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February 18, 2006

Pantalaine Couch Dress

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$349.

February 18, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

wallwords.com

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"Pre–pasted and pre–spaced letter transfers for painted walls, wallpaper, windows, mirrors, furniture and metal."

You choose a quote or saying from their selection of over 1,400.

Then you preview it online, checking length, colors and fonts before buying.

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So play around a little — it doesn't cost a penny to look.

February 18, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sesame Seed Toaster

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I have yet to meet a person who does not prefer their sesame seeds toasted.

From the website:

    This tool offers an easy way to toast whole spices and sesame seeds, which will bring out their full flavor and aroma.

    Designed with a bamboo handle for holding over an open flame, the stainless–steel mesh basket has a latch opening.

    4.25" diam.; 13" long.

    Dishwasher safe.

$14.

February 18, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2006 L'Oréal Art and Science of Color Prize

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Since 1997 the L'Oréal Art and Science Foundation has offered substantial prizes for the best uses of color in art and science.

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This year's contest is now open and accepting entries through March 31, 2006.

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First prize is €30,000 ($35,700); second is worth €20,000 ($23,800) and third €10,000 ($11,900).

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Examples of the work of previous winners are pictured above and below.

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Apply within.

February 18, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Adjustable Curve Template

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I have no use for this device nor have I a clue as to who might find it useful but I found it so interesting I'm throwing it up here.

From the website:

    Transferring Curved Shapes is Easier Than Ever

    Our Adjustable Curves Templates can be shaped to form arched or curved patterns making their exact transfer a snap.

    These flexible drawing instruments are formed of interlocking layers of butyrate plastic.

    The friction between the layers holds the curved shape securely while you transfer the shape.

    Constructed of virtually unbreakable plastic, they have been designed for use outside and they can be used over and over again for years and still retain their smooth ruling edge.

The 24" version costs $27.50, the 36" is $39 and the 48" is $49.95, all here.

February 18, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The origin of 'crack' — the adjective

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I got to wondering last week how the term acquired its meaning of "superb" or "outstanding" so I visited the Online Etymology Dictionary.

The information up top appeared, tracing the word's origin when used as a verb, noun and adjective.

But "... as in 'top–notch, superior' is slang from 1793" really doesn't answer the question how?

It does say when but I'm after more.

So then I wandered over to the Oxford English Dictionary's website hoping they'd let me try it out for free.

No such luck: if I want to see what they have to say about the origin of the word "crack" it will cost me $295 for a one–year subscription.

Bad thinking on their part — they'd make far more money by charging $30 a year and then acquiring multiples of ten times more subscribers like moi: if that were the price I'd be giving you their info now as I'd have signed up on the spot.

Oftimes people — and companies — don't realize that the virtual world is an entirely different place, with its own novel set of practices and effective ways of doing things, than the land of atoms.

But I digress.

I did find out the origin of the phrase "the crack of doom" — it's from "Macbeth."

FunFact: When someone asks if you know the source of a quotation respond, with authority and assurance, "The Bible or Shakespeare."

You'll be right 50% of the time and they won't know which 50% you're in just then; in almost all instances they'll think you're far smarter than you really are.

Hey, joe — speak for yourself.

OK, OK.

Now where was I?

Oh, yes, I'm still chasing "crack."

OK, then.

They don't call them the crack research team for nothing; I say this because just now, after two days and sleepless nights of all–out online investigation and countless fruitless trips down myriad rabbit holes, they've returned from wherever it is they went (me, I really don't want to know, sort of like with how my sausages are made) with what appears to be the answer.

This, from The Phrase Finder: Crack — First-rate, excellent, as 'a crack regiment' or 'a crack shot.' Formerly the word was used as a noun for a lively young fellow, a wag.

"Indeed, La! 'tis a noble child; a crack, madam." — Shakespeare: Coriolanus, I, iii (1607).

As I was saying....

February 18, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Cell Phone Calculator

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Finally — a cell phone that doesn't go off in a movie theater.

"Solve simple math problems with this sleek cell phone design."

Like, where'd you put your head?

4.25"H.

Plastic.

$3.95 (batteries included).

February 18, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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