December 11, 2013
Memo Sticky Roll
Got OCD or Asperger spectrum?
Got a friend with them?
Here's your gift.
16 feet of gridded paper with full adhesive back and a dispenser with a perforated cutter.
Yellow, Pink, or Blue.
Cheap at twice the $8.99 price.
December 10, 2013
"Nowhere to Run" — Martha & The Vandellas (1965)
I happened on this sensational video yesterday while searching for a song to use in an upcoming post: it blew me away.
I mean, not only is the song one of the great all-time rock anthems, perfectly capturing the ethos and feel of 1965, but it also features one of the greatest cars ever, the first Ford Mustangs — on their assembly line in Detroit!
OMG, talk about when that city ruled the world: this is that moment.
From the New York Times:
Experts' Expert: How The Economist does graphics
Above, John Paul Koning breaks down The Economist's classic style of charting, offering insights that will benefit anyone who can take a lesson from the masters.
Sure taught me a lot.
He's on Twitter.
[via Alberto Cairo]
Squadron Push Pin Set
6 painted metal pins that look like paper airplanes.
[via the New York Times]
Gray Cat frolics in her tree on an icy day — through Google Glass
Brrrr... it's chilly out there but toasty warm in here, where Gray Cat prepares for and then puts on a show of kitty acrobatics and tricks as only she can do.
Cork Remover for Old Wine
You know how sometimes an old cork can disintegrate into a great bottle of wine, pretty much destroying it?
Well I don't but I'll take your word for it.
For those of my readers who from time to time are vexed by this unfortunate possibility, there's this nice tool, reviewed as follows by Eric Asimov in the New York Times:
No moment produces as much as much anxiety for wine lovers as pulling a cork on a precious old bottle. A cracked, deteriorated cork can crumble into the wine, marring what should be a joyous moment. Enter the Durand, an ingenious device constructed specifically for older bottles: it can remove even the most fragile corks without incident. And it will pay for itself if one cherished bottle is preserved.
$125 (case of 1955 Château Latour Pauillac-Médoc included with your order*).
*Only if your name is Flautist.
December 09, 2013
I clicked on the link and suddenly the page up top appeared.
Who knew I was in so many places?
No wonder I'm so busy.
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: smaller than a bread box.
Another: no glasses required.
A third: suitable for anyone.
Dick Dodd, lead singer of the Standells — "Dirty Water" (1966) — is dead at 68
An absolutely iconic song of my youth, it reached No. 11 on the Billboard pop chart in 1966, my senior year of high school.
Daniel Slotnik's obituary appeared in the New York Times last week.
Think inside your cavernous, impossible bag space.
Mid-November run in the country outside Charlottesville — through Google Glass
What with the ice storm currently happening here, I dove down into my archived auto-saved videos (Glass automatically uploads all the videos and photos you taken when you're in WiFi range) to see what I could see and happened on this footage.
From the website: "Elegant enough for great museum shops, book-friendly enough for many public library stores, often judged indispensible by students, educators, and other readers of what has lasting value. Answers the question: "How can we mark our exact passages, find them again, quickly and surely, and never harm the page?'"
125 for $13.79.
December 08, 2013
Star Wars Escalator
Attention Diana Adams you need to ride this yesterday.
[via Zainab Akhtar]
From the website: "We all know that our tea towels take a battering. Their use in the kitchen often surpasses simply drying pots. They dry pots, mop up spills, act as makeshift oven mitts and sometimes get dragged into scrubbing dishes when a sponge just isn't good enough. However, as this tea towel proudly states, we continue to use them anyway!"
Musical interlude for a Sunday afternoon: Aldo Ciccolini plays Goyescas No. 4, "La Maja el Ruisinor," by Enrique Granados
Wrote Flautist: "Aldo Ciccolini performing Goyescas No. 4, 'La Maja y el Ruisenor' (the girl and the nightingale) by Enrique Granados. I love Ciccolini's almost meditative interpretation of this magical little gem for solo piano. Much wonderfulness for six minutes of your time."
"Gardening just got a lot more fun. Making real use of guns."
Just in, the following email from one Per Cromwell in Sweden:
Since the early eighteenth century the shotgun has been used for hunting and in warfare.
Countless deer, rabbits and birds have been killed, and countless soldiers, from the trenches of Verdun to Baghdad, have experienced the deadly blast of lead shots. No more.
My name is Per Cromwell.
I'm a designer/inventor at ST-labs.
Today we're launching a product I worked REALLY hard on for a long time: Flower Shell," a shotgun shell loaded with flower seeds instead of deadly lead.
Features and Details:
• Transforms any 12-gauge shotgun into a life giver instead of a life taker
• Makes gardening more FUN!
• Comes with 12 different seeds. (Columbine, Cornflower, Daisy, Poppy, Sunflower, Peony, meadow flowers and more)
• Each shell is hand made with love.
• The amount of gunpowder has been reduced and adjusted to fit the different seeds
If you want more information, pictures or anything, don't hesitate to ask me.
This is my dream project.
Best wishes from a foggy autumn Sweden.
+46 703 68 99 09
People of the grassy slope — UVA soccer through Google Glass
A walk around the perimeter of Klockner Stadium at halftime of the UVA-Michigan women's soccer Elite 8 College Cup match Friday night, November 29, 2013. It was chilly!
Build-your-own LED lamp
"A short tutorial on how to make your own Lichtbloem. Lichtbloem is a light object which can be made on your own with the help of some well known parts like a ping pong ball and a clothes peg."
Designed and produced by
Netherlands-based studio coens.
White, Blue, Green, or Red:
December 07, 2013
Meet the new bookofjoe: MUCH better than the old one!
There it is above: it's not even close.
I only happened on this wonderful new incarnation of myself when a reader linked to it, herself not aware that the Instagram account belonged not to me (I don't even have one: never did/never will) but, rather, this much younger, better looking, and far feistier — "But I will give you a two piece* if you try me" — man than I'll ever be.
*Full disclosure: I have no idea what a "two piece" is in this context.