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October 5, 2004

'Every person lives his real, most interesting life under the cover of secrecy.' - Anton Chekhov

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Dostoyevsky wrote, in which novel or short story I no longer recall,

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that "Every man has three types of secrets.

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There are those things he will confess only to his closest friends;

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then there are those he will acknowledge only to himself.

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Finally, there are those things he will not admit even to himself, for fear of losing everything."

October 5, 2004 at 07:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'If You Build It... They Will Hum'

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That's what it says on the cool new T-shirt from Kazoobie Kazoos, "World Kazoo Headquarters."

I just ordered mine.

Don't feel like dropping $15 just now?

No problema: buy their best-selling Red Hat kazoo for 79 cents.

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I mean, you could find that on the sidewalk if you concentrated.

October 5, 2004 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: 'More people die from suicide than from war'

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About 1 million people commit suicide every year, more than the total killed from murder plus war.

A suicide takes place somewhere around the world every 40 seconds.

Suicide accounts for almost half of all violent deaths and the number is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2020.

Although men in their 60s are by far most likely to die at their own hand, the numbers between 15 and 29 are rising, largely because of the availability of guns.

The ten countries in world with the highest suicide rates:

Lithuania (highest)

Estonia

Russia

Latvia

Hungary

Sri Lanka

Kazakhstan

Belarus

Slovenia

Finland

October 5, 2004 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Visited States Map

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Kind of cool: you select the states you've visited, and then you get a map showing them.

Funny: I looked a while on the list for the state of confusion, my home, but couldn't find it.

October 5, 2004 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Beocom 2 - world's most expensive cordless telephone

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It costs $1,050.

It comes in your choice of five colors: yellow, blue, black, silver, or white.

You can choose either a tabletop

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or a

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wall-mounted version.

The only place you can buy one is at a Bang & Olufsen store.

I wonder if this stylish object would do as well on the bookofjoe drop test as my antiquated, antediluvian, atavistic and archaic GE cordless, that cost me all of $19.99 on sale at Wal-Mart years ago?

FYI: passing the above-styled drop test consists of having the phone crash down on a hard, Mexican-tile floor,

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such that the back flies off and the battery dangles loose by its wires, with the other party still there on the other end when you pick up the pieces.

October 5, 2004 at 06:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Merck KGaA - World's largest producer of liquid crystals

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Surprised?

I was.

Don't confuse this medium-sized German company with Big Pharma giant Merck - they're completely unconnected.

Based in Darmstadt, the company pioneered the sale of liquid crystals 100 years ago and developed them for research purposes.

It wasn't until the 1960s that the substances' economic potential was understood, after it was recognized that their properties could render them suitable for making electronic displays.

Merck's pioneering role and its decision in the 1980s, relatively early, to build a presence in Asia, allowed it to gain an unrivalled position as a supplier to leading screen manufacturers.

Currently the company estimates its own global market share at 69%, with the rest divided mainly between Chisso of Japan, with 21%, and Dainippon, with 7%.

Merck liquid crystal sales reached $203 million in the second quarter of this year, up 71% from a year ago.

They now comprise 12% of Merck's overall sales (the company also makes pharmaceuticals).

The company expects its liquid crystal business to continue to show annual growth rates of 30% in the next few years, reaching $1 billion in annual sales before long.

Sales of LCD PC computer monitors will outstrip CRTs for the first time this year, and are expected to have an 80% share by 2008.

[via Bettina Wassener and The Financial Times]

October 5, 2004 at 03:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hey, I'm in the dictionary - who knew?

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Right here.

You could look it up.

Wait a minute... you just did.

October 5, 2004 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Inside-out lemon-lime juicer

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A citrus fruit juicer design emerges into the Amercan mainstream, at long last.

The counterintuitive device has long been a staple in Mexican kitchens.

From the shape of the juicer, you might be inclined to put the rounded end of a citrus half - the skin side, not the cut side - down into the cup of the squeezer.

But that's a dead end.

Instead, you need to put the flat, cut side down, close the thing and press, and the result is lots of seedless juice and a citrus shell that winds up inside-out.

The price ranges from $7.50 for the basic cast aluminum version (above) to $15.95 for

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polished aluminum or the

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bright yellow powder-coated version.

A bookofjoe Design Award 2004 Winner.

Why?

Because the heart of the design meets my most stringent criterion - "no moving parts."

Putting the dome down on the peel is genius.

What anonymous Mexican first thought of it, I wonder?

October 5, 2004 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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