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January 28, 2013

Oyasumi Goodnight Brow Stretcher — "Sleeping band fights wrinkles on skin at night"

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Sounds good to me: I mean, who else is looking out for you while you get your beauty rest?

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From the website:

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Combat those unsightly wrinkles that can develop on your brow or between the eyebrows with this Oyasumi Goodnight Brow Stretcher, a simple but effective remedy for improving the condition of your skin and fighting the signs of aging.

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While you sleep you can put the time to good use!

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The band fits around your hand snugly and comfortably, so light you do not even realize it is there.

But it is there and it's fighting wrinkles by stretching the skin.

Also, on the inside of the band are a series of far-infrared dots that work to heat up the skin.

Meanwhile the silicone and hyaluronan compound materials provide moisture and support to the surface of your face, making anti-wrinkle stretching even more effective.

Details and features:

• Size: free (fits head size 54-59cm (21.3-23.2")

• Nylon, polyurethane, silicone

• Made in Japan

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$56.

January 28, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How to make the world's best popcorn

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Last night Gizmodo Weekend Editor Eric Limer tweeted a picture of his microwave popcorn disaster (above).

I felt for him, having had many similar events ruin my on-call nights over the years at hospitals across the nation.

But I have good news for Eric: there is a better way.

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Out of the distant past, emerging from the smoke and stench of kernels gone bad and black, comes... drum roll... HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD'S BEST POPCORN.

That's right: it comes right out of your microwave ready to send you into paroxysms of mouth delight.

When I post it here at this time tomorrow, you'll be able to make some for yourself.

Heh.

Got your baggies in a twist with that, didn't I?

I'm so bad.

But I digress.

Below, excerpted from my April 18, 2005 post — and amplified by knowledge gained in the nearly eight years since — the secret revealed.

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I came across this wonderful recipe in the Washington Post Food section of December 10, 2003, in an item by Jeanne McManus entitled "New Wave Popcorn."

Here it is, in its exquisitely simple, perfect entirety:

1. Get a brown paper lunch bag and open it so it sits on its bottom with the four sides vertical.

2. Get some popcorn.

3. Put enough popcorn in to just cover the flattened bottom of the bag.

4. Close the top of the bag by folding it over on itself three times, each fold about 1/2" deep. Make sure these folds are tight and flat. The goal is to preserve as much space within the bag as possible for your popcorn to expand into as it pops while making certain no heat or steam escapes. [If tape is handy, I tape the folded top shut for added security]

5. Pull out the edges of the bag to maximize volume.

6. Place in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or so, until the sound of popping slows down. Important: DO NOT leave the area. You need to listen for the rise and fall of the kernel explosion crescendo for best results.

7. Open very carefully: steam will pour out.

I like Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Original Popping Corn myself. 

I used to keep a bottle in my O.R. locker along with a stack of lunch bags and a shaker of popcorn salt

If you follow these instructions, what you will get is popcorn as good or better than any you have ever had in your life — for mere pennies a bag.

January 28, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Ready Made Curtain

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Love this.

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Wrote Natalia Repolovsky on Shoebox Dwelling, "Ready Made Curtain by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat is a big relief for those of us who enjoy the look of quality window drapery and hate to fuss installing it. The system is reduced to the simplest idea — a hanging cord (instead of a traditional curtain pole), a winding mechanism that allows this cord to fit any window, hanging pegs, and several choices of fabric."

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"The result — an elegant window treatment that is extremely easy to DIY. 'We wanted to escape a hi-tech situation but we didn't want to make something rustic or heavy either,' the designers said. 'The ambition was to create a new system that allows anyone to install a quality curtain in record time. Little skill and few tools are needed, margin for error has been considered, and perfection isn't an absolute requirement. In fact, the charm of the imperfect — in opposition to the overly sanitized interior — is something we believe in.'"

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Me too.

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Shoebox Dwelling is one of those sites that makes my heart lift when it opens on my screen.

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Why?

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Because of its elegant austerity.

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Ms. Repolovsky — unlike 99%+ of those who pixelate the world — understands implicitly that less is indeed more, especially in a world where "More More More" is seemingly a mantra rather than a great disco song from the 70s.

Also, I have a warm place in my heart for people who do it all, writing every single word of every single post that appears under their aegis.

And did I mention she was born in Russia, birthplace of my parents?

January 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: "Anatomy for Runners"

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My new homies at Two Rivers Treads threw this book (published last year) in with my shoes when I visited them a couple weeks ago; took my first look at it yesterday.

Long story short: It's excellent — well worth twice the $9.38 Amazon sells it for.

Tons of really useful, new information presented without cant or stridency.

Anyone who runs will benefit from this book.

Detailed review here.

For me, the single most profound page of the book was 290, the second of two pages comprising Appendix A — "Gait Vocabulary."

What got my attention was the following:

Typically a walker spends 60% of her time in stance and 40% in swing during comfortable paces. These percentages can shift as walking speed increases; however, the key distinction of walking is that the person maintains one foot in contact with the ground at all times. Given that the world record for race walking a 10K is under 40 minutes, it is possible to move quite fast while subscribing to these guidelines. When walking, the body's center of mass oscillates slightly up and down such that the maximum forces experienced on one leg are never higher than 1.1 times the body weight. The long stance times and low forces during walking likely explain why we don't see catastrophic walking injuries.

By definition, running exists when the individual has periods of single leg support or flight. [Unlike walking], no double support can be seen in running. Runners spend 30-40% of their time in stance and 60-70% in swing (flight). During the flight phase, the body follows a parabolic curve similar to any projectile moving through the air. The increased rise and fall of the center of mass in distance running produces vertical forces 2.2-2.7 times body weight. Sprinters generate forces as high as 3-3.1 times body weight. The combination of short contact times, high forces, and repetition place great demands on the runner's tissues. 

You want to know why over 80% of runners get hurt?

Read the two paragraphs above carefully.

You don't have to be a rocket surgeon....

January 28, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series — Episode 9: Russian-style

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Like homies of my ancestors (both my parents were born in the U.S.S.R.) said to a Wall Street Journal reporter in an article that appeared decades ago about injuries incurred after a horrific crash while they were out four-wheeling across the Siberian taiga, "Spit on it, blow on it, and away we go."

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In that spirit, then, I present to you this nifty tool, discovered deep in the recesses of eBay in the wee hours of the morning by my Crack Research Team®™©.

Q. yo joe: Is it ®™© or ©™®? You seem to use them interchangeably. 

A. It's whatever appears.

But I digress.

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This multi-tool does not seem destined for your EDC — though that serious handle ring would play nicely with a carabiner on your belt — unless you're Russian but then, that's OK too.

I like the seller's description:

Vintage Russian Multitool Opener No Corkscrew Driver Ax Nail Puller etc. RARE

This nice item will come complete as pictured in this listing.

Adding to its street cred — not that any more is really needed: I mean, look at this puppy and try to imagine where it's been and what it's done... — is the fact that it ships from Budapest.

I mean, if it was out of Bradenton or Charlotte you'd have to raise at least an eyebrow, what?

Starting bid $19.99; auction ends January 31.

Fair warning.

January 28, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ciat-Lonbarde, home of post-70s electronics

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Yesterday I took a physical trip through the looking glass and descended — ascended? —

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into a world of electronic music and synthesized sound I never knew existed.

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You can too.

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Want more?

Peter Blasser's blog has it.

January 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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