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May 6, 2006



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May 6, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Fan Filter


I wonder if wearing one of these might prevent your hair from getting all smoky in a club.

In case you didn't have any fabric softener sheets to remove the smoke afterward.

Just a thought.

Though I suppose any club that would let you in with this thing on your head might not one you'd want to to frequent.

    From the website:

    Instead of blowing allergy–causing particles through your home, slip one of these filters onto your fan and capture them.

    Ingenious fabric filters add up to less sniffles and sneezes for you and squeaky clean blades for your fan!

    Round filters fit 12"-16" fans; Square filters fit 20" box fans.

The round version is $5.99 and the square model $7.99, both here (fan not included).

May 6, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Prominent Richmond, Virginia sculptor Demetrios Mavroudis is giving away four large outdoor steel sculptures — absolutely free


No tricks: it's on the level.

Mavroudis (pictured above in his yard with the sculptures) has been an art professor at Columbia University and the University of Richmond.

After 31 years he's sold his his home and he cannot afford to transport the four large sculptures that decorate his property.

If no one steps forward to claim and transport them to a new home within the next few weeks Mavroudis will be forced to destroy them so they can be removed before the new owners move in.

Julian Walker wrote about the sculptor's dilemma in a story which appeared in the May 2 Richmond Times-Dispatch: it follows.

    Take my art -- please!

    Sculptor is moving, and he is giving away some big pieces

    Demetrios Mavroudis needs to find a home for his children.


    Mavroudis, a prominent Richmond sculptor, has but one requirement -- that his hulking steel progeny go to a place where they will be appreciated.

    "It's not the ego. It's not the need for immortality," the aging artist said of his sculptures, in an accent that reveals his Greek roots.

    "They have a value outside of their creator," he continued.

    "You can study it. Like a movie or a dance or a song or a story, these things have their own intrinsic value."

    Mavroudis must part with the creations in the front yard of his South Richmond home before he moves in a few weeks.

    He and his wife, Connie, recently sold their home of 31 years because the taxes owed on his property have become too expensive of late, Mavroudis said.

    They're moving to a spread being built in Cumberland County.

    Mavroudis is reluctant to part with his works but said he can't take the four large sculptures that decorate the property with him because their size makes them difficult to transport.

    "If I were in a boat that was sinking, I would hand them over and say, 'Save them,'" he said.

    "I basically would love for somebody to take all of them, or some of them, and find them a good home."

    Among the works in his yard are a series of steel tanks welded together that bear the scars of explosive blasts; a three-part work composed of steel girders that represents a piece of music, a singer and a chorus; and a piece that incorporates a twisted steel girder painted canary yellow that represents the capacity of the human spirit to overcome pain.

    All of the works were created about 25 years ago, he said.

    Today they are part of the landscape of his property, with some covered in creeping ivy tendrils.

    A native of the Greek island Thasos, Mavroudis came to this country when he was about 13.

    As a youth he recalls "playing with clay to form figures, my playmates... before I even knew what sculpting was."

    After serving for a short time in the Marine Corps, he worked as an art professor at Columbia University, New York University, the former Glassboro State College in New Jersey and the University of Richmond, Mavroudis said.

    He and his wife moved into their South Richmond home around 1975, over time converting the residence into a living work of art with two large studios and a gallery.

    Mavroudis has contacted some area localities in hopes that someone will take his sculptures and plant them in front of a school or, perhaps, a government building.

    If he can't find any takers, Mavroudis said he will be forced to destroy the sculptures, so they can be removed before the new owners move in.

    "That would devastate me," he said.

    "Like a parent, you want them to go to someone who will love them, appreciate them and maintain their lives."



Contact Julian Walker (jwalker@timesdispatch.com), who wrote the story above, and he'll hook you up with Mavroudis.

It would appear that Mavroudis's house is itself a work of art, described by Richmond's Style Weekly newspaper last year as "without argument the strangest-looking house in Richmond."

May 6, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Portable Roll-Up Grilling Station


From the website:

    Roll-Top Table Doubles As A BBQ Grilling Station

    Roll-up tables have long been the favorite of tailgaters and campers, providing sturdy dining and lightweight portability.

    But until now, these tables have not been the sturdiest platform for holding a grill or staging a prep area.

    This new table solves the problem with a built-in steel barbeque platform, accessed by repositioning the table sides (below).


    With the grill in the center, each side of the table provides ample serving area.

    When dinner is ready, reposition the sides back together.

    Tabletop is anodized aluminum for years of rust-free use.

    59-1/2"L x 29-1/2"W x 27-1/4"H fully extended.

    Rolls up to fit in its convenient carrying bag.


But wait — there's more.

Off the top of my head I can think of the following alternative uses for this device:

• Diaper-changing platform (best not done while grilling or dining)

• Portable computer workstation

• Office Desk-in-a-bag

I'm sure your fertile minds can think of myriad others: don't hesitate to contribute them via the comments section.


May 6, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

A hotel that charges not by the hour or the day — but by how much you weigh


That's right.

Jürgen Heckrodt (left, above), owner of the Hotel Ostfriesland in Norden, Germany, got tired of big people wearing out his furniture.

He instituted a pay-by-the-kilogram policy to give lightweights a break.

You pay one-half a euro per kilogram per day to stay in his establishment.

Those weighing over 78 kg (172 lbs.) are excused from excess baggage charges: the maximum daily rate is €39.

[via Dr. Yoni Freedhoff's Weighty Matters]

May 6, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Transparent Canoe-Kayak


I've been saying all along I can see right through you but this takes it to the next level.

From the website:

    Transparent Canoe-Kayak

    This canoe-kayak hybrid has a transparent polymer hull that offers paddlers an underwater vista of aquatic wildlife and waterscapes unavailable in conventional boats.

    Seating two people, the sturdy canoe hull is made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets.

    Easy to maneuver, the wide canoe displaces a greater amount of water for more surface stability and the paddlers sit lower to the deck, resulting in better balance.

    Adjustable seats allow paddlers of different heights to personalize their leg room.

    With a lightweight anodized aluminum frame, it can be easily stored or transported to and from the water.

    Includes two double-headed paddles, a water bailer and two flotation devices.

    Weight capacity 425 pounds.

    33-1⁄2"W x 133"L [11'1"] x 11"D.

    40 lbs.


May 6, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Phone books are so last century


I just looked something up in mine and realized that the reason there was dust on it was because I hadn't used it in a couple months.


I used to wear out my phone book before the internet happened, so much so that for the latter part of every year it required emergency binding with Scotch tape out back in my skunk works to make it last until the next edition arrived in early December.

Who needs a phone book any more?

Prediction: within a few years you will not automatically receive a phone book if you have a wired phone but will have to pay extra for it, just like a prospective passenger on Northwest Airlines who wants an aisle seat.

Hey, it could — and will be — a lot worse.

Watch the video here and see what it might be like to stand instead of sit for your entire flight.

I mean, who would've thought ten years ago that the New York Times (paper version) would stop — as it did earlier this month — carrying the stock market tables most days?

Why bother when it's all online and far more timely?

Same with phone listings.

May 6, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Talking Keychain Clock


    From the website:

    Small enough to conveniently fit into a pocket or purse yet large enough to keep you from misplacing your keys, this convenient clock/keychain has a surprisingly loud and clear female voice.

    A built-in alarm (rooster) can be set to remind you of appointments.

    Replaceable batteries (included) last about one year.

    2.25" x 1.5" x 0.5".


In black (above).

$10.95 (batteries included).

In silver (below)


or white (not shown) for the same price here.

May 6, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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