September 25, 2017

Helpful Hints from joeeze: My favorite label/sticker residue remover


If you're anything like me, too bad for you (kidding).

Take two: If you're anything like me, you're irritated beyond measure by the stubborn residue left behind by adhesive labels or stickers on almost everything you buy.

Sometimes there are two, three, or more, each one applied using a more tenacious, non-water-soluble adhesive than the last.

I've tried and discarded innumerable all-purpose removers over the decades including that old standby, nail polish remover, so I decided to have a throwdown between my two old dependables: GooGone and OOPS!

The winner — quickly removing paper and glue from a red plastic-covered lead-core bat weight without any dye coming off — was OOPS!

Besides working much better, OOPS! employs a superior dispenser with a pinhole opening as opposed to GooGone's open bottle whose contents are difficult to keep on a paper towel.

Caution: When you use either of these substances, try to do so outdoors — the active ingredients are so strong you can practically feel your brain dissolving with every breath you take.

September 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Touchless Pulse Sensor iPhone App


When it came out five years ago it cost $4.99,


then they dropped the price to $0.99


and now it's free,


the way we like it.


 Way 2 kewl 4 skool.

September 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

8-Bit Portable LCD Games Console


"Over 100 games in your pocket!"

"Is that an 8-bit portable LCD games console in your pocket or...?

Never mind.

From the website:



This 8-Bit Portable LCD Games Console is a button-bashing blast from the past, packed with over 100 classic computer games.

The retro arcade emulator is the stuff of 80s childhood dreams.


Features and Details:

• LCD screen

• Over 100 travel games

• 3 AAA batteries required (not included)




September 25, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 24, 2017

D-ID — "A firewall for your identity"

Tell us more.

From The Economist: An Israeli startup, D-ID, which stands for "de-identification," has developed software that slightly alters photos so that algorithms cannot recognize them. This allows people to share pictures of their faces without having to worry that they will be used to identify them.

More here and here.

Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly" was published 40 years ago, in 1977.



the jacket of the hardcover first edition.

September 24, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Old Maps Online: Gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world

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Above, "A Map of the Coast of New England from Staten Island to the Island of Breton."

From the website: "The LUNA Browser is the primary way to view the [David Rumsey] map collection. Users can browse the entire online collection of over 30,000 images or search by keyword for specific images. Images may be exported or saved in groups. Or you can browse by categories or use the what, where, who, when links on the left side of the thumbnail pages."  

Fair warning: There goes the day.

[via Internet Scout Project and Richard Kashdan]

September 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Hydration-Tracking Water Bottle


From the website:


Reach your daily hydration goals by tracking how much you drink.

Innovative tracking lid records number of bottles drunk.

A new dot appears every time the bottle is refilled and the lid is closed (1 dot = 1 bottle).

Features and Details:

• Impact-resistant BPA-free Triton

• Leak-proof lid

• Hand wash


Many colors: $10.79.

September 24, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 23, 2017

"The Handmaiden"


Sometimes — not often, alas —


a movie is so good you wish it would never end.



September 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Hard Way

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Since I read it in the New York Times magazine Letters section on Sunday, July 7, 1996, this quote has been my favorite.

I don't see that changing.

September 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Electric Spaghetti" DIY Flexible Neon Light — "Las Vegas in a box!"


What took so long?

From the website:



Las Vegas in a box!

The DIY Neon Light Kit has 10 feet of "electric spaghetti" so you can make your very own custom fluorescent signs or works of art.


Bend and twist it to any shape you like, the possibilities are endless.

Bask in the glow of neon-lit nostalgia.

Features and Details:

• Contains 10 feet of super-flexible wire and a battery pack

• Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)



Blue or Pink:



September 23, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

September 22, 2017

"Black Painting" — Ad Reinhardt


"In the last ten years of his life, Reinhardt focused solely on square black paintings."

Above, "Black Painting"; oil on canvas; 60" x 60"; 1960-66.

These paintings bring millions at auction.

More here and here.

September 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Because every country is best at something



[via InformationIsBeautiful]

September 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon


From the website:



Designed by architect Naoki Terada, the 15.0% Ice Cream Spoon uses your body heat to slice through frozen ice cream.

Made of solid aluminum with thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK, these spoons eliminate the need to wait for your ice cream to get softer.

The result is a scooping experience that is effortless, satisfying, and fun.

Comes in three different styles, each inspired by an ice cream flavor:

• 01.vanilla has an egg-shaped tip

• 02.chocolate features an angular tip that allows easy reach to the corner of the ice cream cup

• 03.strawberry is ideal for drilling into your sorbet with its fork-shaped tip 

4.1" × 1" × 0.5"

Made in Japan



Apiece, $49.

September 22, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 21, 2017

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: expensive.

A third: very.

September 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

When you realize you made a mistake in email (pie chart)


[via GraphJam]

September 21, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emoji Rings — "Real conversation starters"


I've heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve but these blow way past that.


Seven styles: Pizza/Peace Sign/Fist Bump/Sassy Girl/Heart Eyes/OK Sign/Poop

Fist bump

Features and Details:


• Hand-polished gold-plated sterling silver

Heart eyes

• Small, Medium, or Large


• By Rock N Rose




September 21, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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