May 03, 2008
Certain things are better left until tomorrow
From time to time I'll get a phone call that caller ID says is from a number that could offer good or bad news.
When such calls come in the late afternoon, not only do I not answer the phone, but I also don't listen to the message until the next day.
Seems obvious to me: I can choose to believe the news is good, which is as good as if it were true.
If the news is bad, how much better to have a pleasant evening and find out the next day that things didn't work out.
This is in the same spirit as my good friend who's a neurologist in private practice and occasionally has to tell a patient they've got a progressive, incurable disease.
He never gives this kind of news on a Friday or before a holiday, believing that even one more good weekend without the knowledge that the individual is doomed is the least he can do for the poor soul.
Why aren't all doctors like this?
Because I know most aren't.
Cool Mist Stick
From the website:
- Cool Mist Stick — Keep Cool on Hot Days!
Our Cool Mist stick sprays a continual fine mist, keeping you cool and refreshed even on the hottest summer days.
Lightweight and portable so you can move it wherever you go.
Simply attach to your hose.
Kids love it too!
$19.95 (hose and patio furniture not included).
Since when did Ø = diameter?
Since two days ago when I saw it used that way on some website.
You make an Ø by holding down both the shift and option keys and typing an o.
I'm still enchanted by this.
It's the little things that make me happy.
Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for B&B Italia.
From the website:
- Overscale Candle
Candles that resemble sinuous sculptures, enclosed by a neat metal frame.
Like a precious jewel or a rare stone, this accessory is meant to be put on display rather than lit.
Available in a horizontal version measuring 43cm x 11.5cm x 20cm high (17-1/8" x 4-1/2" x 7-7/8" high) or a vertical iteration measuring 12.5cm x 12.5cm x 25cm high (5" x 5" x 9-7/8" high).
Natural wax with cotton wick.
Black, Green or Rust.
The horizontal version costs £221 and the vertical £162 at B&B Italia stores everywhere.
'Memory is that instant when past and present collide'
As good a concise description as I've ever read.
It's from W.T. Tyler's elegiacal final novel, "The Consul's Wife."
In context: "Memory is that instant when past and present collide; two speeding trains hurtling toward each other on the same track, demolishing the moment and everything else...."
And: "I wanted to tell her what she meant to me, wanted to say that with most people I knew, even those who believed themselves more sensitive and civilized, moral discovery was as fitful as epilepsy, and maybe that's why they wander through the National Gallery on gray afternoons or attend Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach concerts, trying to recover again for a few hours a sense of the miraculous, to know that courage they'd lost touch with in their daily lives. But with a few rare people courage of spirit is more or less constant, never dims, and in their presence you discover what you might never have known at all."
You could do worse with your $1.06.
Pre-Wrap — World's best (and most colorful, comfortable and cheapest) disposable headband
Here's a video that demonstrates how it works.
Pre-Wrap — Versatile and Fun Headbands for the Female Athlete in Your Life
Pre-Wrap is pre-taping foam underwrap originally designed to help protect skin from tape chafing and sticking.
The foam is velvety soft and clings to itself but doesn’t stick to other materials.
Pre-Wrap is especially popular with female soccer players due to strict limits on hair accessories — most soccer regulations forbid their use.
No need to worry about headbands that are too big or too small.
The foam isn’t sticky but stays in place!
We don’t really know the origin of using it as a hair band but the one thing we do know is that it works!
A 30-foot-long x 2.75"-wide roll in any of the 11 colors above is $2.80.
[via Gear Diary]
PreCYdent.com — 'Open law source'
Uses legal citations to find related information.
"917,665 opinions, 51,583 statutes from April 1, 1759 to April 27, 2008."
That about covers it.
You could look it up.
My Favorite Soap — Savon de Marseille Extra Pur Figue
Pictured above, it's made in Marseille by La Compagnie de Provence.
"Free of artificial color, animal fats and surfactants and rich in natural oils such as palm olive and coconut. This liquid soap has the delicate scent of fresh figs."
And what an exquisite scent it is.
I love the simplicity of the 500 ml bottle.
Cheap at twice the $18 price.
So certain am I you will find this soap appealing that I will restate the unique bookofjoe guarantee here, to wit: If for any reason it's not up to your liking or expections, email me and I will send you a check for $18.