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February 10, 2006

The 100 Greatest Movie Quotes Of All Time

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From the American Film Institute.

February 10, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Movie Star Shower Curtain

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They're all here: Monroe, Dean, Brando, Davis, Connery, Newman, Kelly, Eastwood, Bogart, the lot — here's looking at you, kid.

$29.98.

February 10, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Kölsch Beer Glasses — 'The champagne flutes of the beer world'

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That's good enough for me.

    From the website:

    Our buyers annually go to the world's largest international tool and hardware show in Cologne (Köln), Germany and sooner or later each brings home a dozen (or more) of the beer glasses of the region.

    The local beer, Kölsch, is brewed only in the Cologne region and must not only conform to the German Beer Purity Act of 1516 but must also be served only in these special slim, graceful 1/5 litre (6.8 fl. oz.) glasses called "stangen" (rods).

    These are the champagne flutes of the beer world, only 2" in diameter and just shy of 6-1/2" tall.

    Their appeal comes not only from their history and their classic design but also from the thin (0.040") sidewall glass; it is like drinking from fine porcelain or crystal.

    They are suited to any tall, cool drink.

    With a 3/8" thick bottom they are both stable and sturdy, yet only half the weight of usual glasses of the same volume.

    We have had these under test for over 20 years and find their look and performance to be just right.

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Twenty years of testing can't be wrong: where can I get some?

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$8.95 a dozen here.

[via Kate Meyrowitz]

February 10, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

dumbfind.com — 'The most searchiest search engine on the web'

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That's how it bills itself on its homepage.

It's basically Google on steroids: you put your search term in the first of two boxes, then choose a related tag for the box below.

The problem is the need for a hint icon reading "what's a related tag?" for TechnoDolts™ like moi.

Guess what, dumbfinders: we're already long since gone by the time you think we're clicking on that icon to find out — because we don't want to know nor do we care.

I will digress.

I must admit I'm a little chagrined at the site's having gone and put itself up: it would've been a perfect name for an internal bookofjoe search engine.

Oh, well.

There'll be other fish in the frying pan once they're out of the sea... wait a minute... that's not right.

February 10, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

WineFritz™ — 'Crack' is the new 'pop'

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The WineFritz (above) is a polished anodized aluminum device that fits over your screw–capped wine bottle and allows it "to be opened while keeping the cap out of view," wrote Jerry Shriver in today's USA Today story about the new device.

The WineFritz is designed to amplify the sound of the screw–cap's metal cracking so as to mimic in a kind of — dare I say it? twisted — post–industrial way the sound of a popping cork.

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$39.95.

No computer?

No problema: call 866-374-8948.

No telephone?

Hey, I'm not your mother — deal.

The fact that the WineFritz costs more than the aggregate value of the wine you've consumed over the past year is not my problem.

One more thing: if you're technically challenged this device may present an insurmountable obstacle to wine access in your domicile.

I recommend watching the video clips here very attentively and then taking a few moments to honestly assess yourself and your capabilities in this area.

It's nothing to be ashamed of if, like me, you don't feel like you're qualified or able to operate a WineFritz.

Perhaps one day they'll offer an instructional DVD along with the device.

We can only hope.

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Q. Why such a dumb name?

A. The developers of the WineFritz, Tom and Shari Scholten, own the Fritz Alpine Bistro in Keystone, Colorado.

February 10, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The origin of 'My bad'

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The best evidence obtainable at present points to Manute Bol (above), the 7'7" Sudanese NBA player whose native tongue was Dinka, as the inventor, sometime in the 1980s, of this now–ubiquitous phrase.

Geoffrey K. Pullum told the story in his December 7, 2005 blog post.

    Here is the relevant portion:

    Ken Arneson emailed me to say that he heard the phrase was first used by the Sudanese immigrant basketball player Manute Bol, believed to have been a native speaker of Dinka (a very interesting and thoroughly un-Indo-Europeanlike language of the Nilo-Saharan superfamily).

    Says Arneson, "I first heard the phrase here in the Bay Area when Bol joined the Golden State Warriors in 1988, when several Warriors players started using the phrase."

    And Ben Zimmer's rummaging in the newspaper files down in the basement of Language Log Plaza produced a couple of early 1989 quotes that confirm this convincingly:

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 10, 1989: When he [Manute Bol] throws a bad pass, he'll say, "My bad" instead of "My fault," and now all the other players say the same thing.

    USA Today, Jan. 27, 1989: After making a bad pass, instead of saying "my fault," Manute Bol says, "my bad." Now all the other Warriors say it too.

    So all of this is compatible with a date of origin for the phrase in the early 1980s (Manute Bol first joined the NBA in 1985 but came to the USA before that, around 1980).

    Professor Ron McClamrock of the Philosophy Department at SUNY Albany tells me he recalls very definitely hearing the phrase on the basketball court when he was in graduate school at MIT in the early 1980s, so the news stories above could be picking the story up rather late; but it is still just possible that Manute Bol was the originator, because he played for Cleveland State and Bridgeport University in the early 1980s, and his neologism just could have spread from there to other schools in the northeast, such as MIT.

February 10, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Tropical Stormz Tootsie Pops

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Tootsie Pops, preferably the chocolate ones, are my favorite everyday candy (as opposed to DailyCandy) in the whole wide world.

So you can understand why, last evening, as I patiently made my way through hundreds of pages of catalog nonsense, my heart leapt and my salivary glands went into overdrive when I espied this new variation on the tried and trusted theme.

Put me down for two boxes, said I.

In five mouth–wateringly enticing flavors: Berry Berry Punch, Orange/Pineapple, Lemon/Lime, Strawberry Banana and Citrus Punch.

A box of 48 pops costs $5.15 here.

That's a little under 11¢ apiece, in case you've lost your division skills or your calculator.

February 10, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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