December 04, 2011
Reveal the hidden picture — utterly enchanting
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[via Richard Kashdan]
"When Pigs Fly" Pot Clip — All your drips are belong to us
Hens ride too.
"With your spoon, spatula or pasta rake tucked into this little clip, all the drips fall back into the pot or pan. Countertops stay cleaner and your utensils stay right where you need them.
"Heat-resistant silicone firmly grips the pot or pan edge and never leaves scratches."
Things that make me go hmmm....
Above, a screenshot of this New York Times page five minutes ago.
I love hanging with the Grey Lady, in this case as a result of someone at the Times liking yesterday's 2:01 p.m. "barefoot in Myanmar" post about Hillary Clinton and her security detail going sans footwear in Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda.
I only happened on the link on the Times website when I looked at my own statistics (below), where I spotted the paper's link on my list of top web sites referring people to boj.
VibeAway — "Stop washer/dryer shaking and walking"
OK, so maybe it's not the most inspired product name ever — but a rose by any other name*, as they say....
From the website:
Now even a load of towels won't make your machine shake like crazy, thump loudly or start "walking."
Set of 4 pads: $16.24.
*By what author and precisely from which work doth this phrase cometh?
No looking it up, now.
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Is It Old?
"Before you make a complete fool of yourself when you send a link to your friends, colleagues or twitter followers, enter it here to make sure it's fresh enough."
FYI, all bookofjoe posts are baked that day and posted the moment they emerge piping hot from the boj oven.
True, oftimes the ingredients were procured minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, decades, centuries or even millenia earlier, but the secret sauce isn't added until the very last second.
[via Richard Kashdan]
ShaKoozie — "Our goal is to improve your shower beer experience"
What took so long?
News of this development comes via my Baton Rouge correspondent who added, "Finally! One of college's greatest problems solved."
From the ShaKoozie website: "For us, the shower beer started during our college years. Trips to the shower room meant a plastic shower caddy stocked with shampoo, body wash and, of course, a fresh, cold beer. But once in the shower, bending over and excess water led to a less than desirable experience — so we set out to fix that."
ShaKoozie + Launch Pad: $12.99 (shipping — but not beer — included).
The oldest coin in the world
The heritage of ancient coins is a subject that intrigues and delights collectors and scholars the world over. The oldest coin available today was discovered in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city and prosperous trading center on the coast of Asia Minor. The 1/6 stater, pictured above, is more than 2,700 years old, making it one of the very earliest coins. Made from electrum, a naturally occuring alloy of gold and silver, the coin originated in the area of Lydia. It had a design on one side only, a result of the primitive method of manufacture. This ancient stater was hand struck. A die with a design (in this case a lion's head) for the obverse (front) of the coin was placed on an anvil. A blank piece of metal was placed on top of the die, and a punch hammered onto the reverse. The result was a coin with an image on one side and a punch mark on the other.The stater is a key exhibit in the Department of Coins and Medals of the British Museum, which houses one of the world's finest numismatic collections, comprising about 1 million objects. The earliest issues, thought to date from the reign of Alyattes (about 610–560 BC) or perhaps his predecessor Sadyattes — both of the Mermnad dynasty —feature the Lydian kings' emblem of a roaring lion, almost always with a curious knob, often called a "nose wart," on its forehead.
iPad/tablet Grip Strips
From the website:
Protect your iPad® or other tablet with these small, thin, silicone-rubber rails that prevent slipping and scratching.
The two grip strips run along the backside, adhered to your device with 3M® Damage-Free adhesive.
Easy to use and apply, they come off (if needed) without leaving any marks.
• Prevents scratches to aluminum back
• Compatible with Apple Smart Cover
• Easily repositioned or replaced
4 strips: $11.95 ("iPad/tablet not included").