January 26, 2015

The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand


Last month's New York Times Magazine story about this remarkable author (above) who has somehow — working through the dizziness and disorientation of chronic fatigue syndrome that has essentially left her housebound for 28 years since its onset during her sophomore year of college in 1986 — managed to produce two of the most critically and commercially successful nonfiction books in recent decades, is compelling reading.

"'Seabiscuit" and "Unbroken" have together sold more than 10 million copies, and the hardcover edition of "Unbroken" remained on the [New York] Times best-seller list for 185 continuous weeks..., the fourth-longest reign of all time."

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January 25, 2015

Yellow Submarine Contact Lens Case



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

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January 23, 2015

Once upon a time on roads and streets — The golden age of motorized advertising
















[via Joe Peach]

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January 22, 2015

Light Bulb Thermokruzhkus Mug


"Pour a warm (above 96.8℉ [36℃]) drink into Thermokruzhkus to make the artwork appear."


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January 21, 2015

Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite

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Pictured above in 1954 is Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite.

[via @jaivirdi and History in Pictures]

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January 20, 2015

Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin — "Skin care treatment cap"


From the website:



Fight those ugly nose pores on your skin with the Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin.

By wearing the cooled cap on your nose, it will tighten and block off the pores, preventing dirt from getting inside and turning you into someone with a beautiful nose (hanabijin).

First, cool the Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin in the refrigerator for over 30 minutes.

Then wash your face with cleansing oil and take off any makeup.

Fit the Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin over your nose and wear for around 90 minutes.

Afterwards, use lotions and other treatments as normal and you will see an improvement in the results.

The Nose Pore Blocker Hanabijin features:

  • Size: around 6.5 x 6.5 x 3cm (2.6 x 2.6 x 1.2")
  • Weight: around 13g (0.5 oz)
  • Materials: elastomere, polypropylene
  • Recommended to wear for around 90 minutes
  • Cool in the refrigerator for over 30 minutes beforehand
  • Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)
  • Made in Japan



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January 19, 2015

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: inedible.

A third: reusable.

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January 9, 2015

The "Pillars of Creation" in Visible and Infrared Light


From Bruce Sterling:


"Pillars of Creation" is a photograph taken by the Hubble Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years from Earth.

They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by photoevaporation from the ultraviolet light of relatively close and hot stars that have recently formed.


[via NASAESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AUR) via thedemon-hauntedworldhubblesite.org, and spaceplasma]

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January 4, 2015


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An easy way to find out if it's just you and your computer or a more widespread site outage.

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January 3, 2015

ASIMO Robot Costume Suit — "Honda Robot Full-Size Clothes"


From the website:


If you're a fan of Honda's iconic mini robot ASIMO then you're gonna love this full size ASIMO Costume Suit, which allows you to "become" the robot!

Learn how to walk like ASIMO and even fall over like him.

Playing the world's most famous working robot will no doubt prove addictive and you may even find yourself unable to return to "normal" life!

Whether it's a blind date, costume party or you're just looking to try out a new style, we reckon this complete ASIMO suit is surprisingly realistic and is possibly the most sophisticated piece of cosplay we have ever seen.

It really is no exaggeration to say that this suit will change your life!


Features and Details:

• Size: up to around 180cm (5.9 ft) in height (adult size)

• Materials: urethane, polyurethane, PVC etc.

• Cannot be put on alone (you will need help!)

• Cannot be washed in washing machine

• Includes head, body, hand-gloves, feet, and leggings



I'm thinking there's a gonzo gardener in Georgia who might find this the cat's pajamas.

As it were.


January 3, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 2, 2015

Experts' Experts: How to choose garlic


From Cook's Illustrated:


Don't Buy Garlic That Smells Like Garlic

At the grocery store, we often give produce a sniff to size it up for freshness and flavor. 

Garlic is one product where a strong fragrance is a sign of questionable quality rather than potency.

The main compound responsible for garlic's aroma, allicin, is formed only after cells have been damaged during cutting or crushing. 

This means that a head of garlic that smells at all of garlic has likely been manhandled during transport or storage.

To demonstrate this, we put a few heads of garlic in a plastic bag and whacked at them with a rolling pin (forcefully enough to mean business, but not so much that it left visible damage).

After a day in storage, they were pungent, while heads we didn't mistreat had no smell at all.

After a few more days, we peeled both sets, and the manhandled garlic was soft and beginning to rot in multiple places, which the carefully handled garlic was firm and unblemished.

The takeaway? Appearances can be deceiving, but the nose knows: Even if a head of garlic feels firm and looks good, if it smells like garlic, leave it in the bin.

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January 1, 2015

Cloud Hanger


From the website:


Cloud is a hanger storage for accessories such as ties, belts, tights, socks, jewelry, and all the other accessories that tend to get lost in drawers and wardrobes.

Cloud fits perfectly in the closet, and can also be mounted on a wall or suspended from the ceiling for display.

You can fill it with accessories or only use it for a few well-selected items.

With Cloud storage you always find what you are looking for.

Cloud hanger saves you time and organizes your home.

Birch plywood or white wood.



Full disclosure: I have no idea which of the two versions pictured above and below is which.


Perhaps one of my eagle-eyed readers can figure it out.

If you do, please, do tell.

$120 (accessories pictured up top not included).

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December 31, 2014

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

You know what? 

I can't figure out if it's bigger or smaller than a bread box.

You decide when it appears tomorrow.

Hint: made of wood.

Another: not intended for use as a spaghetti portion control tool.

Of course, that's not to say you couldn't use it for that.

Here's another view:


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December 27, 2014

When is a street not a street?


[via VizualStatistix]

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December 23, 2014

Single Handed Barber


From the website:


This electric hair trimmer cuts evenly in any direction, enabling you to maintain your own closely cropped, clean-cut hairstyle.

As simple as combing your hair, the circular trimmer's rotary cutting system and razor-sharp stainless steel blades cut as the unit is moved circularly through your hair while accommodating the contours of your pate.

The trimmer's two attachments cut hair to four different lengths (1/8", 1/4", 3/8", or 1/2") and its ergonomic design ensures it fits comfortably in the palm of a hand for precise control.

The rechargeable battery provides four five-minute hair cuts after a 16-hour charge or the trimmer can be powered by the included AC adapter.

Includes comb, scissors, storage pouch, and barber’s cape.

4" diameter x 3-1/4" H.

Weight: 1 lb. 



December 23, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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