February 21, 2013
Water-Purifying Drink Pouches — "Suck up standing water and transform it into purified fruit punch"
Can your drink pouches do that?
Didn't think so.
Pack of six: $26.99.
[from Scottsdale Arizona-based Hydration Technology Innovations]
My new time machine
Still pondering yesterday's 4:01 p.m. post "No such thing as time," I woke up today with the intent of permanently grounding all my visible clocks around the house so that I have no idea of the exact time.
Having done that, I turned to my computer and the menu bar up in the top right with the date and time (above).
Yesterday afternoon, in my TechnoDolt®™© frenzy to somehow not see the time when I was posting, I squinched up my eyes and made things all blurry while I Scotch-taped a piece of paper over the upper right hand portion of the computer screen.
Then later, I made a more elegant construction out of transversely placed rubber bands.
Today I decided there had to be a better way.
Sure enough, when I clicked on the digital date and time up top, a drop-down menu appeared with a zillion options and permutations and choices.
I tried them all out and lo and behold, "View as Analog" (below)
makes the time pretty much invisible unless you really, really focus on it.
I like that and it's my new default.
Of course, by choosing this look I lose the day and date function since Apple has decided that it's not for me to choose to keep those things in the menu bar if I'm not willing to go digital with the time.
I can live with that top-down bossiness: I mean, my Chrome apostasy and Google Glass application frenzy notwithstanding, I'm still a fanboy.
Unicorn Sprinkles Shaker
What took so long?
Thursday morning at the movies — "Great Expectations"
Why not just bag the office, call in sick, and watch this 1946 classic instead?
If I were you, that's exactly what I'd do.
One of my favorite things about boj is that anyone in the world can contact me out of the blue any time for any reason and if you have something that interests me, I'll post it here in a Podunk town yoctosecond.
Witness this piece of kit from Japanese designer Hideo Kawamura, who sent me pix of his very cool Multi-Notebook (above) which takes six different formats and mashes them up onto one page.
$10.95 at MoMA.
I'll take one.
Everyone who's anyone in the virtual, web-connected world stops by pretty regularly, so by getting featured here you've at least got a ticket to the big dance, when the New York Times and Gizmodo and Boing Boing and the Huffington Post and their ilk come by for a quick smoke.
Ya just never know who's looking....
Google Glass: bookofjoeTV just might arrive sooner than even I thought possible
I say this because yesterday "Google announced... it's opening up the testing program for its wearable high-tech specs to anyone, provided you can impress the company with an application and have $1,500 to spare."
According to Hayley Tsukayama's Washington Post story, "The company said that it's opening up its explorer program, which had been mainly aimed at developers, to 'bold, creative' people who have strong ideas about how they want to use the new technology. According to the contest rules, Google will extend invitations to the top 8,000 applicants with the highest scores."
Maybe they'll let me misread bold for "old" and give me a geriatric pass.
Yeah, I'll apply, but I must say I feel a bit miffed that I have to shuffle along amongst hoi polloi and hope to get plucked from the slushpile.
Jeez, I've been saying for years I'm ready to rock 'n roll with bojTV and just need a little tech support: you'd think my Mountain View homies — yes, more than a handful of Google folks are boj regulars of long standing — would reach out and drop a little virtual Glass fairy dust on me.
I mean, you know they don't want me to start broadcasting on Apple's iWatch or iWear or whatever they're gonna call it.
Speaking of which, I hope my Infinite Loopers remember whose posts made their days and nights just a little bit more amusing for the past 8+ years.
But as always, I expect nothing from anyone in fact.
That's the way to live: everything then becomes a gift.
So I'll put my pennies aside for the next month and hope they amount to $1,500, the price of admission should I somehow end up among the 8,000 elect invited to buy a pair and put them through their paces.
You can apply too, right here: go on, make it even harder for me.
What's less than 0?
Not too much, so it's not like I'm worried I just made my odds even longer.
Maybe I'll post my completed application here: I've got till 2:29 a.m. E.T. Thursday, February 28, to get it in.