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December 11, 2005

Dating Widget


What's this?

I notice it just appeared this past Thursday.

Is this the camel's nose under the tent?

Could Steve Jobs be preparing the next big thing, to interface seamlessly with the upcoming internet/WiFi/Bluetooth/Edge/BlackBerry–enabled iPod?

For singles ISO, this widget in and of itself might make Tiger/OS 10.4 the operating system of [unlimited?] choice.

Stay tuned.

December 11, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Stainless Steel Pizza Oven


Nice box.

That it makes pizza is almost beside the point.

You could simply put it in your gallery and people would assume it's a modern sculpture.

Better take the company's name off the front first, though.

Oh, you don't have a gallery?

No matter: now you do.

I love the headline from the website (below): it sort of sounds like something from "The Godfather."

But I digress.

    Make Your Own Pizza and Eliminate the Delivery Guy

    With everyone on the go these days, sometimes dinner plans include a delivery time of 30-45 minutes.

    With this countertop oven, you can pop in a frozen pizza and 15 minutes later your pepperoni and cheese is ready to go.

    Now you can forget about the time wasted pre-heating your oven and waiting anxiously for 425°F.

    Whether you like your crust crisp or doughy, you can cook your pizza just the way you like by setting the timer.

    The Stainless Steel Pizza Oven fits nicely in any kitchen, only measuring 18"W x 14.75"D x 7"H.

$99.95 here.

December 11, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'The Fabulous Floating Inflatable Villa' — by Luis Pons


The Venezuelan–born architect created it for Art Basel Miami Beach, which ended last Sunday.

It was docked off the west side of the new Aqua residential development.


The 30- x 30- x 25-foot Palladio–inspired structure was then transported by flatbed barge up and down the downtown Miami coast during the four–day international art show.


Criswell Lappin, in a December 6 Metropolismag.com story, wrote that "the architect conceived the project a year ago, and the building was stitched together in three weeks, using the same kind of nylon used to make sails."

December 11, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dr. Scholl's Martini Sandals


What to wear to the Christmas Party — in Sydney or Buenos Aires.

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere you might want to wait a few months.

But enough about geography — let's cut to the chase, shall we?

From the website:

    The profile is unmistakable - contoured wood footbeds, leather straps, brass buckles.

    And the hip new design is unforgettable - festive, hand-painted martinis and olives on midnight black.

    Just what the doctor ordered.

    Authentic Dr. Scholl's are hand-painted and then treated with several coats of sealer to protect against normal wear and tear.

    With shiny black patent leather straps.

$119.99 here.

December 11, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

bookofjoe on engadget Chinese [beta]


Just in from a Chinese joehead, this link to this morning's engadget post of one of yesterday's bookofjoe items.

Who knew engadget was in Chinese [beta]?


This is excellent news, because for several weeks the mighty Chinese firewall has blocked all TypePad–hosted blogs (i.e., mine) from entering the country via the usual channels.

I was enjoying a consistent 0.5%–1% of my total global readership being Chinese until the blockade went up: since then it's been 0, so the firewall must be working.


Meanwhile, I've noticed a steady 0.4–0.6% readership from India, the other great 21st–century power–to–be.

I'm glad that engadget is keeping the bookofjoe home fire burning in China while the government keeps me out via its regular access channels.

1.3 billion Chinese can't be wrong.



December 11, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rotato Express™ — 'Throw away your potato peeler'


Never again will you peel a potato.

I know, I know, you've purchased all those space-age ceramic and carbon fiber peelers I've been featuring here all these months but this puppy makes them instantly obsolete.

From the website:

    Rotato Express™ puts an end to peeling potatoes by hand.

    With the push of a button, the Rotato Express™ peels all kinds of fruit and vegetables with no muss or fuss.

    Made of ABS plastic, and having a 6-volt adaptor, the Rotato Express™ can be used anywhere, and even includes two extra blades tucked safely in a built-in compartment.

    Also runs on four "AA" batteries (not included).

    You’ll wonder how you cooked without it!

Here's how it works:

1) Place your potato, onion, other vegetable or fruit on the pronged, rotating stand.

2) Push the button.

One site said it peels three potatoes in the time it takes to do one by hand.

Note: Not recommended by the Slow Food Movement.

$29.99 here.

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

The Films of Joseph Cornell


Not well known is that the master of shadowboxes also loved to make small films.

Some were composed using found materials, while others documented his wanderings in New York.

Part One of a two–part screening of his 30–odd unique and rarely seen films takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd.) in Los Angeles.


Admission is $8 ($6 for students/seniors; free for Film Forum members).

More information, including the titles, years made, and running times of each of the films to be screened, is available here.


Part Two is tomorrow (Monday, December 12) at 8 p.m. at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater in Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; 213-237-2800).

December 11, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Remote Control Extender


Here's one I don't understand.

I mean, I understand what it does — the thing I don't get is why you'd want to do what it enables you to do.

From the website:

    This Amazing Battery Extends the Reach of Your Remote Control by 100 Feet!

    Our Remote Control Extender converts IR to RF allowing you to hide your components

    Operate your TV, stereo, DVD player or satellite through ceilings, walls, doors, floors, even from outside using your existing remote control.

    Just insert the innovative transmitter battery [below]


    into your remote and set the receiver [the black object at the top] near your components.

    Unlike other long-range remote control solutions, there's no programming or complicated hardware.

    It's ideal if you want to operate your components from another room, keep your entertainment center doors closed, or control outdoor speakers.

    Comes with transmitter, receiver, two 2/3 "AAA" rechargeable batteries and a converter sleeve that turns the "AAA" to a "AA".

    Works on any remote that uses "AAA" or "AA" batteries.

OK — I read all that stuff but I still don't see how it would enhance my quality of life if I were to acquire the capability of changing the channel on my TV from out in my backyard or up in the attic.

Look at the schematic below.


Why is that man in an empty room with his remote?

And why does he appear to be wearing a cap in the house?

But I digress.

This isn't an intake examination.

At least, not on the surface.

What is the point of changing channels when you can't see or hear them?

Please, someone out there explain to me why this device exists.

$49.95 here.

December 11, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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