August 26, 2012
Helpful Hints from joeeze + Blast From the Past: How to remove cigarette odor from hair
Who knew that an April 8, 2006 boj post would become immortalized on Yahoo?
Videre est credere (above).
Below, the original post as published here more than six years ago.
Not one word has been omitted.
Helpful Hints from joe-eeze: How to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of your hair — Hint: Being a sheethead is not necessarily a bad thing
Dealing with last night's residual smoke was number six of 14 "Remedies for Grooming Gaffes" offered by Michelle Hainer in her April 2 Washington Post story.
Here is that tip in its entirety.
Not one word has been omitted.
You were at a smoke-filled bar last night, and your hair still smells like an ashtray the next morning.
Fabric softener sheets leave your laundry smelling fresh, and they'll do the same for your tresses, according to Norbert Amsellem, owner of Norbert Hair Designers in the District.
Simply rub the sheet over your head to remove the offensive odor.
If you don't have one handy, a dusting of lavender baby powder will also temporarily mask the smell of smoke, says Lauren Bourland, a hair stylist at Toka Salon in downtown Washington. (Try Johnson's Lavender & Chamomile Baby Powder, about $3 to $5 at drugstores.)
To camouflage powder residue, follow up with a spritz of hair spray.
Ms. Hainer is a writer to be reckoned with and I suspect we will be seeing her name here in the future.
Note to readers: it takes an awful lot to get me to overlook/ignore/accept the presence and/or smell of cigarette smoke.
I'm not saying it hasn't been done — but you better be bringing a lot to the table.
[via Michelle Hainer and the Washington Post]
Extremely close readers (yes, Georgia Peach, I'm talkin' about you) will note that 2006's "joe-eeze" has been streamlined to today's "joeeze."
Pop-Up Golf Practice Net — Suddenly, the world's a practice tee
Portable pop-up net allows you to practice anytime, anywhere.
No assembly required — sets up and breaks down in 15 seconds.
Net features ball-return feature.
Folds into 32"-diameter carrying case (included).
Weighs 14 pounds.
When Amelia Earhart met Harpo Marx
Wrote Steve Silberman: "Surreal."
I won't argue.
Pie/Cake Divider — Stop arguing about who got the bigger piece
Allows you to easily divide a pie or cake into equal slices.
1. Place divider in center
2. Make initial cut
3. Line up the guides according to how many equally-sized pieces you want: 6, 8, 10, or 12
Note to Google propeller heads — Nexus 7 design mega-FAIL
Why am I the only person to remark on the fact that the vaunted brainiacs at Google and Asus, working on a 24-hour-development cycle for four frantic, insane months, and spending tens of millions of dollars in a spare-no-expense effort, didn't even have the common sense to realize that designing their charger the way they did makes not one but TWO (2!) adjacent sockets on a power strip unusable (top)?
Next time, copy Apple (see above).
By London-based Deer Runner,
custom made by hand of plied oak, oil-treated for weather protection.
[via Bless This Stuff]
Camo-bot — Science imitates the art of the octopus (video)
From the Wall Street Journal: "When it comes to camouflage, nature is light years ahead of human efforts. The octopus, for example, is a master at swiftly changing its color and shape. Stephen Morin of Harvard University has been trying to duplicate this natural quick-change ability with a soft-bodied robot. Dr. Morin upgraded a previous Harvard robot's back with a sheet of silicone containing a network of tiny tubes, each less than a half-millimeter wide. By pumping colored liquids through these 'microfluidic' channels, he can change the robot's color in about 30 seconds. He also has one-upped nature by using fluids that can make the camo-bot invisible to heat sensors, like those found in infrared cameras (the natural-world equivalent of which would be heat-sensitive bats or snakes)."
Caption for the YouTube video above, narrated by Stephen Morin: "Scientists have developed a soft, flexible robot that can change colors to blend in or stand out in its environment. Such devices may be useful for animal-behavior research or other activities using machines that aren't supposed to be noticed. Stephen Morin and colleagues at Harvard University describe the robot in the 17 August 2012 issue of Science (www.sciencemag.org)."
Below, the abstract of the paper published in Science.
Camouflage and Display for Soft Machines
Synthetic systems cannot easily mimic the color-changing abilities of animals such as cephalopods. Soft machines—machines fabricated from soft polymers and flexible reinforcing sheets—are rapidly increasing in functionality. This manuscript describes simple microfluidic networks that can change the color, contrast, pattern, apparent shape, luminescence, and surface temperature of soft machines for camouflage and display. The color of these microfluidic networks can be changed simultaneously in the visible and infrared—a capability that organisms do not have. These strategies begin to imitate the functions, although not the anatomies, of color-changing animals.
From Oddity Central: "It's never easy telling someone they smell, but a new service called Deodorgrams [catchy, what?] plans to make it a little easier by anonymously sending friends or acquaintances a scented deodorant. The first deodorant messaging system of its kind, Deodorgrams was created by an Arizona-based natural body products company."
"How does it work? All you have to do is visit the company's online shop, buy one of their 'For Pits Sake!' deodorants (Lavender, Citrus, Lime & Clove, or Unscented), add a message to be included with the gift (the most popular one is 'You've always been such a cute little stinker, now you can just be cute and little! Please enjoy this hard-working natural deodorant sent to you by a caring friend') and fill out the recipient's address. The deodorant is sent by mail, and the person getting the 'gift' will have the company's return address as the only identifiable source."
Suggestion for the company: Rename the product "Deodograms."