July 06, 2012
Experts' Experts: Tasting Crabmeat
Long story short: The Washington Post Food Section's Tim Carman organized a taste-off of of crabmeat from four sources: Maryland, Venezuela, Indonesia, and China.
Above, the results of the contest.
Below, tasting details.
Back story from the July 3, 2012 Post here.
I AM BUSY Towel
Official beach towel of the early 21st century.
From a website:
A 2012 design by Rirkrit Tiravanija for WOW (Works on Whatever), part of the Art Production Fund, a unique collection of everyday items designed by artists.
APF invites artists to experiment with the latest commercial materials and techniques to bring art off the walls and into homes as everyday objects.
WOW introduces contemporary art to a larger community, with revenues from sales supporting their non-profit mission.
60" x 70".
From LikeCool: "A man named Jeremiah McDonald filmed himself talking to his future self. Now, 20 years later, he not only has watched the video but has made a new one. 'A Conversation With My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition' is the name of the film in which he cleverly converses with his younger self."
Star Wars Family Car Decals — "The Force is strong in this car"
From the website:
Show off your family's love of Star Wars with this set of 50 character decals, featuring 19 distinct characters from the saga:
Everyone can pick the character that suits them best with plenty of decals left over for a second vehicle, a bedroom window, or an X-wing Fighter.
If anyone asks about the canonically-impossible family on your back windshield, just blame your children.
Nobody could be mad at their adorable faces for pairing up Luke Skywalker and C3PO.
Sticks to any clean, flat surface (best on windows).
Raising the roof at boj World Headquarters®™©
Constant readers will know that my ancient double-layer-of-asphalt shingled-roof — the second layer having been added in 1982 (30 years ago!) — is way past its expiration date, and recently gave up its valiant attempt to survive long enough for me to make it till next year when I'll finally have access to funds accumulated over the decades.
You don't have to be a brain-dead blogging treadmill-walking anesthesiologist to know that when you can push your finger through a wet ceiling, it's time to reroof.
Pictured up top, my roof as of five minutes ago, with multiple tarpaulins placed two weeks ago in an attempt to stem the tide (literally).
I had a genius idea a while back but wasn't sure how to implement it without alienating the people in the world I care about most: that doughty band of sisters and brothers around the world who secretly call themselves — and sometimes even proclaim that fact in public — "joeheads."
Long story short: Whenever someone visits Amazon via the box on my site [below],
I get a chunk of the purchase price — from 4% to 7%, depending — of anything they happen to buy there.
It's all done seamlessly as part of the Amazon Associates program, which I joined years ago.
Your price isn't affected: it's Amazon's way of paying people who send customers its way.
It dawned on me that if lots of people used boj as a way station to Amazon — the way a couple of my closest friends do — that would greatly enhance my income from the Associates program.
But I've not been happy with the tin cup aspect of the things, so haven't gone forward with the idea till now, when my roof caved in.
The easiest way to make it a no-brainer is to simply delete your Amazon bookmark and use boj as a proxy.
My plan (if no one objects too violently) is to add something to the effect of "Visit Amazon via your boj bookmark and help raise the new roof," with the picture of the tarped roof nearby.
What do you think?
Venal, practical, annoying, stupid, all of the above, some of the above?
Snap! iPhone case
From the website:
Is it a camera or a phone?
SNAP! iPhone case sports a real-camera look and a real shutter button.
It adds the luxurious and tactile sensation of a beautiful camera to your iPhone.
Black or Silver/Black.
$49.99 (iPhone not included).
Dark Side of the Dorito
Wrote artist Brock Davis, "Made from sliced bag pieces from the following eight Doritos flavors: Late Night Cheeseburger, Pizza Supreme, Nacho Cheese, Throwback Taco, Toasted Corn, Salsa Verde, Blazin' Buffalo & Ranch, and Spicy Sweet Chili."
Balloon X Lamp
Plastic, iron frame shoring.
12.6"W x 8.1"D x 5.1"H.