July 26, 2016

How to Seal a Bag of Chips Without a Clip

A revelation.

Think outside the chip space — this is MEGA.

[via BoingBoing]

July 26, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: A Sink Stopper That Actually Works


I don't know how many different kitchen sink stoppers I've tried that either quickly or slowly let water drain out.


How hard can it be to make a sink stopper?

I mean, no moving parts: should be a no-brainer. 

But apparently it's not.

No matter, I found one that works.

Pictured up top, it absolutely sealed my sudsy sink full of hot water for hours without yielding one millimeter of leakage: I know this because I made a mark on the side of the sink marking the water level at the beginning of my test.

From Amazon: "Flexible outer rings create a tight seal while handle allows for easy operation" — tru dat.


July 26, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 25, 2016

34 First Lines of Famous Books


[via BoingBoing]

July 25, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Phantom — "The best wireless speaker in the world"


I don't know if the claim in the headline is in fact true but I do know one thing for sure: if this puppy isn't the most expensive wireless speaker in the world, it's right up there.

Video below.


July 25, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

July 24, 2016

"Alice in Wonderland" — The first film version, from 1903

From Dangerous Minds


Cecil Hepworth is one of the unsung heroes of early cinema.

The son of a magic-lantern showman and novelist, Hepworth was one of the first producers/directors to realize the potential of making full-length "feature films" (his 1913 version of "David Copperfield" ran for 67 minutes) and the selling power of star actors (and animals — most notably his pet dog in "Rescued by Rover" in 1905).

Hepworth began by making short one-minute films.

In 1903, Hepworth decided to go large and make (as faithfully as possible) an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."


Originally 12 minutes in length, Hepworth's movie was, in 1903, the longest film to have been produced in Britain.

Hepworth co-directed the film with Percy Stow.

He wanted to keep the style of the film in keeping with Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations.


Costumes were designed and elaborate sets were built at Hepworth's film studio — including a rather impressive rabbit burrow.

Family members, friends, and their children were used in the cast.

Unfortunately, the full version of Hepworth's mini classic has been lost.

The print that exists is damaged but is still a beautiful, trippy, and incredible piece of work.


July 24, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My Hitch — Hands-Free Travel (At Last)


What took so long?


The product video (below),

featuring My Hitch inventor Robert Lian, an airline pilot who flies Boeing 737's, is wonderfully calm and matter-of-fact, just what you'd expect from a pilot.

Watching it made me decide to buy his invention, regardless of haters like Micah Singleton.


$17.95 (luggage not included).

[via BoingBoing]

July 24, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

July 23, 2016

Take Vladimir Nabokov's Quiz to See If You're a Good Reader (It's The Same One He Gave to His Students)


From Open Culture: "He made a quiz with 'ten definitions of a reader, and from these ten,' he had students choose the 'four definitions that would combine to make a good reader.'"

Answers below.












Some artistic sense


A dictionary


July 23, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Steadicam for the Masses: Universal Smartphone Mount


What's great about this device — besides the astoundingly low price ($149.95) for what only a few years ago was professional-grade technology —


is that by stabilizing my videos before uploading them to YouTube I could skip the time and trouble the site requires when such enhancements are applied post-recording.

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Below, vlogger Sarah aka Blumbo demonstrates the device.


July 23, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 22, 2016

Top 10 Most Rectangular Countries




[via Hacker News and pappubahry aka David Barry]

July 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dancing Water Light Show Bluetooth Fountain Speakers


From websites:



The ideal way of completely immersing yourself in your favorite songs — without any drugs.


Connect the speakers to your 3.5mm-jack audio devices such as phone, tablet, computer, etc., to play music.

Once connected to a music source, the speakers put on a water and light show timed to the beat of your favorite songs.

Features and Details:

• Comes with water inside and is sealed tight

• Let your music dance before your eyes

• Multi-colored LEDs light up the water

• Water bounces to the beat

• Looks great in the dark

• 8" high 


Package Contents:

• Two Dancing Water Speakers

• USB Charging Cable

• Audio Cable




[via Rose]

July 22, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 21, 2016

Snake Mimic Caterpillar

YouTube caption: "Snake mimic caterpillar Hemeroplanes triptolemus (Sphingidae) from the Amazon rainforest near Puyo, Ecuador. When disturbed, this larva of a sphinx moth expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments, mimicking a snake head with black eyes and even light reflections. Sometimes it also strikes like a snake to deter predators such as lizards or birds."

Photos here.

Lots more here.

[via BoingBoing]

July 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Phantom Putty — "Changes Color Under UV Light"

Arctic Flare

Can your silly putty do that?

Didn't think so.

From the website:



Phantom UV Putty is an amazing moldable putty that changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light.

As with any standard putty, you can mold, stretch, twist, sculpt, bounce, and tear Phantom UV Putty.

But when you introduce the included UV keychain light you can draw, write, and scribble bright designs directly onto the surface of the putty.

Expose the putty to sunlight and watch it turn a bright hue in a matter of seconds! The color changes are as temporary as the putty's shape, so you can reuse it over and over again.

The included UV keychain light comes with a battery so you can start drawing right out of the container.


On the fence?

Waste some more time, why don't you, by watching the video below demonstrating the stuff in action.

In a variety of colors: from $11.95.

July 21, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 20, 2016

Microburst Over Phoenix

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It happened Monday.

I'm old enough to remember when microbursts were first postulated as the cause of otherwise unattributable plane crashes on landing: most scoffed and said they didn't exist.

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"Once they reach the ground, microbursts have been known to produce wind gusts of up to 150 mph," according to the Washington Post.

July 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Impossible Bottle: Factory-Sealed Deck of Playing Cards Inside an Unaltered Milk Bottle


As featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not."

From the website:




Factory sealed Bicycle® playing cards inside a glass milk bottle.

An original wonder inspired by Harry Eng and impossibly bottled by Jamie D. Grant.

As a featured item in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," we are proud to offer them for your own amusement.

Available with either a red or blue deck of cards.




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

July 19, 2016

Around the World in 33 Keyboards


From thebrainfever: "I've always been curious to know what keyboards look like in various countries. What does the most ubiquitous item in a computer user's life look like in other parts of the world?"


"As an Apple fan, I've also been very curious about the internationalized versions of Apple products, and nothing's more local than languages. It's kind of like seeing 'twilight zone' versions of of one of the most familiar things in my life — the keyboard I spend hours at every day. I use mine so much, and see it so often, that my mind narrows and it's hard for me to imagine that other versions might exist."


"But they do. Apple currently makes 32 keyboards for various languages and localizations."


"Finding images for all 32 keyboards was a bit of a task. This took a few months. Apple has images of most keyboards on their store page, if you dig deep enough. But not all versions appear in all international stores. Also, some keyboard images do not appear at all in any Apple store and quite a few are mislabeled."


"But they exist. Apple lists them in their support pages, pictures exist from users, and I've checked the part numbers. They most certainly are real. But for some reason, Apple does not directly sell or show some of them. In searching for these images, it also became clear that a lot of international users have no idea what some of these keyboards look like before they buy them, because I found a lot of questions about them when I was searching around."


"So, as a result of my own anal-retentive curiosity, hopefully this will help some users finally see what these look like."

Pictured from the top down: Japanese, Russian, Korean, Thai, Icelandic, and Taiwanese.

July 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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