May 28, 2016

Tatami Business Card Holder


From the website:


Add some classic Japanese flair to your next meeting with the Tatami Business Card Holder.

Made from the traditional material used for flooring in Japanese-style rooms, this hand made compact case features a small image of Mount Fuji on the front.


Don't worry about limiting yourself to just putting in business cards, as you can also store train passes and other cards.

4.3" x 3.1"




May 28, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 27, 2016

Time Machine (Video)

This is as close as we're gonna get until the real thing is invented.

Kurt Gödel once remarked that "If time travel is possible then there is no such thing as time."

From the website:


The Old New World (Photo-based animation project)

It's travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine.

The main part of this video was made with Camera projection based on photos.


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

[via seccovan and boj reader Tom aka Gandalf the Gray]

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May 26, 2016

Fake Driveway Spikes — No more people using your driveway as a turnaround


Too great.



[via BoingBoing]

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May 25, 2016

Sir Ian McKellen at 21 in 1960


The living legend celebrates his 77th birthday today.

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May 24, 2016

Who is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

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May 23, 2016

BehindTheMedspeak: Advice is worth what you pay for it


Without further ado, five tried-and-true doctor's tips to make your life healthier and better.

1) The BEST remedy for sunburn: 2 aspirin every 4 hours, starting as soon as possible after the burn, continuing until bedtime. I read this in a brief letter from a Florida dermatologist to the New England Journal of Medicine long ago, when I was in med school (early 70s): it really works. Funny that it appears nowhere in the medical literature and when I mention it to fellow doctors it's the first they’ve heard of it.

2) The BEST remedy for a wasp or bee sting (for the majority of us who are NOT allergic to such insults): make a paste of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer and a little water and rub it into the site. 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 deal with those who are allergic to stings is that they'll be dead of anaphylaxis long before they have time to make a paste — unless they use an EpiPen. I keep a bottle of Adolph's in my car's glove compartment.

3) The BEST remedy for non-specific back pain: lose weight. Most such pain is due to weak abdominal musculature and subsequent cantilevering of the belly outward, putting all kinds of non-physiologic stress on the lower back.

4) The BEST remedy for hypertension: lose weight. Most mild hypertension goes away when weight gets down to where it should be.

5) The BEST remedy for oral-medication-controlled diabetes: lose weight. Most such patients don't need their meds anymore once their weight gets back to normal.

May 23, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

May 22, 2016

"Is that a pizza shirt?"


I've long since lost track of how many times I've been asked — both in person and via email — about my favorite T-shirt (above).

I got it maybe 10 years ago and wear it from time to time just to see if it retains its smile-inducing magic.

Great ice-breaker and conversation-starter — if they don't usher you off the premises first.


Kathryn's Pizza Shirt

From $24.99.

Bonus: they now offer matching knickers 


and crew socks


to complete your unique ensemble.

And for those prepared to make a real commitment — as it were — and go all in, there's the pizza jumpsuit:


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May 21, 2016

Every Top 5 Song from 1956-2016 (22,000 Songs) — Start with the year you were born and listen to the musical history of your life

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Wrote Mark Frauenfelder on BoingBoing: "Polygraph Studio created this great timeline of Billboard Top 5 songs from the last 60 years."

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May 20, 2016

joe's Favorite Thing: Measure Magnet


Pretty much self-explanatory.

I've had mine over 30 years.

I've given them to family members, friends, and girlfriends for decades.

One woman who got really mad at me and never spoke to me again after we broke up still has hers on her fridge (I know this because I'm friends with a friend of hers who's seen it).

But I digress.

From websites:


Features and Details: 

• 3.5"W x 4"H

• 5/16"Ø hole at top

• Brushed stainless steel exterior

• Strong magnetic backing [understatement!]

• Conversions for cups, fluid ounces, tablespoons, teaspoons, and milliliters



May 20, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

May 19, 2016

Shorpy Historic Picture Archive Vintage Photo Blog — "Thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to the 1950s"



From the website:





" is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images taken over a 100-year-long span from the 1850s to the 1950s."




