July 31, 2008
bookofjoe World Exclusive — Automatic Shoe Cover Dispenser
Just in from roving correspondent Chris Miller, whose nominal job is flogging his innovative TigerTaco (inquire within), who writes, "I was at a trade show a couple of months ago and I saw something and thought of you... it's from China [what of interest these days isn't? But I digress] and I can't get their site to load right [no worries, Chris — I put my crack technical team on it and they got it working in a Guangdong minute], but it's an automatic 'sanitary shoe cover dispenser'... you stick your left foot in, and it applies one of those surgical booties, you take it out, you shake it all about ... and that's what it's all about."
"It was one of those weird/funny/cool things you stumble on (I was tempted to stick my foot in and then start screaming like it was cutting off my foot, but somehow I think the humor would have been lost in translation)."
Good call there, Chris.
There appear to be two models: the ES02 up top and the ES01, below.
I wonder if I could get my hospital to spring for one of these for the doctors' locker room.
Prolly right after they okay the treadmill I want for the OR.
Real soon now.
Limited Edition Joy Division Zune
All 500 copies of the laser-engraved device come pre-loaded with the documentary "Joy Division."
Codex Sinaiticus — After 1,600 years, finally online
More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, parts of one of the oldest known copies of the Bible went online on July 24, 2008.
From the project website: "Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript — the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity — is of supreme importance for the history of the book."
Ed Payne's July 24, 2008 CNN.com story has more on the project.
Luggage Locator — Perhaps not the best solution to the problem
From the website:
- Luggage Locator
Locate your luggage in an instant.
Luggage Locator makes it easy to find your bag on the airport luggage carousel, in hotel lobbies or train stations.
Just attach the receiver to your suitcase and keep the remote in your pocket or on your keychain.
One press of the button sounds the alarm and lights up the locator.
Works from up to 60 feet away.
Includes two lithium batteries.
I can't speak for you but it seems to me that if an alarm goes off and a light starts flashing on some bag on the luggage carousel it's quite likely, in this day and age, to trigger an evacuation and a call to the bomb squad.
Try buying a red suitcase instead — works for me.
A Luggage Locator — while they're still available, which I predict won't be for long — costs $19.85.
Neave TV — 'Telly without context'
Mori Ex Cacao (Death by Chocolate)
The handmade palm-size chocolate skulls are the result of a collaboration between D.L.&Co. and Valerie Confections.
Three flavors: Bitter White Brandied Cherry, Curious Chilli, Scorched Caramel.
In a black satin box with a black bow.
Young — by Anne Sexton
A thousand doors ago
when I was a lonely kid
in a big house with four
garages and it was summer
as long as I could remember,
I lay on the lawn at night,
clover wrinkling under me,
the wise stars bedding over me,
my mother's window a funnel
of yellow heat running out,
my father's window, half shut,
an eye where sleepers pass,
and the boards of the house
were smooth and white as wax
and probably a million leaves
sailed on their strange stalks
as the crickets ticked together
and I, in my brand new body,
which was not a woman's yet,
told the stars my questions
and thought God could really see
the heat and painted light,
elbows, knees, dreams, goodnight.
Clothing Hanger Hook
Now there's a word you don't see much anymore, what?
From the website:
- Clothing Hanger Hook
Want more closet space?
Go vertical with these cascading hanger hooks.
Just slip one over a hanger’s neck — its hook holds another hanging item.
Ideal for keeping outfits together.
Fits hangers up to 3⁄8"dia.
Each 1"L x ¾"W.
12 for $3.99.