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January 21, 2013

Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive


In a Cool Tools review Karl Chwe explained how construction adhesive can be repurposed for the household with surprisingly good results; excerpts below.

Construction adhesive has a major role in building construction, but I have been using it as a household adhesive. It has a number of unique characteristics that make it possibly more useful than most of the alternatives.

It fills gaps with strength, unlike cyanoacrylates like Superglue or polyurethanes like Gorilla Glue. It is somewhat flexible, which often makes a more durable repair for things like shoes, clothing, tents, etc. It is much stronger than Shoe Goo or urethane sealers, which the clear versions resemble superficially. It has tremendous initial tack. Often you can spread it, stick the two pieces together, and you are done. The glue is sticky enough that often you don't need clamping (which is a virtual necessity for Gorilla Glue and its relatives).

It is easy to apply. Unlike contact cements like Barge Cement, you don't have to apply it to both sides, let them dry, then carefully stick them together. You just spread it on one piece, jam the two pieces together and adjust, and you are done.

It also cleans up with soap and water unlike epoxy, polyurethane glue, cyanoacrylate glue, contact cement, etc. It is waterproof in non-immersion settings, unlike white or yellow glues. It comes in a variety of formulations with a variety of characteristics so you can choose high-strength, UV-resistance, clear, or a kind of beige.

As for cons, I can't think of any real disadvantages. If you want to bond two rigid things that mate perfectly, use Super Glue. If you want to bond two rigid things that don't mate perfectly, use epoxy. For wood, use carpenter's glue. For pretty much every other material, porous or non-porous, flexible or not, construction adhesive works great.

The clear version from Liquid Nails let me make the only successful shoe repair I have ever made of a peeling sole. I stuffed the shoe full of newspaper, masked off the uppers, applied the glue, then applied masking tape on the outside to pull the sole close to the shoe. After it dried it looked perfect, and for the last few years the glue has held strong while flexing with the shoe. I never had such luck with Shoe Goo, Super Glue, urethane sealants, etc.

I have used construction adhesive from both Loctite and Liquid Nails and both brands worked well.


January 21, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

My day at Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, West Virginia


After over a year of false starts and cancelled plans, this past Saturday the stars finally lined up correctly and off I motored to this store, the very first in the U.S. devoted entirely to natural running and its adepts and wanna-be's.

Long story short: What a fantastic, fascinating introduction to a world I'd only heard about peripherally.

Pictured up top, my two homies Paul and Paul in front of the store, in a picture I took with my iPhone 5 around 1 in the afternoon as I was winding up my visit (I'd arrived at 10 a.m., the scheduled time for the weekly Saturday morning natural running clinic).

What I did there:

1. First off, I listened to Paul Koczera (green hoodie) explain to me and three other attendees the basic concept of natural running. Very interesting.

2. Followed along with Paul as he demonstrated why the human body can't be stable if it's not barefoot. Putting anything on your feet — even socks — diminishes proprioception and removes long-evolved feedback tools enabling balance and natural orientation. Once you add a heel and eliminate what's now termed "zero-drop," it's game over for having a spine and back that function the way they evolved to perform.

3. Performed a series of barefoot cadence drills with Paul setting the pace using a metronome, demonstrating why stride frequency is crucial to proper foot placement and impact aspect.

4. Ran on the store's treadmill both in my then-current race shoes (Nike Mayflys) and barefoot, while Paul filmed me from the side using an iPad video program (Ubersense). He then sat down with me and superimposed the videos to demonstrate the difference in a whole number of things — most strikingly head movement (large amount of vertical movement in shoes vs. far less barefoot) and vertical axis (about 20° off vertical in shoes to compensate for foot striking ahead of body vs. straight up-and-down barefoot, with foot strike directly under my trunk). A revelation.

I couldn't wait to buy a pair of zero-drop shoes (I chose these by Inov-8):

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to replace my Mayflys, which up to Saturday I'd thought were the last word in lightweight minimalist running.

I had no clue.

Can't wait to get out there on the road to race and try out my new toys.

I highly recommend this store to anyone with curiosity about minimalist/natural running.

Tell either of the two Pauls I sent you and they'll prolly burst out laughing but hey — I'm kewl wit dat, happens all the time.

January 21, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Capacitive Stylus


You wanna make Flautist crazy?


Get her one of these.


Now that would be funny.


But I digress.


Even after reading the product description I still don't quite understand how it works.

The pictures muddy the water even more.

Are you supposed to use the thing like a Water Pik to clean out ear wax?

And maybe the stereo music vibrates the fragments, kind of like a mini fracking operation in your external auditory canal?

It'll cost you $59.95 to find out.

January 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

"100 Days of Rejection Therapy" — What hurts you makes you stronger


Long story short from the January 14 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek: Budding entrepreneur Jia Jiang "makes at least one preposterous demand every day, records a video of himself doing it, and posts it on a blog on his website, entresting.com."

Up top is yesterday's entry.

"His project, "'100 Days of Rejection Therapy,' is based on the idea that once you're used to the strange looks, rude comments, and outright dismissal of everything you're trying to achieve, you'll be able to overcome whatever makes you nervous...."

Makes perfect sense to me.

More: "Jiang started his project on November 15…. It hasn't been easy coming up with 100 different harebrained schemes."

"It takes Jiang two to three hours to complete a rejection and blog about it each day. More than 260,000 people visited his website in the first three weeks of the project." 

"Whether or not he's the next Bill Gates, Jiang has discovered through 100 Days of Rejection that he can consistently come up with entertaining ideas — and that there may be more than one path forward. After a month and a half of 'no,' 'no way,' and 'never,' Jiang no longer feels the sting of [an] original investor’s rejection. As he puts it: 'I feel like I have swagger now.'"

January 21, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Bottle Grenade — #3 in the 4:01 a.m. lightweight bottle opener series


I like this new feature.


I'm finding enough candidates for this slot that it could well continue deep into the upcoming week.


This entry comes via reader Milhousz, who noted in passing that it's a Kickstarter project and that he knows I'm Kickstarter-averse.


Nonetheless, because it's from him and because I like an exception that proves the rule, I'll run it. 

From BonjourLife: "Instead of trashing cool looking bottle caps, now with Bottle Grenade you can wear them."

From the website:


Bottle Opener, Multitool, Keychain — Fashion Statement

Screwdriver/multiple wrenches.

• Pop it

• Twist it

• Screw it

• Wrench it

• Crack it

• Wear it

• Stick it

Fits 21 & 27 tooth caps; anodized; 5 colors.



January 21, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Le Tripot Clandestin" (The Screaming Gambler's Paradise) — Georges Méliès

A 1905 film by the father of special effects.

[via Flautist]

January 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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