July 02, 2012
Glass Potato Chips — "A complicated but stunning snack"
From the Huffington Post: "To make these chips you don't actually need any fancy ingredients — just potatoes, salt, olive oil, water, and potato starch. Despite the time-consuming process, the taste is apparently 'amazing.'"
Detailed instructions here.
Videre est credere.
f.lux — "Better lighting... for your computer"
From the website: "Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?"
And here all along I've been thinking it was Cherenkov radiation.
f.lux is free, the way we like it.
[via Caterina Fake]
Experts' Experts: Best Grill Gloves
From the July & August issue of Cook's Illustrated: "Reaching over a red-hot grill requires serious protection for your hands and arms. We put five grill gloves and mitts to the test, plus our favorite oven mitt. We intended to pour hot coals from a chimney starter and arrange them with tongs, as well as grill zucchini and lift searing grates to add briquettes. But this was easier said than done: Thick, stiff, and oversize, most models barely let us grip our tongs. We also held gloved hands over a burner at 600° — the maximum temperature of most grills at grate level. One model began to smoke after just 14 seconds; the best kept us cool for more than 1.5 minutes. Our top-rated Kool-Tek oven mitt offered admirable heat protection, but it's pricey, and for maximum dexterity we prefer gloves. Our winner, from Steven Raichlen, boasts extra-long, wide cuffs and supple leather that will let us grill deftly and comfortably."
More: "These [Raichlen] pliant leather gloves gave us great control. Elbow-length wide cuffs protected our forearms and let air circulate to keep us cooler over a scorching hot grill. The only downside: They're not machine-washable."
Steven Raichlen Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves: $23.74.
"11/22/63" by Stephen King — "Every time is the first time"
Saturday I had occasion to continue listening during a 70-minute drive to and from Warrenton, Virginia, for the oddly-scheduled/named Firecracker 5K.
Maybe it's just time out of joint — who knows?
Anyway, again I was enchanted by the book's superb narrative, voiced by Craig Wasson, of a tale of travel back through time from 2011 to 1958, with wonderful excursions into things like parallel universes, the Butterfly Effect, Hugh Everett's Many-Worlds Hypothesis, and a concept of history as being set but not in stone, subject to manipulation and alteration but only with great difficulty.
In a nutshell — and I don't think this is spoiling the story for you should you choose to read or listen to it, since the cover has the same information — the protagonists repeatedly go back through a reusable portal to the same day and time in 1958, with the intention of altering the life of Lee Harvey Oswald such that he doesn't kill Kennedy.
But the thing about this book, as opposed to all the other time travel stories I've read in the sci-fi arena — and there have been many — is that it has King's wonderful gift for making characters seem real and three-dimensional, and thus believable.
A wonderful experience, listening to this novel, and I'm determined to keep enough of it in reserve (the unabridged reading lasts 30+ hours) so that I can listen for five hours each way on two upcoming long drives, to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in September and October, respectively.
Limited-Edition Hermès x Polaroid x Hiroshi Sugimoto Scarf
Wrote Alix Browne in the New York Times:
"Light is my medium to be investigated," says the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, who spent years chasing bands of prismatic color around his studio in Tokyo and capturing them, with what was for him rapid-fire succession, using a Polaroid camera. In collaboration with Hermès, 20 of the artist’s abstract color studies have been translated into silk scarves in signed, limited editions of seven each. "Couleurs de L'Ombre" (Colors of Shadow), as the collection is called, is a moving tribute to the lowly Polaroid, which faces imminent extinction. (Sugimoto in fact exhausted his last batch of the film to make the images.) Hermès, on the other hand, developed new inkjet technology in order to faithfully recreate the subtle gradations of intense color. Where the original Polaroids are small and precious, the scarves are large — just over 55 inches square — and dynamic, playing with light in ways the artist had never anticipated. Though at around $10,000, you might think twice about actually wearing one. "It's serious art for me," Sugimoto says, with a nod to Hermès. "And if it's serious art, for me, it's also very reasonably priced."
Available at hermès-editeur.com.
The artist talks about his love for color and the camera in a video profile by Meredith Danluck.
Helpful Hints from joeeze: My favorite label/sticker residue remover
If you're anything like me, too bad for you (kidding).
Take two: If you're anything like me, you're irritated beyond measure by the stubborn residue left behind by adhesive labels or stickers on almost everything you buy.
Sometimes there are two, three, or more, each more applied using a more tenacious, non-water-soluble adhesive than the last.
I've tried and discarded innumerable all-purpose removers over the decades including that old standby, nail polish remover, and yesterday decided to have a throwdown between my two old dependables: Goo Gone and Oops!.
The winner — quickly removing paper and glue from a red plastic-covered lead-core bat weight without any dye coming off the weight — was Oops!
Besides working much better, Oops! employs a superior dispenser with a pinhole opening as opposed to GooGone's open bottle whose contents are difficult to keep on your paper towel.
Suggestion: When you use either of these substances, try to do so outdoors — the active ingredients are so strong you can practically feel your brain dissolving with every breath you take.
BeanPad — iPad stand to rule them all
(pictured here in use at boj World Headquarters®™©),
that's plenty good enough for me.