July 15, 2011
Rob Grill, lead singer of the Grass Roots, is dead at 67
Grill is second from the right in the photo below.
Jimmy Durante in the video — now that was a surprise to me.
"Ball of String" Candle
Engraved designer plaque on base.
Cover of your life
Reminds me a bit of the wonderful Scientific American cover (below) featured here last month.
What is it about these two that so strike a chord in me?
The cover up top is from a collection of short stories by an author I only heard of yesterday.
Down-filled; from Missoni.
Cotton with woven effect.
15" x 15" x 5".
Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to tell if a knife is sharp or dull — without drawing blood
I read this somewhere a long time ago but it seemed practical and easy to do and so I bring it to you for your scrutiny.
Hold the knife loosely by its handle between your thumb and forefinger, then draw it across a tomato such that the only force exerted on the tomato is that of the weight of the blade.
A sharp blade will cut the skin; a dull blade will indent but not break it it.
Now, isn't that cool?
If your knife doesn't pass the test, it will after 30 seconds with the Accu-Sharp sharpener featured here last month.
Great fun: test friends' knives.
I'm betting most will have dull blades.
Even better: bring your Accu-Sharp along and draws appreciative oohs and aahs from them as you bring their blades back into cutting trim.
Tattones — Temporary Tattoos
From the website of the designer, Josh Smith:
This beautifully minimal Tattone is both simple and versatile.
It looks different on everyone, and great on anyone.
Each sheet comes with 2 chip-sized Tattones and a deluxe-sized Tattone for when you need to send a stronger message.
Sheet size: 3" x 2".
Two sheets: $5.
AngelList - Painless start-ups
March 6, 2011 New York Times story featured AngelList, a networking website founded in 2009 by Naval Ravikant that helps connect start-ups with the (at the time) 1,300 investors who'd joined AngelList.
Then there's 500 Startups (like "50 First Dates!", sort of... but I digress), a Silicon Valley technology incubator, whose founding partner Dave McClure "is one of the most active investors on AngelList's site, writing check for up to $250,000 to dozens of start-up companies...."
Yo, Naval and Dave – "Hello from Podunkville."
Retractable Sharpie — Five years on, even better
Wrote Flautist, my Georgia (state of — not country) special correspondent in a comment yesterday:
How are those retractable Sharpies, by the way? They don't dry out more quickly than the capped variety? I love the convenience of retractability, but a dried-out favorite pen is sheer heartbreak.
Well, it's annoying, anyway.
As they say, "I'm glad you asked that question."
I had my crack research team in a tizzy gathering material for an answer when they happened on a 2006 post on this very topic, which you are free to glance at/ignore below.
One giant click for mankind.
When I saw these in a commercial during the Super Bowl I thought finally, an ad that actually influenced me to buy something.
Mine arrived yesterday from Staples and they are everything I'd hoped they would be.
The same great Sharpie ink and point, but no more cap to hold on to or put down and lose or forget about, only to come back to your Sharpie and find it's Sayonara, baby — ink's defunct!
Apologies to E.E. Cummings.
The clicker part is something to behold: it's almost obscene, it's so large (nearly an inch long).
I realized why it had taken this long to finally produce what everyone wanted.
Obviously the problem with a Sharpie would be preventing the tip from drying out if you simply retracted it into the barrel of the pen.
What the great engineers at Sanford have done is create a minuscule hinged door that operates entirely within the instrument's barrel, opening and closing like a submarine's hatch.
The package declares, "The Safety Seal™ Valve design prevents dry out!"
When you get yours take a moment and have a look inside — it's a work of consumer engineering art.
Since 2006 I have discovered an Easter egg built into the design of these Sharpie retractables, namely the fact that the clicker is fatter on the fine iteration (above) than on the ultra-fine (below),
such that you can (nearly) instantly distinguish the two if only their clip ends are visible, say in a jar or cup where you keep a variety of writing implements.
It took me over a year of using both sizes daily to have the penny drop.
I'll bet there are lots of users who aren't even aware of the distinction.
But that's why you come here, isn't it?
To find out stuff you won't find out anywhere else?
That's not the reason?
It's because you're bored?