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June 23, 2005

bookofjoe in C–VILLE Weekly


It happened last week, on Tuesday, June 14, 2005.

I opened my local newspaper to page 45 and I saw the item above.


Be still my little heart.

Made my year.

The rest is lagniappe.

But you know how I adore lagniappe.

"Too much is never enough" — on that, Mae West and I are 100% congruent.

The Venn diagrams


overlap perfectly.

[via NB and C–VILLE Weekly]

June 23, 2005 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pedestrians Flee Giant Melting Popsicle!


Hey, no need to bother with the Enquirer while you're waiting in the world's slowest line (that's the one at the grocery store checkout, as if you didn't know — doh!).

bookofjoe's gone to the tabloid side big–time as the headline of this post demonstrates quite nicely.

This past Tuesday Snapple attempted to erect the world's largest popsicle in New York's Union Square.

The 25–foot–tall, 17.5–ton treat, made of frozen Snapple juice (strawberry–kiwi, if you must know) literally had a meltdown due to an unexpectedly warm June 21.

A construction crane was pulling the monster popsicle upright when the slow melting rapidly became a gusher (above), sending pedestrians running for higher ground.

Firefighters quickly closed off streets leading to Union Square, then used high–powered hoses to wash away thousands of gallons of sugary goo.

Stuart Claxton of the Guinness Book of World Records was on the scene hoping to witness the newest entry into its archives (the current record holder is a 21–footer erected in Holland in 1997) and he told the New York Daily News, "What was unsettling was that the fluid just kept coming. It was quite a lot of fluid. On a hot day like this, you have to move fast."

Snapple official Lauren Radcliffe said the company was unlikely to make a second attempt.

Organizers were not sure why the popsicle melted; they'd been told it was designed to withstand a good deal of heat for some time.

Hey, when you're out there on the bleeding — or in this case, melting — edge, stuff happens.

June 23, 2005 at 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Predicting a stroke


I wrote about the dangers of ignoring the premonitory signs of a stroke — brain attack is a much better term — back on May 5.

The short version of that post: Time is brain.

This past Tuesday the Lancet published online a simple and useful way to estimate who is at imminent risk of having a stroke in the days following a so–called "mini–stroke," or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

The table that leads this post summarizes the findings quite nicely.

Steven Reinberg wrote a useful story about the British work for yesterday's HealthDay.

David Brown, who covers health and medicine for the Washington Post, also offered a nice summary in yesterday's Post.

I find it interesting that Brown, who is an M.D., chooses not to use his degree in his byline, as opposed to Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. — always with the "M.D." — of the New York Times.

Of course, it may be that the Post doesn't want the M.D. there, you never know with things like this; I suppose I could email Brown and find out, huh?

Except that he's one of many Post staffers who don't make their email addresses publicly available.

Guess what: they will, and sooner rather than later.

You can only run and hide so long nowadays, when transparency is the watchword.

June 23, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Spout Brush


How do you clean the spout of the cruet you use to decant fat?

Have you ever really cleaned it properly?

I didn't think so.

Not to worry: help is at hand in the form of a set of three spout brushes with nylon bristles.

The one shown above is the 12" thin; you also get a 12" medium and a 10" double loop brush to complete your ensemble.

Amaze your friends and bring your set over the next time someone invites you for dinner: clean their spouts and they'll be eternally grateful.

No, I'm not gonna go there.

The set of three brushes is $12.99 here.

June 23, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Luna, meet Repliee Q1


Nvidia, creator of some of the most sophisticated graphics chips on the planet, yesterday announced its latest high–end chip, a salvo in its ongoing battle with ATI Technologies for video game supremacy which has resulted in unbelievably sophisticated, neorealistic video games.

The new technology, in the form of Nvidia's GeForce 7800 GTX chip (I wonder if Nike and Oakley use the same company as Nvidia to name their products: wouldn't be surprised if that was the case), features 302 million transistors in the chip along with 24 specialized processors known as "pipelines" that apply shading.

Nvidia demonstrated the chip's power with an animated female character called Luna (top), with unusually lifelike skin, hair and eyes.

This got me to thinking about Repliee Q1 (below),


the ultrasophisticated android/robot I featured here Tuesday.

From one end we have an increasingly immersive computer screen that will, before long, bring us characters and images indistinguishable from real people.

On the other hand, the robots labs are getting ever closer to perfecting androids so lifelike you will not be able to tell if they're human or not.

What happens when the two converge?

Perhaps the singularity that Ray Kurzweil predicts to occur around 2030, when man merges with his machines, will not be quite as he envisioned: what is the sound of a future–generation Repliee Q1 encountering Luna's successors?

It may be silence.

The sound of humans standing on the sidelines as the robots and the computers decide,


enough is enough.

[via Don Clark and the Wall Street Journal]

June 23, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Vegan Fox


The wrap, not the girl, sillyhead.

Although I have zero doubt that the foxy model is also a vegan.

From Marie–Christine Mahe comes this becoming faux–fox scarf/shawl/collar.

Now, if only the U.S. would get with the program and allow knitting needles aboard airplanes again like in days of old.

The U.K.'s recently done so without any apparent problems.


Shari Lewis would've loved this creation.

[via mbs and knitty.com.

June 23, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Barbie Live in Fairytopia!'


Barbie's finally getting real.

"Barbia Live in Fairytopia!" begins a two–year, 80–city tour of North America next spring.

This marks the first time ever a live person will portray the formidable blonde icon.

Mattel says flesh–and–blood Barbie will not necessarily look like the doll.

Which is probably crushing news for Pam Anderson


and her hopes for a career rebound. But I digress.

A Mattel spokesman said, in yesterday's Wall Street Journal story by Stephanie Kang, that "We'll be listening very carefully to how little girls see Elina." (The wingless fairy played by Barbie in the animated DVD "Barbie Fairytopia" from which stems the tour)

The spokesman added that this "doesn't mean this has to be a traditional image of Barbie."

100–1 Fairytopia Barbie is blonde, regardless.

Things are changing fast in Barbie world.

For example, last year Mattel announced Barbie was breaking up with her long–time boyfriend Ken.

If this trend continues next thing you know Archie will choose Betty or Veronica


and leave the other one heartbroken.

Mattel launched Barbie Entertainment five years ago in an effort to extend the brand to movies and music.

Among the offerings: a DVD called "My Scene Goes Hollywood" featuring a group of girls, led by Barbie, who meet actress Lindsay Lohan.


Well, that's aspirational.

As if.

Shades of Jem and the Holograms.

June 23, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Baudelaire Jardin de l'Olivier Sun Protection Oil


"A dry oil that offers moderate protection (SPF 8) while enhancing the tanning process and pampering your skin."

The ingredients include olive oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil and avocado oil, among other things.

What I like about it is that if you're in a pinch for salad dressing you could use this stuff and no one would be the wiser.

Probably ask you where they could get some.

$15 for a 4.2 oz. bottle here.

June 23, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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