"The site is named after Shorpy Higgenbotham [below], a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago."





[See end of post for the answer]




"Over 6,000 fine-art prints suitable for framing."



"Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas."

Or you can just look.




Free, the way we like it.

[via reader Tom aka Gandalf the Gray]



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May 18, 2016

IllumiBowl — Night Light for Your Toilet

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From websites:


Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow.

That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night.

Simply snap it onto the rim and let it shine: it will automatically turn on when someone walks into the bathroom.

There are eight color possibilities and patterned illuminations, making quite the show.

Features and Details:

• Sets to the color of your choice or a color-rotate light mode

• Turns on and off automatically via motion sensors

• Snaps on in the perfect, splash-proof location

• Easy to clean by wiping with a cloth

• Perfect for potty training children

• Battery-powered

• Fits any toilet


Still not sure?

Not ready to s*** or get off the pot?

Oops — that came out wrong.

So did that.

But I digress.

Watch the video, maybe it'll help you decide.


[via BoingBoing]

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May 17, 2016

Face Development in the Womb (Video)

77 seconds of wonder.

[via BBC One]

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May 16, 2016

Shark Fin Soap


3.5 ounce bar.



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May 15, 2016

Trees "eating" things

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Wrote Rob Beschizza on BoingBoing:

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"My new favorite subreddit is r/TreesSuckingOnThings,

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a growing collection of photos of trees growing slowly to encase and envelope signs,

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and other things

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attached or adjacent to them.

May 15, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 14, 2016

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Screaming Meanie Alarm Clock


Below, my 2013 post featuring this unique alarm clock.


Once again this puppy saved my bacon when lesser alarm clocks failed me big-time.

It happened Tuesday when I was scheduled to be somewhere at 10 a.m. sharp.

I set my series of alarm clocks — starting with the digital one, then two travel alarms each set for 2 minutes after the previous alarm time, and then finally the Screaming Meanie, armed to go off 20 minutes after the first — and darned if I wasn't jolted awake by the Screaming Meanie with all three of the others simultaneously going off but somehow unacknowledged in the now almost audibly pulsating darkness.

See, I sleep with earplugs — really, really good earplugs (Mack's — about which more in a future post) and so an alarm clock has to be really loud to get my attention.

When the Screaming Meanie erupts it's as if your heart is on the verge of stopping — its klaxon-like, emergency-vehicle-siren squeal is SO LOUD it really seems like it could be capable of waking the dead.

When you absolutely, positively have to get up, this is the alarm clock you want on your nightstand.

If it should fail to do the trick, simply let me know and I will cheerfully refund twice what you paid for it.

That's the bookofjoe Way.

FunFact: This is the default alarm clock of long-distance truckers.





N.B. Originally featured in this space in 2004, the Screaming Meanie made encore performances in 2005, 2008, and 2013.

The 2005 post is very entertaining, even 11 years later: I laughed out loud as I read it last night. 

Your response may differ.

But I digress.

This is too good a machine not to be periodically re-introduced to a whole new cast of readers.

The name alone makes it a winner.

The device lasts, too: I bought the translucent green one (top) back in the 20th century and have dropped it and abused it too many times to recall, yet it still blasts that 120 dB alarm which pretty much stops my heart when it explodes in the dark and literally levitates me off the mattress.

I find it amazing that today's iteration is both cheaper ($27.64) and louder (120 dB) than the 2004 version ($29.99; 110 dB).

Oh, yeah, one last thing: you'll want to remove the 9V battery before packing it in either your carry-on or checked bag.

The reason is that there's no lock switch to prevent accidental pressure from activating the test mode. 

If this puppy goes off at the high (120 dB) setting inside a bag in an airport, you're gonna find yourself face down on the floor surrounded by people with automatic weapons with safeties off in a TSA yoctosecond.

Fair warning.

May 14, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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