July 28, 2014

Dwight Eisenhower's Baseball Secret

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Long story short, from Michael Beschloss's July 18, 2014 New York Times piece: After high school, Eisenhower secured an appointment to West Point. However, prior to entering West Point, he played baseball for money under the pseudonym Wilson, which violated West Point's honor code, but he never acknowledged doing so until after World War II, always with a request that the matter be dropped.

Up top, he's second from the right in the top row, with his Abilene [Kansas] High School baseball teammates in 1908.

July 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Glass Toaster — "It not only toasts bread, but also cooks everything from steak to shrimp"

It's made by Bugatti.

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"When your food is done, it doesn't simply pop up: a motorized lift gently brings it to the surface."

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Look for it next year; it's projected to cost $1,000.

[via Reviewed.com]

July 28, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Writing of Stones (57)

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July 27, 2014

Rapid Response Collecting at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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The latest New Yorker, in its "Talk of the Town" section, introduces us to the just launched Rapid Response Collecting project in the London-based museum's Contemporary Architecture, Design, and Digital Department.

Its stated goal is to demonstrate "how design reflects and defines how we live together today."

According to the New Yorker, "In practical terms, this means that the curators have been given carte blanche to scour the streets — in a global sense — for items of interest and get them into the museum as quickly as possible."

Pictured up top, from the collection: The Liberator 3D-printed gun.

July 27, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Mask Photodynamics Beauty Facial

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$199.

[via 7 Gadgets]

July 27, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Stanford Anesthesia Emergency Manual

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True, not for everyone, but never mind: it's free — the way we like it  — to read or download.

July 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Beverage Elements Drink Coasters

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"Tumbled Botticino marble hand made in Cincinnati, Ohio."

$42.92.

[via Diply]

July 27, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Writing of Stones (56)

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July 26, 2014

What do you get if you cross a waffle with a donut? A wonut

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From The Economist: "Not all marriages are happy, but Alex Hernandez thinks that the union of a waffle and a doughnut will be. The owner of Waffles Café in Chicago starting selling what he calls 'wonuts' in April. They are deep-fried waffles, topped with icing and multicoloured sprinkles (top). Daily sales went from 24 to 600 within two days. Buzzfeed, a website, called the new snack 'proof that a benevolent Food God exists.'"

July 26, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Just about the size of a bread box.

July 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Duct Tape Double — "Create a quick and easy mannequin using cheap materials you can find around the house"

Paloma Fautley's Make magazine article lays it all out for you.

July 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cupcake Maker

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"Makes up to to six cupcakes in 10 minutes."

$44.94.

July 26, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Writing of Stones (55)

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July 26, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 25, 2014

The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog — "On books and the writing life"

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Free , the way we like it: no magazine subscription or registration required.

July 25, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Inflatable Car Mattress

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From 1 Design Per Day

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Here is the ultimate accessory for all spontaneous summer travelers

The Inflatable Car Mattress is compact enough that you can keep it in your car year-round.

Once fully expanded, it spreads to 51" x 35" with a thickness of three inches.

This travel-friendly mattress is made of high-quality PVC and will help you get a good night's sleep just about… anywhere!

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$116.66.

[via Richard Kashdan and Diply]

July 25, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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