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March 13, 2006

TredSaadj™ — bookofjoe's revolutionary new foot massage treadmill application


You read it here first.

If you didn't just pretend, OK?

I'm not in the mood.

Just moments ago the penny dropped and I invented something wonderful, a bonus for all who live the Treadmill Lifestyle™.

I was walking backwards on my treadmill, something I try to remember to do every hour or so for at least a couple minutes, to make sure I give my hamstrings and glutes a little work so as not to end up all unbalanced.

Anyhow, I was reading something particularly absorbing and let myself get carried along to the end of the treadmill when I noticed the rear roller passing under my foot as it moved over the edge.

Ooh, that felt good — let's do that again.

So I did — again and again.

Now, if you're gonna explore the foot massage space with your treadmill you're going to have to pay attention: reading isn't possible (at least for moi) while getting a TredSaadj: if you don't focus on the sole space you'll find yourself crashing to the floor space very quickly.

But if you do pay attention you are in for a treat.

I recommend thin–soled shoes, moccasins, slippers, Thor–Lo socks or their ilk for a peak experience.

March 13, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Peas 'n Carrots Scarf


French Fries, Spaghetti 'n Meatballs, Green Salad, Eggplant or myriad other foods can now be yours — to wear around your neck.


TwinkieChan is her name and crocheting food–themed scarves is her game.


She'll crochet you a food–themed scarf to order for a very reasonable price ($30–$45).


In her day job she works for a tech company but at night the crochet needles come out and the yarn flies.


She's featured in the current Giant Robot magazine, which is where I found out about her.

March 13, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The best bicycling city in the U.S.? It's Portland, Oregon


The Rose City takes the title for 2006, as awarded by Bicycling magazine in its March issue.

The magazine said that the reason was not the city's abundance of bike paths nor its bicycle–friendly police (they give out free lights rather than tickets to lightless night riders — imagine that).

Bicycling wrote that cycling's popularity there has passed the "tipping point" such that the underlying attitude is now one of bicycle friendliness.

Must be nice.

For cities with populations between 200,000 and 500,000, Madison, Wisconsin came first followed by Tucson and Albuquerque.

Portland, named the best cycling city among those with a population between 500,000 and a million, was followed by Denver and Seattle.

For cities with populations over a million, San Diego came first followed by Chicago and New York.

The worst?

Atlanta, Boston and Houston.

March 13, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

NASCAR Pink Checkered Flag Bag



    From the website:

    Taking the traditional checkered flag design to a new feminine level, this officially licensed NASCAR bag features a pink checkered design set on a bright green foundation, a sassy pink ribbon handle, flat base, and a fun floral interior design.

    A magnetic snap keeps the bag closed while the interior zippered pocket keeps small items extra secure.

    Measures 7.5"H x 8.5"L x 3"W.

    Made in the USA.


March 13, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pocahontas Speaks — Again


John Noble Wilford's story in the March 7 New York Times Science section — about the painstaking linguistic detective work undertaken by some of the world's greatest experts in extinct American Indian languages to resurrect the vanished tongues — was interesting enough, but the ability to actually listen, via podcast, to the Virginia Algonquin that might actually have been spoken by Pocahontas to Captain John Smith takes it to the next level.


Go here, look at the left–hand column and scroll down about half–way until you see this:


Then go for it.

Or you could see the movie, in which the Indians speak the very same recovered Algonguin.

March 13, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wooden Briefcase


Designed by Takumi Shimamura.

    From the website:

    Seeking to develop applications for wood, industrial designer Takumi Shimamura delivers this unique briefcase made of ecologically thinned Japanese cedar.

    Designed to accommodate laptops, the bag has sturdy canvas edges, a handle with leather covering, double zippers and inner pockets.

    Handmade by Japanese craftsmen.

    Water–repellent finish.

    Clean with a damp cloth.


March 13, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

scanR.com — 'Scan, copy and fax with your camera phone or digital camera'


What's this?

It's launching today.

Be one of the very first on your block or cubicle farm to sign up — you can try it free.

Long story short: you take a picture of a document with your cellphone or digital camera, then upload it to scanR's website.

The company uses its proprietary technology to improve the image quality, then emails it to you in the form of a searchable PDF file.


Assuming it works.

This is so far above my TechnoDolt™ pay grade I'd need the equivalent of the Hubble Space Telescope to visualize using it.

Whirled peas would be more likely.


Here's Sara Kehaulani Goo's article about scanR; it appeared in yesterday's Washington Post Business section.

    Mobile Scanning by Camera Phone

    Camera phones are nice to have and fun to use, but let's be honest: Is there any practical reason to have a camera on a cell phone?

    For the most part, the quality isn't great, and most people are just snapping random shots of themselves, their kids or their pets.

    Now, a new company called Scanr (pronounced "scanner") wants to provide a more utilitarian use of that camera phone by turning it into a mobile scanning device.

    Here's how it works: You use the camera on your phone to take a picture of a document or notes written on a conference room white board and then upload the image to Scanr's Web site.

    The company uses its technology to improve the image quality and then e-mails it to you in a searchable PDF file.

    "We basically allow you to put Kinko's in your pocket," said Rudy Ruano, chief executive of Scanr Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif., company that is launching its new service tomorrow on http://www.scanr.com/.

    Ruano said Scanr is aimed at the mobile professional, such as a real estate agent or sales representative who needs to quickly exchange and process documents and now relies on the retail copying stores.

    The firm already has some experience with the needs of some users, particularly real estate agents.

    Ruano and several of the firm's employees came from a company called IPIX Corp., which created the technology used to make those 360-degree photos that are commonly used to produce an online "virtual tour" of a home for sale.

    Scanr requires users to have a cell phone with at least a 1.3 megapixel-enabled camera, but it recommends at least 2.0 megapixels and regular digital cameras also work with the service.

    A few of our tests produced surprisingly legible copies of the original, though some phones and some documents work better than others.

    Scanr created a high-quality image of a newsroom's white board, but a scan of a document with 12-point type appeared out of focus and nearly illegible.

    Ruano said the technology works best capturing handwritten notes on paper or on white boards and can vary in quality depending on several factors, including the lighting, the distance from the document and the steadiness of the hands holding the phone.

    "The lighting is key," he said.

    The company said it will neither retain nor monitor any of the document's content.

    He also acknowledged that it opens doors to potential misuse, such as workers sneaking a copy of a competitor's proprietary documents or kids snapping a picture of a test to help their friends cheat.

    "It's a pass-through service," he said.

    "We don't keep a copy. At the end of the day, we want to be able to process information for you. At that point, we're basically done."

[via Sara Kehaulani Goo and the Washington Post]

March 13, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Outside time


March 13, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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