October 9, 2015

When Francis met Fidel, Adidas executives sat up and took notice


During the Pope's visit to Cuba he called on Castro, who greeted him wearing an Adidas warmup jacket.

When I saw this picture I tried to put myself in the place of the corner office crew at Adidas headquarters as they tried to get their heads around it.

Too funny.

October 9, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 8, 2015

Billiard Ring


From the website:



Play billiards with style!

The billiard ring helps you in any billiard situation but is especially convenient when you have the cue over another ball [top].


When you are not using it, you can fit it up on your key chain and have it ready anytime.

The billiard ring comes in six (6) sizes, measured by the diameter of the index finger:

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We recommend the ring be too big rather than too small.

Available colors: black, white, red. 

Suitable for righties and lefties.

Material: plexiglass.

Made in Iceland.



$20 (billiard table and related paraphernalia not included).

October 8, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

October 7, 2015

Delta Air Lines: "Why We Go"

Last week I happened on this TV commercial MOS (mit out sound) and thus hadn't a clue what it was about until the very end.

When it came on the next time I made sure to listen while I watched.

Donald Sutherland's voice is perfect here, an anodyne to the fear of flying that resides in far more people than would ever admit it, either to others or themselves.

October 7, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

October 6, 2015

Portable Halloween Sound Effects Machine


From the website:


Life is so much more rewarding when you carry a digital sound-effects box in your pants pocket (for one thing, you always get a seat on the bus).

These cuties are a mere 3-1/8" x 1-7/8" x 9/16" thick and have buttons that broadcast nine (9) exciting sounds through a 1" speaker.

You can pick either the Halloween Sound Effects box, with screams, creaks, a howling wolf, cackles, music, and other eerieness; or the Musical Sound Machine box, which features violins, trumpets, applause, and instantly recognizable cartoon musical interludes.


I'm thinking my Georgia correspondent could do very nicely with either one, thank you very much.


October 6, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 5, 2015

bookofjoe coming off life support — to be discharged from ICU?

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Knock on wood but it appears that my long dark nightmare is — rather suddenly — starting to depart.

Briefly, this — my fourth episode of major depression (the other three occurred when I was 29, 43, and 53) — began in January of 2014 and has been pretty much unremitting and relentless, making daily life very difficult, with a daily drug regimen of five quite powerful psychoactive medications with all sorts of side effects, none of them pleasant.

Not to mention drug interactions between the five agents, impossible to avoid and characterize in the midst of this complicated brain chemistry cocktail.

Among other things, the combination of endogenous and exogenous forces has forced me to pretty much put bookofjoe in cold storage, only an occasional proof of life surfacing every couple weeks for going on two years.

That may change in the very near future if recent significant favorable shifts in my mood take hold for good.

For what it's worth, this has been by far the worst of my depressions, the first three lasting about two, four, and three months, respectively.

On the brighter side, I've read an awful lot of books (hundreds) I'd otherwise never have opened.

I would be remiss if I didn't emphasize how important and comforting Gray Cat has been throughout these miserable, seemingly endless months of empty, repetitively unrewarding days and nights.

She's been dozing on my lap nearly every waking minute of my long days and nights while I read or watch TV, which is pretty much all I've had the energy to do.

It is impossible to overstate how soothing a presence her small body (she weighs 7.5 lbs [3.4 kg]) and almost otherworldly soft fur have been.

In a word, solace.

October 5, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (29)

October 4, 2015

Centipede Blocker


From the website:


Place these Centipede Blocker packs by windows, doors, or other places where centipedes are likely to come into the house.

The smell from the packs will stop centipedes entering and causing hazards to humans.

This is a quick and simple remedy for people living in rural areas with centipedes.

The ingredients are 100% natural, including Japanese cypress thiol and paulownia tree oil.

Features and Details:

  • 10 packs
  • Lasts around 2 months
  • For use against centipedes
  • Avoid contact with rain and humidity
  • Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)
  • Made in Japan



"...for people living in rural areas with centipedes."

I don't know why I find this disclaimer amusing — but I do.


October 4, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 15, 2015

Write your name in Viking runes

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Here's how.

Below, bookofjoe.

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September 15, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

September 5, 2015

Ralph Lauren PoloTech Shirt — "Wearable Technology"


"The PoloTech Shirt works with an iPhone to put real-time workout data in the palm of your hand."


"Silver fibers woven directly into the fabric read heart rate and breathing depth and balance — as well as other key metrics — which are streamed to your device via a detachable Bluetooth-enabled black box."


"Created exclusively for use with the shirt, the PoloTech App offers live biometrics, adaptive workouts and more."

Like Henry Ford's Model T, available in any color you like (as long as it's black).


September 5, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 31, 2015

Glider Spiders — "Arachnids that glide to safety may mirror the evolution of insect flight"

From The Economist: "As as biologists can tell from the fossil record, only four groups of animals have evolved sustained, powered flight. These are the insects, the pterosaurs, the birds and the bats. Many others, though, can manage powered flight's precursor, gliding. The more researchers look into the matter, the more sorts of glider they find. And the latest to be added to the list is, scarily for arachnophobes, a type of spider."


"First, regardless of its orientation when shaken out of the box it was being kept in, each spider rapidly righted itself and spread its legs so that its body acted as a parachute. It then used its forelegs as rudders, to guide it through the air until it reached the tree it was aiming at."

"Why, of all the spiders Dr Yanoviak has tossed out of trees, only Selenops can do this, is mysterious. But if he is right, and gliding was the precursor to flying among insects, then arachnophobes can thank their stars other spiders have not followed suit — and then gone on to evolve wings."

August 31, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

August 30, 2015

"Back to the Future" Desktop Hoverboard


From websites:


The definitely retro "Back to the Future" Desktop Hoverboard is a miniature working version of Marty McFly's iconic levitating hoverboard.

The tiny hoverboard itself is made from pyrolytic graphite that hovers naturally over a slightly curved base made from 5 powerful rare Earth magnets. 




[via The Green Head]

August 30, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 21, 2015

Grand Central Station, New York City, 1929


"The sun can't shine through like that now due to the surrounding tall buildings."

[via History in Pictures]

August 21, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

August 20, 2015

Rurudo Fan Shade — "Cooling fan parasol-umbrella"


From the website:



A fan, parasol and rain umbrella in one!

The Rurudo Fan Shade is your ultimate cooling gadget, cutting UV rays by 99%.

Inside the black canopy are three fan blades that spin and generate a gentle breeze.

And because the parasol is also coated with water-repellant, it even functions as an umbrella too.

Ideal for use when spending periods of time out in the sun watching sports and events, the refreshing breeze generated by the Rurudo Fan Shade can keep on cooling you down for two hours straight.

Just press the button on the handle to start the fan and close the parasol canopy to turn it off.

Features and Details:

  • Size (open): 39" x 31"
  • Power: 4 AA batteries
  • Materials (canopy): cotton, polyester
  • Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)




August 20, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 19, 2015

J.R.R. Tolkien's personal book cover designs for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy

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[via Open Culture and Bruce Sterling]

August 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 13, 2015

Stress Release Squeezy Foam Brain


From the website:


Squeeze this foam brain to relieve yours.

Nicely squishy, light gray and measuring 2-3/4" x 2" x 1-1/2", it's stamped (discreetly) DiscoverySchool.com, which is why you get five (5) brains for so cheap.


Five for $2.95.

August 13, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 12, 2015

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Smaller than a bread box.

Another: Not an eraser.

A third: Cheap at twice the price.

August 12, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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