March 05, 2011
Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to put lotion, cream or oil on your back without bending or twisting
I featured the Long Reach Lotion Applicator nearly six years ago so this post should reach a whole new crowd.
From the website:
Simply fill this applicator with lotion, cream or oil, and the rolling balls will gently massage it into your skin.
Lotion applicator is made of durable plastic, the 17.5"-long applicator lets you reach all areas of your back without twisting, bending or straining.
Bonus: back in 2005 it cost $9.99 but the price has dropped significantly; it's now $5.99 (lotion not included).
"A flock of birds in a heart shape, shot by Christina Wilson, printed on watercolor paper and blank inside, with a crisp brown envelope."
Visual Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone
From a website:
Use the camera in your iPhone 4 to measure your heart rate.
This app uses the camera and light on your iPhone 4 to observe the amount of blood in your finger; by watching blood ebb and flow it can calculate your heart rate.
An on-screen monitor shows you your current heart pattern and rate — and the heart in the middle pumps at the same rate as your own heart.
You can store heart rates to review later and a full explanation of the science behind the program is included.
All manner of fun possibilities for this app.
Free, the way we like it.
[via Richard Kashdan]
Charcoal Soap Stones
Each piece weighs 1.5-2.2 ounces.
Set of three in a cotton drawstring bag: $7.
Turtle Island Quartet plays "All Along The Watchtower"
"Let us not talk falsely now."
[via Allan Kozinn and the New York Times]
Turquoise Teardrop Necklace
Past time to pay a visit to Kathryn Blackmore's
virtual atelier to see what's new, thought I.
BehindTheMedspeak: Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome
The suspense builds: will it make it into DSM-5?
Shirley S. Wang's February 15, 2011 Wall Street Journal article about "sidewalk rage" had a nice sidebar (pictured above and below, divided into three graphics)
featuring "15 bad behaviors which are significantly intercorrelated, meaning that people who exhibit one regularly also commonly display many of the others."
Below, a graphic that accompanied the article along with its caption.
The average speed of walkers in Lower Manhattan is 4.27 feet per second. Other speeds: 1. Tourists walk 3.79 feet per second; 2. Smokers: 4.17 feet per second; 3. Cellphone users: 4.20 feet per second; 4. Headphone listeners: 4.64 feet per second; 5. Large pedestrians: 3.74 feet per second; 6. Men: 4.42 feet per second; 7. Women: 4.10 feet per second; 8. People with bags: 4.27 feet per second; 9. People heading for work: 4.41 feet per second; 10. Walkers over 65 years old move 3.63 feet per second.
For reference, a tortoise moves at 0.16-0.44 feet per second, and a hare, depending on species, goes 8.8 feet second.
Source for the information in the preceding graphic by Sarah Nassauer: "Pedestrian Level of Service Study, Phase I" from The City of New York and NYC Department of City Planning, April 2006. Observed: 8,978 pedestrians at various sidewalk locations in Lower Manhattan over about four weeks.; Wildlife Conservation Society.
World's smallest binder clip
All manner of uses, one of which just occurred to me, to be featured here this weekend.
"It functions just like a regular binder clip with the strength to hold up to 20 sheets of paper."
Clip is 3/8" wide with 3/16" capacity.
10 for $2.50.