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November 13, 2012

Hebo wrought iron machines — Metal as Play-Doh

Videre est credere.

Caption for the YouTube video: "Hebo invented the modern wrought iron machine and is the worldwide leader in this field. The multi-functional Hebo system can: Twist, endforge, scroll, emboss, texture, hammer tube, make baskets, press belly pickets, and much more. The Hebo system is designed and built by German blacksmiths for the ornamental iron industry."

[via Joe Peach]

November 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Steven Raichlen's grill gloves repurposed for fireplace log manipulation

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Who hasn't used those stiff, uncomfortable, ill-fitting leather fireplace gloves from L.L. Bean and its ilk, wishing there was something better?

"Solve the problem with what's in the room" — Edwin H. Land's inspirational dictum — came to the rescue this morning when it came time to move the log fragments and cinders from this fall's first fireplace burn.

My fireplace gloves are in the basement — where they'll remain permanently after my discovery, to be related forthwith — so I thought about what else I might have near the fireplace to move the red-hot embers with.

Then the penny dropped: My brand spanking new Steven Raichlen grilling gloves, purchased earlier this year to use when I use my oven, which is pretty much never.

That's why the gloves look pristine.

Anyhoo, I put them on and they were as comfortable as I recalled them to be and sure enough, they worked great as insulators while I repositioned the wood for a second cycle of burning.

$22.98.

November 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"What's the secret, Bill?" — Tips on writing from Charles Willeford's "The Woman Chaser" (video)

[via Alex Heard]

November 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Me and Gray Cat are going struttin' down Magnolia Drive (video)

That's right: After nearly three weeks of enforced incarceration in her new indoor-only incarnation, both of us are going stir-crazy.

We put our heads together a moment ago and lo and behold up popped this nifty Kitty Holster Cat Harness, which aims to let the two of us show who's boss down at our end of my little subdivision.

Ship this puppy — as it were — overnight 'cause we're itching to get out of the house and back into the great world.

Can't hardly wait.

"Note: Denim fabric tends to run... do not take your white kitty out in the rain with an unwashed denim harness!"

Fair warning.

I opted for black in lieu of the leopard and tiger print offerings. 

Black is the new black, as any fool knows.

Heh.

$29.99.

November 13, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"This, my friends, is the definition of lazy."

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I won't argue.

[via Chelsea Anderson]

November 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Yodelling Pickle — Episode 3: It's Yodelling Week at boj (video)

Who knew that an innocent* — heh — submission by Joe Peach would result in a daily run of yodeling-related posts?

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Besides Flautist?

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Oh, but my Georgia homey has it goin' on....

Episodes 1 (November 23, 2007) and 2 (July 1, 2012) featuring the epic Yodelling Pickle didn't really create a viral wave or meme-thing but hey, you know what they say, don't you?

Then say it — because I've lost interest.

$14.99.

*If he's innocent, then I'm guilty. Wait a sec....

November 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

O! The Joy! Apple just emailed me: iPad mini arrives next Monday

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I received the email pictured above at 7:39 a.m. today.

Gray Cat and I are taking turns racing around the house and up and down the stairs with excitement and anticipation.

Meow!

w00t!

November 13, 2012 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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