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February 20, 2013

Chromatherapy while you drink: Submersible Color-Changing LED Lights — Put the P back into Par-tay!


What's NOT to like about these fantastico lights?

The definition of "trippy" in the classic sense.

From the website:


Dazzle, amaze and delight friends and guests when you use these Submersible Color-Changing LED Lights at your next party!

These waterproof LED lights glow with a soft, constantly color-changing light.

To activate, twist the top clockwise.

To shut off. twist counterclockwise.

Size: 1.25"Ø x 0.75"H.


10 for $9.30 — cheap at twice — even three times — the price.

Fair warning: they'll sell out and you'll come crying to me about it.

Boo hoo hoo.

Guess what: I won't hear you.

Shape up.

Think like an anesthesiologist: DO IT NOW.

February 20, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

No such thing as time

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An experiment, brought on by being in a peculiar state of mind earlier this afternoon, somewhat disaffected and impatient with every single book I thought about beginning, both fiction and not.

I happened to pick up Sophie Calle's "The Address Book" and lay down with Gray Cat and slowly made my way through it... napping (I think) and then, as I thought back to the time in my life when the events in the book transpired — Ms. Calle found an address book on the Rue des Martyrs in Paris at the end of June, 1983, then published the results of her investigation into the owner of the book by means of contacting the people in it, the results of her interviews and meetings appearing in Libération beginning on Tuesday, August 2, 1983, and concluding on Sunday, September 4, 1983 — I found myself really drawn back to those months in 1983, when I had just moved to Charlottesville from Los Angeles and was beginning my teaching job in the UVA Anesthesiology Department.

There was a wonderfully unsettling sense of traveling back in time but it was more like traveling parallel to the present, such that I got to thinking about how much my sense of time is the result of the clocks that populate my immediate physical surroundings. 

I carefully turned down the face of the digital clock in my bedroom, where I'd been reading, without looking at the time.

Then I went downstairs and did the same with the digital clocks in my office and kitchen.

That ended the possibility of seeing the time without making an effort. 

Just in case, I turned my two Casio wristwatches face down.

I'm guessing from the position of the sun and shadows that it's about 3:30 p.m.

Before I sat down in front of my computer, I carefully folded a couple pieces of paper over the top edge of the laptop's screen and taped them down so the time didn't automatically appear once I touched a key.

With those precautions in place, I began this essay.

Which will now be brought to a close and posted to appear at 4:01 p.m. today (for all I know it's past that time) so I can go out for a run — a long one, I'm thinking 10 miles, which should get me back home right around dark.

All that time and distance I'm going to ponder this extraordinary sense of time's elasticity that resulted simply from snipping the cord of observable minutes that I normally wrap around myself.

It could be the start of a whole new way of doing things.

After all, Gray Cat seems to do quite well without organizing her life around timed events: I could take a lesson.

February 20, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

No power? No oven? No fire? How about a hot meal in 5 minutes anyway?


Can't wait to try this.

From the website:


Heats in its box in minutes using patented water-activated steam heating pad: NO OVEN OR OUTSIDE HEAT SOURCE REQUIRED.

Rice, chicken, diced tomatoes, and mushrooms.

No refrigeration required.

No preservatives.


A 2001 winner of the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award.

I guess word travels slowly down from the Great North, what?

Tell you what: if it's edible, I'm throwing a couple in the trunk of my car.

Six for $69.99.

February 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

An Earth Where the Droids Feel at Home — Cédric Delsaux's "Dark Lens"

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Said the French photographer in a December 8, 2011 New York Times story,


"'My first intention wasn't to produce a series on 'Star Wars,' but to photograph locations that are the makeup of our modernity: parking lots, peripheral zones, wastelands, forgotten places, of both beauty and ugliness, common and mad,' Mr. Delsaux said by e-mail. 'Nevertheless, something was missing, my images were flat, déjà vu. I then had the idea to add these sci-fi characters, with the immediate effect of making my primal sensations stand out, the fantastical nature of the characters invading the whole frame, both universes harmoniously coming together.'"

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Much of his work was collected and published in late 2011 in "Cédric Delsaux: Dark Lens."

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Above and below, exemplars.

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Captioned slide show featuring each of the images pictured above (and others) here.

February 20, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

SpillNot No-Spill Mug Holder


May the force* 


be with you.



[via CSYCB]


February 20, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Your Twitter Archive


Who knew that it's available just for the asking?

Start by going to your Twitter homepage:


Click on "Settings":


All the way at the bottom is "Request your archive."

Free, the way we like it.

February 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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