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August 8, 2005

Flying Pig Hat


"When pigs fly."

    From the website:

    Flying Pig Hat is perfect for those who like to ham it up!

    Simply tug on the string and the wings flap.

    Whimsical topper is soft plush with shiny wings, feet and ears.

    One size fits all.

You will note that the old saw employs the word "when" — not "if."


$7.98 here.

August 8, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Self–Expiring Badges


People expire so why shouldn't badges?

Makes perfect sense to me and clearly to the person who dreamed up this fascinating product.

    From the website:

    In today's security–conscious schools and libraries it's important to know who is in your building and for what purpose.

    Self–expiring badges provide instant identification of students, visitors and substitute teachers, and then they go one step further.

    When the self-adhesive overlay is placed on the badge at the time of distribution, the gradual color–change process begins and cannot be reversed.

    After 24 hours have passed, an orange smiley face appears on the badges, clearly identifying visitors who are no longer authorized to be in your building.

Badge measures 2"H x 3"W.

Three styles available: "School Visitor," "Student" or "Substitute."

You get a package of 500 for $55.99 here.

For the math–challenged, that's 12 cents apiece.

The thing that most interests me about this product is the choice of the smiley face icon as the indicator of



August 8, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Of the five biggest internet companies 10 years from now... two will be companies that haven't even been born yet'


So said Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, in a Financial Times story by Richard Waters reviewing the past decade of the web.

The story appeared last Friday and I've been thinking about Whitman's comment all weekend.

Think about it: the creators of companies as mighty as eBay and Google are among us, ordinary enough appearing people with a powerful vision that will carry them to Olympian heights in no time flat.

No doubt they're in their twenties or thirties and just barely getting by.

They seem just like any other young technophile with a dream, only theirs will come true in a way they can't even begin to imagine.

Any moment now someone's gonna light that firecracker and they'll be off to the races.

The Financial Times article noted that though a few companies are huge online, most dotcoms have long since come and gone, flamed–out in the great bubble burst of 2000.

Morgan Stanley estimates the one billion of the planet's six billion people will be online by the end of next month, three times as many as five years ago.

Said one analyst, "The disruption to a lot of traditional businesses has only just began."

Hey — for a moment I thought I heard a Carpenters song in the background.

Must've been a figment of my perfervid imagination.

Waters wrote, "The impact of the web in the next 10 years is likely to be felt most acutely in those fields that depend most on disseminating information: communications, commerce and the media."

Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future, said, "Blogging is a transitional form on its way to something else."


Darned if I don't recall reading that very same thing somewhere recently.

On some whacked–out doofus's blog, I think it was. But I digress.

Saffo continued, regarding blogging, "It's interesting but it isn't stable."

Jerry Yang, one of Yahoo's co–founders, said, "It's always difficult to predict what's next but I think there will definitely be a digital convergence. If you look at the people who grew up with the internet, their media consumption and approach to technology is totally different to the parents' generation. They rely heavily on the internet for information, personal communication, work and entertainment and they want to take it with them wherever they are."

And they will.

bookofjoeTV is coming.

24/7/365, wherever you are, so will bojTV be there with you.

That's a promise.

Could be a threat, I suppose, looked at differently.

Don't be a hater.

August 8, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Door and bumper guards


Tired of always smashing your car door into your garage wall?

Or perhaps you repeatedly bash into the wall when you park.

Why not give both your garage and your car a break?

These high–density, high–visibility 18"–long reflective door and bumper guards attach to your wall (or wall studs) with peel & stick tape.

Use them horizontally for door protection or vertically for bumpers.


$18.95 for two here.

August 8, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ventresca — 'The toro of Italian tuna'


So wrote Florence Fabricant in the New York Times Dining Out section last Wednesday of the extra–rich belly meat of the tuna, done Italian–style.

Zoe, a Spanish company known for its olive oil, has just introduced canned yellow fin ventresca packed in olive oil.

Fabricant wrote, "The pale meat separates into thick leaves to scatter on a salade niçoise or to layer on an open–face sandwich with pesto."

A 4.5 oz. can (above) costs $4.99 at Balducci's, whose website states:

    Zoe Ventresca Tuna: Here at last!

    This Spanish delicacy comes from the silky underbelly of the fish, which is the tastiest, most tender part. (In sushi bars this is known as "toro.")

    The flavor is supremely buttery, creamy and delicate.

    It’s packed in olive oil; just sprinkle with Kosher salt and enjoy a superb appetizer.

Well, that's all very well if you live in Manhattan and can stop by Balducci's on your way home, but what about the rest of the planet?

Are we supposed to just sit and wish we lived in New York?

Not if you're a joehead.

Finding Zoe Ventresca Tuna became the number one priority for my crack research team last night and they've been burning up the internet searching since.

They have succeeded.

Simply click here and have a look at the lower right hand corner: you'll find Zoe Yellow Fin Ventresca Tuna described as "silky smooth, velvety belly of the tuna. Buttery, creamy, incredibly delicate light strips of tuna in olive oil."


Instead of doing the Balducci thing and telling us how great a product is without letting us buy it, though, the website sells the stuff: $8 a can.

Nice job, team.

August 8, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cat Tent With Hanging Mouse


"Cats agree — there's nothing better than a mouse in the house!"

Tell us more.

    From the website:

    The mouse dangles from the ceiling of this cozy fleece–bottom tent.

    Give kitty a home of her own with large doorway, plenty of privacy, and a playful companion for hours of fun.

    Nylon and polyester.

    Folds for storage.

17.25"L x 17.25"W x 17"H.

$8.99 here.

I can't speak for your cat but with most I've known the half–life of that dangling mouse would be about four minutes.

August 8, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: The science of tattoo removal


Someday you might decide to lose your mark, in which case you'll need to do a little research if you want to get the best possible erasure.

The July issue of Scientific American's "Ask The Experts" feature addressed the subject.

Here's what Dr. Joshua L. Fox, dermatologist and director of Advanced Dermatology's Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City, had to say.

    Industry experts say that 50% of people with tattoos will someday consider getting rid of their body art.

    Doctors remove the markings using three types of lasers: alexandrite, YAG and ruby.

    Each works on different pigment colors and compounds, so the dermatologist will use one or a combination of lasers depending on the nature of a given tattoo. (It follows that you would want to select a dermatologist who has the specific laser necessary for removing your tattoo.)

    Tattoo pigment is inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through ruptures in the top layer, or epidermis.

    To remove that pigment, the laser emits very short pulses, which are selectively absorbed by the color of the tattoo ink.

    This high energy fragments the the pigment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system.

    In most cases, a series of laser treatments can remove 90 to 95% of the original design.

    Patients who want a tattoo removed should seek a dermatologist with experience and equipment specific for the procedure.

    Good questions to ask include how many such procedures the practitioner has done and whether he or she owns the lasers or leases them.

    Doctors who own their own lasers typically do more tattoo removals and as such have more practical experience.

Other good questions to ask are how much does it cost and can you put it on your credit card?

Because they won't take insurance.

Trust me: it will far more expensive to remove your art than it cost to get it in the first place.

But hey, love hurts — coming and going.

August 8, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

21st–Century Scotch Tape


The last time 3M did a major makeover of its classic Scotch tape "snail" dispenser was in 1945.

Above, view the new cool, contoured, ergonomic version in its stylish shades of lime, berry, mango and lilac.

$2.99 wherever tape is sold.

August 8, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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