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December 19, 2005

Groovetube — 'Turn your television into a disco light show'


From the website:

    Q. What is Groovetube?

    A.The Groovetube is simply a translucent plastic box that suction cups to the screen of your television. It has a grid of dividers inside it that diffuse the colors from your TV producing an amazing colorful abstraction of anything you watch.

Got that?


Watch actual footage by clicking on "What is Groovetube" here, then on "See QuickTime."

Looks better than most of what's on, what?


They cost $24.95 (13"-15" TVs); $34.95 (19"-22"); and $44.95 (24"-27").

[via Giv & Doe]

December 19, 2005 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

NBCOlympics.com is up and running


Just launched today is NBC's Olympics website for the upcoming 2006 Torino (you say Torino, I say Turin...) Games.


There is much on NBC's site to keep you happily distracted from what you're supposed to be doing for the rest of the day.


Videos, photos, stories, all manner of stuff is up there including things like a video of Jeremy Bloom as a 12–year–old competing in a martial arts competition and photos from Sasha Cohen's modeling shoot.


Now, aren't you glad you're a joehead?

December 19, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'The Door in the Floor'


Remember when you were little, and you dug a hole in your yard figuring that if you kept on digging you'd come out on the other side of the planet, probably somewhere in China?

Well, for some people that might be true — but most likely you aren't one of them.

Until now, though, it was hard to be sure.

Luis Felipe of Brazil wondered about this and, unlike you and me, actually did something about it.

He created a wonderful Google Maps mashup at digtotheotherside that he calls "Another stupid application for Google Maps."

Just a minute, Luis: there are no stupid applications — only stupid appliers.

But I digress.

From the website:

    Are you concerned about where you go to arrive if you dig a very deep straight infinitous hole on Earth?

    Your problems are solved!

    Surf on the map below, find where you will dig your hole and click there.

    After this, click on "Dig here!" and you will see the place where, one day, you will (believe me) put your feet.

    "Earth: Dig it, but dig it right."


The heck with Time magazine's predictable choices for persons of the year (Bono and Bill & Melinda Gates); I'm awarding bookfofjoe's Man of the Year title to none other than the supremely modest yet innovative Mr. Luis Felipe of Brazil.


Hey, wait a minute — what's that music I hear in the background...?

[via Jessica E. Vascellaro in today's Wall Street Journal]

December 19, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sushi Crackers


From the website:

    Sushi Rolls

    Rice crackers wrapped in Nori seaweed that look and taste like sushi!

    Now you can enjoy the taste of sushi anytime, anywhere — at work, at home or on the go, all in one convenient resealable bag.

$4.79 for a 3.5 oz. bag here.

[via Giv & Doe]

December 19, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Traveling Sink


Everything but the kitchen sink?

Why leave even that?

Now you don't have to.

From the website:

    Wash Up Outside In this Convenient Water Station Plus

    Water Station Plus solves the sticky fingers and messy utensils problem of every grill cook.

    This outdoor wash-up station has a convenient work surface that glides to the sides to reveal a deep sink and high-set faucet, which tilts up-and-down and side-to-side.

    The On/Off handle adjusts the water flow.

    There's even a built-in soap holder.

    It mounts to an outdoor wall and hooks up to a standard garden hose, which stores below on a rack.

    Also ideal for gardeners and boaters.

    Mounting hardware not included.

The website calls it an outdoor wash–up station but I see no reason why I couldn't put one indoors next to my new treadmill work station Version 1.0 for quick cleanups and what–not.

I wonder if there's enough room for a Port–A–John, now that I think about it....

$79.99 here.

December 19, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Just Say NO — To Grinding


Just in from Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia (about a 45–minute drive from me), the news that grinding has been banned from all future high school dances.

Here's the story, hot off the wire.

    School Bans Some Types of Dancing, Music

    Harrisonburg High School is saying no to "grinding" — a sexually suggestive form of dancing that has disturbed some parents at school events.

    The school has banned the dance form.

    The new policy was drafted by a committee of teachers, administrators and students, and also prohibits music that includes cursing or references to drugs, violence or sex.

    Grinding is a free form style of dance in which couples grind against one another, often front to back, while moving across the dance floor.

    Students now must face one another when they dance.

    Principal Irene Reynolds says the change will help avoid things getting out of hand.

    She said the policy was needed "before things get totally inappropriate."

    Added Reynolds, "Every year, the dancing gets a little more [suggestive], and the music kids are listening to contains more and more of what we are banning. We know what parents' expectations would be, and what our own are as well."

    Dissenting, 15-year-old Harrisonburg High sophomore Kaitlyn Moffett said, "It feels like they're punishing everyone for what just a few people are doing," and called the bans "a little extreme."


Take out drugs, violence and sex and my playlist will have about six songs remaining.

December 19, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Motion–Induced Blindness


Some things can be explained yet still remain mysterious.

Such as this phenomenon.

[via Stephen Bove]

December 19, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Grill Floss


Great name, what?

From the website:

    Even after a good brushing, caked-on grease can remain stuck to your grill harboring bacteria that can taint your food.

    Grill Floss cleans all sides (360°) of the grill grates, purging chunks of burnt food and removing the baked-on "plaque" that not only compromises healthy cooking but also shortens the life of the grill.

    Made of stainless steel.

    Dishwasher safe.


$19.99 here.

December 19, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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