most lock picks, keeping weight down so they can be worn comfortably everyday.
We've gone through a few dozen trials on tumbler locks and the tools show little wear aside from some light scratches.
The earrings weigh about 2 oz.
If you're new to the art of lock picking and the joys of locksport, I highly recommend the "MIT Guide To Lock Picking," free here.
Please check your local laws about purchasing and possessing lock picks.
November 27, 2015
Bird Portraits by Gary Heery
From The Guardian:
November 26, 2015
Fruity Toilet Paper — "Looks good enough to eat"
Don't go there.
You've never wiped your keister with a kiwi?
The simultaneously strange and endearing qualities of Japan are laid bare in this quote from the manufacturer's website, so helpfully pointed out by Rocket News: "Latona Marketing says of their sweet creation, 'Many companies and stores throughout Japan give a roll of toilet paper to customers as a novelty gift to show their appreciation.'"
Unfortunately not scented so while fruity they may look in the bathroom, fruity they will not smell.
Four roll assortment pictured: ¥1,500 ($12.22 USD).
November 25, 2015
Thermonuclear Art — The Sun in Ultra-HD (4K)
Excerpts from the YouTube caption:
In addition to keeping life alive on Earth, the sun also sends out a constant flow of particles called the solar wind, and it occasionally erupts with giant clouds of solar material called coronal mass ejections or explosions of X-rays called solar flares.
In space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7.
In the video above, SDO captures images of the sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material.
In this video we experience SDO images of the sun in unprecedented detail in ultra-high 4K definition.
[video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; via The Guardian]
November 24, 2015
Black Ops Waterproof Drill
Because you never know when you'll be called upon to do some stealthy underwater demolition.
Perfect for all your underwater stealth-drilling needs, the Nemo Power Tools SPECIAL OPS is submersible to 100 meters, has an 18v lithium battery, and is all-black for maximum concealment.
1000-watt brushless technology ensures maximum efficiency and durability.
Comes with a durable carrying case, battery charger, pressure valve and pump to pressurize the drill, and two 6Ah batteries.
The Nemo SPECIAL OPS comes with additional accessories geared towards the tasks carried out by special forces including a diving headlamp, a diving tool belt with tool bag, and a waterproof bag to keep your battery charger dry.
$2,000 (currently out of stock; Navy SEAL swimming instruction not included).
[via Joel Johnson]
November 23, 2015
Great American Novel Map
From the website:
"The Great American Novel: Places from the pages of America's finest literary works," chronologically celebrates 42 of the most important works of fiction inspired by life in the United States.
From Ahab off Nantucket to Ignatius J. Reilly in the Big Easy, Tom Joad fleeing the Dust Bowl to HST entering Bat Country, the map plots numerous monumental landmarks from American literature on a 25" x 19" print.
The limited edition map is hand-drawn and screen-printed on 80 lb. archival cover stock and shipped in a reinforced 3" cardboard tube.
November 22, 2015
Gold-Leaf Covered Edible KitKat
It comes from Japan, not surprisingly.
From the Wall Street Journal:
A pricey kind of KitKat bar is set to debut in Japan, where more than 200 varieties of the chocolate wafer snacks have been available so far.
Nestle Japan Ltd. said the company will sell a limited edition version of KitKat bars next month that come covered in a layer of real gold foil.
The product will commemorate the one millionth visitor at "KitKat Chocolatory" stores, which sell premium versions of the chocolate at posh department stores.
KitKat bars first went on sale in Japan in 1973 and over 200 different flavors have been created, including pumpkin pudding, carrot apple pie, and cheesecake.
The new golden versions will use the "sublime bitter" flavors for its base, with the gold leaf layer added to each one by hand.
The gold won't alter the taste of the chocolate but will offer a sense of luxury with each bite, a Nestle Japan spokesman said.
Nestle Japan will make 500 of the golden KitKats, each available for ¥2,016 ($16).
There are no plans to sell the product overseas.
My favorite American variety is dark chocolate-covered KitKat.
But I digress.
Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?
That's — by far — the best version of "Goldfinger" I've ever heard.
Though that opinion is not unamimous: Flautist commented, "... I will always love the original canned version, where she held the notes on "eeah" and "heah" for their full value, showing off her huge powerhouse of a voice, which was what it was really all about."
As always, dear readers: your wish
is my demand.
Wait a sec... that's not right.
Oh, never mind.
November 21, 2015
Snail shell magnified 2500:1
November 20, 2015
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: smaller than a bread box.
Another: does not employ photosynthesis.
A third: not located in Asia or the Americas.
November 19, 2015
BehindTheMedspeak: Adolph's Meat Tenderizer is the best remedy for wasp or bee stings
The best remedy for a wasp or bee sting (for the majority who are not allergic to them): Make a paste of of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer and a little water and rub it into the sting site. You will experience instant pain relief.
The papain (papaya extract, the active ingredient in Adolph's) breaks up the venom molecules, much as it does meat fibers when used in the kitchen as intended.
The reason I don't discuss here those who are allergic to wasp or bee stings is that they'll be dead from anaphylactic shock long before they have time to make a paste — unless they have an Epipen at hand and use it STAT.
I keep a bottle of Adolph's at home and another in my car's glove box. You should too.
$23.91 for six 3.5 oz. bottles; give the others away as gifts.
November 18, 2015
Jetmen Fly Alongside Emirates A380 Over Dubai
Considering the events of the past week, this video will strike great fear into many hearts.
Because if it can happen over Dubai, it can happen anywhere.
And not necessarily with an intention to entertain.
[via the Washington Post]
November 17, 2015
Behold The Cthurkey: An Octopus-Stuffed Turkey With Crab Legs
It's what's for dinner!
Wrote Chris Durso on foodiggity, "The food-stuffed-inside-another-food craze appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the Turducken and the Pumpple. That was before the culinary monstrosity that is the Cthurkey — a turkey stuffed with an octopus."
Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, the surf and turf was actually created a few years ago by Rusty Eulberg, a database administrator from Lubbock, Texas.
It wasn't until the Cthurkey reared its ugly head again on Twitter that it went viral and started giving everyone awesome ideas about a Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner for the ages.
November 16, 2015
An alarm clock that wakes you up by slapping your face
What's not to like?