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May 17, 2006

Blue Cheeses


"Many centuries ago, cheese was left to age in some moldy cave and became streaked with bluish-green mold. But rather than spoiling the cheese, the mold gave it a pungent and distinctive flavor, and blue cheese was born."


So begins a most interesting website devoted to the many wondrous and varied blue cheeses of the world.


Twenty–seven different blue cheeses are described, with 17 of them pictured alongside their capsule histories.


But the crack research team found something even better — much better.


Namely, the blue cheese department at igourmet.com.


Six pages featuring detailed descriptions and scrumdiddlyumptious photos of 61 blue cheeses, each and every one ready to be shipped to your door at the click of your mouse.



May 17, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Brushpicks — Fashionista Faux Floss


From the website:


    Many folks find floss troublesome — here's an alternative.

    Looks like a toothpick — but one end is small and flexible, with bristles to maneuver between molars.

    The other end is rounded to remove plaque.

    Mint-flavored, disposable, in packs of 250, each 2-1/2" long.

    Assorted pastel colors — we'll choose for you.


May 17, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

With a name like Celeste Olalquiaga she has to be good



Man, to think I get miffed when my little five letter last name with its one measly vowel smack in the middle is misspelled — what do you think happens when people try to figure out Ms. Olalquiaga's?

I'll bet you it's not pretty.

But I digress.

She's the author of the books "Megalopolis: Contemporary Cultural Sensibilities" and "The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience."

According to the contributors page of the latest issue of Cabinet magazine, "She is currently writing a book on petrification."

The capsule biography goes on to suggest that you "visit 'Celeste's World'


at www.celesteolalquiaga.com."

You know me: as soon as somebody says jump I'm in the mud room putting on my Air Jordans.

I had a few free moments so I moseyed on over to Celeste's patch of virtual real estate.

I'll never be the same.

Try it — you might not like it but you won't leave the same person you were on the way in.


Trust me....

May 17, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Lawn Aerator Sandals


From the website:

    Give your lawn a breath of fresh air with aerator sandals

    Just attach spikes to molded plastic base, strap onto your shoes and take a walk on your lawn!

    As the spikes puncture the ground they allow air, fertilizer, and water to get down to the roots.

    An alternative to renting expensive lawn equipment.

    One size fits all.

    5-1/2"x 12"L.


Note to spy kids: you could probably raise the money needed to attend a junior spy camp rather quickly by offering your services as a human lawn aerator around the neighborhood this summer.

Charge people $10 an hour or so to walk around their property wearing these nifty sandals.

You won't be able to bank the money fast enough

Priced to move fast: reduced from $10.99 to $7.69.

May 17, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gmail Signature Request


"Isn't it smashing?" is what Skylla wrote about this website where you can get your very own cooler than cool Gmail signature.

Way too advanced for my TechnoDolt™ self — I mean, I can't even begin to use Gmail, it's so far above my head — but the rest of you will twig in a Helsinki minute.

[via Skylla]

May 17, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Therm-A-Snap Hot or Cold Bag


Where have I been for the past eight years?

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and as I approached the checkout line I noticed a display of shiny silver bags (above and below).

What's this? I thought.

I looked more closely and saw that they were flexible insulated thermal bags, said to keep hot things hot or cold things frozen for up to three hours.

That sounded pretty good to me.

A lot handier than a bulky cooler.

I bought a large bag for $2.99 to stick in my trunk for those times when I need to keep hot things hot and cold things frozen.

Bonus: they're waterproof and washable and the top snaps shut.

The one I bought is called the Grocery Bag (above) and measures 20" x 20" x 7" when filled; a smaller version is called the Lunch Bag (below)


and measures 15" x 12" x 6" when full.

Both compress flat when empty.

Looks to me like you could use the Lunch Bag ($1.99) as a Duchampian tote if you were feeling particularly Dada that day.

When I had the crack research team look into the devices I learned that they've been around since 1998.

Don't believe me?

You could look it up.

Alas, the team dropped the ball when it came to providing a website where you can buy one of these bags: the only one they found was an eBay auction that expired 80 minutes from the time they discovered it.

If anyone knows of an online source let me know and I'll add the information to this post.

May 17, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Mall Cards — Gift Cards Gone Wild


Constant readers will know of my disdain for Gift Cards, with their limited function and built-in loss of value/expiration dates.

Now comes the Mall Card, "Only spendable at stores in your mall."

They really must think Americans are fools.

Because what other sort of person would pay actual cash money for a piece of plastic that served as money only in stores in one particular shopping mall?

And that loses value automatically as time goes by?

Here's the next step in this progression: it's called cash.


You give someone a piece of paper with a dead white guy's picture on it and you can spend it anywhere, anytime, without losing one single cent from the built-in declared value.

Sweet, eh?

Get yours anywhere cash is accepted.

What a crock.

As soon as you get over the idea that money is dirty or bad you throw off your need to pretend a Gift Card or Mall Card is anything but and you're free forever.

May 17, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Buck Keychain KnifeLight


From the website:

    From Buck Knives, the Peter Whittaker-Designed Featherweight That Puts a Compact Knife and a Brilliant Light on Your Keychain

    Since 1902, family-owned Buck Knives has carved out a reputation as this country's leading manufacturer of heirloom-quality, high-performance knives.

    Still a family-run business, Buck often collaborates with talented knife designers — in this case, noted outdoorsman Peter Whittaker — to create innovative solutions.

    The Buck Light measures just 2.38" closed and weighs a negligible 1.5 oz.

    Just a flick of your thumb and forefinger opens a 1.25" stainless drop-point blade that handles a plethora of daily cutting tasks.

    Press the thumb button and a 5mm LED shines a brilliant light into dark spaces.

    Auto-shut-off after 3 minutes protects the twin lithium button cell batteries from being left on.


Translucent Green, Red or Blue.



May 17, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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