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November 1, 2005

'Not a Cornfield' — 'A living sculpture in the form of a field of corn'


Artist Lauren Bon was given $3 million by the Annenberg Foundation to transform 28 acres in the center of Los Angeles, just off the Pasadena Freeway, into a cornfield.

She did just that.

As of today the corn is over 12 feet tall in some areas and producing tassels and ears.

Hand harvesting began Sunday and will continue through December 4, with about two million ears of corn to be pulled down.


Erika Kinetz wrote about the project in an article that appeared in Sunday's New York Times.

November 1, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Mesh Blossom Squish Ball


On your desk, it's just a green or red blob.

"Grip it tightly and dozens of freaky little pustules pop out," wrote Anna Alexander in the latest (November) issue of Wired magazine.

75¢ apiece here — but you have to buy at least a dozen.


Take up a collection around the office.

[via Anna Alexander and Wired magazine]

November 1, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Judith Miller to Al Jazeera?


All of a sudden no one at the New York Times knows their Pulitzer Prize–winning correspondent, what with all the excitement surrounding her role in the Valerie Plame/Lewis Libby affair.

It's clear the Times will never welcome her back — she's way beyond radioactive from the paper's perspective.

Al Jazeera's launching its English–language TV network — Al Jazeera International — in six months, spanning the globe and bringing the Arab world's viewpoint to countries never before exposed to it.

Wrote Eric Pfanner and Doreen Carvajal in yesterday's New York Times, "The channel has secured the services of high–profile television personalities like David Frost, the veteran BBC interviewer, and Josh Rushing, who was a United States military spokesman [while serving in the Marines] in the current war in Iraq. From CNN, it has added the anchor Riz Khan, and from Sky News of Britain, the reporter David Foster."

If they hire Miller — now, while she's red–hot — they'll jump–start their network and secure many millions of dollars worth of free publicity, far more than they'll end up paying her.

She'd be cheap at ten times her price.

Remember, when in coming days you see this all over the web and in the newspapers and on TV: you read it here first.

November 1, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hand–hammered copper bathtub


Shiny copper with tin interior.

$29,000 here.

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Irrational enthusiasm is the seed of all great things


Sure, irrational exuberance is considered a bad thing when it comes to the stock market and investing but that doesn't mean irrationality itself isn't essential to good and great new things.

Because many really interesting things are the result of doing something dumb or even irrational.

Like that guy who decided to kill himself by going over Niagara Falls — without a barrel, instead just floating on his back admiring the view — and came to his senses unharmed, in the churning waters at the base.

He didn't find that his life had changed all that much a year later, when he wrote an article about it that I read in the Washington Post.

But that's not the point.

And he certainly wasn't enthusiastic when he decided to call it a day by taking what he thought would be his ultimate ride.

And he was quite rational, if you think about it: anyone thinking clearly would predict that you would not survive a trip over Niagara Falls wearing no protection but your street clothes.


Most of my best posts — at least, those I like the best — are a result of a bit too much coffee or some sort of serotonin overload, most probably — but so what?

I'm all for out–of–control, irrational, nonsensical behavior.

In fact, it's a requirement for working here.

As you might have heard, my favorite essay (by my favorite essayist, E. M. Cioran) is entitled, "Enthusiasm as a Form of Love."

What you didn't know until now is that my second–favorite essay by Cioran is "Degradation Through Work."

Reading it and taking its lessons to heart could transform your life.

For me it was simply fuel for a fire already burning white–hot.

But everyone's furnace isn't the same.


The trick in life is to find just the right temperature for yours.

November 1, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Official bookofjoe clock


Videre est credere.

Isn't it beautiful?

Why let giant red digits tell you the bad news when you can it via soothing green ones instead?

Sure, red doesn't interfere with your night vision as much but I don't think you're going to find the difference significant.

The numbers are 1.8" high.

I'm looking at some right now — very, very relaxing....

$23.95 here.

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

Who wants to buy bookofjoe?


I finally found out last night, while I was watching a surprisingly tough Baltimore Ravens team duke it out with the Steelers.

Exactly $177,830.10.

And I won't accept a penny less.


Curious about yours?

Go here and see if it's time to cash out.

November 1, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Designer Hotplate


Forget the old–fashioned Bates Motel version.

It's time to move to the next level.

For example, the stylishly thin model pictured above.

From the website:

    Portable Cooking Ranges

    A range that's perfect for entertaining, heating that side dish, warming a sauce or anywhere you need an extra cooktop.

    Stainless–steel range has 7" dia. single or double elements, variable temperature control and easy-to-clean drip pan.

    Plus, it's lightweight and portable!

The single–element version measures 12.5"L x 9"W x 2.6"H.

$44.99 here.

Or double your pleasure with the two–element version.

It's 22.5"W x 9"W x 2.6"H.


November 1, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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