June 16, 2012
KittyDar — Face detection for cats
"KittyDar is best at detecting upright cats that are facing forward."
Ready, set, meow.
Fair warning: there goes the day.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: A high school student who reads bookofjoe on a regular basis for a year will add 25–50 points to their SAT Verbal score.
Cheaper, easier, and whole lot more fun than Stanley Kaplan.
"Designed by Leo Chiu and Siu Man,
the Sealed Watch has a face made of sealing wax."
"Choose from different colors of wax,
then mix and match its case, hands, and strap."
World's largest mechanical puzzle collection
It's in Indiana.
Well, yeah — where else would it be?
Fair warning: there goes the day.
[via Brendan I. Koerner]
"Just fill it with liquid soap and down periscope!"
5" x 3.2" x 5.3".
President George W. Bush has his watch stolen in Albania
From Beware of pickpockets: "In 2007, President George W. Bush, probably the most closely guarded person on the planet, had his watch stolen in Albania. You can see it clearly at 0:55 in the video above."
Perhaps not clearly, but you get the idea.
[via Kay (Leah)]
Third Ear Earrings
If I wore earrings and could choose from among all that exist, these are the ones I'd wear.
Hand made in London by Percy Lau from super Sculpey and stainless steel.
Cheap at twice the price.
If you wore both at once, then they'd actually be Fourth Ear, wouldn't they?
[via Rob Walker's always entertaining Things That Look Like Other Things]
NotaryNow — Online Notary
Be still my heart.
The final real world drag appears to have been disappeared into virtual space.
First it was entering a bank to make a deposit or withdrawal, put paid to by drive-through teller windows.
Next it was grocery shopping, ended when Relay Foods appeared — right here, smack in my Podunk town of all places — with an alternative that's so much better in every way (time/effort/cost/selection) it's not even close.
But having to drive down to my bank and sit for a half hour waiting for a notary to notarize some legal document, on average once a month but sometimes several times during a week, has gotten very old over the years.
Especially since the Bank of America Barracks Road branch has decided to keep the volume fairly high on the flat screen TV in the waiting area — which not surprisingly has a distorted picture as a result of an incorrectly set aspect ratio, as do most such public flat screens.
The third time sink — waiting in the endless line at the local branch of the post office — finally became a thing of the past only last month when I discovered that FedEx Home Delivery will pick up a package left on my front doorstep, deliver it in the evening or on Saturday within two days, and charge me half or less the post office price.
Now comes NotaryNow, which you can bet I will be trying the next time I have to have a document notarized.
In the meantime you go ahead, and let me know what you think of it.
Full disclosure: I've never used an ATM, had a debit card, banked online, or paid monthly bills via automatic credit card billing — and I never will.
From the website:
Just as cool-looking as the original but a lot less of a puzzle to figure out.
Simply connect the USB cable to a laptop or computer for power and then connect to any audio source with the built-in audio jack and you are on your way to audio bliss.
This compact speaker fits easily on any spare corner of your desk, and will add an air of retro chic to your workspace whilst delivering amazingly high quality sound.
Be the envy of all your friends with this classic style icon.
Compatible with any MP3 player.