May 16, 2012
"Carnage" — What lies beneath
The film begins with a fight between two eleven-year-old kids.
Then their parents get involved in trying to sort out what happened.
Carnage (of the verbal sort) breaks out, much to the horror of all concerned and the mixed amazement/dismay of the viewer, who last night was moi (on Apple TV).
I can't recommend this to any and all but it might be just the ticket when you're in a particularly foul mood and want a little sympatico company.
A lot of stiletto-sharp verbal nastiness that hits its intended targets spot-on, to the point where you can't help sometimes bursting out laughing.
At least I couldn't.
When I went to YouTube for the trailer up top, I was surprised to find heading that page a link to the film itself via Crackle: you pay $3.99 and get access to the movie in its entirety for the next 30 days.
One catch: You have to watch it during the 24-hour period following the moment you start.
It's only 80 minutes long, though, and pretty darn absorbing from the get-go.
Great cast: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz.
The movie's an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play "God of Carnage," whose cast on Broadway included James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, and Marcia Gay Harden, who won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress.
Datastroyer Model 1000 Disintegrator is Amazon's most expensive item
I believe my Crack Research Team®™© did a good job scouring the vast site to bring back the priciest thing — $127,769.27 — you can buy right now from Amazon.
"When high volume central destruction is required, this top of the line model [above] will meet the task."
Shipping weight: 14,000 pounds (7 tons).
Bonus: Free shipping!
Full disclosure: If you order one via this link, Amazon will send me a commission check for $8,943.85.
Twilk — "Put your followers on your Twitter background"
Way 2 kewl 4 skool.
Free, the way we like it.
Canevas — Woven furniture that dissolves into nothingness
Designed by Charlotte Lancelot
for Gan Rugs
by Gandia Blasco.
[via the New York Times]
The complete Shakespeare — Free, the way we like it
As I recall, back when I was an undergrad at UCLA I took an English class focusing on Shakespeare and the textbook was a two-inch-thick volume, expensive by my standards at the time, which included Shakespeare's complete works.
Fast forward to the 21st century, where you can download a free app for iPhone/iPad which not only lets you carry that book in your bag or pocket but also gives provides a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you're looking for.
Bonus: "Relaxed" searching to find words close to your search term.
The app was updated yesterday for the retina display and I must say it looks smashing.
Up top is a screenshot from the app's opening page on the new iPad.
Nice companion to yours truly's book on iPhone, for when you tire of quantum musings in the checkout line and just need the right sonnet to take you to your happy place.
FOLD Cutting Board
"A cutting board in polyethylene. Its bent-up corners act like a spout, guiding the chopped contents in the right direction."
I'd buy one if they were for sale.
A note on my type
As a rule I like to feature stuff you won't find elsewhere online, at least not in the usual hangouts.
To that end, the collected scope and reach of joehead Nation provides endless incoming links and post material, such that I find a backlog develops in spite of my efforts to put up great things as soon after receipt as I can.
Another off the beaten path resource is dead tree media — newspapers and magazines — oftimes providing superb grist for my mill.
Invariably, though, some things just sit on the pile of future post possibilities, including books I've read, movies I've seen, and a folder of clippings some of which are over two years old.
Periodically I go through that pile and thin it out, posting a few items and discarding the rest.
The problem with books in particular is that, for a day or two after I've finished reading them, I know just what the review will be about, with certain passages already highlighted in my mind.
After a week or three, I don't recall those parts anymore and I lose the mojo I had that made me decide to feature the book.
It then sits a few months longer and finally slinks back to the shelf, unremarked upon here.
Same with links that people send me: I save the emails and in fact print them out in case I accidentally delete them, with the intention of posting the material, but more topical or time-sensitive things appear and those emailed suggestions just keep getting pushed back in the queue.
That's why those of you who send stuff sometimes are surprised enough by my crediting you months after the item arrived to question whether or not you were the person who in fact sent it.
Last week I decided to really make an effort to catch up with the backlog and from now on keep up with the incoming.
It seems to me that the weight of the things not yet posted is hamstringing my capacity to speculate and find connections between things appearing in real time, sort of like running with a weight belt.
I always like to say I'm a mile wide and an inch deep — which by the way is the slogan of Surface magazine — and the subtle but ever present pull of known things waiting to be featured means fewer neurons floating free up on the surface, watching for flying fish.
If that doesn't confuse you, you're something special.*
Long story short: Along with my XO, Gray Cat, this ship's moving at flank speed for the indefinite future.
Which, if you think about it, is an oxymoron unless you've got a really well-oiled crystal ball.
El Casco Plier Stapler
From the website:
Handheld staplers give you nice leverage and let you speed through stapling a stack of documents. This stapler punches through the paper with a purposeful snap. All metal parts with not a spring, rivet, or hinge that doesn’t function flawlessly.
The company that makes this stapler started out manufacturing revolvers in the 1920s. When the demand in six-shooters plummeted along with everything else in the Great Depression, rather than let their hands go idle, Juan Solozabal Mendive and Juan Olave Bilbao, the Basque pair behind El Casco, turned to making staplers. Staplers were an exciting new innovation in fasteners at the time, and the Spaniards' gunmaking skills were an unexpected but successful fit for the job.
To this day, El Casco staplers are made in Spain with the same revolver-quality craftsmanship, and the stapler still feels like it can all but shoot out a bullet.
The chrome finish not only looks good, but it will also keep the parts functioning smoothly and perfectly.
El Casco makes these with individual parts that can be repaired or replaced, just as they did with turn-of-the-century revolvers. To this day, the company is owned and run by Solozabal and Olave's grandchildren.
The gunmaking skills have been passed down — El Casco ensures the quality of their staplers by training their own apprentices and teaching them traditional manufacturing skills. Staplers are made manually, and the components individually numbered and assembled by hand.
Use and Care:
This stapler takes standard-sized staples. To fill, lift the loop at the back of the stapler and pull it out. Slide in the staple cartridge, and press in the spring mechanism back in. The stapler has two fastener settings: adjust by pressing up and turning the rivet at the bottom of the stapler.