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June 6, 2005

The physics of knife–throwing


An interesting deconstruction of the how and tao of throwing a knife.


Essential if you and your partner are planning a carnival act and you wish to keep your target intact.

[via idgrid]

June 6, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Self–Coiling Downspout Diverter


Is it alive?

It sits — dormant, coiled and quiet.

Then it begins to rain.

Water accumulates in the gutter, then makes its way down the spout — but then the Self–Coiling Downspout Diverter comes to life.

It slowly unfurls to its full three–foot–long majesty, all the while spraying water from its otherworldly head.

Then, when the rain stops, the beast curls back up into its dormant position until nature next nurtures it.

You decide.

7.5" x 46" long.

For $9.99 you can own one.

Ambiguity is the guiding principle of the 21st century and this green, seemingly autonomous device is a fitting symbol for what we must learn to live with.

If it makes you feel better you can give it either a female or male name: it doesn't seem to have the same sort of emotions as the carbon–based wetware we normally employ as pets.

June 6, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: 'When doubt is pathological'


Those four words — "When doubt is pathological" — are the best description of Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) I have ever encountered.

That includes everything I've heard and read, all the learned professors and texts I have had the privilege of being exposed to in the course of my medical education and career as well as everything I've come across in the lay literature.

I encountered that description of OCD on a very interesting website today, that of a man with refractory OCD.

He is not a doctor, therapist or health professional and he tells you that right up front.

He notes that he has had the problem for over 40 years but only was diagnosed about 10 years ago.

He has undergone every treatment known to man for his OCD, with dismal results.

As such he is resigned to life with OCD.

His website and blog are reflections on what it is to live with OCD but they are related not with a sense of victimization but, rather, a sense that one must, somehow, go on.


If you have OCD or love or know someone who does you would be doing yourself or them a huge favor by visiting this site or making sure they do.

June 6, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



"The only game for the true chocophile!"

What took them so long?

"A decadently delicious property trading game where players buy favorite chocolate properties, collect chunks of chocolate, and trade them in for chocolate factories."

If you are bad you get sent to Chocoholics Anonymous.

If your luck really sours you may experience "Death by Chocolate."

For 2–6 players; ages 8 and up.

So I guess you snuck by.

$29.98 here.

June 6, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Failedrelationships.com — When good love goes bad


"When Meredith Broussard celebrated her 26th birthday and realized that she'd survived exactly 26 failed romantic entanglements, she reckoned it was high time to dissect this topic that had filled her life with so much... angst."

She recruited 26 young female writers with distinct points of view and had each write a chapter for her book, "The Dictionary of Failed Relationships" (above).

As Ford used to say, "Can we build one for you?"

The resulting book, looking quite hip and stylish what with its elegant pastel vertical stripes, offered a wry, sometimes bitter but never boring commentary on the myriad ways love can go wrong.

The book's reception was so favorable Broussard started a website called failedrelationships.com.

On it she offers various stories, advice, and recovery resources.

Her upcoming book, "The Encyclopedia of Exes" (below),


is an anthology of 26 stories by men of love gone wrong or, as it says on the cover, "Original Tales of Misconduct, Miscommunications, Misgivings, and Other Dating Disasters from A to Z."

June 6, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gear Grinding Pen


Parts from renowned racing houses Hurst, B&M Racing and Mr. Gasket go into this heavy–duty writer.

Brand–new, genuine parts only: no recycled or simulated equipment.


Poplar base is hand–sanded and coated with a premium black finish.

The pen's body is precision–machined from anodized aircraft aluminum.

Uses a standard Parker pen cartridge.


4–on–the–desk for the hardcore racer who's chained to her or his desk.

Bad day at the office?

Don't take it out on your hapless pit crew: have a little fun grinding your gears.


$139.95 here.

Comes with two pen refills; price includes free FedEx ground shipping in the U.S.

Lots of other shifter styles too.

June 6, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

This Is Just To Say — by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

June 6, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Astrix Neoprene Laptop Sleeve


Designed to fit 12" or 14" iBooks.

Lightweight, durable, water–resistant and hand–washable.

Pink or blue.

$34 here.

PC users, do not despair: there's something for you as well.

How 'bout these poppy laptop sleeves in lime or tangerine?


Same material — made for PCs up to 15" diagonal.

Same price: $34.

And bringing up the rear is not Yogi Bear but the black version.


This one comes in four sizes for Macs, made to fit 12" or 15" Powerbooks and 12" or 14" iBooks.

There's also a black one made to fit up to a 15" PC.

Again, neoprene like the ones above and likewise, $34.

June 6, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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